Kent State University's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8


Kent State University

2017 First-Generation College Celebration

The 2017 celebration, the TRIO Student Support Services program created "I'm First" and "I Heart First" stickers to pass out around campus as well as shared photos on social media.

2018 First-Generation College Celebration

The 2018 celebration, Kent State University will be hosting a campus-wide event which will include:

  • Chalk Art - sidewalk chalk will be available for everyone to write inspirational messages, sign their name, etc.
  • Celebration - formal celebration where we will give out First Gen Advocate Awards to campus partners that have and continue to support TRIO SSS and our first-gen initiatives across campus.
  • First Gen Promise - two first-generation student poets from our campus' Wick Poetry Center wrote a "First Gen Promise" poem that will be printed on a banner to display on November 8.  Also, faculty and staff will be encouraged to sign their name demonstrating their support and commitment to first-generation students.
  • Rock Painting - anyone interested in joining will be able to come with us to paint "the rock" on campus with a First Gen Day message.
  • Cookies/Cupcakes - there will be cookies and cupcakes available with the number "1" on each of them
  • T-Shirts - there will be t-shirts that say "I AM FIRST GENERATION", "FIRST GEN FACULTY", and "FIRST GEN ADVOCATE" that will be available to anyone that comes to the celebration.
  • Laptop Stickers/Labels - there will be "I AM FIRST GENERATION" laptop stickers and "FIRST GEN FACULTY"/"FIRST GEN ADVOCATE" static cling labels available - the goal is for the faculty and staff to take the static cling label and display it in their office, creating a recognizable logo that first-generation students who will see and therefore will know and feel they belong and are supported.
  • First Gen Faculty Mentoring Program - all faculty and staff will receive a survey to collect information on the representation of first-generation college graduates. The goal is to use this information to develop a First Gen Faculty Mentoring program that will connect first-generation students with first-generation faculty.