Society diversity

Lehigh students and staff among new inductees into First-Generation Honor Society

The initiation promise for students reads, in part, “Being first can be tough. Being the first can be scary. Being the first can be exciting. As the first generation in your family to go to college, you are a source of pride and guidance to others. By agreeing to become a member of the Tri-Alpha Honor Society, you acknowledge your responsibility to your family and to future generations of the first, to finish what you started, to be their compass leading them to their destination when the path seems uncertain, to be their light in the darkness and to support others in their own journeys of firsts.

“The Tri-Alpha Honor Society is special because it recognizes the determination and drive of these students, both academically and personally,” said Robert Flowers, Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean of the College of Arts and science and faculty advisor to the group. “Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, and it’s gratifying to hear about their successes and accomplishments. The breadth of experiences of our first-generation students is one of the essential elements that shape the character of Lehigh.

Student inductee Norman Zvenyika ’24, who is majoring in computer science and bioinformatics engineering, said he was “excited” to be inducted into the organization.

“The Tri-Alpha Honor Society is a preeminent organization dedicated to recognizing the academic achievement of first-generation students and empowering them to thrive in different facets of life,” he said.

Amber Brose ’24, who double majors in political science and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, was also among the students inducted. Since recognizing that she was a first-generation student, she said, she has been able to find support and community. “It’s very comforting to have other people who also have to work to support themselves during their studies,” she said, “and [who] understand the feelings of impostor syndrome that can sometimes arise when one is around others who come from a perspective different from one’s own.

Students inducted included:

  • Raihan Alam ’23, Psychology/Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Amber Brose ’24, Political Science/AGSS, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Isabella Cammisa ’22, Psychology/Journalism, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Karla Contreras ’23, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Domenick ’23, Business Information Systems/Business Intelligence and Technology/Supply Chain Management, College of Business
  • Steven Escobar-Mendez ’22, Political Science/Global Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Genesis Genao ’23, Psychology/Global Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Allison Graham ’22, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Zihan Mao ’24, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mericel Mirabel ’22, Sociology/Latin American and Latin American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lesly Montano Garcia ’23, Accounting/Supply Chain Management, College of Business
  • Cassidy Rubio ’24, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Hajer Sabil ’23, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Adrian Suarez ’22theatre, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Hejia Wang ’25, Economics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Zihan Wang ’24, IT and Commerce, College of Business
  • Norman Zvenyika ’24, Computer Science and Bioengineering, College of Health

Faculty and staff inducted included:

  • Denise Beautreau, Director, Student Access and Success Center
  • Christopher Herrera, Associate Director of Marketing and Graphic Design, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Heather Johnson, Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Patricia A. Johnson, Vice President, Finance and Administration
  • Germany PadlockAssistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, College of Education