First-Gen Celebration

November 5, 2021 - Dorene DiNaro

First Gen shirtThe University of New Mexico - Main and Branch Campuses join many college campuses across the nation in celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Higher Education Act where the term first-generation was first coined which has helped countless low-middle income students come the first in their families to earn college degrees.

By creating awareness, sharing stories, and highlighting resources, we hope to create a culture that encourages students to ask for help and remind them that there are thousands of Lobos just like them!

Ways to get involved!
  • Wear your First-Gen Proud shirt on Monday, Nov. 8!
  • Teaching a class or advising a student? Take a minute or two to share your journey of being a first-generation student.
  • Display a First-Gen Proud card.  Displaying a card in your office or on your desk can indicate to a first-generation student that you understand their perspective and committed to their success.
  • Share your First-Gen story! Representation matters!

 Take a look at some of our published First-Gen stories. If you're interested in submitting a story, feel free to submit that HERE!

 Participate in the celebration! Attend and invite your students and colleagues to the celebration!