Even in educational systems designed to promote equal opportunity and social mobility for all students, students from under-resourced backgrounds often face unique challenges within their educational experiences. This issue even stands when they gain access to “elite” institutions of higher learning. It has come to the forefront that first-generation and/or low-income students face a variety of problems including food insecurity, homelessness, poor access to textbooks and other academic resources, while studying in institutions of higher learning.
Pockets of students who identify as first-generation and low-income have launched initiatives on their respective campuses to address problems that hamper their academic success and well-being. FLIP National has united efforts across these campuses and created a platform for effective collaboration to raise awareness of the issues that first-generation and low-income students face.
FLIP National unites the efforts of stakeholders in solving problems facing first-generation and low-income students through its dual mission to promote equal opportunity for first-generation and low-income students in higher education by building supportive, sustainable student-led on-campus communities and coordinating the development of initiatives that provide direct support to these students; and serve as a catalyst to increase public awareness, discussion, and bring about policy changes that prevent so many students from accessing opportunity in education.