First-Gen Fest 2022

Join us for a week-long celebration of UTSA's first-generation students, faculty, staff and alumni. Share your experiences at First-Gen Fest on social media using the hashtags #CelebrateFirstGen, #FirstGenUTSA, #FirstGenOrgullo and #FirstGenFest22.

Monday, November 7

Major/Career Exploration Workshop
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
H-E-B Student Union, Hidalgo Room (HSU 2.214) 

Join us for a workshop brought to you by the University Career Center discussing career and major exploration for first-gen students.

Hosted in collaboration with the University Career Center

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First-Gen Family Social
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom - Register and join here 

The Family Association is partnering with First Generation and Transfer Student Programs for a virtual social during First-Gen Fest on Monday, November 7. The event is dedicated to exploring the college experience for a First Gen family. Meet and hear from other first-gen students and their families to better understand what goes on during college, learn about how to support each other through the process, and hear about similar experiences you may have with other first-gen Roadrunner families.

Hosted in collaboration with the UTSA Family Association

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Tuesday, November 8

National First-Gen Day
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UTSA Central Plaza

Join us for National First-Gen Celebration Day and the official kick-off event of UTSA First-Gen Fest! We will have an open celebration in the Sombrilla with music, outdoor games, and various activities to celebrate our first-gen students, staff and faculty.

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Exploring the First-Gen Identity
3 – 4 p.m.
H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.202) 

Join us for a session dedicated to exploring the First-Gen Identity. Learn what a first-generation student is, the barriers that first-gen students may face in higher education, and the assets that first-generation students bring to institutions as changemakers both in their lives and the lives of others. Meet and hear from other first-gen students that may have similar or different experiences to understand the various perspectives of being first-gen.

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Wednesday, November 9

The First Year Experience Program - Celebrating Student Achievement
5 – 6 p.m.
H-E-B Student Union Ballrooms

The First-Year Experience Program will be hosting a de-stressing game event open to all UTSA students. This event will also be highlighting and celebrating UTSA First-Generation Students as part of the National First-Generation College Celebration Week.

Hosted in collaboratoration with the First-Year Experience Program

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Thursday, November 10

Holistic Health Day: Mental Health Awareness for First-Gen Students
10 – 11 a.m.
H-E-B Student Union, Hidalgo Room (HSU 2.214)

Join us for a session discussing mental health awareness for our first-Gen Student. First-Gen students often face additional pressures while in college. Learn how you can be aware of those stressors and how to take care of your mental health as a college student that is paving the way!

Hosted in collboration with Wellbeing Services

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Holistic Health Day: Art of Wellbeing
1 – 2 p.m.
Student Union, Ash Room (SU 2.03.06)

Relax and nurture your creativity with an art session in collaboration with Wellbeing Services!

Hosted in collaboration with Wellbeing Services

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Holistic Health Day: Yoga Session
4 – 4:45 p.m.
Main Campus – RWC 2.234 – Rowdy Studio
Downtown Campus - FSB 1.505B – Group Exercise Studio

Join us for a rejuvenating session of beginner’s yoga hosted by the UTSA Campus Rec Center! Sessions will be offered both at the Main Campus and Downtown Campus.

Hosted in collaboration with UTSA Campus Recreation

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Friday, November 11

First-Generation Veteran Identity Workshop
10 - 11 a.m.
Online via Zoom: Register and join here 

A large portion of military veteran college students are also first-generation students. These are unique identities that intersect and can impact the experiences students. Join us for a session in collaboration with the Veteran and Military Affairs Office to discuss the experiences of having both identities and navigating the world of higher education.

Hosted in collaboration with UTSA Veteran and Military Affairs

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Generational Wealth Workshop
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Online via Zoom: Register and join here

Join us for a session discussing the topic of Generational Wealth, led by UTSA Student Development Specialist Jaz Burgess, for first-generation students to learn the importance of investing in your future and those that come after you!

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