Join us for 2021 First-Gen Week!

Join the First-Gen+ Center from Nov. 8th – Nov. 15th for First-Gen Week. We will be celebrating, centering, and empowering our first-generation Patriots!

We have a host of events celebrating our first-generation college students here at Mason. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to all events as we center the narratives and experiences of our students through open discussion, community building, and meaningful engagement.


Calendar of Events:

  • Monday, November 8th | Preparing for Grad School Entrance Exams (Hosted by: Learning Services)
    • 9AM – 10:15 AM | Zoom
    • Please join us to learn information about common graduate standardized exams such as the GRE, GMAT, Praxis, MCAT, and LSAT. During this session you will understand how to create and stick to a study plan to prepare for one of these exams, identify effective memorization strategies, and learn how to concentrate for long periods of time. Finally, you will understand what to expect on test day and practice how to overcome feelings of self-doubt. Hosted by Learning Services.
  • Monday, November 8th | National First-Gen Week Kickoff and T-Shirt Giveaway
    • 11 AM-2 PM | JC Kiosk D
    • In celebration of National First-Gen Week, the First-Gen+ Center will be giving away t-shirts and other surprises for students that identify as first-gen.
  • Monday, November 8th | Maximus First-Gen Event (Hosted by The School of Business)
    • Session 1 – Noon or Session 2 – 1:30 PM | HUB Ballroom
    • The School of Business Career Services invites students to meet with Maximus executives, practice their pitches, and build their professional network. No registration is required.
  • Tuesday, November 9th – Monday, November 15th | Rock Painting Project
    • Supply Pickup: 12 – 2 PM | SUB I, 2400
    • Join us as we write messages and create art showing love and support for Undocumented and Refugee Students!
  • Tuesday, November 9th | The Lessons from Making First-Gen a Priority (Hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • 2 PM | Virtual
    • The first in a multi-part series examining what it really takes to be a student-centric institution.

      Join us as we examine: Who are first-generation students? What does it take to create wrap-around services to support them? What lessons have colleges learned during Covid-19 that apply?

  • Tuesday, November 9th | First-Gen in Graduate School: Navigating the Transition (Hosted by the Department of Global and Community Health)
    • 5 – 6 PM | Zoom
    • This session will feature three first-gen Mason graduate students discussing their experiences navigating school, work, and life.
  • Tuesday, November 9th |  What Comes Next?
    • 6 – 7:30 PM | Zoom
    • Tune into our panel of first-gen professionals, graduate students, and current Patriots as we unpack “what comes next” as a first-generation college graduate navigating post-graduate life.
  • Wednesday, November 10th | First to Finished: First-Gen Paths through Graduate School (Hosted by Graduate Student Life)
    • 1 – 2 PM | Zoom
    • Join us for a panel discussion featuring the experiences and insights of first-generation faculty and administrators at Mason regarding their graduate school experiences.
  • Wednesday, November 10th | I Know My Clifton Strengths, Now What? (University Career Services)
    • 9 – 10 AM | Zoom
    • Learn how to translate your strengths in your communications with prospective employers in your resumes, cover letters, and interviews so you can demonstrate your value!
  • Wednesday, November 10th | Transfer Student Game Night (Hosted by Contemporary Student Services)
    • 4-7 PM | Hybrid Event
    • Join Contemporary Student Services for a game night virtually and in-person to celebrate transfer students! Come play Mario Kart, board games, card games, bingo, and more in-person and jack box games online!
  • Wednesday – November 10th | Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
    • 7:30-9 PM | Zoom
    • Join us for a virtual financial aid workshop for undocumented students to learn more about Virginia’s new state-aid policy and the upcoming opening of the state-aid application!
  • Thursday, November 11th | Off-Campus Housing Information Session for First Gen Students (Hosted by 
    Contemporary Student Services)
    • 12 – 1 PM | HUB 1012
    • Come learn the ins and outs of budgeting, planning for, and searching for off-campus housing in Northern Virginia.
  • Thursday,  November 11th | F1rst Gen @ Mason x First-Gen+ Center Hub Takeover
    • 4:30-6:30 PM | Corner Pocket
    • Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Play games, share laughs, and even have a chance to win a prize during our First Gen HUB takeover!
  • Friday, November 12th | First-Gen Friday T-Shirt Day
    • Rep your First-Gen pride by wearing your First-Gen T-Shirts!
  • Saturday, November 13th | Immigration Monologues
    • 6-8 PM | Hybrid event – watch virtually or attend a watch party
    • In its 11th year, the Annual Immigration Monologues tackles the immigration dialogue with a night full of inspirational stories from our diverse immigrant community. Presented by Undocumason, F1rst Gen @ Mason, the Hispanic Student Association and the Filipino Cultural Association, this year’s theme is, “Liberation, Not Citizenship: the Power of an Intersectional Movement.”
  • Monday, November 15th | Coffee and Conversation: Supporting First-Generation College Students on Campus and Beyond 
    • 12:30- 2 PM | Zoom
    • The George Mason University Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and First-Gen+ Center will host a dynamic and thoughtful online discussion featuring Dr. Blake Silver (Assistant Professor of Sociology, George Mason University) and Dr. Lisa Nunn (Director of the Center for Educational Excellence and Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego). Both Dr. Silver and Dr. Nunn will share findings from their recently published books (The Cost of Inclusion: How Student Conformity Leads to Inequality on College Campuses; and College Belonging: How First-Year and First-Generation Students Navigate Campus Life, respectively) and invite questions from faculty and staff on how best to engage with and support success for first-generation college students.
  • Monday, November 15th | Understanding Financial Aid Options and the Impact of COVID-19 (Hosted by: SSAC and Financial Well-Being)
    • 12:00-1:00 PM | Zoom
    • Join SSAC and the Financial Well-Being Team who will discuss how to apply for all financial aid options, including federal aid, private loans, scholarships, and grants. Information is provided about the difference in FAFSA years and what being selected for verification means. In addition, more information is given about how COVID-19 impacts interest on student loans. This presentation will be held during First-Gen Week, however, all Mason students are encouraged to attend as we will talk through all aid options.
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