First Generation Nebraska

a group of First Generation Students

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Approximately 1 in 4 students at the University of Nebraska identify as the first in their families to attend a four year college/university.

First Generation Nebraska

First Generation Nebraska

We're working to make our campus more "first generation friendly" by developing links between first-generation college students and faculty and staff who share a similar academic experience.

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2022 National First Gen Celebration Week Events

Nov 8 11:00 am–1:00 pm

First Gen Fair

NU Food Court
Nov 8 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

First Gen Success Celebration

NU Heritage Room
Nov 9 11:00 am–2:00 pm

College of Journalism and Mass Communications FGN Fair!

Andersen Hall (Main Lobby)
Nov 9 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Share a Meal

No RSVP Required. Enjoy a free meal while connecting with peers and fellow first gen students, staff and faculty.
East Campus Union Cafe
Nov 9 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

National First Gen Week Fireside Chat

Meet other First Gen students, hear from a panel of First Gen students, have the opportunity to ask questions and talk about being First Gen on campus. Come for part of the time or stay the whole time!
OASIS lounge
Nov 10

Show your First Gen pride!

Wear your First Gen SWAG (T-shirts, Buttons, etc.) Spotters will be passing out prizes to those we see proudly representing first-gen.

2022 Fall Semester Events

Aug 29 9:30 am–11:30 am

First gen T-shirt giveaway

Under Love Library Link
Aug 30 11:30 am–1:30 pm

First gen T-shirt giveaway and free Dairy Store ice cream

north side of East Campus Union (Heuermann Clock Tower)
Sep 6 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 221
Sep 15 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Share a Meal

Connect with 1st gen faculty, staff, and students over a free meal, no rsvp required Cather Dining
Sep 20 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 221
Sep 22 3:30 pm

FGN Faculty and Staff Reading Group

Participants will be emailed links at later date
(over zoom)
Oct 4 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 224
Oct 7 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

“Plant Your Roots” paint a flower pot

Nebraska City Union
Sponsored by Delta Phi Lambda. Email
Oct 12

ShakesFear

The Nebraska Repertory Theatre presents an immersive theatrical experience (not recommended for the faint of heart). 50 free student tickets to this terrifying tour. First come, first serve. Reserve tickets by September 30th.
Oct 18 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 221
Oct 20 3:30 pm

FGN Faculty and Staff Reading Group

(over zoom)
Nov 1 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 221
Nov 9 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Share a Meal

Connect with 1st gen faculty, staff, and students over a free meal, no rsvp required East Campus Union
Nov 10 3:30 pm

FGN Faculty and Staff Reading Group

(over zoom)
Nov 15 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 224
Nov 29 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 221
Dec 6 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

First Gen Student Organization

Love Library South 221
collage of First Gen Nebraska activities

About First Generation Nebraska

In fall of 2017, Nebraska's Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor launched First Generation Nebraska, an initiative designed to link first-generation college students and faculty and staff who share a similar academic experience with the goal of making our campus more "first generation friendly."

Acknowledging first-generation status as part of one's identity might seem a small thing, but it can be critical to students' success, helping them easily identify faculty and staff who can relate to particular challenges they might be facing. First Generation Nebraska invites faculty and staff who were first generation college students themselves to participate.

How can faculty/staff participate?

Sign up for our mailing list. You will receive the First Generation Nebraska Button and office placard. Faculty and staff are encouraged to display the placard on their office doors and wear the FGN button to help first-generation students identify individuals who are receptive to sharing their own experiences.

In addition, you will be invited to participate in social events with first generation students and workshops for faculty and staff focused on how to meet the needs of FG students in and outside of the classroom.


First Forward

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was named a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Suder Foundation. UNL was selected as one of the 12 colleges and universities elevated to Advisory Institution status for the 2021-22 academic year.

The First-gen Forward Advisory Institution designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences and a first look at the center's research and resources. Select faculty and staff from these colleges and universities will have opportunities to engage with peer and aspirational institutions that are also creating environments prioritizing success for first-generation students. Within this capacity, UNL serves as a leader to the Midwest First-gen Forward cohort in collaboration with the University of Memphis.

The First Generation Nebraska initiative was recently named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2020 Inspiring Affinity Group Award, which recognizes programs that provide higher education professionals mentoring, collaboration, and social networking opportunities.

INSIGHT into Diversity award

First Generation Advisory Board

The advisory board — comprised of faculty, staff and students — develops, implements and assesses First Generation Nebraska programs and events. The advisory board meets three times a semester during the academic year and during the summer as needed.

Advisory board members