The First Generation Faculty Initiative hosts twice yearly lunch workshops in fall and spring quarter. These meetings feature short lectures and presentations by scholars/experts on topics of importance to first-generation students; information sessions led by representatives of campus Student Support Service offices/organizations; or other relevant training sessions on how to best advocate for first-generation students. Meetings also provide faculty members with opportunities for discussion and networking.

Don’t miss out, sign up here for our First Generation Faculty Member Mailing List to stay informed on special announcements and updates.

Winter 2018

First Gen Mixer

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Location: Student Services II, Room 1010AB

Come out and design some first gen artwork while socializing with other first gen anteaters!

Limited spots available, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

Please RSVP here: 


2nd Annual First Generation Student and Faculty Lunch

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Location: Cross Cultural Center- Dr. White Room

Faculty will have the opportunity to share a meal with first generation college students to talk about their their journey as a first generation college student, discuss challenges they faced, and provide advice.

Limited spots available, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

Please RSVP here:


First Gen Journey to Success: Dinner with Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Newkirk Alumni Center

First generation UCI alumni will come together to provide guidance to current first generation college students on addressing obstacles, resources, and their journey to successful careers.

Limited spots available, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

Please RSVP here:


First Gen Winter Mixer

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018

Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Location: Student Services II, Room 1010AB

The First Generation Mixer will help foster a sense of community among our First Generation population at UCI. Current First Gen students will have the opportunity to talk to members from First Gen Staff and Faculty Initiatives to discuss their journey through Higher Education, discuss challenges they have faced, and ask for advice.

Limited spots available, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

Please RSVP here:


Fall 2017

Maximizing Your Time at UCI

Date: November 21, 2017

Time: 5:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Student Services II, Room 1010AB

During this workshop, you will learn how to develop yourself academically, professionally, and personally to make the most of your undergraduate years at UCI!

Workshop attendees will be added onto our listserv for our New First Generation Newsletter starting Winter 2018. This Newsletter will provide students with a list of leadership positions, application links, and deadlines to help keep our First Gen Anteaters up to date with leadership opportunities available on campus.

We only have thirty spots available, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

Please RSVP here:


#CelebrateFirstGen Day

Date: November 8, 2017

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Ring Road Mall Boothing Spots 26-28 ( In front of Student Services I and II building)

Come out to celebrate our First Generation College Students at Ring Road! Booths will feature Student Success Initiatives, Chi Alpha Epsilon (First Gen Honor Society), and Project Trio! The first 100 students will receive a FREE First Gen Student T-shirt! Meet at the Flag Poles at 12:15PM to join our Vice Provost, Michael Dennin, and Peter the Anteater for our First Gen Pride Walk around Ring Road!


First Generation Faculty Initiative Fall Workshop (Faculty only)

Date: October 25, 2017

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: Cross Cultural Center – Dr.White Room

Helping Promote Academic Success for First-Generation Undocumented Students

Guest Speakers:

  • Valerie Gomez- Transfer Counselor and Co-Coordinator for Dream Scholars and Dream Scholars Plus
  • Oscar Teran- Director of Dream Center
  • Dr. Laura E. Enriquez- Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine


Navigating UCI – A Panel Discussion with Successful First Generation College Students

Date: October 17, 2017

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Location: Student Services II, Room 1010AB

This event will consist of a panel of upper division first-generation college students speaking about their journey at UCI and providing advice on how to navigate the university. This opportunity is highly encouraged for students looking to gain insight on UCI through the perspective of an experienced first-generation college student.

A Zot Badge for the Antleader Certificate Program can be awarded for students that attend the event.

Students can RSVP by using the following link:


#IamFirst Day

Date: October 4, 2017

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Student Center Terrace

#IamFirst day is designed to celebrate our first generation student population on UCI’s campus, recognize those faculty and staff members who were first generation college students themselves, and to spotlight the experiences of our first generation students in order to foster a community for students in which they feel connected and supported. There will be a resource fair, music, performances, and 200 free t-shirts available throughout the event.