The FAM Network is a free program for first generation students at the University of Alabama designed to connect students with alumni mentors (UA alumni and friends) who work in their intended career field. Alumni and students’ will meet virtually or in-person throughout the academic year to provide guidance with students’ personal and professional development and goals. The frequency and format of meetings is up to the discretion of each student-mentor pair (However monthly meetings are recommended and optional monthly themes will be provided to help guide mentors and mentees). The student-mentor pairing will last until April 2023 but students and mentors are free to continue their relationship beyond the program end date. Pairings will be based on availability of both students and mentors. Please contact with any questions. Student and Alumni sign-ups are now closed for 2022-2023.


What is a First-Generation Student?

A First-Generation student is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.

Student Benefits

  • Build a professional network
  • Explore career options
  • Receive career and professional development guidance
  • Develop professional and personal skills

Student Expectations

  • Be respectful, timely, and professional in communication with mentors
  • Be proactive in engaging with your mentor (try to connect at least once a month either in-person or virtually)
  • Set goals and expectations for the student-mentor relationship
  • Do NOT ask mentors for a job or internship
  • Work with your mentor to develop personal and career goals

Mentor Benefits

  • Give back to current students
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Stay connected with the University and current students

Mentor Expectations

  • Be timely in communication with mentees
  • Set goals and expectations for the student-mentor relationship
  • Work with your mentee to develop goals
  • Devote at least half an hour a month to connecting with your mentee