Christine de Denus P'22
Associate Professor of Chemistry and FGI Director


The First Generation Initiative (FGI) is an institutional initiative that strives to build a connected and supportive community of first generation students, faculty, staff and alums. The program was started in 2006 and is currently directed by Christine de Denus, an Associate Professor of Chemistry who is first generation herself. At HWS, we define first generation students as students who are the first in their immediate families (not including siblings) to attend a four-year college or university in the United States. It is important to us that all HWS students (~20% are first generation) are welcomed, supported and encouraged to succeed to their full academic potential.