UI National First-Generation College Celebration

Nov 9, 2020

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In November 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) partnered with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, which is an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation, to launch the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration. The now annual event, which is held each year on November 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, encourages colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the successes of the institution's first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

The University of Iowa has participated in this annual event every year and plans to do so again this year. However, as we’ve done in the past, the First-Generation Task Force doesn’t intend to limit our participation to just one day opting, instead, to celebrate for an entire week! This year’s celebration will run from Sunday, November 8 – Friday, November 13.

The First-Generation Task Force invites all colleges, departments, or other units to participate. Visit our website to see a full schedule of events.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at