Diversity in Academe

At Hamilton College, Top Administrators Were Themselves First-Generation Students

Heather Ainsworth

Nancy Thompson (right), dean of students, with a colleague, Allen Harrison (second from left), and three Hamilton students. All were or are the first in their families to attend college.
May 18, 2015 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Eudocia Montiel didn’t tell her parents she was applying to Hamilton College. After she got in, she snuck off to a program for admitted students by fibbing that she was staying at a friend’s house.

Ms. Montiel knew that her parents, who had...

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