First Generation Visibility Week

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. While National First-Generation Day of Celebration has been celebrated annually at Harvard on November 8th (also Election Day), the Harvard Foundation was awarded a CLIF Grant to host First-Generation Visibility Week extending previous programming into a full week. This year it will be taking place from November 3 - November 10, 2022.To connect the resources available to first-generation college students at Harvard, this event would kick off with a Tabling/Resource Fair, which would provide an opportunity for students to get connected with offices and organizations, such as Primus, FYRE, OCS, CAMS, Harvard Foundation, Writing Center, etc. Other events include First-Gen Breakfast, First-Gen Carnival/Field Day, peer-led dialogues, study jams at the Harvard Foundation, Hot Cocoa/Boba Social, and a film screening of the documentary First-Generation (2010). First-generation students will be able to hear from speakers at the First-Gen Alumni Panel, Career Panel, Graduate Student Panel, and a keynote speaker at First-Gen Dinner which will also include first-generation staff and faculty. Participants will also be provided with First-Gen swag, such as “First-Gen and Proud” shirts, stickers, buttons, tote bags, notebooks, water bottles, planners, phone wallets, and pop sockets. Moreover, students will also participate in workshops on topics, such as Building Wealth as a First-Generation Professional, financial literacy, applying to graduate school, stages of professional development, and holistic wellness that will equip them with useful tools to excel at Harvard and beyond.