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2021 National First-Generation College Celebration
University of Iowa Schedule of Events
November 8 - 12, 2021

 

The official National First-Generation College Celebration day falls on November 8. However, here at the University of Iowa, we celebrate all week long! The UI First-Generation Task Force invites colleges, departments, and other organizations from across campus to participate in this year's celebration. Is your department or unit planning an event? Please let us know so we can list it here.

The 1stGen@Iowa initiative seeks to inform and educate the campus community, support first-generation students in their academic and career endeavors, and ensure that students ultimately succeed at The University of Iowa.


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Early Bird Events

Thursday, November 4
Iowa TRIO National First-Generation Celebration Virtual Career Panel
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


TRIO SSS will be hosting a virtual watch party for this event in the Center for Diversity & Enrichment in 2750 UCC. Learn about the career journeys of TRIO alumni and ask questions. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Steph Yazell


More events coming soon!


Monday, November 8, 2021

First-Generation Student Cookie Giveaway
Audience: First-Generation Students

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: IMU Welcome Center

The Division of Student Life will be giving away cookies all week to celebrate First-Generation Student Celebration Week. First-gen students can stop by the IMU Welcome Center all week from 9:00am - 6:00pm to pick up a cookie and sign-up to win other great prizes!

Contact: Teri Schnelle


BUILD: Focus on First-Generation College Students
Audience: UI Faculty, staff, grad students, TA's

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Online (via Zoom)

The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty, staff, and graduate students to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom.

Approximately 20% of undergraduate students at the University of Iowa identify as first-generation college students. Compared to their continuing generation peers, first-generation students may face a unique set challenges in their college transition and completion efforts, and often benefit from additional support of faculty and staff who are dedicated to their success. This interactive session will explore definitions, challenges, and successes of first-generation students at the University of Iowa. Participants will learn about how first-generation students experience college. In addition, you well develop knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to contribute to a more inclusive campus environment where all first-generation students feel welcome and supported and can ultimately be successful at the University of Iowa.

Registration for this event is full. You can join a waitlist here.

To register log-in to UI Employee Self Service, click on "My Training" to be rerouted to Learning and Development, and click on the “Enroll in Courses” tab. Then use the search fields to find the desired session.  

Contact: diversity-resources@uiowa.edu


 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

First-Generation Student Cookie Giveaway
Audience: First-Generation Students

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: IMU Welcome Center

The Division of Student Life will be giving away cookies all week to celebrate First-Generation Student Celebration Week. First-gen students can stop by the IMU Welcome Center all week from 9:00am - 6:00pm to pick up a cookie and sign-up to win other great prizes!

Contact: Teri Schnelle


 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

First-Generation Student Cookie Giveaway
Audience: First-Generation Students

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: IMU Welcome Center

The Division of Student Life will be giving away cookies all week to celebrate First-Generation Student Celebration Week. First-gen students can stop by the IMU Welcome Center all week from 9:00am - 6:00pm to pick up a cookie and sign-up to win other great prizes!

Contact: Teri Schnelle


 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

First-Generation Student Cookie Giveaway
Audience: First-Generation Students

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: IMU Welcome Center

The Division of Student Life will be giving away cookies all week to celebrate First-Generation Student Celebration Week. First-gen students can stop by the IMU Welcome Center all week from 9:00am - 6:00pm to pick up a cookie and sign-up to win other great prizes!

Contact: Teri Schnelle


2021 First-Gen at Iowa Awards and Recognition Ceremony
Audience: All UI Students, Faculty, Staff

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (3:00 - 3:30 reception; ceremony to follow)
Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

On behalf of the UI First-Generation Task Force, all students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this year's ceremony, which will feature the presentation of the 2021 1stGen@Iowa Awards. This year's keynote address will be given by Dana Thomann. Dana, who identifies as a first-generation college student, is a Lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by Wednesday, October 27, 2021 

Contact: Angela Lamb


 

Friday, November 12, 2021

First-Generation Student Cookie Giveaway
Audience: First-Generation Students

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: IMU Welcome Center

The Division of Student Life will be giving away cookies all week to celebrate First-Generation Student Celebration Week. First-gen students can stop by the IMU Welcome Center all week from 9:00am - 6:00pm to pick up a cookie and sign-up to win other great prizes!

Contact: Teri Schnelle


Wear Your First-Gen T-shirt TODAY!
First-Generation Celebration Week Group Photo 
Audience: All UI Students, Faculty, Staff

Time: Approximately 12:15/12:30 pm (exact arrival time tbd)
Location: West Portico Steps, Old Capitol Museum

Are you looking for another opportunity to wear your bright yellow or blue first-gen t-shirt? You're in luck! Everyone is invited to wear their t-shirts on Friday, November 12th and stop by the Old Capitol Museum to participate in a group photo.

Still need a t-shirt? Limited sizes are available. Email angela-lamb@uiowa.edu for details.
Not able to participate in the photo? You can still wear t-shirt and celebrate being a first-gen student/advocate!

Participants are asked to RSVP for planning purposes by Wednesday, November 10.

Contact: Angela Lamb

 

 

 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of these events, please contact the host department or Angie Lamb in advance at angela-lamb@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-2062.