Celebration Week

The Office of Undergraduate Education invites the UT Dallas community to participate in First-Generation Celebration Week! The celebration will begin on National First-Generation Celebration Day, Monday, November 8th and will continue through Friday, November 12th. Join us to meet first-generation students and supporters, hear from guest speakers, participate in a resource fair, and engage in our social media campaign!




Proud and Positive Kick-Off
National First-Generation Celebration Day

Monday, November 8th
12:00pm – 7:00pm
University Plinth

We will launch Celebration Week with our Proud and Positive Kick-Off. Join us on the Plinth to show support for first-generation students, share your stories, and hear remarks from a first-generation graduate of UT Dallas!

Want to share your First-Gen Story at the Kick-off? Participate here

Leadership Listens

Tuesday, November 9th
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Students, if you would like the opportunity to share your educational story and insights about your undergraduate experience from a first-generation student lens with senior leadership, including President Benson and Vice President Pearson, please apply here.

Acknowledging and Addressing the Hidden Curriculum (Faculty and Staff)

Wednesday, November 10th at 12pm

Each year, during First-Generation Celebration Week, we provide a presentation focused on professional development to continuously enhance how we serve and advocate for first-generation students. Our focus this year is the hidden curriculum. Join us to learn about the hidden curriculum and how you can support first-generation students on their academic journey. RSVP and get your link to join here.

First-Gen Fast Friends | Speed Friendship Building Activity

Thursday, November 11th
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Microsoft Teams

Making new friends and actually having a fun, non-educational moment in the virtual event space is difficult, so we have organized a speed friendship building event just for you! Students participate here.

Resource Fair | Raffles and Games

Friday, November 12th
11:00am to 1:00pm
Visitor’s Center Atrium (across from the bookstore)

First-Generation UT Dallas students are invited to our 3rd Annual First-Generation Celebration Week Resource Fair! We know dedicating time to visiting various campus offices, asking questions, and learning about services and opportunities can be stressful sometimes – when there isn’t enough time. So, we are bringing the faculty, staff, campus departments, leadership programs, research groups (that's right!), etc. to you! This event will also games, FOOD, music, swag and prizes. It’s our biggest event of the week!

First-Generation Student Supporters and campus departments can reserve their table here.