First at WSU
Washington State University is a First-gen Forward Institution, recognized for its dedication to serving first‑generation college students. WSU joins the inaugural cohort of 80 universities and colleges across the nation selected by the Center for First‑Generation Student Success, an initiative of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and The Suder Foundation.
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CELEBRATE NATIONAL FIRST GEN DAY | November 9, 2020
- We Are First-Generation Panel: Navigating WSU from a First-Gen Perspective featuring Provost Chilton | Monday, November 9 from 12:10 – 1:00 pm. This panel features WSU Provost Chilton, Mikala Meize, GPSA College Representative for the College of Communications and Alexandra Donnici, ASWSU Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. Brought to you by WSU Student Affairs.
- Jordan Frost: On Personal and Institutional Barriers and Academic Achievement | Monday, November 9 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jordan Frost will speak about his personal story being a first-gen student, the personal and institutional barriers he had to overcome, and offer advice for students to become academically engaged at WSU. Brought to you by the Office of Academic Engagement.
- Supporting the Academic Achievement of First-Gen Students | Friday, November 6 | 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm A roundtable discussion centered around the recently published research article authored by Dr. Amy Nusbaum, Dr. Samantha Swindell, and Anna Plemons Kindness at first Sight: The Role of Syllabi in Impression Formation. The authors will discuss the research findings and provide best practices for faculty to support academic engagement for first-gen students. Brought to you by the Office of Academic Engagement.
- #CelebrateFirstGen Social Media Campaign | Monday, November 2 to Monday, November 9. Express your support for first-gen students, with #CelebrateFirstGen and #WSU #CelebrateFirstGen. When you register for the Celebration Social Media Campaign, you will receive a #CELEBRATEFIRSTGEN lapel pin!
- WSU Tri-Cities First-Generation Celebration | Friday, November 20 from 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm Bringing together the Tri-Cities WSU Campus to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on our campus.
- WSU Tri-Cities First-Gen Student and Faculty Stories | Friday, November 20 from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm LIVE first-gen student and faculty chats discussing familial/peer support, motivation, mentorship, and building a sense of community on campus.
- National First-Generation College Student Celebration | Thursday, November 5 from 6:00 | 7:00 p.m. ET. This is an opportunity for first-gen college students to generate energy and renew pride before National First-Generation College Celebration Day. With entertainment via COE's DJ Faro, this fun hour of music, trivia, and prizes encourages students to engage on social media using hashtag #CelebrateFirstGen2020.
- Joint Virtual First-Generation College Celebration | Friday, November 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. This celebration features opening remarks from COE President Maureen Hoyler and Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success. Hear a panel discussion about the history of the first-generation student definition, utilizing an asset-based lens.
First-generation Students at WSU - Overall
- Everett: 40.9%
- Global: 37.8%
- Pullman: 32.2%
- Spokane: 36.4%
- Tri-Cities: 44.2%
- Vancouver: 47.4%
35.6% of WSU students (all campuses, Fall 2020 reports)
56% is the National average