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First Generation College Celebration

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 to Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

We encourage students, faculty and staff to download virtual zoom backgrounds to use throughout the week. Also, engage with @ClemsonCASE (twitter and Instagram) and @ClemsonFirst (Twitter and  Instagram) using #FirstGenProud #CelebrateFirstGen. Another opportunity to engage throughout the week via social media is to thank or acknowledge allies and supporters of first-generation students using #FirstGenAlly.

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MONDAY, Nov. 9            

11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
Virtual via Zoom

Defining First-Generation Excellence: Join the department of Community Achievement and Student Empowerment and the FIRST Program to kick-off Clemson’s week-long celebration of first-generation college students.  The virtual kick-off will feature facts and trivia related to first-generation college students.  Join here


Throughout the Day
Virtual via Instagram

The Many Faces of the First Gen Community: One of the biggest and sometimes unacknowledged strength of the first-generation student community is its diversity. First generation college students are from varying racial/ethnic identities, social class, religious affiliations and state residency. Throughout the day via Instagram, clemsonfirst, you can learn about the diverse identities of Clemson’s first-generation community. Follow @ClemsonFIRST and ClemsonCASE.


Virtual Throughout the Day
Virtual via Instagram

Self-Care & Mental Health: The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact have been hard for students. To assist first-generation students in prioritizing wellness, on-campus and off-campus resources related to mental health and self-care will be shared via Instagram. Follow @ClemsonFIRST and ClemsonCASE.  


6-7 P.M.
Virtual via Zoom

CASE in Point: Navigating Your Respective Industry Based on Social Identities: LaKendria Robinson, a director with the Superbowl LV Host Committee, will be discussing social identities that individuals hold and how to navigate various industries based on those identities. As a Black woman who is also a first-generation college student, LaKendria will talk about her personal experiences and specific factors that have contributed to her success. Her conversation will include relationships, education, and opportunities. RSVP here.  


Virtual via Zoom

First-Generation Day of Celebration Closing and Game Night: Being first-generation is an identity we want students to embrace. To conclude the week, first-generation students will be able to pick up a swag care package to show their first-gen pride. Additionally, students will be able to enjoy a variety of virtual games with their first-generation peers.

Department of Community Achievement and Student Empowerment | Division of Student Affairs
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