Traveling With First To Go

Study Abroad-Dominican Republic

Partnered with the Study Abroad Program at LMU, First to Go sponsors a 10-day Study Abroad Program to the Dominican Republic. This experience, designed for and with first-generation college students in mind, focuses on the exploration of race and identity while examining the history of Dominican-Haitian political and social conflict. The short trip serves as a platform to encourage and expose students to international education. While on the trip, students participate in a writer’s workshop where they focus on writing their personal narrative, which will be published after the duration of the program through LMU’s Peer-reviewed Journal, First-Gen Voices.

This trip is supported by the LMU Study Abroad office both administratively and financially. With the support of the Study Abroad office, we are both able to accomplish our goal in sending more groups of underrepresented students abroad.

Read more about the program from member of the FTG community and participant in the Dominican Republic study abroad experience, Athena Martinez (Class of 2018):


Alternative Break Chicago

Sponsored by the Alternative Breaks program at LMU, First To Go co-sponsors an annual trip to Chicago, Illinois during Spring Break that focuses on understanding racism on the individual, institutional, and societal levels. During this week-long experience, students receive training on institutional racism and oppression to gain a better understanding of how to help combat it. To do so, participants will partake in anti-racism and anti-oppression workshops and get grassroots organizing exposure with community organizations. To learn more about the program, please watch the video on the trip:

“Having had the opportunity to go to the South Side of Chicago opened my eyes to a new place. First of all I had never traveled by plane to another state in the U.S., and secondly the experience made me realize and pin point issues that both the people in LA and Chicago face and have in common.”

Angel Vazquez (Class of 2020)