HCF1RST Scholars

Founded in 2016, HCF1RST has actively served as a resource and support system for those who identify as first-generation college students. Working alongside a group of 12 student leaders and their advisor Zae Valera, they are committed to amplifying the voices and addressing the unique challenges faced by first-generation students to help perpetuate “a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility”, as stated in the Holy Cross Mission Statement. Through annual events such as “First Gen Week” and the “End of Semester Celebration”, HCF1RST has been able to shine a light on the first-generation identity. HCF1RST is excited to continue its mission through various events creating awareness and celebrating the first-gen experience and identity!

Meet Our E-Board Team!

E-Board MembersPositionsGet to know us!
Omar AfifiCo-Chair

Class Year: 2024

Major: Chemistry

Danna CarrilloCo-Chair

Class Year: 2024

Major: Sociology with a LALC concentration

Azka TanveerSenior Advisor

Class Year: 2024

Major: Biology

Diana Chavez CruzTreasurer

Class Year: 2024

Major: Economics with a Education minor and a LALC concentration

Fabjola TelhajSecretary

Class Year: 2026

Major: Biology

Lauren ReillyCommunity Outreach Liaison

Class Year: 2025

Major: Political Science and Chinese Studies

Henry ArguetaCo-Social Media Coordinator

Class Year: 2026

Major: Biology on the Pre-Med track with a French and Francophone Studies minor

Jocelyn HerreraCo-Social Media CoordinatorClass Year: 2026
Jaqueline CuzcoCo-Event Coordinator

Class Year: 2026

Major: Psychology and Spanish

Maria Jose "Majo" AguilarCo-Event CoordinatorClass Year: 2025
Aura Polanco ConcepcionFirst Year InternClass Year: 2027
Nessa HillFirst Year InternClass Year: 2027
Lucy UmlandFirst Year InternClass Year: 2027