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First-Gen Week



First-Gen Proud celebrates First-Gen Week

Join Texas State University and colleges across the country as we present the National First-Generation College Celebration on Monday, Nov. 9, followed by First-Gen Week events running through Nov. 13. Share in the celebration as we recognize our first-gen students.

Nov. 8 marks the 55th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Higher Education Act of 1965 on the Texas State campus.

Each event requiring advanced sign-up will be offering a First-Gen Proud t-shirt for the first 20 students who register and attend the event. 

Celebrate First-Gen Day
LBJ Signing the Higher Education Act

TXST Faculty/Staff Opportunities

Are you a faculty/staff interested in learning more about supporting first-gen students in and out of the classroom?

Learn more about faculty/staff development opportunities during First-Gen Week.

Monday, November 9

Once a First-Gen, Always a First-Gen

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Are you a first-gen undergraduate student interested in pursuing graduate studies? Do you want to hear from first-gen graduate degree holders? The Graduate College is hosting a special online information session titled Once a First-Gen, Always a First-Gen for first-gen undergraduate students, which will be held in the form of a panel discussion with successful first-gen graduate degree holders.
» Sponsor: The Graduate College
» (Registration deadline has passed)

How to Prepare, Plan, and Apply for Graduate School

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In celebrating First-Gen Week, The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies at Texas State values diversity and inclusion of its students as an essential dimension of excellence. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information about what undergraduate students should focus on to prepare them for grad school.  
» Sponsor: The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
» (Registration deadline has passed)

John Quiñones

LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series will present a moderated conversation with John Quiñones, the Emmy-winning ABC News veteran and creator/host of What Would You Do? An alumnus of the Upward Bound program, Quiñones will share his experiences with Upward Bound and his own dynamic life story. 
» Event webpage
» (Registration deadline has passed)

Tuesday, November 10

First-Gen Texas Pride Team Up

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Southwest First-Gen Forward regional community will be bringing together student leaders focused on serving first-generation college students at their respective university. This special event will create community and build coalition amongst first-gen leaders across the state and create a space for students to share their experiences, strengths, and opportunities with their peers at other institutions. Join your colleagues across the state in the first annual First-Gen Texas Pride Team Up
» Sponsor: NASPA First-Forward Southwest Regional Community

Latinx Therapy

3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Join psychotherapist Adriana Alejandre for a Zoom talk about developing your mental well-being while social distancing. Adriana is an award-winning trauma therapist and the founder of Latinx Therapy, a national directory of Latinx Therapists and global, bilingual podcast that provides education to combat the stigma of mental health on the ground, and in the digital spaces.
» Sponsor: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Programs
» (Registration deadline has passed)

Celebrating our Latinidad — Lotería Night

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bienvenidos! We're excited to host a Lotería Night with our Texas State community and to create a sense of community, alleviate some stress as we approach finals, and ensure that our Latinx/Hispanic faculty, staff, and students are highlighted during Diversity Week. We welcome all of our friends and familia to join us for this cultural celebration.
» Sponsor: Hispanic Policy Network and Diversity Week
» (Registration deadline has passed)

Wednesday, November 11

Leadership Stories: Where Do you Go from Here?

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join the Leadership Institute as we host a workshop where first-gen students who are leaders in their communities share their key insight and experiences. You will also learn about best practices and strategies to overcome the "imposter phenomena" and amplify your leadership skills and potential while navigating both a new normal and Texas State University.
» Sponsor: The Leadership Institute
» (Registration deadline has passed)

F1rst Bobcat Proud - Movie Night

Film: First Generation
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join F1rst Bobcat Proud for their second social event of the semester! FBP recognizes the energy that you put into attending class, studying, and working and want to provide you a space to just relax and enjoy some quality time with your first-gen pals during a movie night!
» Sponsor: F1rst Bobcat Proud
» (Registration deadline has passed)

Thursday, November 12

TXST Celebrate First-Gen Day

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are here to celebrate you! Let's recognize your continued educational journey and tell us why you are First-Gen Proud. Join us to learn more about SSS/SSS-STEM programs, the First-Gen Proud Initiative, and pick up your First-Gen Proud t-shirts, masks, and more. First-Gen gear will be given out at the top of every hour and don't miss your chance to pick up a voucher for a FREE piece of pan dulce from City Bakery too (while supplies last).
» Sponsor: First-Gen Proud Committee, TRIO, University College
» Location: UAC Arch area

The Dynamics of Internships

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join a panel of current Bobcats and recent alums to learn about their intern experiences. Bobcats from a range of fields will discuss how they found their internships, what they learned as interns, and how their career and grad school trajectories have changed as a result of their experiences.
» Sponsor: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Programs and Common Experience
» (Registration deadline has passed)

First-Gen Zen

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

You’ve heard about the benefits of yoga and meditation, now it’s time to see what all the hype is about! Make your first yoga and meditation experience a positive one with a class designed for first timers. The instructor will help you focus on conscious movement and breathing as you learn about beginning yoga postures. Listen to your body as you practice becoming more intentional about creating focus and mindfulness. No equipment necessary, find a quiet space and try not to judge your first experience. Yoga and meditation always give exactly what you need in the moment!
» Sponsor: Campus Recreation
» Meet the Instructor
» (Registration deadline has passed)

Friday, November 13

Everything You Wanted to Know about Grad School

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join a panel of current graduate students to learn about what it’s like to apply to grad school, take the GRE, choose a program, manage school and work, and more.
» Sponsor: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Programs
» (Registration deadline has passed)

First-Gen Alumni Panel

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

From recent Bobcat graduates to recognized leaders in their fields, join us as we complete First-Gen week by learning more about how first-gen alumni have navigated their educational and career journeys. You don't want to miss out. 
» Sponsors: University College Academic Programs, University Advancement, and the Texas State Alumni Association
» Meet the panelists
» (Registration deadline has passed)