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Michelle Gonzalez
Michelle Gonzalez
First in Line Program Manager
Michelle is passionate about serving, empowering, and celebrating our first-generation students as they navigate their way through Baylor. Michelle oversees the First in Line Success Academy scholarship program and works closely with partners on campus to help provide support, network, and resources for Baylor’s first generation community. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Baylor in 2012 and has 10 years of experience in higher education in various areas including recruitment, advising, retention, career services, and enrollment management.

First in Line Student Leaders

Andrea Huynh-Duong
Andrea Huynh-Duong
Peer Leader
Senior, Marketing Major
"Being in FILSA has opened my eyes to the tremendous opportunities of growth for first generation college students. The connections built here last a lifetime and have truly helped me embrace the journey of being first gen!"
Brandon Nombrana
Brandon Nombrana
Student Ambassador
Junior, Cell and Molecular Biology Major
"Serving the First in Line community though the Ambassador role has given me the opportunity to bring students together from diverse backgrounds and create meaningful relationships for myself and others. Through planning events, meeting new students, and collaborating with other departments, I have witnessed the growth of this community which I value and am very thankful for."
Kaylah Ortiz
Kaylah Ortiz
Student Ambassador
Junior, Accounting Major
"Being a part of First in Line has given me the opportunity to be surrounded by people who are similar to me. FIL has created a safe space for me on campus to express and be myself within a great and supportive community!"
Ashlie Lackey
Ashlie Lackey
Peer Leader
Senior, Electrical & Computer Engineering Major
"FIL has been integral to my success as a first-gen college student. Getting to serve as a Peer Leader has been a joyful way to serve a community that has done so much for me."
Maddison Vrazel
Maddison Vrazel
Student Ambassador
Sophomore, Health Science Studies Pre-Med Major
"I entered Baylor as a FILSA scholar my freshman year and have found so much community within First In Line. Being involved with FIL has provided me with a professional skillset, access to numerous resources including preparation for medical school, and the ability to make long-lasting friendships."
Liam Barnett
Liam Barnett
Student Ambassador
Sophomore, Economics & Marketing Major
"First in Line really helped me transition into college and taught me what I needed to know to succeed. It has introduced me to a great community of fellow first generation students too."
Aniyah Noble
Aniyah Noble
Peer Leader
Junior, Health Science Studies Pre-Dent Major
"As a first-generation student myself this leadership position has been very rewarding. My goal as a peer leader has been to create a welcoming environment where students can trust and rely on me to be there for them through their college journey."
Faith Franklin
Faith Franklin
Peer Leader
Senior, Marketing & Entrepreneurship Major
"First In Line is the reason I have been so successful during my time at Baylor University. This program has given me community, guidance, leadership, and some amazing friends. The mentorship and relationships fostered by First In Line consistently give me confidence and encouragement I can’t get anywhere else."
Johnathan Gochicoa
Johnathan Gochicoa
Student Ambassador
Junior, Neuroscience & Chemistry Major
"FIL has helped me grow as an individual and a leader. The identity I now have and the strength I've developed to pursue higher education has never been greater with the assistance of this community."
Andrea Sorto
Andrea Sorto
Student Ambassador
Sophomore, Nursing Major
"I love First in Line because it has made me embrace being the first in my family to attend college, as well as meet others who are similar to me."
Jessica Martinez
Jessica Martinez
Student Ambassador
Senior, Health Science Studies Major
"First in Line has helped me network and be included in a community alongside those with similar college experiences coming into Baylor!"
Miguel Saucedo
Miguel Saucedo
Student Ambassador
Senior, Neuroscience Major
"Community and support. There are others like you that are here for you."
Serena Marquez
Serena Marquez
Peer Leader
Senior, Accounting Major
"As a first-generation college student from Waco, I would not be where I am today without First in Line's supportive community and numerous resources. This program has allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of earning a college degree, while also giving me the opportunity to mentor other first-gen students and help them thrive at Baylor."
Keeley Lee
Keeley Lee
Peer Leader
Senior, Biomedical Engineering Major
"First in Line has helped me tremendously by connecting me with resources on campus and helping me find a community of other first-generation students."
Diana Gillespie
Diana Gillespie
Student Ambassador
Sophomore, Medical Humanities Major
"This program was the first place to make Baylor home for me and continues to be a safe haven filled with people that understand my struggles and purely want to help each other succeed."
Diamond Nguyen
Diamond Nguyen
Peer Leader
Sophomore, Biology Major Pre-Med Track
"This program has been such a huge support to me, and it is so valuable for providing the resources that it does for First in Line students. I am grateful to be in this program."
Brianna Tancinco
Brianna Tancinco
Student Ambassador
Junior, Social Work Major
"For me, the First in Line program at Baylor has always felt like a safe space to seek support, but most importantly where being a first-generation college student always felt celebrated and never like a setback. The people in this program have poured into me and allowed me to be a part of a movement as a student ambassador to support others as we experience many "firsts" of college together. This is where I can also share my college experience with my parents and family who didn't get the chance I have now!"
Connie Mendoza
Connie Mendoza
Peer Leader
Senior, Communications Sciences and Disorders Major
"The First in Line program has provided me with countless resources and opportunities, but the most important thing that FILSA has provided me with is the constant love and support that I've needed to overcome my biggest obstacle - myself. As a first generation student, I am constantly battling imposter syndrome and anxiety, but FILSA always gives me the encouragement that I need to win these battles every single time."
Sara Nessel
Sara Nessel
Student Ambassador
Junior, Nursing Major
"First in Line has been one of the biggest blessing in my life. This community has made me so confident in myself and helped me find my god given purpose."
Logan Jackson
Logan Jackson
Student Ambassador
Sophomore, Pre-Psychology Major
"First in Line has provided me with constant encouragement and sense of belonging, which emboldened me to share that with others on campus."
Micah Mitchell
Micah Mitchell
Graduate Student Intern
Graduate Student, Higher Education and Student Affairs Major
"First in Line has provided me with an opportunity to reflect on my own experience as a first-gen student, and it has helped provide an idea of what type of work I want to do in the future."