First-Generation College Celebration

First-generation students, we’re talking to you! Nov. 8 is your day — National First-Generation College Student Celebration Day, to be exact — and we’re joining colleges all around the country to celebrate your success.


Open Mic Night! Sign-Up Today!

Join Us November 8th for an Open Mic Night!

Join Us at our annual First-Generation College Celebration on Monday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. This year we are opening up the stage and creating space for an Open Mic Night, sharing our First-Gen Stories and Experiences in creative showcase. We are taking sign-ups now!! You can now sign-up through CampusGroups!

*mic check, one-two, one-two*

CALLING ALL CREATORS! Lyrical geniuses, artist virtuosos, comedians, amateurs, up-and-coming performers, authors, storytellers, writers, handcrafters, etc. Come join us to share your talent and creative works, from art work and digital media to spoken word, written word, song, dance, music, stories. Food will be provided!

SIGN UP HERE (through CampusGroups Form) TO RESERVE YOUR SLOT TO SHOWCASE or to REGISTER AS AN ATTENDEE/AUDIENCE. Whatever capacity you are joining us, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

Register to perform/showcase or to be an attendee here or scan the QR code below!



National First-Gen Virtual Celebrations Events!

For the past five years institutions from across the nation including SLCC, celebrated first-generation students, faculty, and staff on November 8 and highlighted the important contributions made within the campus communities. Explore this page to see how we celebrate and recognize our SLCC first-gen students, staff and faculty on campus.

Enthusiastically we invite you to register for these two national First-Generation Celebration events hosted in part by COE:

First Generation College Celebration Day

On November 8, COE and the Center for First-generation Student Success encourage you to attend these events for First-Generation Celebration:

Celebration Day Panel | Monday, November 8 at 3 p.m. ET

Get inspired by first-generation narratives of success and triumph. Register here.

Lunch and Learn | Tuesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. ET

To raise the profile of TRIO, invite faculty and administrators at your institution to your office for our broadcast, then host your own discussion in-person. Register here.

Virtual Celebration Party for Students | Tuesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. ET

Here's a chance for your first-gen students to win prizes from COE! Sign them up then don't let them miss the party! Register your students all at once using the spreadsheet here.

Check out this Virtual First-Gen College Celebration Day Event at Texas Tech | Friday, November 12 from 9:00am - 3:30pm CST

Educators from across the nation, are invited to participate in the First-Gen Champions Institute. This Institute seeks to bring together individuals that are committed to fostering a space for learning and understanding as it relates to college access, completion, and success for first-generation students. The Institute will allow First-Gen champions to share in a discussion on what it truly means to champion First-Gen success and how to put those ideas into practice.

For more information and to register, check out their website.


If you were or are a first-generation student, we encourage you to share your stories and experiences online. When posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, be sure to include #CelebrateFirstGen and tag @FirstgenCenter @COETalk and @SLCC_TRIO.

First-Gen Fellows Program

Sign-up or Nominate a First-Gen Fellow Here

First-Gen Fellows must be a first-generation college student enrolled at Salt Lake Community College. Undocumented students (with and without DACA) are eligible to be nominated.

Sign-up or Nominate a Mentor Here

Mentors must identify as first-generation to participate in this initiative. Mentors must be a current Salt Lake Community College Faculty or Staff.


November 8, 2020 is the 55th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, and SLCC is joining institutions across the country in celebrating the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on campus.

November 8th was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (“HEA”) emerged out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Much like other hallmark legislation of that era, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HEA was intended to help level a playing field that for too long had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds.

In 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-generation Student Success launched the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration! Given the overwhelming success of this event in 2017 and 2018, COE and the Center now partner to make this celebration an annual event.

On November 8, 2019, COE encourage colleges and universities to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on your campus in any and every way possible.

First-generation students are defined as: students from families where their biological parents did not complete a four-year college degree.

This definition comes from the Center for First Generation Student Success

Get involved! Please take our survey.

Take the Survey Here

We are asking for your assistance, please, help us identify and capture WHO our first-generation college students and/or graduates are here at SLCC.

We will also use your responses to garner support for this celebration event(s) by reaching out to you for future assistance in our celebration planning and promotional campaigns.

Visit the NASPA First-Generation Student Success initiative webpage for more information.