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First Gen Programs and Events

Programs & Events

 First2Go Week

Tuesday, September 7th – Monday, September 13th
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!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 1:30 pm -2:30 pm
UCA Amphitheater/ Outside of Old Main
FirstGen@UCA Info Table – 
Stop by a table to grab First Gen Merch! Help us celebrate First-Gen Students 

Wednesday, September 8th, 3 pm FREE FOOD
Location TBD
Dealing with Stress as a 1st Gen Student
First Gen Ph.D. student Deven Dyer will discuss common stressors of First Gen students and provide skills to cope with that stress

Thursday, September 9th  X-period (1:40 pm) Academic Success Workshop
Burdick 205
Succeeding as a FirstGen at UCA: Student & Faculty Panel 
This panel discussion will provide information about the unique challenges and opportunities of first-generation students from a variety of voices

Thursday, September 9th (6:00 pm) FREE FOOD 
Old Main 003
Vision Board Party
UCA’s First will lead you in creating your own Vision Board for the year! All Supplies and refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 13th, 3:00 pm
Torreyson Library
Purple Table Talk: It’s Lit in the Library
Come learn about all the important resources at the Library 


National First Gen Day

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


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 Connections 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.