Emory First-Gen Week 2021


Join the Office of Undergraduate Affairs as we celebrate our Emory first-generation community November 8-12, 2021. In partnership with campus offices and our first-gen undergraduate and graduate student groups, Emory First-Gen Week will feature opportunities to learn more about first-gen resources and communities at Emory as well as panels, receptions, and meet-ups with other first-gen students, faculty, and staff.

 For the full schedule of events, please click here

Emory First-Gen Week is held alongside the national First-Generation College Celebration on November 8. November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (“HEA”) emerged out of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. Much like other hallmark legislation of that era, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HEA was intended to help level a playing field that for too long had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds. In addition to creating federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, the legislation made key investments in institutions of higher education. Additionally, HEA ushered in programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, necessary for postsecondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates.

Emory is committed to the success of our first-generation students and was recently admitted to the 2021-2022 cohort of First-Gen Forward, a national recognition and professional development program hosted by the Center for First-Generation Student Success.