First Generation College Student Celebration

For the past five 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! UP and FGEN has expanded our efforts, and now includes engagement opportunity for the entire UP community throughout the week.

2022 Schedule of Events! 


Tuesday, Nov. 1st (1pm - 2pm) & Wednesday, Nov. 2nd (3pm - 4pm)

"The First-Generation Adult Learner Identity"

Join us for the 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.

You may register for either date to engage with the panel and learn more from their experiences.


Monday, November 7th 

FGEN T-shirt distribution! 

Pilot House: 10:00am-2:00pm  

We will be passing out t-shirts to the freshmen class and to any upperclassmen who needs a new t-shirt (worn, torn, or old) needed to be replaced. Ordered with newer silker and soft material!  

Tuesday, November 8th  - Happy National FGEN Day!

FGEN Continental Breakfast and Social

Quiet side of commons: 8am - 10am

This is a drop-in continental breakfast for all FGEN students, faculty and staff (FGEN and non-FGEN) that would like to have coffee, socialize, take a photo, and connect as a community! RSVP via engage preferred to plan for food, not required in order to attend! Extra points if you bring a friend or colleague!


FGEN Photobooth and T-shirt distribution  

Franz Hall Lobby: 12:00 noon -4:00pm  

We will have a photobooth set up to take photos with other fellow FGEN students and celebrate National FGEN Day to save in our memory. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to stop by! We will also be passing out t-shirts in case some folks missed us in Phouse on Monday!  

Wednesday, November 9th  - Open to all FGEN juniors/students in their third year!

Junior Workshop: Preparing for Senior year  

Franz 120: 5:30pm to 7:30 pm  (RSVP via Engage)

This event is for juniors and to get them prepared for senior year, the clock is ticking. By attending this event Juniors will get insight on how to plan and gain a better vision of the final year will be regarding internships and big tests (NCLEX, MCAT, GRE, LSAT, STAMP)!   

Thursday, November 10th (open to all FGEN sophomores/students in their second year of study)

Looking for a job? LOOK UP!: Sophomore Job Fair  

Saint Mary’s Student Center: 6:15pm-7:30pm RSVP via Engage)

We have collaborated with the Career Center to give a brief rundown of basic useful advice for applicants for applicants and included an Q&A discussion with student employees from different areas of on-campus jobs.  

Friday, November 11th  (ALL faculty, staff, students, are welcome! - please RSVP!)

FGEN, International Student Services, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion present:

Story Circle 

Terrace Room, Bauccio Commons: 3:30pm-5:00pm 

 We ask you to reflect on your experiences outside of your time at UP through a UNESCO-model story circle. Each participant will share a story of when someone taught them something outside a classroom and how the lesson was imparted. Details and RSVP information on Engage!

FGEN Night at Chiles! Men's Basketball vs. Portland State

7pm, Chiles Center

Join us as we celebrate FGEN week on the court! UP athletics and our men join in celebrating our FGEN student community as they take on cross-town rival PSU. Students enouraged to wear their Black FGEN t-shirts. Learn more about how you can support FGEN!