First-Generation Day

November 8, 2018

Being first in your family to attend and graduate from college is something to celebrate. IUPUI’s current student population includes nearly 30% first-generation students (that's more than 6,000 individuals)—and we want them to know how awesome they are. Our campus also has hundreds of first-generation faculty and staff who know firsthand about being first. Join the campus in this daylong celebration!

Get Involved

All divisions, schools, offices, and programs across IUPUI are invited to participate in the day in whatever way they can. You might hold an event, send a special note to your first-generation students, highlight a student or two on social media, or even just set up a table somewhere on campus to hand out swag. We’ve compiled a list to get you thinking. Once you’ve decided how you’ll participate, register your participation below so that we can help highlight it to campus as the celebration nears!

Want to be even more involved? Learn about the First-Generation Day committee at IUPUI and reach out to be part of the planning.

The Main Event

In addition to the office and program events around campus, the campus will be celebrating first-gen in the Campus Center TV Lounge from 11 until 2. We’ll have food and fun activities, including de-stress dogs, a photo booth, decorate-your-mortarboard, a popcorn bar, swag, and more! Everyone is welcome to attend—and don’t forget to promote the event to your students along with your own!
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Swag and Toolkit

Want some fun buttons and stickers that celebrate first-gen? Email Roxanne Gregg to get some swag for your event! Help us tell others about the fun, too. Download the visual elements of the celebration from the I'm First Toolkit.

Download the toolkit

Other Events to Check Out

Ideas to Celebrate

  1. Distribute first-generation swag to promote your celebration events and continued opportunities.
  2. Host a snack break for first-generation students to celebrate their success. Invite first-generation leaders, faculty, and staff to attend.
  3. Kick off a brown bag lecture series for faculty to discuss topics related to classroom experiences for first-generation students and offer approaches for improvement.

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A Campuswide Celebration

Check back here in a few weeks to see campuswide and local celebration activities that will be happening. We'll also have an "I'm First" toolkit to help you promote, celebrate, and look good!