Humphrey School Joins in Celebration of First-Generation College Students
November 8, 2017—Being the first person in your family to attend college is a huge milestone for many people, and colleges around the country are celebrating the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff today. The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School are proud to recognize the contributions of first-gens on campus in the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration.
The date, November 8, is significant because it's the 52nd anniversary of the passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which created grants, loans, and other programs to help students pay for college.
The Humphrey School is encouraging its faculty, staff, and students to become part of the celebration by sharing their own first generation stories here, and reading the stories of others, including Humphrey School Associate Dean Carissa Slotterback and Professor Judy Temple, as well as University President Eric Kaler.
"Please join me in honoring the richness created by the diversity in our community," Slotterback said. "I am committed to supporting those underrepresented in higher education and ensuring that they have opportunities for access and engagement in our university."
Each year the Humphrey School welcomes graduate students from all backgrounds and circumstances, many of whom are first-generation college attendees. We asked a few of those students to share their stories.