The University of Iowa's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

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2019 First-Generation College Celebration

In 2018, the University of Iowa joined the celebration by hosting an entire week of activities across campus (as opposed to a single day), and plans are already being made for similar participation again this year.





Also, the UI First-Generation Task Force is also pleased to announce the establishment of four [email protected] Awards, which will be presented during the first annual First-Generation Student Awards and Recognition Ceremony on November 8. These awards recognize first-generation student achievements as well as outstanding advocacy and support efforts of faculty and staff.

  • The First-Generation Student Achievement Award will honor one first-generation undergraduate student and one first-generation graduate or professional student who has pursued and met ambitious educational goals and demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.
  • The Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy will honor one faculty member and one staff member who support first-generation students’ education and serve as an exemplary advocate for first-generation students at the University of Iowa.

A full schedule of events will be posted on our website.

2018 First-Generation College Celebration

In 2018, the University of Iowa’s inaugural participation in the National First-Generation College Celebration was marked by an entire week of activities across campus.

Examples of events included:

  • two screenings of the First Generation film;
  • departmental trainings and data-sharing sessions;
  • FAFSA and financial literacy workshops;
  • opportunities for students to share their experiences via wall postings;
  • multiple coffee breaks or luncheons with college deans, graduate student socials;
  • panel discussions;
  • an open mic gathering;
  • social media postings;
  • university counseling discussions designed specifically for first-generation students; and
  • TA trainings.

In addition, the celebration was featured in University of Iowa media outlets and institutional leaders, including President Harreld, expressed enthusiastic support through campus-wide emails.


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