Lee University's First-Generation College Celebration
2020 First-Generation College Celebration
From November 1 through November 5, 2020, Lee University will host its first-ever, fully-virtual "First-Generation College Celebration Week" via our learning management system Moodle. The purpose of this event is to celebrate first-generation college students, faculty, administrators, and alumni who are part of the Lee community.
During the week, the Lee University TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) / LEAP and TRIO McNair Scholars Program will highlight several essential campus resources available to both first-generation and continuing-generation students through short videos uploaded to Moodle; think Tik Tok videos for campus services and personnel! We will also be distributing several "I'm first!" pins to first-generation faculty and staff, as well as give away numerous student prizes for their active participation and engagement via Moodle. Prizes include an apple watch, Beats headphones, a laptop, and a scholarship award.
This fully-virtual event is co-organized by Dr. Roy Y. Chan, director, TRIO SSS, and Dr. Kevin Ung, director, TRIO McNair Scholars Program.
Check out this special welcome message from Dr. Chan!
2019 First-Generation College Celebration
On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Lee University TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and Lee University TRIO McNair Scholars Program will co-host our inaugural "First-Generation College Celebration Day" on the Lee University campus in Cleveland, TN.
The day will consist of several activities for first-generation and continuing-generation students, including a mural for students to write and reflect upon the meaning of identifying as first-gen, a cash cab for students to receive candies and fun facts about first-gen students, first-gen trivia game, photo booth with COE and TRIO logo backdrop, as well as free food and snacks.
Lee faculty and staff members will also receive a special ribbon to recognize our first-gen faculty and staff members at Lee University. The main objective of this event is to raise awareness of the barriers and challenges first-gen students face, while celebrating the diversity of our students’ experiences.
Lee University is the only institution in the entire southeastern region and the state of Tennessee with a TRIO SSS and McNair Scholars program who is part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Lee University will be the first CCCU member institution in the United States to ever host a first-generation college celebration day for students on-campus. The event is co-organized by Dr. Roy Y. Chan, director, TRIO SSS, and Dr. Kevin Ung, director, TRIO McNair Scholars Program.