Honoring the Past, Promoting the Present and Preparing for the Future on Nov. 8

Join us for food, community, and a day that is all about YOU. 

The Office of First-Generation Programs & Enrichment within the Center for Inclusion and Social Change (CISC) and TRiO Student Support Services are hosting an event for National First-Generation College Celebration Day for all first-generation students, faculty, and staff at CU Boulder on Nov. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. MST in UMC 235.  

The event will include guest speakers Bert and Det who will perform a hip-hop stage play on surviving college. Bert and Det have modernized and revolutionized the college speaking world, as they have combined hip hop, pop culture, and social media to reach students in the ways they learn best. We will also be hosting a faculty and staff mixer/panel where all first-generation students can connect with faculty and staff who were also the first in their families to go to college.


Celebrating the Contributions of First-Generation Communities

In honor of signing the Higher Education Act of 1965 that expanded college opportunities for low-income and first-generation populations, Nov. 8 is observed as National First-Generation Celebration Day. Championed by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success, the day brings awareness to the strengths as well as promotes visibility of first-generation college students, faculty and staff on campuses across the country.

At CU Boulder we seek to affirm the strengths and assets of our first-generation community members (students, staff, faculty and alumni). By centering storytelling, we illuminate the knowledge first-generation populations bring into academic spaces in order to carve out spaces of belongingness, while also promoting the important contributions of these individuals. This day is an opportunity to support, elevate and increase the visibility of being first generation on campus.

Other Ways to Participate

  • Virtual Backgrounds for students, staff and faculty
  • Engagement Programs (schedule coming soon)
  • Share on Social Media (#firstbuffs, #TRiOWorks, #BoulderFirstGen)