First Generation Celebration

The University of New Mexico - Main and Branch Campuses join many college campuses across the nation in celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Higher Education Act where the term first-generation was first coined which has helped countless low-middle income students come the first in their families to earn college degrees.

By creating awareness, sharing stories, and highlighting resources, we hope to create a culture that encourages students to ask for help and remind them that there are thousands of Lobos just like them!

Ways to get involved!

  • Share YOUR story
    • Teaching a class or advising a student? Take a minute or two to share your journey of being a first-generation student! You never know who needs to hear to it!
  • Display a First-Gen Proud Virtual Background
    • No classroom/office, no problem! Displaying a virtual background while you're in a meeting or teaching your class can indicate to a first-generation student that you understand their perspective and are committed to their success. 
  • Wear your First-Gen T-Shirt!
    • On the week of Nov. 8, we encourage wearing the shirt and sharing your story with students.
  • Display the First-Gen Office Card
    • Staff and faculty, add the First-Gen Office are to your decor to let students know you support them or that you are also a first-generation student!
  • Participate in the celebration!
    • Attend and invite your students and colleagues to share your first-generation stories of success.
    • 2022 National First-Generation College Celebration Virtual Event. Moderated by Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, this panel will discuss the first-generation adult learner identity, share their unique experiences and offer insight into tools and resources. Panelists include Dr. Kelly Brochu, Matt Donovan, and Dr. Vanessa Sheared.