Faces of First Gen

F1RSTGEN Celebration Week

November 6–10, 2023

Hosted by the JEDI center, Center for Academic Success, and the office of advising and retention 

All Week

Campus Digital Showcase

We will be celebrating our first-generation faculty and staff at Southwestern all week during a digital showcase. Be sure to check screens throughout campus for our highlights!

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Financial Literacy Workshop | 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Online

With partnership with University Federal Credit Union, we will be offering an online workshop titled “Foundations of Money.” The event will be free for all SU students, faculty and staff! You can RSVP HERE.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Sweet Surprise & First-Gen Celebration | 1:30–3:00 p.m. | Academic Mall

We will be collaborating with the President’s Office for a special First-Generation College Student Celebration during Sweet Surprise. The afternoon will be full of games, freebies and of course, sweets!

First-Gen Women in STEM | 6:00–7:30 p.m. | FJS Atrium

Join us for an evening of hor devours as we Celebrate our First-Generation Women in STEM at Southwestern. We will be sharing the evening with guest speaker, Karen Siles, a program director for IBM Cloud Storage services in Austin, TX. Karen’s mission is to give back to the community through various organizations that focus on overall education specifically in the fields of STEM, as well as female empowerment and equality. Siles has been volunteering with various nonprofit organizations in many capacities. Her longest philanthropic achievement has been with the Society of Hispanics Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Thursday, Nov. 9

Flammin’ Hot Movie Showing | 6:30–8:00 p.m. | Bishops Lounge

‘Flamin’ Hot’ showcases the story of Richard Montanez- a janitor that developed the recipe (with his family) for the world wide sensation- Flamin’ hot Cheetos. His story of perseverance and faith is told brilliantly by the help of model, actress, director and first-generation college student, Eva Longoria. We will be hosting a Flamin’ Hot Nacho bar during the event.

The event was made possible by a generous grant from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).