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National First-Gen Celebration Week

On November 8, 2020, UC San Diego celebrates National First-Generation Celebration Day and the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. UC San Diego is proud to be recognized as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution.

We will be celebrating National First-Gen Day all week November 8th-13th. Below are resources and events for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and families. 

For more information please visit the NASPA First-Generation College Celebration page. 

Visit the Council for Opportunity in Education page for nationwide events. 

Questions?  Contact Triton Firsts at

First-Gen Alumni Spotlights

Check out these alumni spotlights to learn more about First-Gen Tritons, where they are now, and their stories.



First-Gen Advice

The UC San Diego Triton Firsts community shares advice for first-gen student success. Watch all four videos on YouTube, "UC San Diego Triton Firsts Advice". Read all the advice provided by the video participants in the link below.


First-Gen Students Connect

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Follow Triton Firsts on Social Media

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Join the First-Gen Student Alliance Student Org

Alpha Alpha Alpha

Alpha Alpha Alpha Honors Society for First-Gen Students

Resources and Information for Campus Community

Connect with First-gen alumni

FIRST-GEN ALUMNI: Connect with other first-gen UC San Diego Alumni.

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FIRST-GEN FACULTY, STAFF, GRAD STUDENTS: Share your first-gen story with us and get a First-Gen College Graduate shirt

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MARKETING ASSETS: Join the celebration! Downloadble marketing assets and a zoom background

Upcoming Events

November 5, 2020

UC First-Gen Alumni Career NetworksFirst-Gen-Alumni-Network.PNG

First-generation professionals are pioneers in their career path. Learn from fellow UC graduates who were first in their families to graduate from college as they share their stories, tips and advice for navigating the professional workplace. 
12pm PST
Register Here!

Be First: UC Application and Personal Insight Questions Workshop Sponsored by the Raza Resource Centro 

Join us for BE FIRST, a Triton Talk webinar series specific for First-Generation students. Learn tips for filling out the UC Application and effectively responding to Personal Insight Questions.
5pm PST

November 6, 2020

First @ Muir

Socialize with first-gen staff and other students in honor of National First-Gen Day.
12pm-1pm PST
Register Here!

Be First: First-Generation Student Resources at UC San Diego

Join us for BE FIRST, a Triton Talk webinar series specific for First-Generation students. Highlights and contact information of different Student Support Services, and Student Organizations will be shared, and get your questions answered by members of the UC San Diego community.
5pm PST

November 7, 2020

Be First: Celebrating First-Generation Accomplishments Across UC San Diego 

Join us for BE FIRST, a Triton Talk webinar series specific for First-Generation students. Hear from First-Generation community members about their accomplishments and experiences across UC San Diego.
12:30pm PST

All Week 11/9 - 11/13

Student Videos from the Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program

Highlighting student videos on our social media platforms who share what it means to them and their family to be a first-generation Triton. All posts will be shared on our social media accounts, Facebook and  Instagram

November 10, 2020

The Role of Self-Care and Collective Care SelfAndCollectiveCare-IG.jpg

College and life demands a lot of us. The list of items you are attending to can go on and on. Join us as we discuss the importance of both self and collective care. We will share strategies and resources.
12:30pm-1:30pm PST
Register Here!



UCSD First-Gen Family Table Talk  

first-gen-family2.PNGJoin UC San Diego’s Triton Firsts Community for First-gen Table Talks, a quarterly event where family members of first-generation college students share their stories and advice on how they supported their students to succeed and achieve their goals. This event is sponsored by Student Affairs | Student Retention and Success and Parent and Family Programs.
5pm PST
Register Here!


Feminist Film Club: Becoming

Join us for the next edition of the Feminist Film Club! The film club discussion will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10 at 5pm PST. To participate, stream the film “Becoming” and reflect on your own.
5pm PST
Register Here!


Seventh College First-Generation Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate National First-Generation Celebration Week with Seventh College as we host a Getting to Know Our Community scavenger hunt. This casual meet-up is designed to help students who are among the first in their family connect, meet First-Gen staff, and learn about resources.
4pm PST

Register Here!


November 12, 2020

The Joys of Journaling

The Joys of Journaling is an event brought to you by the Warren First-Gen Committee! Whether you journal once and a while or every day, journaling is a wonderful, reflective practice. Together we will share some journaling tips and spend some time practicing self-care. Join us on Thursday, November 12 from 4-5pm PST for this special event as a part National First-Gen Week! Check it out on facebook and register here!
4-5pm PST


November 13, 2020

UC First-Gen Virtual Symposium First-Gen-Symposium.PNG

Join the University of California for a virtual symposium on first-generation college students. The symposium honors the national First-Generation College Celebration and the 55th anniversary of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
9am - 2pm PST
Register Here!


First Gen Transfers: Among Us Challenge!  first-gen-transfer.PNG

The Triton Transfer Hub invites all first-gen transfers to hangout. And what better way to get to know one another through some friendly competition? Join us as we play Among Us (free game!)
4pm PST
Registe Here!



First-Gen Panel + Q&A Session FGSA-Event-Flyer

The First Generation Student Alliance holds a first gen panel every year where we invite first generation identified individuals to share their story in navigating college as first generation college students. This panel intends to explore these vast experiences from different lens, from graduate students to faculty, and inspire current first generation students at UCSD through individuals who understand the vast challenges that first gen students face. This year's panel will include current UCSD B.S./M.S. candidate and FGSA's Co-Founder Annie Chen and Student Success Coach Moises Alvarado-Garcia as we venture through their unique experiences as first generation students and how they overcame all obstacles and achieved where they are at now.
Register Here!


Hosting an Event for First-Gen Students?

Are you hosting an event for first-gen students during National First-Gen Celebration Week November 8-13? Submit your event to be added to this event landing page.