Celebrate First Generation College Students at Northeastern!

First Gen Week centers first-generation students, staff, and faculty, and the strengths and perspectives they bring to our campus! All events this year will be virtual.

We are excited to offer a full week of virtual programming from Sunday, November 8, 2020, through Thursday, November 13, 2020. Over 20 offices and programs across Northeastern will offer panel discussions, workshops, and celebratory events to amplify the proud voices and experiences of first-generation college students at the university. The week will culminate with a keynote address by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, author of The Privileged Poor, followed by an awards ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of first generation college students at Northeastern.

Below, you will find additional details and links about the celebration. Please visit this site often as we will continue to update these pages with new information in the weeks leading up to the event.

We look forward to seeing you at First Gen Week!

The First Gen Week Planning Team

Naomi Boase, Assistant Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement
Karin Firoza, Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement*
Tyreke Gaston, student, College of Science
Martha Loftus, Director, Foundation Year*
Eric Nguyen, Senior Assistant Director, Opportunity Scholarship and Outreach Programs*
Kiera Perryman, student, College of Arts, Media, and Design
Gisselle Rodriguez Benitez, student, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Jennifer Schoen, Director, Opportunity Scholarship and Outreach Programs
Daniella Zubieta, student, College of Science

Karin, Martha, and Eric are also steering committee members of the FUNL Network, which aims to expand cross-institutional community and resources to ensure that first-generation, undocumented and low-income students thrive at Northeastern.

Am I First Gen?

First-generation college student is often defined as a student whose parents/guardians have not earned a four-year degree in the U.S. However, definitions vary between states, schools, and institutions, and we want to include you if you identify as first-generation based on your family’s level of educational attainment and limited exposure to or knowledge about attending college.

First Gen Week Programming

Over 20 offices and programs across Northeastern will offer panel discussions, workshops, and celebratory events to amplify the proud voices and experiences of first-generation college students at the university.

Visit this page to see the agenda and learn more about the programs offered during First Gen Week, November 8-12, 2020.

Know a First Gen Student Deserving of Recognition?

With the inaugural First Gen Awards Ceremony, we will be honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of first-generation students for their academic, professional, and leadership endeavors.

Visit our First Gen Awards page to learn more about how to nominate yourself or another student for one or more of these awards.

 

Northeastern University is a First Gen Forward institution. Launched in June 2017, NASPA’s First-Gen Forward program is the nation’s first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.