The Ithaca FIRSTS Award is given to first-gen students who have contributed to the Ithaca Firsts Community. This year, Winter has served as the RA for the First Place Residential Learning Community in East Tower. Winter's creativity and commitment to creating a meaningful experience for first-gen students on campus went beyond East Tower as she opened many of the events to the general First-Gen community. Programs like "FAFSA & Flapjacks" serve as a representation to Winter's work and dedication to creating intentional programs that help first-gen students succeed at IC and beyond. In addition to her programming efforts, Winter also has served as an advocate for other first-gen students and relaying the needs and concerns of students with administration and staff. Drawing on her own experiences and the experiences of her peers she was able to go above and beyond to make sure that the community needs were met. The staff and faculty advisors, as well as the residents of First Place would like to congratulate Winter as we all know that the experience would not have been the same without her kindness and leadership.
Ithaca Firsts Award