I AM FIRST Week Logo
November 4-8, 2019

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.

Review the events below and join us!







Mon – Fri, Nov. 4 – 8

I am FIRST Button Campaign for Faculty & Staff

Watch for faculty and staff in the College of the Arts this week with their I’m First button campaign! Please feel free to ask about their journey to graduation!


College of the Arts

Mon – Fri, Nov. 4 – 8

I am FIRST Sticker Pick Up

Pick up your First Generation sticker during our diversity celebration throughout the week.


College of Communication and Information

Monday, Nov. 4

I am FIRST Kick-Off

Come pick up a free I AM FIRST t-shirt and sticker to wear during any of the events throughout the week.

noon – 3 p.m.

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Faculty Connections

Roundtable discussions designed to create a space that will enhance student-faculty relationships among first-generation students.

noon – 1 p.m.

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)

Wednesday, Nov. 6

I am FIRST Celebration

A formal ceremony recognizing first generation students and honoring faculty, staff, and alumni who are first generation and or first generation advocates.

2 – 3 p.m.

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)

Thursday, Nov. 7

I am FIRST! Celebrate KS-YOU, Walk the Red Carpet

1st generation students and their friends can walk the red carpet and have their photo taken. We will also interview students and capture their responses to the question, why are you proud to be a first-generation student?

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences, in the Bowman Hall lobby area near rooms 133 and 137

Thursday, Nov. 7

Veterans Day Ceremony Commemoration Program

Honoring all those who served, for a complete list of events visit www.kent.edu/veteransday

11 a.m.


Friday, Nov. 8

Ohio Latino Education Summit

The summit is FREE and a great opportunity for professional development and education surrounding the Latin-X community. This event is open to ALL people!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kent State Student Center