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!


Wednesday, Oct. 28: First Generation Alumni Panel  

Come engage with First Generation Alumni about their major exploration process, career pathways and learn tips to launch your professional goals.  

If you would like to join us on October 28th at 3pm via zoom, please RSVP here!


Monday, Nov. 2: Your Career Journey 

Join us for our speaker presentation who will be sharing her story on career planning/identification and the role of positive group supports as a First-gen and veteran affiliated alumni.

Time: 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Host: Michael Maratas, Career Development – Veteran and Military Resource Center
Guest speaker: Jessica Thomas, MSW

Jessica Thomas was a Sergeant First Class in the Army and began her career at 17. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at UWT and was accepted into the Advance Standing Master of Social Work Program at UW Seattle. While working with the DOD, Jessica found passion for working with Service-members, Veterans and their families, and she continued to work for the VHA as a Homeless Programs Outreach Social Worker. In 2017, she obtained her Clinical License in Social Work and currently is the Aligned Care Team Supervisor where she works with nurses and social workers to ensure veterans are connected to the appropriate health care resources.

Link: access through Handshake at https://tacomauw.joinhandshake.com/events/613116

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Virtual Salary Negotiation Workshop

Learn how to appropriately prepare to negotiate your salary, and tips and tools to help you succeed.

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Host: Katherine Felts, Career Development and Education
Link: https://tacomauw.joinhandshake.com/events/529524
This event is open to all UW students. Please register on Handshake.


Friday, Nov. 6: UW Tacoma First Generation College Celebration

Join us as UW Tacoma celebrates its 4th annual National First-Generation College Celebration by honoring first-generation stories.

‘We are First Generation’ Story Campaign – During this event we will unveil our 4th Annual “We Are First Generation” stories campaign. Here we feature the voices of first-generation college students, faculty, staff and alumni from UW Tacoma. All selected stories will be shared with our UWT campus community. We will also highlight one story each month on our social media and website using the hashtag #FirstGenUWTacoma

Time: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Host: Office of First Generation Student Initiatives
Link: https://youtu.be/KOcjF9qbfWY

For more information please contact firstgen@uw.edu . Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FirstGenUWTacoma to share on social media.


Monday, Nov. 9 – Nov. 20: First-Gen Faculty/Staff Chats

Calling all UW first-generation undergraduate students!

Sign up for a virtual coffee/meet-up with a UW first-generation faculty or staff member between November 9th -20th. By meeting with a faculty or staff member that is also first-gen, we hope you will get connected to someone who has walked in your shoes and provide some helpful insight and support.

For more information about how to sign up visit fyp.washington.edu/fyefirstgen


Tuesday, Nov. 10: Hacking the Academy – Supporting First Gen College Students Online

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020, 1-2 p.m.

The shift to online instruction and support has been a transition for all of us but can be particularly challenging for students that are the first in their family to attend college. This panel will discuss what supports are in place for first generation college students, the strengths first-generation students bring to the classroom, and how staff and faculty can support students in the classroom and beyond. This program is part of our Hacking the Academy series that looks at the new way scholarship is produced.

Panelists for this event include:

  • Kristian Wiles, Interim Assistant Vice President of Student Success, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Jaye Sablan, Assistant Director for Core Programs
  • Janiece Rustin, Graduate Student and Advisory Board Member of the First-Generation Graduate Student Program
  • Daniel Ayala Robles, Education, Communities, and Organizations (ECO), UAA Peer Advisor and Dream Project College and Career Readiness Assistant

Panelists will offer short talks followed by time for your questions and answers. This session will be offered via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared with those registered shortly before the event begins.

RSVP here: https://www.lib.washington.edu/about/news/calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D148502211


Monday, Nov. 9 – Nov. 14: Social Media Pride Week for UW First-Gen Graduate Students

Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma

A first-gen graduate student is in the first generation of their family to earn a Bachelor’s degree—and currently working towards a graduate degree. In recognition of National First-Generation College Celebration Day, Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School invites first-gen graduate students across tri-campus to attend a special upcoming career development event as well as to show your first-gen pride online!

Poll Everywhere:

  • Respond to the ‘show your pride’ poll: http://pollev.com/uwfirstgengrads
  • Please note: The poll opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 9 will close at midnight on Saturday, November 14.

Social Media:

  • On social media, share images from your graduate student experience and why you are proud to be a first-gen. Use #UWFirstGenGrads and #CelebrateFirstGen from November 9-14.


Thursday, Nov. 12: Career Development for UW First-Gen Graduate Students

This presentation is designed to provide career development tips and strategies so you can be successful during the job search process.

Time: 4-5 p.m.
Link: Register for this event
Event partners: First-Gen Graduate Student Advisory Board, Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School, and Career & Internship Center (Seattle campus).


Thursday, Nov. 12: Student Diversity Center First-Generation Celebration Lunch

Join the Diversity Center over lunch to honor and celebrate our First-Gen community. This will be an opportunity to meet other students, staff and faculty who identify as first-gen.  The Diversity Center would also like to use this space to dream of programming that would be geared towards supporting our First-Gen family at UWB. We hope to see you then.  If you have any questions please email uwbdiv@uw.edu

Time: 12-1 p.m.
Zoom Link: 928-9504-2614

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.






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