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Campus Celebrates First-Generation Student Appreciation Week
Defined by each student’s unique background, interests and dreams, their Becoming Orange journey, or the first year at the University supported by the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs, curates a strong foundation crafted to meet each student’s personalized goals.
One area of growing support and celebration surrounds that of first-generation students. The Orange community is invited to recognize and celebrate First-Generation Student Appreciation Week, Monday, April 19-Friday, April 23, 2021.
“The Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs, alongside the entire campus community, is honored to celebrate our first-generation students,” says Carrie Grogan Abbott, director of the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs. “Events during our appreciation week create a wonderful opportunity for first-generation students, faculty and staff to connect and build community.”
Being the first in a family or support system to go to college can be a challenging task. Further strengthening the transition to Syracuse University are the ’Cuse First Leaders, who as fellow first-generation students offer support through shared experiences, guidance and specialized events such as the ’Cuse First Pre-Welcome Program.
Offering additional insight as a ’Cuse First Leader and first-generation college student is Elliot Salas ’24. “It is crucial for first-generation students to recognize that they should be proud to be the first person in their family to attend college, especially one like Syracuse University. First-generation students have gone through various obstacles in life, and Syracuse University is the launchpad for their dreams to become reality.”
First-Generation Student Appreciation Week 2021
Through celebration, resource connections and continuing the spark of relationships with peers, staff and faculty throughout campus, all are invited to the week’s events.
- Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7 p.m.: Why Not Us? Documentary
- Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4 p.m.: First-Gen Reception
For more information or to request accommodations, please contact the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs by emailing email@example.com or by calling 315.443.9187.