2022 UCI First Gen Day Celebration

About First Gen Day

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and other higher education organizations and institutions across the country are joining forces for the 6th Annual First-Generation College Celebration to celebrate first-generation college students on the 57th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. We will be joining in this celebration by recognizing the 14,000+ students on campus who identify as being first-generation college students and celebrating the many faculty and staff on campus who were first-generation college students themselves.

Join Us

You are invited to attend First-Gen Day Celebration hosted by Student Success Initiatives (SSI). Join us to celebrate first-gen students, faculty, and staff at UCI. The event will feature music, a photo booth, a resource fair, and giveaways/prizes.

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Doheny Beach ABCD inside the Student Center

Participate all week long on social media with the hashtags #FirstGenUCI #FirstGenDay and  #UCFirstGen and follow us at @ucifirstgen

Events at a Glance:

All Week

  • Mon – Thurs | Social Media Campaign

Tuesday, Nov. 8th

  • 11AM – 2PM | First-Gen Day Celebration
  • 12PM – 1PM | My First-Gen Experience w/ Dr. Frances Contreras
  • 1PM – 2PM | Transfer Talk: Before I Graduate

Wednesday, Nov 9th

  • 3PM – 5PM First-Gen Student Headshot Photo Session



Full Breakdown

First-Gen Day Celebration | 11am-2pm

Join us to celebrate first-gen students, faculty, and staff at UCI in honor of National First-Gen College Celebration. The event will feature music, a photobooth, a resource fair and giveaways/prizes.

Nov 8th
11am – 12pm
Student Center, Doheny Beach ABCD

Participate all weeklong on social media with the hashtags #FirstGenUCI #FirstGenDay and #UCFirstGen and follow us at @ucifirstgen.


My First Gen Experience with Dr. Frances Contreras | 12pm-1pm

Join us to hear Dr. Contreras share her first-gen story and path in becoming the first Chicana/Latina Dean to head a School of Education in the University of California system.

November 8th
Dr. White Room, Cross Cultural Center
Hors d’oeuvres provided.


Transfer Talk: Before I Graduate | 1pm-2pm

Connect with other senior transfers and engage in dialogue about all soon-to-graduate topics. All transfers are welcome regardless of academic standing.

Our Transfer Talks are spaces dedicated for Transfers to engage with peers via dialogue on specific topics related to their navigational and transitional success.

Food Provided
Nov. 8th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Student Services II Bldg, 1010AB


First-Gen Student Headshot Photo Session | 1pm-2pm

Student Success Initiatives (SSI) and the ANTrepreneur Center are collaborating to offer first-gen students a headshot photo session as part of First-Gen Day Celebration Week!

A good headshot conveys professionalism and enhances the skills and experience on your LinkedIn profile. Business casual attire recommended.

Nov. 9th
ANTrepreneur Center
3:00pm – 5:00pm