National First-Generation College Celebration

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The University of Washington Tacoma recognizes the experience of first generation students and their success in pursuing higher education. Not only is this day being acknowledged at UWT, but it is a nationally recognized event that will also be celebrated in many other educational institutions.

Events & Activities:

Preliminary schedule for the November Celebration

Monday, November 4th & Tuesday, Nov 5th: I am #FirstGenUWTacoma

Distribution of mini-whiteboards
9am – 3pm (both days)
Mattress Factory 213, UW Tacoma
For more information please contact firstgen@uw.edu or 253-692-4734.

  • Students, faculty and staff will be provided with mini-whiteboards where they will write and share what being the first means to them. They will take pictures at their favorite places on campus, and then use the hashtag #FirstGenUWTacoma to share on social media.

Wednesday Nov 6th: Pledge of Commitment to Graduate

Board display for signatures
9am – 2pm
Dawg House Student Lounge, UW Tacoma
For more information please contact firstgen@uw.edu or 253-692-4734

  • A signature board will be available for students to share how they will commit to achieve their graduation goals.

Thursday Nov 7th: “I Support First Gen” sticker

Board display for signatures
9am – 2pm
Dawg House Student Lounge, UW Tacoma
For more information please contact firstgen@uw.edu or 253-692-4734

  • Opportunity for faculty and staff to share how they support first-gen students on our campus. A signature board will be provided for them to share how they support first-gen students.

  • Those who submit will receive a sticker via campus mail that can be displayed in their offices. Included with the sticker will be a guide with strategies on how to support first-gen students.

Friday Nov 8th: First Generation College Celebration

  • During this event we will unveil the “We Are First Generation” story campaign. Here we feature the voices of first-generation college students, faculty, staff and alumni from UWT. All stories and photos will be framed and displayed in a high foot traffic area on our campus. We will highlight one story each month on our social media and website using the hashtag #FirstGenUWTacoma.
  • We will also have a main speaker from our campus sharing their experiences as FirstGen. 
  • UW Tacoma will celebrate the 3rd Annual National First-Generation College Celebration by honoring first-generation stories.

  •  This event will feature a keynote address from UWT’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Bernard E. Anderson.

  • Additionally, students will have the opportunity to sign their pledge as first-generation students to finish their four-year degree.

We are First Generation Story Campaign

During this event we will unveil our 4th Annual “We Are First Generation” stories campaign. Here we feature the voices of first-generation college students, faculty, staff and alumni from UWT. All selected stories will be shared with our UWT campus community. We will also highlight one story each month on our social media and website using the hashtag #FirstGenUWTacoma