In preparation for the First-Generation College Student Celebration next month, TRIO Student Support Services is calling all faculty and staff who are the first in their families to graduate from college to come together for a photo opportunity.
One in three students at The University of Toledo is a first-generation college student, or a student whose parent(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. This means that they and their siblings are the first in their family to attend a four-year university to attain a bachelor’s degree.
“Our motivation to bring together the first-generation college students who are now members of our faculty and staff is twofold. First, we are showing what can be. Imposter syndrome is real, and when we have proud first-generation graduates on our faculty and staff, we tell students that it is possible,” Robin Stone, director of TRIO Student Support Services, said. “At the same time, we are identifying people who can relate to the first-generation experience, that we have faculty and staff that understand, because they have been in similar circumstances.”
If you would like to be included in the photo of first-generation college students who are now faculty and staff members, come to the main floor of Carlson Library at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.
For more information about the First-Generation College Student Celebration, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 8, contact Stone at 419.530.3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.