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.

 

Support First Gen Students

 


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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.

Celebration Day Panel

Monday, November 8

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration Link Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) Get inspired by first-generation narratives of success and triumph.
Weeklong Events          

"I Am First Pride" Competition

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

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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.

The deadline to submit a picture is Friday, November 12 at 5pm

I AM FIRST Social Media Takeover- Upward Bound

Patricia Robinson

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

11:00 a.m.

N/A N/A

First-generation social media takeover honoring current and past Upward Bound participants, and their pathway to college. Help us celebrate at

Facebook & Twitter: @UpwardBoundKSU and on Instagram: @Upwardbound_KSU

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Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, November 9

2:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.

Registration Link Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) To raise the profile of TRIO, invite faculty and administrators at your institution to your office for our broadcast, then host your own discussion in-person.

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

Tuesday, November 9

6:30 p.m.

Zoom 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.

Weeklong Events          

"I Am First Pride" Competition

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

N/A

N/A

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.

The deadline to submit a picture is Friday, November 12 at 5pm

I AM FIRST Social Media Takeover- Upward Bound

Patricia Robinson

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

11:00 a.m.

N/A N/A

First-generation social media takeover honoring current and past Upward Bound participants, and their pathway to college. Help us celebrate at

Facebook & Twitter: @UpwardBoundKSU and on Instagram: @Upwardbound_KSU

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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

Join us in person for 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. 

Can't join in person? View the celebration here!

From High School to College: Navigating the Transition

Wednesday, November 10

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

Tuscarawas Campus

Auditorium in Founders Hall  (Room D106)

Tuscarawas Campus

During the interactive presentation, First-Gen students and all others will learn how to navigate the transition between high school and college. They will be learning from my personal experience as first-generation student and faculty how I overcame some of the challenges I encountered throughout my first few years of college. Participants will learn some tips that could make them successful in and out of the classroom.

Contact: Dr. Jean Engohang-Ndong Associate Professor of Biology

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.

Weeklong Events          

"I Am First Pride" Competition

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

N/A

N/A

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.

The deadline to submit a picture is Friday, November 12 at 5pm

I AM FIRST Social Media Takeover-Upward Bound

Patricia Robinson

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

11:00 a.m.

N/A N/A

First-generation social media takeover honoring current and past Upward Bound participants, and their pathway to college. Help us celebrate at

Facebook & Twitter: @UpwardBoundKSU and on Instagram: @Upwardbound_KSU

Thursday, November 11: Closed for Veteran's Day

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Future Focused Fridays – First Gen edition

Nicole Kotlan and Tracy Montgomery

Friday, November 12

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

CUE 141/143 The Exploratory Program/Career Exploration and Development/University College

Join your first-year 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.

Weeklong Events          

"I Am First Pride" Competition

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

N/A

N/A

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.

The deadline to submit a picture is Friday, November 12 at 5pm

I AM FIRST Social Media Takeover- Upward Bound

Patricia Robinson

Monday, November 8- Friday, November 12

11:00 a.m.

N/A N/A

First-generation social media takeover honoring current and past Upward Bound participants, and their pathway to college. Help us celebrate at

Facebook & Twitter: @UpwardBoundKSU and on Instagram: @Upwardbound_KSU