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First-generation celebrations set

By IU Bloomington Today

November 07, 2022

This year’s First-Generation College Celebration is Nov. 8.

The national event presented by the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Center for First-Generation Student Success has been observed annually since 2017. It’s a day to celebrate the success of first-generation college faculty, staff, students, alumni and others.

Data shows almost 21 percent of students on all IU campuses are first-generation students, and about 12 percent of students on the Bloomington campus are first-generation.

On the IU Bloomington campus, events include:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Stop by the undergraduate programs office to share your experiences as a first-generation college student and learn from others’ experiences.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walter Career Center. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as the College of Arts and Sciences celebrates first-gen students, staff and faculty.
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wells Library. Stop by University Division’s table on the ground floor of the library to share your pride in being a first-generation student or faculty or staff member.
  • 3 p.m., Eskenazi Museum of Art. Registerto explore the art museum with a guided tour just for first-generation students.
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union. Visit with staff from the Office of First Year Experience, and grab some popcorn and first-gen swag.
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Alumni Hall. Union Board and the Division of Student Affairs will recognize first-generation students with a celebration to connect with others and share their experiences. There will be free food and swag.