- Host panel discussions or forums featuring first-generation members of your school to discuss their college experiences.
- Incorporate first-generation faculty experiences into classroom discussions.
- Orchestrate listening sessions by administration, faculty, and staff about first-generation students’ experiences and needs on campus.
- Distribution first-generation swag to promote your celebration events and continued opportunities.
- Host a snack break for first-generation students to celebrate their success. Invite first-generation leaders, faculty, and staff to attend.
- 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.
- Offer resume and interview workshops with tips on how to best frame first-generation status in the hiring process.
- Send a letter or postcard home to the families of first-generation students to acknowledge the university’s support of their attendance and to highlight successes.
- Create a visual display of famous or successful first-generation alumni or prominent leaders. Customize for academic spaces (i.e., Michelle Obama, Sonya Sotomayor, and Bill Clinton near law or politics spaces, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in the business school, Common and Viola Davis in performing arts areas.)
Want even more ways to celebrate? Try out NASPA's list of 50 activities!