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First-Generation College Students

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+ - Quaylan Allen, Ph.D. - Director of First-Generation Programs, and Associate Professor in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies

The Graduate Student-PFP Assistant Coordinators and undergraduate student assistants work under the guidance and supervision of the First-Generation Programs Director, Dr. Quaylan Allen.

Quaylan Allen, Ph.D.-Associate Professor of Educational Studies

About Quaylan: Dr. Allen joined the Attallah College of Educational Studies in 2012 and is an Associate Professor teaching in the Integrated Educational Studies Program. A graduate from the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University, Dr. Allen received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

His research broadly addresses issues of educational equity in P-20 settings by critically examining the implications of social and educational policies and practices on culturally diverse populations. In particular, Dr. Allen’s research centers on examining the ecologies of academic success for men of color. At previous institutions, Dr. Allen has served as a program coordinator for a first-generation scholarship program, and an NSF funded technology program for girls from underserved communities. He has also worked with The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program as well as high school-to-college programs for Black male youth and their families. Finally, Dr. Allen has experience in both neighborhood and charter high schools as an instructor teaching academic development and college readiness to underrepresented students, and as an education researcher examining the impact of school policies and practices on the educational outcomes of men of color.

+ - 2019-2020 PFP Staff


Jacqueline Aparicio, M.S., Educational Counseling and Ph.D. Candidate in Education

Jacqueline Aparicio

M.S., Educational Counseling

Graduate Student-PFP Assistant Coordinator

Tham Singpatanakul, M.A., Film Studies

Tham Singpatanakul

M.A., Film Studies

Graduate Student-PFP Assistant Coordinator

Contact Us

For general questions regarding the Promising Futures Program and first generation student resources, please contact the First-Generation Programs.

First-Generations Programs Director, Quaylan Allen, Ph.D.