First Generation Visibility Week

First Generation Visibility Week 2022

In its inaugural year, First-Generation Visibility Week is a series of events that aims to empower, celebrate, and validate the identities of first-generation students at Harvard University through the coordination of programming efforts.

First Generation Visibility Week (#FGVW2022) completed its programming between November 3-November 10, 2022. Through this week-long programmatic initiative, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations sought to catalyze a coalition of departments, student organizations, and individuals to celebrate the presence and contributions of first generation college students in the Harvard community.

Some of the highlights of First Generation Visibility Week include: 

  • Almost 400 students registered for #FGVW2022 activities, and many more attended events signed in on a sign-in sheet. 
  • 20 events with over 30 hours of varied programming included:
    • Networking Engagements: First Year & Faculty Dinner at Adams House, First Gen Brunch & Alumni Networking at Northwest Building.

    • Public promotions: FGVW Kick Off at Science Center, Flower/Book Giveaway in Harvard Yard.

    • Harvard Foundation student-led dialogues: “Queer in More Ways than One: The Intersection of Race and Queerness, "Life as a First Gen student" - hosted at Grays Hall Harvard Foundation office.

    • Events led by student organizations:  Association of Black Harvard Women Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil, Camp FYRE social, Act on a Dream 101 & Tote Bag Decorating Session.

    • Events led by partners offices: River Central FGLI Fall Fete, Office of Career Services LinkedIn Headshots and Drop-in Sessions, OCS webinars on FGLI advising and All-In Mentorship, HUECU Financial Literacy Workshop; Mindfulness Session by Center for Wellness; Fellowships, Research, and Funding 101 by URAF (Officer for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships).

    • Social Events: First Gen Table at Harvard Football Family Tailgate, Morning Prayers and First Gen Breakfast at Memorial Church, First Gen Open Mic / Talent Show at the Smith Campus Center

  • Promotional partnerships included: 

    • Eight banners with student headshots and reflection quotes about what they want the Harvard community to know about their first generation student experience, in partnership with Harvard Yard Operations

    • Digital posters and schedules posted on dining area screens, in partnership with Harvard University Dining Services.

    • Tabling at “Disability as Diversity Celebration Fair”, in collaboration with CLIF-grantee Ability+ project and University Disability Resources.  

    • Tabling at Science Center Plaza, in partnership with Harvard Common Spaces.

    • Featured on Harvard College newsletters (e.g., You’re Invited, Yard Bulletin, etc.) and social media. 

    • Targeted outreach email to undergraduate students who are identified as First Generation or on high financial need, facilitated by Harvard Admissions and Financial Aid office. 

    • Harvard Institute of Politics Spotlight.


First Generation Visibility Week was made possible through a grant of the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging's Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund.