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Get Involved During First-Generation Week at CU Denver

November 2, 2021

National First-Generation Student Week is Nov. 8 – 12, 2021. We are so proud to support CU Denver’s first-generation students, who demonstrate perseverance, courage, and unwavering momentum. Being the first in a family to earn a college degree has the possibility to impact the perspectives, efforts, and goals of an immediate and extended family, and a community.

If you are a first-generation student at CU Denver, below you will find all the ways you can get involved during First-Generation Week. As part of our celebration, we are giving away four $500 scholarships. Each event you attend will put your name into the scholarship giveaway drawing. Increase your chances of receiving a scholarship by participating in more than one event!

Get Inspired: First-Generation Week Kickoff
Nov. 8 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT | Student Commons 2500

Join us for this networking and community-building event, featuring a panel discussion with CU Denver first-generation faculty, staff, and current students. Panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned as first-generation college students, graduates, and professionals. 

First-Generation Wellness: Breakdancing
Nov. 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. MT | ZOOM
Join our virtual breakdancing session. Learn the moves to get your groove on, or at least have fun trying. It’s virtual, get your best friend, mom, dad, siblings, etc. to join the fun with us!

First-Generation Wellness: Bollywood Dancing
Nov. 10 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. MT | Wellness Center Seminar Room
Learn the moves to know from our Bollywood instructor. Join the party and get those hips moving!

EQ as a Student Leader
Nov. 10 | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. MT | ZOOM
What in the world is EQ? In this session, LynxConnect will help you develop your emotional intelligence (EQ). Participants will learn about the five core and five higher-order emotional intelligence skills needed to be an effective leader.

First-Generation in STEM: Grad School & Beyond
Nov. 11 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT | ZOOM
Are you in graduate school? Or, thinking about applying to grad school or a doctorate program? This session is for you. Hear from other first-generation students who are doing it! They’ve got great advice and tips for you. 

First-Generation Closing Ceremony: Bring the Family!
Nov. 12 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT | Student Commons 2600
Lunch is on us! Bring your family with you to our First-Generation Closing Celebration. You will be part of our special pinning ceremony. Additionally, if you are graduating this fall pick up your First-Generation Stole to walk down the aisle.