I AM FIRST Week of Celebration
November 8-12, 2021
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National First-Generation Celebration (I AM FIRST Celebration):  In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration! The Kent State University community will celebrate first generation students all week long with activities and events campus-wide to recognize students who will be the first in their family to graduate with a four-year degree.

 

 

 

 


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"It's in the Syllabus:"  Crafting a Syllabus for First Generation Student Success

LeighAnn Tomaswick, Jennifer Marcinkiewicz

Monday, November 8

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams

Center for Teaching and Learning

In this session, instructors will learn strategies for using the syllabus as an important tool that communicates not only course policies but care and commitment to students and their learning. This interactive session will further explore strategies that promote student engagement with the syllabus.

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Flashes Families Supporting their First-Generation Student(s) Affinity Group Meeting

Tuesday, November 9

6:30 p.m.

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Student Affairs

The Flashes Families Supporting Their First-Generation Student(s) Affinity Group monthly meeting brings parents & families together who have common interests, identities and/or backgrounds to support each other during their students’ time at Kent State University. Various topics of interest are presented to educate parents and families of various student related issues and resources.

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I AM FIRST Celebration

Melanie Jones

Wednesday, November 10

12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m

KeyBank Success Lounge – The Center for Undergraduate Excellence University College

A celebration recognizing first generation faculty, staff, alumni, and our first-generation advocates.  The Kent State community will have the opportunity to sign the first gen banner, hear student testimonials, and more.

First Gen Stars

Kristopher Braxton

Wednesday, November 10

1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m

First Floor - Bowman Hall College of Arts and Sciences

The college with offer a "red carpet" and backdrop for students to come and take photos in front of. We will provide small star trophies for students.

"I Am First Pride" Competition

Melanie Jones

Wednesday, November 10

12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m

KeyBank Student Success Lounge - Center for Undergraduate Excellence

College of Arts and Sciences

"I Am First Pride" competition on Instagram. A&S first gen students will take a picture or video wearing an I Am First shirt or school colors showing their pride in being a first gen student. Top 2 submissions will receive book scholarships.

Thursday, November 11: Closed for Veteran's Day

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Future Focused Friday – First Gen edition

Nicole Kotlan and Tracy Montgomery

Friday, November 12

12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m

CUE 141/143 University College

Join your Exploratory First-Generation peers for lunch, the Career Exploration and Development's Future Focused Fridays program (Part 1: 12pm-1pm) and an Exploratory Conversation-Exploring your Options (Part 2: 1pm-2pm).  During the Exploratory Conversation (Part 2), you will have the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth conversation based on your individual exploration process, including the Major Action Plan.

First Generation Scholars’ Circle

Kyle Reynolds

Friday, November 12

4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m

Cartwright Hall Division of Graduate Studies

Join our first generation graduate students, faculty, and staff as they share their research and scholarship in a casual environment.