Celebrate the first generation.
A first-generation college student, or first-gen, is commonly defined as someone whose parents did not obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Friday marks the 54th anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which provided financial assistance for students from minority and low-income backgrounds to seek post-secondary and higher education. The law is responsible for the creation and development of the TRIO programs, Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services.
Salt Lake Community College will commemorate the landmark legislation by hosting a celebration for its own first-gen students and alumni on Thursday. This multi-campus event will include a first-gen panel, food, games, and photo filters.
The celebration will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Taylorsville Redwood, South City and Jordan campuses, and 5-8 p.m. at the West Valley Center.
Do you identify as a first-gen student or graduate? Get involved by completing SLCC’s first-gen student survey.
Contact TRIO STEM program manager Tanasia Ri Valdez for more information.