First Gen Programs and Events

Programs & Events

 First2Go Awareness Week

September 16 – 20, 2019

If you are a First Generation College Student, we want to celebrate you! Come out to the events this week to connect with other first generation students as well as network with UCA faculty and staff who are proud to have been First2Go!

Monday: 9/16 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Student Center Lobby
FirstGen@UCA Info Tables – 
Stop by a table to grab First Gen Merch! Help us celebrate First Gen Students 

Tuesday: 9/17 X-Period
Old Main 105
First Generation Scholar Society RSO Interest Meeting 
Come meet other First Gen Students and Staff, and learn how the RSO can benefit you! 

Wednesday: 9/18 12 pm – 1pm 
Front of Student Center 
Stay Cool, We Got you! 
Stop by our table to get free popsicles  and learn about what it means to be 1st gen

Thursday: 9/19  X-period
Doyne Auditorium
Succeeding as a FirstGen at UCA: Student & Faculty Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will provide information about the unique challenges and opportunities of first-generation students from a variety of voices

National First Gen Day- November 8th

Check back for more information on UCA’s National First Gen Day Celebration

November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (“HEA”) emerged out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Much like other hallmark legislation of that era, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HEA was intended to help level a playing field that for too long had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds. In addition to creating federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, the legislation made key investments in institutions of higher education. Additionally, HEA ushered in programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, necessary for post-secondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates. – NASPA Center for First Generation Student Success

First Gen @UCA Summer Outreach

The first semester of your university career can be a very difficult time, especially for students who identify as First Generation College students. Preparing for this semester can be especially daunting, but that’s why our First-Gen @UCA Summer Outreach program exists! Throughout the Spring and Summer semesters, our Office of Student Success Peer Coaches will be reaching out to our new First-Gen students to help aid in their transition from high school to university.

Summer Start Program

The Summer Start Program is a five day program that will help you improve your study and time management skills while preparing you for your academic life here at UCA! This program allows students to focus on improving their math skills through Math Academy, reading/writing through Read/Write to Succeed and their leadership skills through Bear Leadership Experience. Click here  to learn more about the Summer Start program!