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First-Gen Advisory Council


The First-Gen Advisory Council (FGAC) serves as a volunteer group formed to offer advice, advocacy, and programmatic evaluation of initiatives for first-generation students in support of student success at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


The primary role of FGAC is to:

  • Serve as an independent sounding board for Academic Inclusive Initiatives.
  • Offer assessing feedback and recommendations on programs and services to first-gen students.
  • Advocate for efforts that support the academic and social success of first-gen students.
  • Provide expertise advice in one or more of the following areas: marketing, first-gen academic success, special population advocacy and services, or programmatic efforts.

Areas of Focus

• Retention and Persistence
• Programmatic Evaluation
• Student Services and Advocacy
• Living Learning Community

Advisory Council, 2021-2022

Talisha Adams Director of the Office of Academic Inclusive Initiatives
Bob Dubois Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Heather Hall Career Coach for the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration
Crystal Hardeman-Ikem Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Director of Multicultural Student Life
Toni Jackson Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center
Gina Martin Director of the Center for Student Alumni Programs
Jessica Norment Senior, Psychology Major: First-Generation Student Representative
Craig Pickett Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Herbert College of Agriculture