Miami to celebrate its first-generation college students Friday

By Margo Kissell, university news and communications

Miami University will celebrate the achievements of its 2,350+ first-generation college students on Friday, Nov. 6.

Miami First-Generation Day, held as part of the National First-Generation College Celebration, recognizes those who are the first in their families to go to college.

Miami’s First-Generation Initiative seeks to build a community of first-generation students and allies. The initiative complements Miami’s new strategic plan, MiamiRISE, which focuses on transformational student experiences, including those for first-generation students.Celebrate Miami First-Gen Day

The First-Generation Initiative plays a key role in helping students feel welcome, included and engaged, in order to maximize their Miami experience.

All Miami students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the following free online activities to celebrate:

Miami University Alumni Association’s “Miami Presents: A Place of Asset, Not Deficit: First Gen Alumni Perspective”

  • Part 1, 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, hosted by Seth Seward (Miami ’11) assistant director of alumni groups; featuring Janell Walton (Miami ’94), David Dafoe (Miami ’84), Joe Homan (Miami ’83) and Miranda Ferguson (Miami '16). Learn more and register here.
  • Part 2, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, hosted by Seward; featuring Kierra Williams (Miami ’11), Breanna Robinson (Miami ’08, MS ’11) and Jose Jacabo (Miami ’18, MS ’20). Learn more and register here.

Center for Career Exploration & Success – "Breaking Barriers: The First Gen Advantage": 1 p.m. Friday via Zoom. Come join the center’s first-gen staff to learn how students can express their skills. Register here.

Miami Regionals — "Fantastic Firsts Forum," 11 a.m. Friday via Zoom. Join the Regionals in celebrating first-generation college students, faculty and staff for a virtual panel discussion. The event is hosted by the Fantastic Firsts Committee and TRIO Student Support Services. Register for the free webinar here.

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