Wayne State To Dedicate Week Of November 2 To First-Generation Students

WAYNE – First-generation students will be recognized in early November on the Wayne State College campus.

According to a release from WSC, first-generation students are typically defined as students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college or university to attain a bachelor’s degree. About half of Wayne State’s students are classified as first-generation students in any given year.

Celebrations will feature a variety of events and social media challenges and content. All events and activities will follow campus policy to ensure public safety, including social distancing and wearing a mask.

On Monday, November 2, “But 1st, Coffee” will be an opportunity for students on campus to stop and get a warm coffee or hot chocolate from first-generation faculty and staff followed later in the day with a virtual mentor panel. TikTok Tuesday will be geared toward a dance or a video that students can replicate and share with the hashtag #WSCFirstGen2020. There will then be a ‘First-Generation’ video shared on Wednesday, students can write a “Thank you” to someone who helped them on their journey to becoming a first-generation college student on Thursday and closing out the week will feature social media challenges on Friday, November 6.

There will also be a proclamation of First-Generation Day as TRIO Student Support Services will be inducting students into its honor society while acknowledging first-generation participants on Sunday, November 8.

Also, throughout the week there will be daily events, fliers with information about being first generation and posters celebrating first-generation students, staff and faculty.

Institutions from across the nation will celebrate first-generation students, faculty and staff on November 8 and highlight the important contributions made within the campus communities for the last four years. This date marks the 55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resources students persist to degree completion.