Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta Students Collaborate on First-Gen Podcast Series
To celebrate National First-Generation Day on November 8, Hartwick College launched First Things First, a five-episode series created through The Wick Cast, a podcast initiative launched last year by the Office of Career Development and Network Engagement. The new series was produced by Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta students and, through interviews with staff, faculty and alumni, explores several topics related to the challenges and issues facing first-generation college-goers.
Stephanie Hollander, associate director of career development and network engagement, was initially contacted by Christy Funsch, director of the SUNY Oneonta Career Development Center. Funsch wanted to learn more about The Wick Cast and to find topics on which students at both institutions could collaborate. Once they decided on the topic, it was time to recruit students.
Hartwick students involved in hosting this series were Katherine Coco ’26, Jadon Demeritte ’25, Avontae Palmer ’27, Kezia Namakula ’25 and Ben Hulbert ’24 aided in production.
“As a first-gen, I am trying to serve as a role model for my younger brother and younger cousins. I feel like I have a lot to live up to as a first-generation student, but I am happy with it because I want to be the person my younger brother and cousins can come to for advice.”
Kezia Namakula '25