University of Portland's First-Generation College Celebration
November 8

University of Portland FGCC

2019 First-Generation College Celebration

We have completely re-worked and redesigned our efforts to include:

  • Breakfast drop-in: The University of Portland (UP) will be hosting an informal light continental breakfast to kick-off FGEN Day from 8-10am. This celebration welcomes all faculty, staff, and members from the first-gen community to drop-in and say hello, engage in some light conversation, and enjoy some light snacks.
  • Wisdom Workshops: This is a brand-new initiative where a variety of faculty and staff will offer 30 minute “words of wisdom” for the UP community, not just first-gen community, but all students, as all will be invited. The goal is to connect current personal strengths of our community, via a narrative, with students – to again cultivate the “human” side of all members at UP.
  • Awareness: One more significant outcome is to create awareness surrouding the first-gen community and acknowledging the day itself – faculty will make a quick two-minute announcement in their class and acknowledge the national celebration. We have ordered buttons, stickers, and created a banner for all. Finally, UP will be taking pictures, using social media.
  • Guest Forum: In partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, collaboratively we will host external guests at the University that are elected officials who identify as first-gen, from around the city. Each will speak to their experiences via a forum. This is open to all UP students, faculty and guests. A small reception will conclude the evening.

University of Portland FGCC

2018 First-Generation College Celebration

The University of Portland offered a very small and understated celebration effort in 2018. We offered a booth to share with the community that it was First-Generation College Celebration day, offered doughnuts to those that were first-gen, conducted a survey asking for programming and support ideas, and captured posts on social media. For a recap visit:;;


Be sure to the follow them on Twitter: @up_firstgen; Instagram: @up_firstgen; and Facebook: @UPFirstGEN.