First Gen Week

First Gen Week became a signature program and initiative in the CIE-SJRC in 2019; created by Karin Firoza, Catherine Odera, Eric Nguyen, Martha Loftus, Rosa Rodriguez-Williams, Jasmine Ramón, Earlene Avalon, Tyreke Gaston and Kiera Perryman. First Gen Week centers first-generation students, staff, and faculty, and the strengths and perspectives they bring to our campus!

1st Gen Week 2021: Nov 1st-Nov 8th

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First Gen Week 2021 Event Schedule

Monday (11/1)

FIRST GEN WEEK KICK OFF

Come grab some information for the week, merch, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies! Krentzman Quad, 11:30-1:30

Tuesday (11/2)

USING THE LIBRARY: Top 10 Things You Should Know

Join this virtual workshop to learn more about library resources 11:30-1pm virtual. Register Here.

THE FUNL NETWORK: Community & Belonging at NU for First Gen, Undocumented, and Low-Income Students

Join this virtual workshop on FUNL identities and how to find support at NU 6-7:30pm. Register here.

 

Wednesday (11/3)

NU GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AND FUNDING OPTIONS

Questions about how to access global experiences? Join this workshop to learn more from the Global Experience Office. CIE 12:30-1:30pm.

 

MEET & GREET WITH STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE

Stop by the CIE to learn more about how the Student Support Initiative can help you make the most of your first year! Meet some Student Success Guides, receive technical assistance in accessing the MentorHub NU platforms, and have your questions answered by Success Coordinators! Drop-in anytime between 3:00pm-5:00pm. This event is for first gen students only. 

Thursday (11/4)

NETWORKING FOR FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS

Networking for First Gen students is vital. Join this virtual workshop with Mike Conte to learn some tips and tricks to the networking experience as a first gen student. 11:30-1pm. Register here.

TONY ENOS, co-hosted with Honors

Event will be held in the CIE from 6-7pm. Register Here

 

Friday (11/5)

FUNL YOUR STRENGTHS: A PANEL WITH THE FUNL NETWORK

This virtual panel will be held from 12-1pm. Click here to register!

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORSHIP: A Mentee/Mentor Journey

Join this conversation with Dr. Shannon Fairley-Pittman and his mentee, Sonny Diep! CIE, 6-7pm

Sunday (11/7)

FIRST GEN BRUNCH

Event will be held from 11am-1pm in Cabral Center, African American Institute

Monday (11/8)

AWARDS CEREMONY: ADMISSIONS BUILDING

The awards ceremony will be held from 6:30-8:30pm. Nominate students here.

SHELEADS: Women In Leadership (Career Design Office)

Our guest speaker, Shavonne Gordon, was a First Gen College Student. Trained in software and systems engineering, Shavonne began her career in Tech, and is now an “accomplished HR diversity, inclusion and belonging professional.” She holds the position of Vice President, Enterprise Diversity Recruiting at Capital One. She works to “create access and opportunity for underrepresented groups—especially in STEM.” Shavonne will be sharing her experience and wisdom about how she overcame obstacles to attain her current leadership position, and offer advice to students about pursuing leadership roles. Will be a virtual event held from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Registration Link.

First Gen Awards Ceremony

With our First Gen Awards Ceremony we honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of first-generation students for their academic, professional, and leadership endeavors. Nominate a deserving student by Oct. 29th!

AWARDS:

First-Gen Legacy Building Award: Recognizing first-gen students for their efforts in developing a first-gen community at Northeastern or in Boston

Social-Justice Advocacy Award: Recognizing first-gen students involved in solving inequality and injustice at Northeastern, in their field, or community

Academic Achievement Award: Recognizing first gen students for excellence in their classes at Northeastern, defined by exceptional GPA and/or academic growth

Experiential Achievement Award: Recognizing first gen students taking hold of exceptional or outstanding experiential learning opportunities in their field like research, internships, co-ops, etc.

Exceptional Leadership Award: Recognizing first gen students for exceptional leadership in student organizations, university offices, and/or cultural centers

 

The 2021 First Gen Week Planning Team

Naomi Boase, Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement*
Tyreke Gaston, student, College of Science
Martha Loftus, Director, Foundation Year*
Luesoni Kuck, STEM Librarian
Kiera Perryman, student, College of Arts, Media, and Design
Caitlin Thornbrugh, Associate Teaching Professor in English* 
Jennifer Schoen, Director, Opportunity Scholarship and Outreach Programs
Daniella Zubieta, student, College of Science

 

Martha, Naomi, and Caitlin are also steering committee members of the FUNL Network, which aims to expand cross-institutional community and resources to ensure that first-generation, undocumented and low-income students thrive at Northeastern

Am I First Gen?

First-generation college student is often defined as a student whose parents/guardians have not earned a four-year degree in the U.S. However, definitions vary between states, schools, and institutions, and we want to include you if you identify as first-generation based on your family’s level of educational attainment and limited exposure to or knowledge about attending college.

First Gen Week Programming

Over 20 offices and programs across Northeastern offered panel discussions, workshops, and celebratory events to amplify the proud voices and experiences of first-generation college students at the university

Recognizing Excellence From Our First Gen Students

With the inaugural First Gen Awards Ceremony in 2020, we honored and celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of first-generation students for their academic, professional, and leadership endeavors.

A Look Back: First Gen Week 2020

The 2020 First Gen Week Planning Team

Naomi Boase, Assistant Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement
Karin Firoza, Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement*
Tyreke Gaston, student, College of Science
Martha Loftus, Director, Foundation Year*
Eric Nguyen, Senior Assistant Director, Opportunity Scholarship and Outreach Programs*
Kiera Perryman, student, College of Arts, Media, and Design
Gisselle Rodriguez Benitez, student, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Jennifer Schoen, Director, Opportunity Scholarship and Outreach Programs
Daniella Zubieta, student, College of Science

Karin, Martha, and Eric are also steering committee members of the FUNL Network, which aims to expand cross-institutional community and resources to ensure that first-generation, undocumented and low-income students thrive at Northeastern.

We were excited to offer a full week of virtual programming from Sunday, November 8, 2020, through Thursday, November 13, 2020 to celebrate First Gen Week.

Over 20 offices and programs across Northeastern offered panel discussions, workshops, and celebratory events to amplify the proud voices and experiences of first-generation college students at the university. The week culminated with a keynote address by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, author of the Privileged Poor, followed by an awards ceremony that recognized the accomplishments of first generation college students at Northeastern.

 

Northeastern University is a First Gen Forward institution. Launched in June 2017, NASPA’s First-Gen Forward program is the nation’s first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success