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!

Bothell Campus

3rd Annual National First-Gen Celebration

First-Gen Pride Celebration
Thursday, November 7, 2019
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Diversity Center, UW1-173

Come build community and celebrate your first-gen pride in the Student Diversity Center. We will have first-gen buttons, food, and activities for you all. We are excited to see you there.

#diversefirst at UWB: Celebrating the stories of our diverse first-gen community
Monday, November 4 – Friday, November 8
Student Diversity Center
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come into the Student Diversity Center to participate in our #diversefirst storytelling campaign. We want to honor the multiple identities you hold along with being first-generation.


Seattle Campus

Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Photo Booth

Friday, November 8, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall, Suite 141

Everyone is invited to stop by and have your photo taken with your friends or colleagues to post on social media using the National First-Generation College Celebration hashtags: #CelebrateFirstGen, #BeTheFirst, #UWFirstGen and #UWFirstGenGrads.

School of Social Work #CelebrateFirstGen Table

Friday, November 8, 2019
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gallery (first floor of the School of Social Work building)

Everyone is welcome to stop by our table for free cupcakes, Social Work swag and a button to promote and celebrate awareness for what it means to #BetheFirst! Learn more on the Social Work web site.


Tacoma Campus

3rd Annual National First-Gen Celebration – Preliminary Schedule

For more information, please contact firstgen@uw.edu or 253-692-4734.

Monday, Nov. 4 & Tuesday, Nov. 5: #WeAreFirstGenUWT
Distribution of Mini-Whiteboards
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (both days)
Mattress Factory 213, UW Tacoma

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.

Wednesday, November 6: Pledge of Commitment to Graduate 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dawg House Student Lounge, UW Tacoma

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

Thursday, November 7: “I Support First-Gen” Sticker
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dawg House Student Lounge, UW Tacoma

Opportunity for faculty and staff to share how they support first-gen students on our campus. A signature board will be provided for them to share how they support first-gen students. Those who submit will receive a sticker via campus mail that can displayed in their offices. Included with the sticker will be a guide with strategies on how to support first-gen students.

Friday, November 8: First-Generation College Celebration
12:20 p.m. – 2 p.m.
William Phillip Hall, UW Tacoma

UW Tacoma will celebrate the 3rd Annual National First-Generation College Celebration by honoring first-generation stories. This event will feature a keynote address from Bernard E. Anderson, Ph.D., UW Tacoma Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to sign their pledge as first-generation students to finish their four-year degree.

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 UWT. 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 #WeAreFirstGenUWT.


Tri-Campus Graduate Student Programming

In recognition of National First-Generation College Celebration Day, Core Programs in the UW Graduate School invites all first-generation graduate students across the tri-campuses to attend these free, informal social hours to build community and show your first-gen pride online!

Social Hours for First-Gen Graduate Students

Friday, November 8, 2019
11 a.m. – Noon/ Gates Commons (CSE 691)
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. / Gates Commons (CSE 691)
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Seattle Campus

RSVP Recommended

Attend this gathering to:

  • Build community in person and online with first-gen graduate student peers across disciplines
  • Snag a “I Heart First-Gen Grad Students” button while supplies last
  • One free professional headshot taken by Graduate School staff. Sign-in in person required—and on a first-come, first-served basis only.
  • Participate in a Poll Everywhere activity to share what being first-gen means to you
  • Enjoy free light foods and refreshments

Social Media Pride Week for First-Gen Graduate Students

Monday, November 4 – Friday, November 8, 2019
Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma

Poll Everywhere:

  • Please note: The poll opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 4 and will close at midnight on Friday, November 8.

Social Media:

  • On social media, share images from your graduate student experience and why you are proud to be a first-gen graduate student. Use #UWFirstGenGrads and #CelebrateFirstGen from November 4-8.

Event Partners

These events are organized by the First-Gen Graduate Student Advisory Board—in partnership with Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs in the UW Graduate School.

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.