First Gen Awareness Programming
"First-Gen? Me Too!" is a first-generation awareness campaign launched on the Athens Campus with four main objectives:
Raise awareness of the large population of first-generation college students at Ohio University
Approximately one-third of our first-year class each year consists of first-generation students (no parent/guardian has earned a bachelor's degree). Unfortunately, most people underestimate the percentage of first-generation students on our campus.
Increase first-generation student sense of belonging
National literature indicates that first-generation students are more likely than continuing generation students to struggle with finding a sense of belonging on campus. The importance of a sense belonging in relation to student persistence is also well documented. An awareness campaign can communicate to first-gen students that they do belong at OHIO.
Increase first-generation student academic self-efficacy
It is well documented within national literature that first-generation students are likely to have lower levels of academic self-efficacy than their continuing generation peers. Our campaign will showcase successful students, faculty and staff who are first-generation to communicate the message, "I did it. You can too!"
Create a community of first-generation students, faculty and staff on our campus
Many first-generation students do not know they are first-generation students. Our awareness campaign can help them learn about and embrace this important piece of their identity. Additionally, it is difficult for first-gen students to pinpoint other first-gen students, faculty and staff on campus without being able to identify them visually. Our campaign will visually highlight the first-generation community in order to bring members together.
'First Gen? Me Too!' Includes
- Posters for students, faculty and staff —and departments— to display on doors and in meeting and open areas
- Door cards (similar to Safezone) which allow first-generation faculty and staff to identify themselves as first-gen to students or advocates
- T-shirts to wear around campus (or wherever). Want a shirt? email email@example.com
- OHIO First Scholars Advocates whom students can meet with to get questions answered
- Email signature graphic for students, faculty, and staff to use in their email programs
- First Gen Friday events (below)
Email Angela Lash to request First-Gen? Me Too! materials.
What is First-Gen Friday?
As a part of the First Gen? Me Too! awareness campaign, OHIO First Scholars promotes an event called First-Gen Friday on the first Friday of each month as a way to build community among our first-gen students, faculty, and staff. Being a first-generation college student is something worth celebrating and we're happy to plan the party!
How can you participate?
- Wear your First Gen? Me Too! T-shirt! Don't have one? Stop by the Allen Center in Baker 417 to get one!
- Stop by our First-Gen Friday event! (Schedule is below)
- Check your OHIO email for opportunities to win prizes!
- Follow @OhiouFirst on Twitter.
First Gen Friday Event Schedule
Friday, February 7
Bobcat Hockey Game
Wednesday, March 4
Headshots and CLDC Q&A
Baker University Center
5th Floor Atrium
Friday, April 3
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Co-Lab, Alden Library 3rd Floor
Pot-a-Plant! This event was so popular last year that we’re doing it again! Celebrate the arrival of spring by potting a plant to brighten your room. This one will go quick, so get there while supplies last!
Friday, April 27
End of Year Celebration Breakfast
Academic Achievement Center, Alden Library 2nd Floor