Diversity at the UW

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!



(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)  Monday, 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



(Tacoma) Monday, Nov. 8: “I Support First-Gen”

Opportunity for faculty and staff to share how they support first-gen students on our campus. A signature poster board will be provided for them to share how they support first-gen students.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dawg House Student Lounge, UW Tacoma
More Info: firstgen@uw.eduor 253-692-4734


(Tacoma) Monday, Nov. 8 – Tuesday, Nov. 9: Mini-Whiteboard Handout! #WeAreFirstGenUWT

Students, faculty and staff will be provided with mini-whiteboards where they will write and share what being the first means to them. They will take pictures at their favorite places on campus, and then use the hashtag #WeAreFirstGenUWT to share on social media.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mattress Factory 213, UW Tacoma
More Info: firstgen@uw.eduor 253-692-4734


(Seattle) Monday, Nov. 8 – Friday, Nov. 19: First-Gen Faculty & Staff Chats (Registration Required)

This event provides an opportunity for first-gen undergrad students to connect with UW faculty and staff who are also first-generation and have found their paths. These connections are intended to make campus feel smaller for our first-gen undergrads and will allow them the opportunity to develop relationships on campus. Students can sign up for 1:1 chats with our first-generation faculty and staff November 8th – 19th.

Time: Various
Host: UAA Advising
Link: https://fyp.washington.edu/orientation/content-areas/additional-resources/first-gen-uw/
This event is open to all UW students.


(Seattle) Tuesday, Nov. 9: First gen series: Understanding yourself (in medicine) through reflection & connection

In honor of National First-Generation College Celebration Day, and to create community through dialogue and connection with one another, Proactive Advising and Career Advising are pleased to offer a workshop designed exclusively for 1st-Gen Students at UW SOM. Presented by Drs. Ricardo Pulido (Oto resident) and Jessica Pinto (IM resident)

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Host: Presented by Drs. Ricardo Pulido (Oto resident) and Jessica Pinto (IM resident)
Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/93612411558
This event is open to all UW SoM students.


(Tri-Campus) Tuesday, Nov. 9: Financial Wellness sessions: Learn about Credit

This session will provide participants information about credit scores, credit cards, best practices and identity theft.

Time: 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Host: Brandon Lang, Sound Outreach Financial Counselor
This event is open to all UW students.


(Tacoma) Wednesday, Nov. 10: Pledge of Commitment to Graduate

A signature poster board will be available for students to share how they will commit to achieve their graduation goals.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dawg House Student Lounge, UW Tacoma
Contact Info: firstgen@uw.eduor 253-692-4734


(Tri-Campus) Wednesday, Nov. 10: Virtual Fall Welcome for UW First-Gen Graduate Students (Registration Required)

The University of Washington tri-campus honors National First-Gen College Celebration Day every early November! In this regard, first-generation graduate students are cordially invited to attend a free, online welcome event in order to:

– Learn about strategies that will support your success in grad school
– Build community with first-gen peers from across the disciplines
– Have a chance to win an e-gift card!


– Guest Speaker Dr. Ralina L. Joseph, First-Gen College Student, Professor of Communication, and Associate Dean of Equity & Justice in Grad Programs in The Graduate School
– More details TBA!

– Guest Speaker Jessica Kong, First-Gen College Student, Doctoral Student in Chemistry, and UW Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow

Send questions to cpinfo@uw.edu. This event is sponsored by Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School.

Students requesting accommodations related to a disability should be made 10 days in advance to Disability Resources at 206-543-8924 (Voice & Relay), 206-616-8379 (Fax) oruwdrs@uw.edu

Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Host: UW Core Programs – Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School
Registration: https://forms.gle/x9rVJEsu32yUGaq29
Connect with UW Core Programs: UW First-Gen Graduate Student Initiative: https://grad.uw.edu/core-programs/first-generation-graduate-students/


(Tri-Campus) Wednesday, Nov. 10: Finding Your Balance: Balancing Research, Coursework and Life

As a UW first-generation student, there are a lot of things – whether they are exciting opportunities or necessary obligations – on your plate! This session is all about balancing your busy school, work, and personal lives, as well as navigating a large university system. We will feature interactive activities and conversations led by first-generation students to explore topics like: self-care, time management, goal setting, library research, communicating with UW faculty and staff, and more. Leave the session with a plan and support. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Host: UW Libraries, Academic Support Programs
Location: Online – https://washington.zoom.us/j/97460206523


(Tri-Campus) Wednesday, Nov. 10: Finding an Internship (Registration Required)

Are you thinking about an internship but unsure of how to approach your search? Are you interested in learning more about the value of internships, and how to determine which is right for you? Attendees of this workshop will leave with a better idea of where to find internships, what types of roles may work best for them, and how to build a successful application.

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Host: Michael Maratas, Career Development – Veteran and Military Resource Center
Registration: https://tacomauw.joinhandshake.com/events/835747/share_preview


(Tri-Campus)  Thursday, Nov. 11: firstUW First-Gen Panel 

Join us in celebrating national first-gen week as firstUW hosts our first virtual panel ever featuring UW first-gen alumni to unpack the first-generation experience.

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Host: firstUW
Location: Online – https://washington.zoom.us/j/98685393511
Engage: instagram.com/firstuw/


(Tacoma) Monday, Nov. 15: UW Tacoma First Generation College Celebration

UW Tacoma will celebrate the Fifth Annual National First-Generation College Celebration by honoring first-generation stories.

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: William Phillip Hall, UW Tacoma

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