Eastern Connecticut State University

Ismael Gracia (2011)

My First Generation Story

About the Student


Ismael Gracia is a junior at Eastern Connecticut State University who is majoring in graphic design. He grew up in Hartford, CT, and has 11 siblings. At Eastern, he is a member of M.A.L.E.S. (Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success) and OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students). In 2008, Ismael was one of the very first students to participate in the university’s award-winning Dual Enrollment Initiative, a collaborative program between Eastern, Quinebaug Valley Community College and Hartford Public High School that works to improve the academic success of students from low-income backgrounds.

Student Stats

Name: Ismael Gracia (2011)
Age: 20
Year in School: Junior
Major: Graphic Design
Favorite Course: Health and Wellness
Dream Job: To own his own business



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