Cal Poly Pomona will host its annual First-Generation College Student Week Nov. 8-12.
The national celebration on Nov. 8 celebrates the first-generation community of students, faculty, staff and alumni in higher education. As of Fall 2021, 58 percent of CPP students are among the first in their family to go to college or receive a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Many faculty and staff are also first-generation college graduates.
The I AM FIRST team from the Office of Student Success, Equity, and Innovation have teamed with campus partners to host a week of in-person and virtual programming, and everyone is welcome to attend the following events. More information and RSVP or Zoom links are available on the I AM FIRST website.
Monday, November 8:
First-Gen Kick-Off Celebration
In-Person: University Park, Noon to 4 p.m.
All first-gen students are welcome to kick off the festivities with refreshments, a resource fair, a volunteer service project, free swag and more.
Bronco Welcome Home Kit
In-Person: University Park, Noon to 2 p.m.
Hosted by the Center for Community Engagement, volunteers will decorate canvas tote bags filled with kitchen essentials for fellow Broncos.
Unwritten Rules: What First-Gen Students Need to Know
Virtual: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Reading Advising and Mentoring Program (RAMP) and the Learning Resource Center will review some “hidden” or unwritten rules that contribute to college and professional success.
Tuesday, November 9:
Becoming Michelle Obama in Conversation
Virtual: 10 a.m.
Engage in a livestream broadcast with Michelle Obama as she discusses themes from her book Becoming. RSVP with a CPP email address by Nov. 5.
Virtual: Noon to 1 p.m.
Meet other first-gen students in a fun and engaging speed-friending activity hosted by EOP.
RAMP First-Gen Crew: Financial Management and FASFA
Virtual: Noon to 1 p.m.
This tutor-led forum will provide a space to explore and discuss issues among first-gen students.
Wednesday, November 10
Professional Headshot Day
In-Person: Noon to 3 p.m.
Take a professional photo to use on your professional profiles including Zoom, LinkedIn and more.
What Does it Mean to Be First?: Being a First-Generation College Student
Virtual: 5 p.m.
Explore the first-generation college student identity and reflect on first-gen experiences with I AM FIRST.
Getting Styled with Us Workshop
Virtual: 4 p.m.
Receive guidance and suggestions for putting your best fit forward during an interview.
Building a Better Budget Workshop
Virtual: 6 to 7 p.m.
This PolyTransfer workshop will teach you the skills on how to build a budget.
Friday, November 12
CalFresh Outreach Virtual Drop in Hours
Virtual: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about CalFresh benefits and receive assistance on completing your application.
I AM FIRST: Owning your experience as a First-Generation Transfer Student
Virtual: 1 to 2 p.m. Learn about the first-gen identity and reflect on your experiences as a community college transfer student.