Welcome First-Generation College and Low-Income Students!

Welcome to Harvard, and know how much we are looking forward to meeting you. We have an increasingly vibrant and diverse student body and we appreciate you being in our community. We have spent time learning from current and former students who attended under-resourced high schools, came from lower-income backgrounds, or were the first in their families to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree in the U.S. The Dean of Students Office understands that these populations of students need trustworthy and consistent advocates to help navigate the complex landscape of elite education. We hope that you have a chance to get to know our First-Generation and Low-Income Student Advocate, Sadé Abraham.


Meet Your Student Advocate 

sade_abrahamHello Class of 2022 and welcome to Harvard! My name is Sadé Abraham and I am delighted to serve as your First-Generation and Low-Income Advocate this fall. 

In your first year as a student, you will undoubtedly confront challenges, but you don’t need to go through them alone. As a first-generation student from a lower income background myself, I know firsthand anxiety that you may experience this year. I am uniquely positioned to help support you as you experience and overcome them.

A little about me: I was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York by my mom and aunts. I recently completed my master's degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying neuroscience. Before that I founded Kairos Learning, an organization that supports first-generation and low-income students through simulation gaming. 

I hope you will come to see me. Seriously, please stop by! 

All the best on your first semester and should you need to access support for yourself or a friend, process or just vent, please come by my drop-in hours. Here are few ways to get connected: 

Email: sade_abraham@fas.harvard.edu

Facebook Page: fb.me/HarvardFGLISA


How Can I Use the Student Advocate?

  1. Visit during Drop-In HoursDrop-in advising provides immediate access to Sadé without making a prior appointment, for brief questions about academics, social life, personal concerns, or areas of interest.
  2. Schedule an appointment: For in-depth conversations, it is recommended that students make an appointment with Sadé to meet either during her drop-in hours or another time. Please use the form below to arrange a time.
  3. Contact Sadé: Complete this form to get in touch with Sadé. She would love to hear from you!