1965 Act made way for low-income, first-generation students to break the chain of poverty, become first in their families to earn a college degree.
Stemming from thecontinued success, the Council for Opportunity for Education (COE), in partnership with the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPAand The Suder Foundation, is pleased toannounce the continuation of the First-GenerationCollege Celebration on November 8, 2020. Thisdate marks the 55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 HigherEducation Act (HEA), which has helped millionsof first-generation, low-income/under-resources students persist to degreecompletion.
On November 8th,college campuses around the nation are asked to hold celebration includingrallies, panel discussions, listening sessions, and more in recognition oftheir first-generation students. Across social platforms, institutions can use #CelebrateFirstGen to share theirevents and join in conversations with colleagues and students.
FayettevilleState University Student Affairs and Office of Access & Student Success willsponsor the annual First-Generation College Student Celebration on November9, at 4:00pm. The event featuresTerrence J. (Terrence Jenkins), an actor, author, and entertainmentreporter. Terrence J. graduated fromNorth Carolina A&T with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication andis a First-Generation college graduate. The virtual event will be live- streamed on campus and in thecommunity. DJ Ricoveli will serve as theMC. There will be free give-a-ways, foodand t-shirts for students attending the live stream on campus (practicingsocial distancing).
“We are committed to providing programs,services, and resources to help first-generation college students be successfulhere at Fayetteville State University,” said Juanette Council, Ed.D., AssociateVice Chancellor for Student Affairs. “The First-Generation College Celebrationprovides us with a great opportunity to recognize and connect with students whoare the first in their families to attend college.”
“OurFirst-Generation College Celebration is an extension of our work on enhancingstudent success and honoring the resiliency of our students at FayettevilleState University. This is an opportunityfor our faculty and staff to validatethe experiences of a unique and important population and foster a sense of belonging during a very challengingtime for many students on our campus.” said Teresa Thompson-Pinckney,Ed.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Access & Student Success.
Fayetteville StateUniversity is a constituent institution of The University of North CarolinaSystem and the second-oldest institution of higher education in the state,having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically Black university offeringdegrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than6,700 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverseinstitutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State University,visit www.uncfsu.edu.
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The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a nonprofitorganization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion ofcollege opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and studentswith disabilities. Through its numerous membership services, the Council worksin conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host Federal TRIOPrograms that help approximately 828,000 low-income students and students withdisabilities each year receive college access and retention services.
The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, serves as the premier source of evidence-based practice, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community while advancing innovation and advocacy for the success of first-generation college students.