Our Curriculum


FGLI Thrive™ is an 8-module proactive mental and emotional wellness curriculum designed to help first-generation and/or limited income students successfully transition to college. Rooted in the fields of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion, this curriculum is led by scholars, psychologists, and educators from numerous institutions across the country. Curriculum was developed in collaboration with Dr. Jo Ellyn Walker, Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives at Georgetown University.

Topics Covered by Module

1. Well-Being and Mindset: The Science of Well-Being and How to Create Positive Change
• Well-Being vs. Happiness
• Hedonism
• Flourishing
• PERMA Framework for Well-Being
• 3 Components of Subjective Well-Being

2. Stress and Resilience: How to Harness the Power Within
• Stress and the Stress Mindset
• Mismatch Theory
• Fight-or-Flight Response vs. Challenge Response
Unique Challenges Faced by FGLI Students and Ways to Overcome Them
Financial Literacy
Tend and Befriend Instinct During Times of Stress

3. Mental Health: Dealing with the Tough Times
• Mental Health
Benefits of Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Culture & Mental Health
• Cognitive Load and How to Manage It
Automatic Thoughts and Thinking Traps
Negativity Bias
How to Help a Friend in Need

4. Mindfulness: The Power of Moment-to-Moment Awareness
• Mindfulness
Meditation, Culture & Identity

5. Self-Compassion: The Importance of Being Kind to Yourself
• Self-Compassion
Self-Criticism and the Inner Critic 

6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Uncovering Biases, Embracing Differences, and Appreciating Commonalities
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Color-Blind Race Ideology
Implicit Biases
Nonviolent Communication
Ways to Celebrate Diversity

7. Relationship to Others: Connecting With Others to Thrive in College and Beyond
• Attachment & Equity Theories
Benefits of Close Friendships
• Mentorship
Building Social Capital
Family Engagement & Boundary Setting
Active Constructive Responding

8. Belonging & Relationship to Self: Capitalizing on Your Strengths
• Balancing Multiple Roles
Sense of Belonging
Cultural Mismatch
• Stereotype Threat & Impostor Syndrome
Finding Your Unique Voice


Instructional Videos


Instructive Experiential
Exercises & Practices


Supporting Resources


End of Module Quizzes


End of Program Assessment


Certificate of Completion

How to Use the Curriculum

Our curriculum consists of digital content and a comprehensive instructor manual to facilitate group discussion. Curriculum can be integrated into credit-bearing courses, facilitated as student workshops, or offered as a self-paced certificate.

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