First Generation Fellows

Being a first-generation student is exciting, and being in this role also comes with some challenges. WPI's First Generation Fellows are faculty members and staff who have been the first in their families to go to college. They are here to help navigate the complexities of being in a college environment and to answer questions or just listen. 

If you're a first generation student at WPI, don't hesitate to reach out to any of the First Generation Fellows. 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-831-5796

Program Fellows



Matthew Foster
Housing & Residential Experience Center 




Jenn Daigle
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement 
Office of Lifetime Engagement & Advancement 




Amanda Laungani
Career Development Center 



Mackenzie Lipman
Assistant Director, Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life
Student Activities Office 

Words of Wisdom from the Fellows: Amanda Laungani

"Never be afraid to ask for help or clarification!  There are so many resources through your staff and faculty members who are here to support you.  If you don't know, ask!"

Stephen Kmiotek
Professor of Practice
Chemical Engineering 


Ian Capozzoli
Admissions Counselor,
Undergraduate Admissions 

Words of Wisdom from the Fellows: Professor Kmiotek

"I was a First Gen student at WPI in 1976. At the start, I was really nervous about fitting in, but I found a community that was welcoming to everyone, regardless of their background. I hope that all our students, including First Gen, will continue to feel that sense of welcome and I am happy to help you find your home here."

Rebecca Moody
Assistant Teaching Professor
Humanities & Arts 


Jeannine Coburn
Assistant Teaching Professor
Biomedical Engineering