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Engagement opportunities associated with the National First-Generation College Celebration will take place across the three UW campuses. We will continue to update this page with additional information as it becomes available!

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to Manasi Mishra, Event submissions for 2023 are now open! Please click the following link and submit the Microsoft form “National First Generation Event Submission.” Please submit your events by October 17th, 2023.

Celebrate First-Generation Pop-Ups

@UW Bothell & @UW Seattle | November 1st, 2nd & 8th | Location: UW Libraries

  1. Li Lu Library, Health Sciences Education Building: Wednesday November 1, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
  2. Odegaard Library: Wednesday November 1, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  3. Foster Business Library: Thursday November 2, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm
  4. UW Bothell/Cascadia College Campus Library: Wednesday November 8, 1:30 pm -3:30 pm

Celebrate the experiences of first-generation students and learn about UW Libraries resources to support first-generation student success! Stop by a participating library to enjoy snacks, pick up first-gen buttons, meet other first-generation students, and take part in short activities reflecting on the first-generation experience. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome!

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Fall Welcome for First-Gen Graduate Students

@UW Seattle | Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Location: Presentation Place, Research Commons, UW Seattle campus

The UW honors National First-Gen College Celebration every early November. In recognition of this tri-campus occasion, first-gen graduate students are invited to this fall welcome event! This event is free and lunch will be provided.

Featuring Faculty Guest Speaker:
Dr. Carmen Gonzalez, Dart Endowed Assistant Professor in Trauma, Journalism, and Communication and Associate Director for the Center for Communication, Difference, & Equity, UW Seattle campus


  1. Hear insights and perspectives from a UW first-gen faculty guest speaker
  2. Learn about strategies that will support your success in grad school
  3. Build community with first-gen peers from across the disciplines
  4. Enjoy lunch!

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Questions? Send an email.

This event is sponsored by Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School and UW Libraries Research Commons.


First-Gen Photo Booth

@UW Seattle | Wednesday, November 8, 2023 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Location: Ethnic Cultural Center

First generation students and allies are welcome to take pictures at our special photo booth!

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Fireside Chat

@Foster | Wednesday, November 8, 2023 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm | Location: Deloitte Commons in Paccar Hall

A fireside chat with recent first generation alumni plus a open question session for first generation students.

BYOL (bring you own lunch) Foster will provide light snacks and canned sparkling water.

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First Generation Celebration! A National First Generation Celebration Event

@UW Bothell | Wednesday, November 8th 10:30 am – 2:30 pm | Location: UWB Plaza

Join us for a celebration in the UWB plaza to celebrate all UWB students, staff, and faculty. There will be fun, food and photos! Stop by for some fun activities and some swag.

No registration required, please stop by anytime. Please contact for accommodations.

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Celebrate First Gen College Students with HAS

@UW Seattle | Wednesday, November 8th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Location: Padelford Hall, A-wing, Suite 002

Join Humanities Academic Services (HAS) in honoring the accomplishments of first-generation college students during the National First-Generation College Celebration. Mark your calendars!

Enjoy free pizza, engage in lively trivia, and more as we come together to celebrate the achievements of our incredible first-gen community.

Don’t miss out on this event – save the date and join us for an fun celebration on November 8th!

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

Registration is not required.

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Pledge to Graduate / I Support First Gen

@UW Tacoma | Wednesday, November 8th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Location: Dawg House (Mattress Factory 1st floor lounge)

If you are a first generation student, come by to sign a pledge to share an inspirational quote to encourage others and yourself on your pathway to graduation. If you are an alum, staff or faculty member, you are also welcome to join to share your commitment with how you will or currently support first generation students on our campus.

Light refreshments will be provided as well as a photo booth to capture our amazing community!

If any accommodations are needed, please contact or call (253) 692-4734.

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We Are First Gen Photo Campaign Unveiling

@UW Tacoma | Monday, November 13th 12:30pm – 1:20pm | Location: William W. Phillip Hall

We will be spotlighting 13 amazing first gen community members – specifically 12 students and 1 faculty member. This will be our 7th annual photo campaign at UWT. Their photos as well as their inspirational quotes will be displayed in the GWP building and online.

If any accommodations are needed, please contact or call (253) 692-4734.

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First Gen Career Panel by First Generation Leaders in Law

@UW Seattle | Thursday, November 16th 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Location: 124 Dempsey Hall

Hear from career professionals in policy, law and business.

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