Southern Illinois University, Carbondale's First-Generation College Celebration
2017 First-Generation College Celebration
Last year, the First Scholars held two informational events to create awareness about first-generation students at SIU. There were two banners where faculty, staff and students were invited to sign the banners as well as take pictures with signs supporting and encouraging first-generation students. To raise awareness, there was a tri-fold with first-generation definition, and data. Also, quotes from first-generation students, about what "being a first gen" were collected. In addition, two Saluki string bags filled with supplies, a professional padfolio, "migo" water bottle, tips for studying, and lots of snacks, were raffled among first gen students. Last, First Scholars students identified professor as first gen and interviewed them. Their pictures and interview answers were on exhibit during that day.
2018 First-Generation College Celebration
First Scholars is partnering with TRIO to have informational tables on November 8 in several locations at SIU. A video with Upward bound, First Scholars, and TRIO students talking about the struggles of being first gens, and the service and benefits their unique programs provide. Such video will be looped in the TV screens of the Student Center on November 8. In addition we will have a First Gen Selfie Booth. We will distribute First Gen Awareness Day buttons, tips for success for first gens, and information about first gens.
For three First Scholars this event will be part of their senior service project. Thus, these scholars are involved in all aspects of the planning and execution of First Gen College Awareness Day events. We will wrap up the day with a discussion panel session of self identified first gen faculty and staff, led by first scholars and TRiO students. Academic and Student affairs personnel will be invited to this session.