First Generation College Student Celebration

For the past four years the University of Portland, along with institutions across the nation, have celebrated National First Generation Day. Each year, November 8th is a day of celebration for all as a means to highlight UP first-generation students, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to showcase the important contributions all first generation community members have made here on the Bluff!

2021 Schedule of Events! 

Friday, Nov. 5th:

5pm - 6pm - FGEN Day Keynote Speaker

"The First-Gen Distinction: Authentic & Asset-Based Strategies for Transformative Student Success"

Brian Doyle Auditorium and via zoom

Bio: Lindsay Romasanta

UP FGEN welcomes Dr. Lindsay Romasanta from Portland State University, national scholar on the first-gen experience and Co-Editor, Journal for First Generation Student Success, to start our National FGEN Day celebration by offering our keynote address. Open to ALL members of the UP community, in person and via Teams webinar. (REGISTRATION HERE Via Engage) Difficulties registering? Email

Monday, Nov. 8th National FGEN Day! - wear your UP FGEN shirts!):

  • 8am - 10am: Continental Breakfast, quiet side of Commons.

Come drop by for a light breakfast, photo opportunities and conversation. Open to all faculty and staff FGEN supporters, as well as all UP FGEN students. Please RSVP here via Engage:

  • 10am - 2pm: FGEN table, PIlot House.

Drop by the FGEN table, learn about FGEN, grab some swag! First-year students that ordered their FGEN t-shirts may pick up their shirts!

  • Noon: "A National Celebration Centering First-gen Voices": open to ALL Join others virtually across the country for "A National Celebration Centering First-gen Voices," the National #CelebrateFirstGen event. This event features a #firstgen panel. Registration is free and open to all. REGISTER HERE
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  • 7pm, Terrace Room: "Imposter Syndrome" Round Table
    Join first-gen grad James Pena, Health and Counseling Center; Michael DeVaughn, Dean, School of Business, and members of UP's clubs for a round table discussion on the Imposter Syndrome phenomenon, and how it impacts our individual lives and experiences. Open to ALL! Register HERE via Engage

Tuesday, Nov. 9th

Wednesday, Nov. 10th

  • Noon - 1pm, Franz 120. Finances and you! Secrets and Tips for Financial Literacy

Join us for a wonderful presentation by Cole Mills '03, President, Bridgetown Wealth Management, as we brainstorm personal finances and the student experience. How can you save, create a budget for the future, and what can you be doing now? Open to ALL! (REGISTRATION HERE via Engage) Difficulties registering? Email

Friday, Nov. 12th: 4 - 5:30pm, Franz 120. "The Unspoken Rules of UP."