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First-Generation Celebration 2020

 

  

  = for students                 = for faculty and staff
 

Events

 

Activities


You Belong Here: Faculty and Staff Empowering First-Generation College Students at Texas A&M

 
Thursday, November 5th, 6:00 pm

In collaboration with the Texas A&M First-Gen Forward Committee, the Routh First-Generation Center will host a panel for faculty and staff members. First-generation panelists will provide insights on existing first-generation practices, policies, and programmatic efforts to help advance first-generation student outcomes at Texas A&M. If you are a first-generation, an advocate, and work with first-generation college students, or you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a first-generation student at Texas A&M, please REGISTER HERE.
Panelists:
  • Kelley O’Neal, Director, Byrne Student Success Center, CEHHS
  • Dr. Jacqueline Turner, Research Specialist, Ed Psych, CEHHS 
  • Victor Castillo, Prgm Coord, Science Leadership Scholars, COS
Moderators: 
  • Dr. Leticia Palomin, Prgm Coord, Routh FG Center, OSS
  • Kelsey Hirsch, Prgm Coord, Routh FG Center, OSS

You Belong Here: Former Texas A&M First-Generation Student Panel

  

Friday, November 6th, 6:00 pm

The Routh First-Generation Center will host a first-generation former student panel. The purpose of the student panel is to elevate the voices and experiences of first-generation college students at Texas A&M. These former Texas A&M first-generation graduates will share their experiences navigating the college environment and learning the hidden curriculum of higher education through their perspective. If you are a first-generation, an advocate, and work with first-generation college students, or you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a first-generation student at Texas A&M, please REGISTER HERE.
Panelists and Former First-Gen Students:
  • Jacqueline Guerra, Grad Student, Bush School
  • Heidi Pargas, Grad Student, College of Medicine
  • Edwin Aguilar, Acad Advisor, College of Engineering
  • Caroline Lee, Grad Student, PhD in Statistics, Purdue University
Moderators: 
  • Dr. Leticia Palomin, Prgm Coord, Routh FG Center, OSS
  • Corlena Daniels, Prgm Coord, Routh FG Center, OSS
 
 











First-Generation Student Workshops

The Routh First-Generation Center is partnering up with the Career Center and Student Employment Office to host a series of workshops tailored for first-generation students. Check out the offerings during this week.


Resume Workshop

Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm

Learn about techniques to enhance your resume to make a great first impression to employers.   

Interview Skills

Thursday, November 5th, 2:00 pm

Attend this webinar presentation to learn about practical tactics for interviewing for jobs or internships.  

Professionalism 101

Friday, November 6th, 10:00 am

Getting ready for an internship or a full time job? Come learn practical skills on how to navigate the workplace and best practices to be a good employer. 



 


 
 











Virtual Background

  
The best way to show your first-generation pride in 2020. We encourage you to use our first-gen celebration virtual background in the days leading up to November 8th (National First-Generation Celebration Day): tx.ag/FGCVirtualBackgrounds

Thank You Letter


The activities and events scheduled around First-Generation Celebration are all about celebrating and bringing awareness to our first-generation students at Texas A&M. We also think it is important for our first-generation students to have an opportunity to reflect on the family, friends, and mentors who have helped them on their journey. Students are invited to write a thank you letter and the Routh First-Generation Center will mail it for you.
Interested in a digital option? Record your message on our Flipgrid channel and get a shareable link to send to those you wish to thank.

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You Belong Here Videos

  
First-Generation students belong here at Texas A&M. Take a moment to record a brief message of support to our Texas A&M first-generation students during the lead up to National First-Generation Celebration Day.  

First-Gen Network


Calling all first-generation faculty and staff: Join our first-gen network!

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Follow us!

 
Follow us on social media for updates about the First-Generation Celebration, and look out for some of our students as they take you through a day in the life of a first-generation college student!
  
 
Watch last year's First-Generation Celebration Recap!

 

McAllen

 

Galveston


Why I'm First

Monday, November 9th, 11am-2pm 
Higher Education Center at McAllen​

Join us for some coffee and sweets to celebrate you and why it was important for you to attend college. 
 
 


Cookie Celebration

Tuesday, November 3rd, 3pm-5pm 
Volleyball Courts

Join us for some coffee and sweets to celebrate you and why it was important for you to attend college. 

Come out and celebrate with the Center for Academic Learning Support Peer Mentors with free cookies to celebrate being the first in your family to attend college. We will also have stickers and buttons to proudly display your First-Gen pride and support across campus!

For more Galveston information, please visit there First-Generation Celebration website

National Awareness

 

Joint Virtual First-Generation College Celebration (National Simulcast)

(Must be a NASPA Member to register) 
Friday, November 6th, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

This joint celebration will kick-off with opening remarks from Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D., assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success and Maureen Hoyler, J.D., president, Council for Opportunity in Education, as well as feature a panel discussion about the history of the first-generation student definition, utilizing an asset-based lens. You do not want to miss this virtual celebration. More Details.
 

 

UC First-Generation Virtual Symposium

  
Friday, November 13th, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm PST

Join the University of California for a virtual symposium on first-generation college students. The symposium honors the national First-Generation College Celebration and the 55th anniversary of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
More Details.


The group will explore four themes, including Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) first-generation students, first-gen populations in graduate schools, supporting first-gen students' career readiness, and a critical look at the evolution of higher education in times of unpredictable challenge and opportunity.

     For more information contact us at firstgen@tamu.edu