Get Involved

Join the community of faculty and staff supporting first-generation success

All divisions, schools, offices, and programs across IUPUI are invited to participate in the celebration in whatever way they can. You might hold an event, send a special note to your first-generation students, highlight a student or two on social media. You can even share your own story of being a first-generation student!


The First-Generation Committee is always looking for volunteers to help with day of programming. If you are interested in helping, use the following form to sign up.

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Promotional resources

As you gear up for First-Generation Celebration and your unit’s events, check out the 2020 First-Generation Week toolkit. The toolkit has assets you may find useful for celebrating. The 2020 toolkit will be available here soon!

View the toolkit

Register your event

Do you have an event you would like to host during First-Generation Celebration? Use the following form to reach out to the committee and get your event added to the schedule.

Register your event

Share your experience

If you were the first in your family to graduate from college, tell us your story. We are looking to feature stories about the experiences of IUPUI students, faculty, and staff.

Share your experience

Participation ideas

Looking to host and event or participate in the celebration? Check out these ideas!

  1. Host panel discussions or forums featuring first-generation members of your school to discuss their college experiences.
  2. Incorporate first-generation faculty experiences into classroom discussions.
  3. Orchestrate listening sessions by administration, faculty, and staff about first-generation students’ experiences and needs on campus.
  4. Distribution first-generation swag to promote your celebration events and continued opportunities. 
  5. Host a snack break for first-generation students to celebrate their success. Invite first-generation leaders, faculty, and staff to attend.
  6. Kick off a brown bag lecture series for faculty to discuss topics related to classroom experiences for first-generation students and offer approaches for improvement.
  7. Offer resume and interview workshops with tips on how to best frame first-generation status in the hiring process.
  8. Send a letter or postcard home to the families of first-generation students to acknowledge the university’s support of their attendance and to highlight successes.
  9. Create a visual display of famous or successful first-generation alumni or prominent leaders. Customize for academic spaces (i.e., Michelle Obama, Sonya Sotomayor, and Bill Clinton near law or politics spaces, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in the business school, Common and Viola Davis in performing arts areas.)