U.S. Department of State's First-Generation College Celebration
2023 First-Generation College Celebration
FirstGens@State supports, develops, and advocates for first-generation (FirstGen) professionals, first-generation college graduates, and individuals otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty, discrimination, inequity, or inequality as identified in EO 14035. A FirstGen college graduate refers to an individual who completed at least a bachelor’s degree but did not have a parent or primary caregiver who completed at least a bachelor’s degree (or did not complete a degree in the United States). Our goal is to heighten public and workforce awareness of the challenges facing FirstGens and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds while focusing on retention. FirstGens@State membership is open to all U.S. Department of State employees. We welcome all those who wish to support our efforts to build a more inclusive and diverse foreign affairs community.
For the first time, the U.S. Department of State will implement the following initiatives this week:
- Pre-recorded message from a senior U.S. Department of State leader celebrating FirstGen College Celebration Day, highlighting the work of FirstGens@State, and urging FirstGen students to apply for a job, fellowship, or internship at the U.S. Department of State.
- On November 8, the U.S. Department of State, in coordination with employee organization FirstGens@State, will host a "Ask Me Anything for FirstGen College Students" recruitment webinar targeted at FirstGen students, graduates and professionals.
- During FirstGen College Celebration Week, the U.S. Department of State will publish videos and quotes of personal stories/messages from employees who identify as FirstGen College Graduates.
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