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Posted Nov 09, 2023

Nov. 8 is National First-Generation College Celebration Day and this is the time to celebrate students, staff, and faculty who are the first in their family to pursue an undergraduate college degree.  

ٳٱ𾱲’s Office of Social Justice and Activism partnered with the Counseling Center in hosting the University’s very own First-Generation College Celebration earlier today. At the event, Wendy Sherman Heckler, ٳٱ𾱲’s provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, shared her story of becoming a first-generation student herself.  

The Celebration included music, food, and amazing conversation from OSJA Director Selethia Brown and Chief Diversity Officer Frank Dobson, a first-generation graduate himself, as well as from current first-generation students who talked about their experiences being the first in their families and what it means to them to be a first-generation student, the importance of providing support to those students. Counselors Denise Harrison and Sarah Perry, also first-generation graduates, were on hand to share their stories and lend support to the first-generation students.  

Learn more about the Office of Social Justic and Activism, the Counseling Center, and Student Success and Career Services — all of which are great resources for ٳٱ𾱲’s first-generation students as they pave the way for generations to come!