Join us for 2022 First-Gen Week!

Join the First-Gen+ Center from Nov. 7th – Nov. 11th 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:

  • Tuesday, November 1st – 4PM  OR Wednesday, November 2nd – 6PM | 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. You may register for either date to engage with the panel and learn more from their experiences.
    • Register for November 1st here.
    • Register for November 2nd here.
  • Monday, November 7th | Preparing for Grad School Entrance Exams (Hosted by Learning Services)
    • 9 AM – 10:15 AM | Zoom
    • Please join us to learn information about common graduate standardized exams such as the GRE, GMAT, Praxis, MCAT, and LSAT.
  • Monday, November 7th | First-Gen Week Kickoff and T-Shirt Giveaway (co-hosted with F1rst Gen @Mason)
    • 11 AM-2 PM | SUB I Quad
    • In celebration of 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 7th | Contemporary Student Services Game Night
    • 5 PM – 7 PM | The HUB Room 1014
    • Join Contemporary Student Services for a game night to celebrate transfer students!
  • Tuesday, November 8th – Thursday, November 10th | First-Gen+ Center Community Art Project – First-Gen Quilt
    • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | SUB I, Suite 2400 Multipurpose Room
    • Join us over the course of the week as we construct our first-gen experience quilt. Make your own quilt square about your personal first-gen experience and what it means to you
  • Tuesday, November 8th | Honors College First-Gen Student Lunch
    • 12 – 1 PM | HUB, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
    • First-Gen students in the Honors College are invited to lunch to connect and celebrate each other.
  • Tuesday, November 8th | Conversations with CAPS 
    • 3 PM | SUB 1, Meeting Room 3B
    • A discussion with Counseling and Psychological Services about destigmatizing seeking mental health support, and information about CAPS services.
  • Tuesday, November 8th | First-Gen+ Center Scholarship Workshop
    • 5 – 6 PM | Zoom
    • Tune into our scholarship workshop to learn from professionals and current students about finding, applying for, and using scholarships to ease the financial burden of your college education.
  • Wednesday, November 9th | First-Gen Ice Cream Social for School of Business Students
    • 3-5 PM | JC George’s (3rd floor)
  • Wednesday,  November 9th | 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!
  • Thursday, November 10th | First to Finished: First-Gen Paths through Graduate School (Co-hosted with Graduate Student Life)
    • 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Zoom
    • Join us for a panel discussion featuring the experiences and insights of first-generation staff and current graduate students at Mason regarding their graduate school experiences.
  • Thursday,  November 10th | First-Gen in the Workplace Panel with MPH Alumni (hosted by Department of Global and Community Health)
    • 6 PM | Zoom
    • Join the Department of Global and Community Health and three Master of Public Health alumni to discuss what’s it’s like in the real world of work as a first-gen graduate.
  • Friday, November 11th |First Gen Indoor Rock Climbing with Sportrock! (hosted by Mason REC)
    • 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Alexandria (transportation will be provided)
    • First Gen+ students, join us for an indoor rock climbing event at Sportrock in Alexandria. Transportation will be provided
  • Friday, November 11th | First-Gen Friday T-Shirt Day
    • Rep your First-Gen pride by wearing your First-Gen T-Shirts!