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How I Made It: First Generation Graduating Seniors Perspectives

2020 Events

Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Information Sessions: Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP)

Are you considering applying to psychology PhD programs this year or in the near future? Participate in the Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP)! U of M’s developmental and psychology departments are teaming up to offer a graduate student-led mentorship program for underrepresented (i.e. BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQ+) undergraduates and post-baccalaureates interested in applying to psychology PhD programs.

The program will consist of a series of virtual information sessions and small group workshops via Zoom and Slack.

Interested applicants should fill out this survey.


All are welcome to attend the information sessions, but preference for one-on-one mentorship will be given to undergrads/postbaccs who identify as a member of an underrepresented group (i.e. BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQ+).
Hosted by: Institute of Child Development & Psychology

Friday, November 13, 5-6 p.m.

The Never Ending Story: First-Gen Alumni Perspectives

So you think the first-gen experience ends after college? Nope! The first-generation experience will continue to follow you after graduation. It’s a never ending story. You will navigate your first-gen status in your career, relationships, and many areas of your life. This First-Gen Alumni panel highlights the ways in which first-generation identity shapes life beyond college. Don’t miss this conversation with 7 alumni who will share their experiences as first-gen alumni.


Hosted by: Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, Orientation & Transition Experiences, and President's Emerging Scholars Program

November 9-13 on the Coffman Front Plaza

First Gen Photo-Op Pop-Up

Show off your first-gen pride and take a photo in the Giant First-Gen Proud MN installation! Share a photo of you in the MN and tag #UMNFirst for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the University Bookstore!

Friday, November 13, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Data Dive: What Covid Context Tells Us about the First-Generation Student Experience

This event is the Fall 2020 First-Gen Institute Part I and will be followed by the First-Gen Institute Part 2 in April 2021. At this event panelists will share about data collected from March 2020-now and discuss how this relates to the first-generation student experience.

The session will end with a Q&A time to address any specific questions or concerns from attendees. Participants will then have an opportunity to join breakout rooms to discuss the implications and use of this data and how this will inform practice and research as well as the First-Gen Institute in Spring 2021.

*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED*


Hosted by: College of Education and Human Development

Thursday, November 12, 4-5 p.m.

CFANS First-Gen LinkedIn Profile Coaching

Certified LinkedIn Coach, Mari Ruddy, will assist First-Gen Undergrad and Graduate students with making sure their profile is ready to meet their professional goals!


Open to CFANS Undergrads and Grad Students only. Hosted by CFANS.

Thursday, November 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

TRIO SSS: Secure the Scholarship Workshop

TRIO SSS students, come learn where to find scholarships, how to prepare your application, and strategies for writing a winning scholarship essay.


Open to any TRIO SSS student

Thursday, November 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

First Gen Chat & Chew

Mark your calendar for the First Gen Chat & Chew! Bring your lunch and hop onto zoom to share your experiences and connect with other First-Gen students.


Open to first-gen students. Hosted by: Orientation & Transition Experiences

Wednesday, November 11, 5-6 p.m.

The Hidden Curriculum: What they don’t teach you!

This faculty and staff panel asks folks to share about aspects of the hidden curriculum in higher education. Our attendees will know we navigated challenges when we were students, as well as some of the academic, social, and behavioral expectations established in higher education. We also want to share how we took advantage of opportunities and resources as we navigated college as first-generation students.


Hosted by: Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and Orientation & Transition Experiences

Wednesday, November 11, 4-5 p.m.

CFANS First-Gen College Student, Faculty and Staff Panel

Sharing first gen stories and experiences from our First Gen, undergrads, grads, faculty and staff! All are welcome! You do not have to be first gen to join!


Open to all. Hosted by CFANS Advising.

Wednesday, November 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

TRIO SSS: Secure the Scholarship Workshop

TRIO SSS students, come learn where to find scholarships, how to prepare your application, and strategies for writing a winning scholarship essay.


Open to any TRIO SSS student

November 11 at 9 a.m. to November 15

Where's Goldy...? Virtual Escape Room

Can you find Goldy and help him escape from the jealous mascots before the Homecoming Football Game starts? This virtual escape room can be played independently or as a group.

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m. at Coffman, Great Hall

UNLIKELY Film Screening

This documentary investigates America’s college dropout crisis and the barriers students face in their pursuit of a college degree and meaningful career.

Join MCSE and SUA for an in-person screening of the film and be entered for a chance to win a UMN sweatshirt. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken and added to our First Gen Appreciation poster.

Can’t make it to the event? Watch virtually Nov 10-15! Use link z.umn.edu/unlikelyvirtual for 24 hour access to the film.


Hosted by: Student Unions and Activities, Multicultural Student Engagement, and Student Parent Help Center

Tuesday, November 10, 5-6:30 p.m.

First Gen Week Game Night

First Gen Week Game Night will provide an opportunity to connect with other first-gen students and include Jackbox, scavenger hunt, and more! Three attendees will be selected as winners for FREE UMN giveaway!


Open to first-gen students. Hosted by: Orientation & Transition Experiences

Tuesday, November 10, 5-5:45 p.m.

CEHD Reads: Virtual event with Author Jennine Capó Crucet

Each fall, CEHD welcomes the CEHD Reads author to share in a discussion with students, instructors, staff, and alumni. Jennine Capó Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, will share her inspiration for writing the book and what they hope readers take away from the book. The session will close with a question and answer time with the author.

No registration is required.


Open to everyone. Hosted by: CEHD First Year Experience

Tuesday, November 10, 5-6 p.m.

First-Gen MBA Roundtable

Whether considering an MBA or graduate school in general, this roundtable will give you an opportunity to learn more about pursuing additional education after your undergraduate career. Hear from current First-Gen students about their journeys into grad school!


Hosted by: Carlson School MBA Programs

Tuesday, November 10, 12-1 p.m.

Navigating Stressors and Practicing Self-Care

You may be feeling particularly stressed recently: the current political atmosphere in the wake of the election in tandem with a global pandemic are not normal conditions under which to go about school and work, among other responsibilities you may be facing. These feelings are normal. Join de-stress at this mental health workshop to learn simple, practical ways to achieve balance and manage your stress during this time.


Open to all students. Hosted by OTE and de-stress

Zoom password: Z4R41U

Tuesday, November 10, 10-11 a.m.

CEHD First-Gen Mid-Semester Check-in

CEHD Student Services is hosting a virtual mid-semester check-in with first-generation undergraduate students as part of the First-Generation College Student Celebration Week.


Open to CEHD undergraduate students.

Monday, November 9, 5-6 p.m.

How I Made It: First Generation Graduating Seniors Perspectives

This First Generation Graduating Seniors Perspectives panel highlights the stories and experiences throughout their time at the University of Minnesota. From lessons learned to all of their successes, we hope that you’ll join and hear from these U of M seniors!


Hosted by: Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and Orientation & Transition Experiences

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