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Events & Activities

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!

For more information on specific topics related to event hosting (planning ideas, event recognition, social media toolkit, etc.), explore the dropdowns below! If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to send  an email to Makayla Ndamele, mndamele@uw.edu.

Event submissions for 2022 are now open! Please click the following link and submit the Microsoft form “National First Generation Event Submission.”  

Ongoing Events:

(Seattle) First Gen at UW | First Year Programs (washington.edu)

Stay informed about events and opportunities on the UW Seattle Campus by singing up for the First-Gen Updates list located on the First-Gen at UW webpage!

(Tri-Campus) Virtual First-Generation Backgrounds

Download and install virtual First-Generation Celebration backgrounds for your Teams and Zoom meetings!

(Tri-Campus)  Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Nov. 12: Share Your Stories!

Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma

Show your first-gen pride by posting your story or sharing a photo on social media using the hashtags #CelebrateFirstGen, #BeTheFirst, #UWFirstGenGrads (Graduate Students), or #UWFirstGen

 

Events:

(Tri-Campus) Tuesday, Nov 1st at 1:00pm PT: How to create an environment conducive to first-generation adult learners.

Location: t.congressweb.com | Register here

Tune into this panel discussion on how to create an environment conducive to first-generation adult learners. Brenda Dann-Messier moderates the virtual panel. Dann-Messier is a senior advisor with the Education Strategy Group; former Post-Secondary Commissioner of Higher Education in Rhode Island; and past assistant secretary for Career, Technology, & Adult Education with the Obama Administration. Joining Dann-Messier is:

  • Kelly Brochu, assistant to the president for special projects at Regis College.
  • Matt Donovan, director of educational access programs at Morehead State University, and
  • Vanessa Sheared, president, board of directors at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

(Tri-Campus) Wednesday, Nov 2nd at 3:00pm PT: How to create an environment conducive to first-generation adult learners.

Location: t.congressweb.com | Register here

Tune into this panel discussion on how to create an environment conducive to first-generation adult learners. Brenda Dann-Messier moderates the virtual panel. Dann-Messier is a senior advisor with the Education Strategy Group; former Post-Secondary Commissioner of Higher Education in Rhode Island; and past assistant secretary for Career, Technology, & Adult Education with the Obama Administration. Joining Dann-Messier is:

  • Kelly Brochu, assistant to the president for special projects at Regis College.
  • Matt Donovan, director of educational access programs at Morehead State University, and
  • Vanessa Sheared, president, board of directors at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

(Tri – Campus) Wednesday, Nov 2nd from 4-5:00pm: Fall Welcome for First-Generation Graduate Students

Location: Hub 145 (Seattle Campus) | Please sign up here.

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 sponsored by Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School.

At this event, you will:

– Hear insights and perspectives from UW first-gen staff and grad student guest speakers
– Learn about strategies that will support your success in grad school
– Build community with first-gen peers from across the disciplines
– Enjoy dinner

Guest Speakers:

– Dr. Katie Malcom, Associate Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning and Affiliate Faculty in English.
– Guest Speaker: Kentrell Owens, 3rd Year PhD Student in Computer Science & Engineering

(Seattle) Tuesday, Nov 8th at 9:30am: Coffee and Donuts with Space Grant

Location: AERB 241 | please contact nasa@uw.edu for details.

First Gen Student Coffee Chat at Space Grant

(Tacoma) Tuesday, Nov 8th from 10:00am – 2:00pm: I Pledge to Graduate

Location: Dawg House | please contact firstgen@uw.edu for details.

(Bothell) Tuesday, Nov 8th from 11:00am – 1:30pm: National First Gen College Celebration Day

Location: UWB Plaza | please contact Stephanie Mardahl (stephm12@uw.edu) for details.

Come join us in celebrating first generation students, staff, and faculty across the campus on November 8th in the plaza for National First Gen College Celebration day.

(Seattle) Tuesday, Nov 8th from 11:00am – 1:00pm: Humanities Academic Services celebrates National First Generation Day

Location: Padelford Hall, A-Wing, Plaza Level (PL). How to find HAS | please contact has-center@uw.edu for details.

Humanities Academic Services (HAS) acknowledges and celebrates the transition of first-generation students into higher education and at University of Washington. Students who are a declared major or minor in programs connected to a humanities degree program , or are prospective humanities students curious about how to integrate the humanities into their academic experience, are invited to come by our offices in Padelford Hall for an open-house style event, any time from 11:00am-1:00pm on Tuesday, November 8. Enjoy a slice of pizza, connect with other first-gen students, meet the HAS staff, and learn about the resources and opportunities the humanities have to offer. Students also receive a special care packages while supplies last – a perfect pick-me up, just in time for midterms!

(Seattle) Tuesday, Nov 8th from 11:00am -3:00pm: OMAD First Gen Celebration Photo Booth

Location: First Floor of Mary Gates Hall | please contact Mariela Galvan galvan18@uw.edu for details

Stop by the first floor of Mary Gates Hall to take photos in our First Gen celebration photo booth. Show off your first-gen pride by posting your photo booth photos on social media using the hashtags #CelebrateFirstGen, #BeTheFirst, #UWFirstGenGrads (Graduate Students), or #UWFirstGen

(Tacoma) Wednesday, Nov 9th from 10:00am -2:00pm: I Support First Gen

Location: Location: Dawg House | please contact firstgen@uw.edu for details.

(Seattle)  Wednesday, Nov 9th from 1:00pm -2:00pm: Celebrate First-Generation Pop-Ups

Location(s): Odegaard Library, Foster Business Library, & Li Lu Library in the Health Sciences Education Building

Celebrate the experiences of first-generation students and learn about UW Libraries resources to support first-generation student success! Stop by Odegaard, Foster, or the Health Sciences Libraries from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. to enjoy snacks, pick up buttons, and take part in short activities reflecting on the first-generation experience. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome! Staff from the Community Standards & Student Conduct office will be attending the event in Odegaard Library. Learn about academic integrity, the Student Conduct Code, and tips for academic success. They will also have giveaways for answering trivia questions!

(Tacoma)  Monday, Nov 14th from 12:30pm -2:00pm: UWT We Are First Gen Campaign Unveiling

Location: WPH (William Philip Hall) | please contact firstgen@uw.edu for details.

 

More programs will be added daily!

 

 

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu. 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.