First Gen Events

New and exciting events happening all week across UConn's campuses celebrating our First Gen population! Below is this year's schedule of events:

November 6th

Hartford Campus: First Gen Pop Up Event

  • Learn more about what events we have planned for the week and kick off First Gen Week with us with goodies, merch and pictures. Special guest appearance by Officer Carson and Officer Tildy!
  • HTB Atrium from 12:30pm-2:00pm

Waterbury Campus: First Gen Pop Up Event

  • Campus partners and resources for First Gen students will be available. Plus- Free First Gen T- shirts, Selfie Station & Refreshments
  • WREC Building 402 from 12:30pm-2:00pm

Storrs Campus: Law School Admissions for First Gen:

  • First Gen UConn Law students will present on the admission process and taking the LSAT. 
  • MCHU 108 at 7pm

November 7th

Waterbury Campus: Button Making and Message Boards

  • Stop by the library to browse the First Gen Author Display, share a message on the whiteboard, or make a button to showcase your First Gen pride.
  • Library, First Floor from 8:30am-6:00pm

Storrs Campus: Experiential Global Learning/Study Abroad & the Gilman Scholarship

  • Learn about the many study abroad opportunities and funding for global experiences for First Gen students.
  • MCHU 201 at 7pm

November 8th: National First Gen Day!

Hartford Campus: First Gen Cultural Festival 

  • Celebrate and embrace the rich diversity and many cultures UConn Hartford is make up of and its intersection with students who identify as First Gen. Enjoy and array of cultural foods and come dressed in your cultural/ traditional attire. Joining the festivities will be UConn Hartford Academic Achievement Center, Undergraduate Student Government, Gender/ Sexuality Alliance, World Culture Organization, Muslim Student Association, Empowered Women's Collective, & South Asian Student Association.
  • HTB Atrium from 5pm- 7pm

RSVP via NEXUS here!

Storrs Campus: Resource Fair

  • Campus partners and resources for First Gen Students will be available. Plus- free First Gen t shirts, swag, & refreshments!
  • Rowe Atrium from 12pm-2pm

All Campuses: First Gen Giving Day!

  • Support our First Gen Initiatives by donating to the First Gen Fund. To make a donation click here!

All Campuses: Pursuing Post-Undergraduate Education as a First-Gen Student

  • Are you a first-generation student interested in pursuing graduate-level education? Join First-Gen DEI Ambassador Paige Mitchell and Graduate students Avery Caya and Pedro Badillo in an information session discussing post-undergraduate education. We will be discussing what it means to pursue graduate school, the transition process to graduate education, non-traditional post-undergraduate options, ways to fund graduate education, and how we at the UConn Center for Career Development can help you through this process. If you require accommodations to attend this event, please email

    Learn more and register here.

All Campuses: Women's Basketball Game Shout Out

  • Wear your First Gen t shirt and sit with other First Gen Students! Groups will be featured on the jumbotron during the game!
  • XL Center, Hartford at 7pm

November 9th

Hartford Campus: Breaking Barriers

  • Engage in conversations addressing the cultural barriers our communities encounter when seeking mental health support and how to normalize mental health support for First Gen college students. Special guest speaker: Eileen Echevarria, LPC with over 13 years of experience in the field. 
  • HTB 228 from 12pm-2pm

RSVP via NEXUS here!

Waterbury Campus: First Gen Panel Discussion

  • Attend a panel discussion for First Gen students, faculty and staff. Dinner will be served. Guest panelist: Representative Geraldo Reyes
  • MPR from 12:30am-1:30pm

Storrs Campus: Navigating the Future: Pre-Health Advising

  • Hear from students and staff on exploring the health professions as a first-generation student and what you need to know to succeed.
  • Asian American Cultural Center, Student Union Rooms 424-436 from 1pm-2pm

All Campuses: Tri- Alpha Induction Ceremony

  • The First Gen honor society UConn, Alpha Alpha Alpha will induct their third cohort of members
  • MCHU 102 at 7:30pm

November 10th

Hartford Campus: First Gen Breakfast

  • End the week with us for a special breakfast catered by Roosters Chicken & Waffles restaurant. 
  • HTB Second Floor Landing from 11am-1pm

RSVP via NEXUS here!

November 11th

Storrs Campus: First Gen Gives Back

  • Join us for a service project supporting Joshua’s Trust, a nonprofit and largely volunteer regional conservation organization. We will meet on Calhoun Way at 9:30 am and returning there at 12:30 PM.

    Event is Rain or Shine

November 14th & 15th

Waterbury Campus: UConn Waterbury Career Closet

  • UConn Waterbury students and Alumni can pick out a professional outfit and accessories to be used at interviews, career fairs, internships, and more!

  • Tuesday 11/14 in MPR from 12:30pm-2pm
  • Wednesday 11/15 in Lobby from 1:30pm-2pm




All Campus Event