Syracuse University Celebrates First-Generation Day on November 8

Oct. 26, 2023, noon

Black woman wearing black sweatshirt standing amid group of people sitting in audience
2022 Syracuse University’s National First Generation College Celebration featuring keynote speaker Dr. Evingerlean Hudson (center, standing) amidst audience participants

National First-Generation College Celebration on November 8 provides an opportunity to celebrate first-generation students whose parents have not attended a higher education institution. The Syracuse University campus community is invited to participate in several events being held on November 8 in Bird Library, including:

National First-Generation College Celebration is celebrated annually on November 8 to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The act provides equal opportunity for those from low-income and minority backgrounds. The legislation creates grants and loan programs, invests in higher education institutions, and started the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) to facilitate the academic success of first-generation college students.

Syracuse University’s First-Generation College Celebration Day is being organized by the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Student Support Services (SSS), the Kessler Scholars Program, Intercultural Collective, First Year Seminar, New Student Programs, Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Syracuse University Libraries.

“We are excited to continue a long-standing tradition of celebrating not only our first generation undergraduate and graduate students on campus,” said Carlota Deseda-Coon, Director of the Kessler Scholars Program and the First Gen Day planning committee chair, “but those who completed their higher education aspirations and are now Syracuse University staff, faculty and alumni. The committee’s goal is to uplift and celebrate the voices and experiences of our first-generation community, provide space and a forum to make connections.”

New Student Programs maintains the First-Generation Faculty and Staff List for those who self-identify as first-generation college students. The list serves a visual representation of faculty and staff dedication to helping current first-generation college students build their personal success networks and their eagerness to help grow a campus of support. Students are encouraged to connect with faculty and staff members who can share their personal journeys, insight and support throughout this unique student experience.

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