Tara Zahra serves as a resource for Chicago students who are first generation in the College, from low-income families, or undocumented. Tara is one of several faculty mentors with the Center for College Student Success.
Born in rural Pennsylvania, Tara, a MacArthur Fellow and a professor of Eastern European history and the College, describes the experience of attending Swarthmore College as "a culture shock in many ways." She goes on to say: "I credit my own college experience with my decision to become a history professor."
Located in room 406 in Harper Memorial Library's West Tower, the center advises, supports, and connects students to resources—big and small—on campus. Here are just a few:
- January 11—First-Generation Student Night at the Smart Museum—bring an object from your background and share your story, or just come to listen, to see the collection, and to enjoy the company. Open to College, graduate, and professional-school students.
- Undocumented Student Resources
- Laptap Lending and Printing Station
- College Financial Support—fellowships and grants to make a trip abroad a reality, to take a summer internship that could lead to a career, and more.
- Food Security—contact Student Support Services to avoid skipping a meal, running out of food during break, or letting hunger interfere with your studies.