First-Generation Student Week to Celebrate Accomplishments, Challenges

Two students holding up FirstGen stickers

The University of Michigan will host the fourth annual First-Gen Student Week, November 1 – 4. First-Gen Week celebrates both the accomplishments and challenges that are unique to first-generation college students.

A community of over 4,000 students, First-Gen Week events offers an opportunity for community building while raising awareness of this student population on campus.

“First Generation students are generally identified as students who are the first to attend or graduate from college, but in reality, the journey of these students is so much more complex,” says Adan Hussain, FirstGen Program Manager. “First-Gen week is a great opportunity to bring these students together, but also show that there’s a community surrounding them who are in their corner and are rooting for their success.”

Supported by the Office of Academic Multicultural Affairs (OAMI), Office of New Student Programs (ONSP), Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP), Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), the fourth annual First-Gen Week provides opportunities for the University community to learn and engage with First-Generation students at the University of Michigan.

This year’s events include a series of in-person and virtual events geared towards orienting and re-orienting themselves with the support, services and resources available to the First-Gen community.

“The University of Michigan offers a variety of resources to support our First-Gen community, whether, through allyship or direct involvement, each and every one of us can play a part in their success.”

Additional support for FirstGen week is provided by the U-M First Year Experience (FYE), First-Gen Engin, First-Generation College Students@Michigan and College of Literature, Science & the Arts.

To learn more about First-Gen Week events, visit myumi.ch/a0zvY.

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