Being a first-generation student is a transformative experience. Learning about how to navigate college, defining success for yourself and developing plans to get there, and broadening your understanding of education all have the opportunity to be life-changing – literally.
First-Generation Student Events
UMass hosts a variety of programs and events relevant to first-generation college students. We will continue to update this page as events are added to the events calendar.
First Connections is an annual series of events celebrating first-generation identity. This year’s First Connections, which occurred in September, included:
- First Connections: First-Gen Community Stories
- The First-Gen Career Journey: Lessons Learned Along the Way
- Your Story: First-Gen Performance Night
We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2021!
Cultural Connections is an annual welcome event for students who are affiliated with CMASS. Cultural Connections helps introduce new students to CMASS and connect them to programming that supports diversity and equity at UMass.
For updated event information you can also check out the UMass Events Calendar.
First-Generation Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
by the Center for Student Success Research
Personal Narratives and Fiction
Make Your Home Among Strangers
by Jennine Capo Crucet
Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams
by Alfred Lubrano
Every Student Has a Story: Personal Narratives from First-Generation College Students
by TRIO Student Support Services at IPFW
"What to Know as a First-Generation College Student"
by Josh Moody
"Supporting First-Generation Students"
by Alecea Standlee
First-Generation College Students: Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement
by Lee Ward, Michael J. Siegel, et al
First-Generation College Student Experiences of Intersecting Marginalities
edited by Teresa Heinz Housel
Interested in sharing out your experience as a first-generation student at UMass? We’d love to interview you for the Trajectory podcast!