First-GEN Week   

Thank you for participating in First-Gen Student Week!
We hope you will continue to attend First-Gen Events throughout the year. 

November 4 - 8, 2019 is First-Gen Student Week

The purpose of this week is to:

  • Continue to build community among San Diego State University's first-gen student population
  • Celebrate our first-gen student community and professionals who support them
  • Highlight first-gen student achievements across campus
  • Promote engagement in high-impact opportunities
  • Participate in a nationwide celebration of first-gen college students! 

**All of the events below are open to all students from all majors.**

Saturday, November 2

  • Picnic at Mission Bay with Gates to Success First-Gen Student Organization
    4pm
    Location: Meeting in the parking lot 2A (by the Student Union Bridge)
    Contact: Gates to Success Executive Board

Monday, November 4

  • The Impact of Family Support
    The objective of this graduate student-led session will be to assess for and discuss the ways in which families influence first-gen students’ career/ educational decisions.
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: Student Services West 2522
    Presenter: Rose Amador, College of Education 

Tuesday, November 5

  • The Impact of Family Support
    Join us as we discuss the ways in which our families influence our career/ educational decisions.
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Location: Hepner Hall 128
    Presenter: Rose Amador, College of Education

  • Exploring Your Resiliency
    In this session, we will explore how resiliency has played a role in our lives. We will have an arts and crafts activity along with an open discussion.
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: Life Sciences North 134
    Presenter: Ayuja Dixit, College of Education

  • Managing Your LinkedIn Account
    Discover LinkedIn's greatest features to increase your visibility, search for jobs, and improve your brand. 
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: Career Services (SSE) - 1200
    Contact: Melissa Gonzalez ()

  • When First-Generation Students Go To Grad School
    Come learn about the value of going to graduate school, various graduate programs, how to apply, and opportunities at the graduate level.
    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Adams Humanities (AH) - 3127
    Presenter: Adrianna Rascon, Assistant Director for Enrollment, University of Redlands School of Education
    ()

  • International Experiences
    Learn first hand from transfer students about going abroad, interning abroad, the Gilman Scholarship (for Pell Grant recipients), and the Mundt Scholarship (to intern abroad). 
    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location: Student Services West (SSW) - 2650
    Presenter: Lorise Diamond, Leadership Development & Engagement, DAESA,
    ()

 Wednesday, November 6

  • Exploring Your Resiliency
    In this session, we will explore how resiliency has played a role in our lives. We will have an arts and crafts activity along with an open discussion.
    11:00am - 12:00pm 
    Location: Adams Humanities (AH) - 3127
    Presenter: Ayuja Dixit, College of Education

  • Self-Development
    Join us as we discuss our goals and explore areas of our life that we would like to change. 
    12:00pm - 1:00pm 
    Location: Music 215
    Presenter: Sarah Kouzi, College of Education

  • Student Fee Increase Forum
    Join us for a conversation about the proposed University Campus fee increase. Enjoy some pizza, coffee and have your voice heard!
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: SSE 2109
    RSVP at
     https://forms.gle/YguKGXxcdmLKFU7D8

  • Interested in Graduate School? Graduate Students Share Their Experience
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: SSE 2109
    Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Harling 
    Lunch provided. RSVP at https://forms.gle/yPpgPNRPjWHw2bQW7

  • Early Preparation for Graduate School - Setting Yourself Up for Future Grad Program Applications
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR) - Second Floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Suite 250
    Hosted by the CIR and the Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement (DAESA)
    Presenters: Jessica Chang, Assistant Director of Equity & Inclusion, Center for Intercultural Relations and Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, DAESA 
    Attendees will receive free GRE preparation materials
    Pizza provided.  RSVP Link 
  • Internship 101
    Learn what an internship is, why you need one, and what to expect from the experience.
    3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location: Career Services (SSE) - 1200
    Contact: Melissa Gonzalez ()

  • Yes, You Can Be (and Should Be) In Honors 
    Come learn about the Weber Honors College and how honors does not equal more homework or more tests. Find out what other first-gens in honors are doing in the program. 16% of the current honors students at SDSU identify as first-gen. We will also explore other honors options/distinctions at SDSU. You can be first-gen AND an honors student.  
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Location: Adams Humanities (AH) - 2116
    Contact: Dr. Martha Enciso (

Thursday, November 7

  • Stress Management
    Learn to identify and manage stress through tools, exercises, and practice. 
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Location: Career Services (SSE) - 1200
    Contact: Melissa Gonzalez ()

  • Self-Development
    Join us as we discuss our goals and explore areas of our life that we would like to change.
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: Art North 300B
    Presenter: Sarah Kouzi, College of Education 

Friday, November 8

  • National First-Generation Student Day Celebration!
    SDSU invites you to join the national celebration by having lunch together with other first-generation students and first-gen administrators, faculty, and staff. 
    First-gen students
    , RSVP by clicking HERE
    Faculty and Staff, RSVP by clicking HERE
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location: The Garden, Cuicacalli Hall
    Contact: Dr. Eve Kornfeld (

  • First-Generation Student Study Abroad Panel
    Come learn about study abroad from students who already went through the experience. Learn about the various locations you can study abroad, funding, types of programs and more!
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location: Arts and Letters 204
    Contact: Willaine Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, International Student Center
    ()

  • Library Resources Information Workshop
    Students who attend will learn valuable information for college success and receive free gifts. 
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location: Library Addition 76 instruction classroom (1st floor of library dome)
    Contact: Gloria Rhodes ()
    RSVP at https://forms.gle/1jpteNEnq4LPiZgU8


Tuesday, November 19

  • Study Smarter, Not Harder
    3:30pm
    Location: Storm Hall (SH) - 221
    Contact: Zach McDaniel (), College of Arts and Letters


Why Celebrate on November 8?
November 8 is recognized as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Additional information about why November 8th was selected is available at Why Celebrate on November 8.

If your department or college would like to host a session during First-Gen student Week, please email Dr. Martha Enciso


FirstGen Forward Institution  First-Gen Day Celebration