I AM FIRST Week of Celebration

November 7-11, 2022
Students receiving awards at the I AM First Celebration

Nov. 7-11 is I AM FIRST Week at Kent State! Throughout the week, we will have a number of programs celebrating students who will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor's degree. In addition to recognizing first-generation students, we will celebrate staff, faculty, and advocates for their accomplishments and support of the First-gen student journey. For the I AM FIRST award's ceremony, participants will have the opportunity to sign the I AM FIRST promise banner and hear First-generation student testimonials. Dr. Michael Daniels, director of the E. Timothy Moore Student Multicultural Center, will serve as the keynote speaker.  

 

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Monday

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Your Character Matters! First Generation College Students

Monday, November 7

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) University College

As a first-generation college student it is important to understand different characteristics about yourself and how to apply them to your everyday life at college. This presentation will allow for students to dive deeper in the meaning of who they are and who they want to become.


Contact Jasmyn Robinson at jrobin91@kent.edu for more information

Connections, Community, and Belonging for First-Generation Students Monday, November 7 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m Virtual- Microsoft Teams Center for Teaching and Learning

In this session, educators will learn inclusive strategies that value first-generation students’ lived experiences through approaches such as open-ended student questionnaires and co-creating community agreements that can positively contribute to students’ self-efficacy and motivation for learning in our classrooms. 

Contact Michelle Corvette at mcorvett@kent.edu for more information.

I AM FIRST Gen Fall Festival Monday, November 7

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Student Center 106

CARES Center

First Generation students and advocates can stop by to grab a "CARES" package - a treat with information about our center and how we can help.

Contact Janda Roberts at jrobe113@kent.edu for more information.

I AM FIRST Buttons Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

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Cartwright Hall

College of the Arts

Catch first-generation faculty and staff in the College of the Arts wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. 

Contact LeAnn Starlin at lstarli1@kent.edu for more information.

Show your I AM FIRST Pride Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

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Moulton and Lowry Hall

College of Public Health

First-generation students, staff, faculty, and advocates in the College of Public Health wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. Pick up your button in Moulton Hall Lobby and enter to win an I Am First/CPH prize pack.  

Contact Shaunte Rouse at srouse2@kent.edu

Tuesday

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Lessons in Leadership: I AM FIRST  Tuesday, November 8

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kent State Student Center Leadership Center - Room 220

University College Student Ambassadors and Leadership Center Student Leadership Consultants

Are you a First- Generation college student? Attend our student panel to learn from First-Generation student leaders and how they found their place of belonging at Kent State, resources that have assisted them in success, answer your questions and more! The student leader panel includes First-Generation students from University College’s Student Ambassador Program and the Leadership Center’s Student Leadership Consultants. 

Contact Jessica Roshak at jroshak@kent.edu, Nicole Kotlan at nkotlan@kent.edu, or Valoree Lee at vlee6@kent.edu

I AM FIRST Graduate Student Celebration

Tuesday, November 8

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

University Library 352 Graduate College

The Graduate College is proud to celebrate our first-generation students! Drop in for First-gen and Graduate College swag, free coffee and tea, and donuts. We will be doing crafts and sharing resources about campus support services and graduate student groups.


Contact Alexxus Sidney at asidney@kent.edu for more information

I AM FIRST Generation Social Hour Tuesday, November 8

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Moulton Lobby

College of Public Health

First-generation students, staff, faculty, and advocates in the College of Public Health come together and celebrate as a community. Giveaways and refreshments provided. Please stop by the I AM FIRST Generation Social Hour and enter to win an I Am First/CPH prize pack.    

Contact Shaunte Rouse at srouse2@kent.edu

Show your I AM FIRST Pride Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

N/A

Moulton and Lowry Hall

College of Public Health

First-generation students, staff, faculty, and advocates in the College of Public Health wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. Pick up your button in Moulton Hall Lobby and enter to win an I Am First/CPH prize pack.  

Contact Shaunte Rouse at srouse2@kent.edu

I AM FIRST Buttons Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

N/A

Cartwright Hall

College of the Arts

Catch first-generation faculty and staff in the College of the Arts wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. 

Contact LeAnn Starlin at lstarli1@kent.edu for more information.

Wednesday

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CAED I Am First Cookies & Coffee Wednesday, November 9 11:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design Room 225 College of Architecture and Environmental Design The CAED will be hosting a get together with Cookies, Coffee, and Lemonade to celebrate with our First Generation students.

Contact Alicia Rainier at aboulton@kent.edu for more information.

I AM FIRST Awards Celebration  Wednesday, November 9 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) 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.

Contact Melanie Jones at mjone238@kent.edu and Adam Cinderich at acinderi@kent.edu  for more information.

I AM FIRST Buttons Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

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Cartwright Hall

College of the Arts

Catch first-generation faculty and staff in the College of the Arts wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. 

Contact LeAnn Starlin at lstarli1@kent.edu for more information.

Show your I AM FIRST Pride Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

N/A

Moulton and Lowry Hall

College of Public Health

First-generation students, staff, faculty, and advocates in the College of Public Health wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. Pick up your button in Moulton Hall Lobby and enter to win an I Am First/CPH prize pack.  

Contact Shaunte Rouse at srouse2@kent.edu

Thursday

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Red Carpet Event

Thursday, November 10

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bowman Hall College of Arts and Sciences

We invite A&S first-gen students to come celebrate and walk the 'Red Carpet', take a picture with Flash, receive a free t-shirt/SWAG, and enjoy tasty treats.

Contact Kris Braxton at kbraxton@kent.edu for more information.

First Gen Game Night Thursday, November 10 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m Henderson Hall College of Nursing

Interactive games (corn hole, yard jenga and yahtzee, board games) and food (hot dogs or pizza)

Contact Karen Mascolo at kmascolo@kent.edu for more information.

I AM FIRST Buttons Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

N/A

Cartwright Hall

College of the Arts

Catch first-generation faculty and staff in the College of the Arts wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. 

Contact LeAnn Starlin at lstarli1@kent.edu for more information.

Show your I AM FIRST Pride Monday, November 7 - Thursday, November 10

N/A

Moulton and Lowry Hall

College of Public Health

First-generation students, staff, faculty, and advocates in the College of Public Health wearing their I AM FIRST buttons this week to show their support for first generation students. Pick up your button in Moulton Hall Lobby and enter to win an I Am First/CPH prize pack.  

Contact Shaunte Rouse at srouse2@kent.edu

Friday

The university  is closed for Veterans Day 11/11.