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First-Generation College Student Celebration Day

November 8th is National First-Generation College Student Celebration Day. UW is proud to recognize and celebrate our first-generation students.

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2022 Events

Events open to all students:

First-Gen Book Display

Throughout November, there will be a book display featuring first-generation authors and themes. This collection will be on the main floor of Coe Library. Swing by and check them out! 


Union Breezeway Tables with Flyers and Swag (Nov. 7-11)

In the Union Breezeway, Student Support Services, the McNair Program, ACES, Tri-Alpha First-Gen Student Honors Society, and LeaRN will have tables set up with information, swag, and t-shirts for first-gen students. These tables will be staffed at least from 11:00am-1:00pm throughout the week. 


"Why I'm First" Campaign (Nov. 7-11)

At the LeaRN Table in the Union Breezeway, first-gen students, faculty, and staff are invited to write up quick notes of encouragement and pride to the first-gen community. We expect this wall of letters of fill up quickly, so come share your experience and knowledge! 


Speed Mentoring for First-Gen Students, (Nov. 8)

From 9:00am-4:30pm on November 8th in the Union Breezeway, we're offering quick, low-stakes mentorship for first-gen students from first-gen faculty, support staff, and advanced students!

Recognition for First-Gen Students Across Campus:

  • College of Business Students

    • First-Generation Community Lunch- Join us in the Green Johnson Student Success Center for a lunch on November 8th, between noon and 1pm. Please RSVP to so we order enough food.
    • First-Generation Student Swag Giveaway!- Inside the Green Johnson Center!
      • All day on November 8th, stop into our center (in the career services area) to grab some COB swag!
    • Watch our socials and your email for “COB First-Gen Highlights” in our Monday Message
    • We are excited to hear your story! Would you be willing to share your story with us, or let us highlight your experience? If yes, email details to
  • Honors College 

    • Honors College Luncheon for First-Generation Students - November 8th
  • School of Energy Resources 

    • Highlighting first-gen students on social media platforms
  • College of Engineering 

    • Printed flyer with stories from first-gen leaders
  • College of Health Sciences

    • Spotlighting first-gen student on social media platforms
    • Hosting "Donuts with the Dean" event
  • Haub School

    • Allotting Dining Dollars to first-gen students 
  • College of Agriculture, Life Sciences, and Natural Resources

    • Hosting coffee and cookies for CALSNR first-generation students on Tuesday November 8th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Ag C rm 137
  • Transfer Center

    • Communicating congratulations to transfer first-gen students
  • UW/Casper

    • Communicating congratulations to UW/Casper first-gen students

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