OLLU community invited to ‘Celebrate National 1st Gen Day’ today at mall

Students, faculty and staff are invited to “Celebrate National 1st Gen Day” at 12:30 p.m. today in the Mall Area. 

Event host “OLLU 1st Gen” will provide craft supplies for participants to create a project representative of their experience as a first generation college student. Student participants will be asked to create a message in text, image or video on Instagram and tag @ollu1stgen to share their messages with other first generation students.

Faculty and staff are asked to create an image or video on their Instagram page with words of encouragement for a first generation college student. Or they can tell one thing they wish they would have known as a first generation college student.

Faculty and staff are also asked to tag @Ollu1stGen or send an email to @firstgenerationstudent so OLLU can share on their behalf. 

Sunday, Nov. 8, marked the 55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resourced students persist to degree completion.

The McNair Scholars program and Student Leadership and Development are strong supporters of first generation students and will participate in today’s event.

“Our goal is to increase visibility of first generation students overall,” said Jessica Quintero, PhD, Instructional Designer for the Center for Teaching Excellence. “We will be hosting a small event on campus, a virtual campaign via Instagram, and are encouraging faculty, staff, and students to change their background for any virtual class and meeting to one of the attached for the week of the 8th.” 