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First-Gen Con 2023: Register Today

Register Today

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Are YOU the First?

Am I First-Generation?
The University of Utah defines first-generation students as students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) do not possess a bachelor's degree of four-year equivalent degree from a college or university within the US. 

At the University of Utah, around 25% of our students are first-generation, and we are keenly aware of the challenges they face. Join us at the Marriott Library on April 14, 2023 from 10:00am to 3:00pm for a one-day conference to connect with other first-generation students; to share stories about the first-generation experience with our faculty; to learn best practices from our first-gen faculty and staff and hear their stories; to learn about campus resources, services, and spaces; and to strategize how we can work together to build a strong community of support for all first-generation students at the U. 



Call for Proposals

Join the Conversation!

Participating as a Student Presenter

We would like to invite YOU to participate. Everyone is welcome, including individual presenters, pair, groups/teams, and panels. Presentation times run from 30 to 60 minutes, and there are no restrictions on your format--whether it's a slide show, a spoken word performance, a visual art--whatever works best for you! 
Some potential topics might include:

  • How to deal with college-related anxiety as a first-generation student
  • How to engage campus and community resources, services, and spaces for first-gen folks
  • How to write a personal statement without being made to feel tokenized or (re)traumatized
  • How to fight barriers to success from inside the institution
  • How to identify and cope with Imposter Syndrome
  • How to find belonging and community on a large commuter campus

Presenting as First-Gen Faculty/Staff

Presentation times run from 30 to 60 minutes. Potential topics might include:

  • How to advocate for your first-generation students
  • How being first-gen impacts your teaching
  • Strategies for faculty and staff to cultivate first-gen student success
  • Policy changes you'd like to see in higher education around first-generation initiatives

Please submit proposals here. 

Presenters & Attendees:

This event is free to the public and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and swag. Registration options coming soon!

A Special Thank You

The Office for First-Generation Access and the J. Willard Marriott Library would like to give a special thank you to the University of Utah's College of Mines & Earth Sciences, the David Eccles School of Business, the School of Cultural and Social Transformation, the College of Social Work, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies for their generous contributions to this conference.

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