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First-Gen Day

UIW celebrates First-Gen Day

November 17, 2022 -UIW honored national First Gen- Day. All attendees were given tickets to win door prizes. They also enjoyed a free Whataburger lunch, and got to hear from first-gen graduates. Today what we are doing is celebrating with students, faculty, and staff. This event is open to everyone because as a community we work together to help our students to graduate and get to completion, so today is really about helping our students understand that they are supported. – Jimenez Everyone got to feel the support and care UIW has for its students and community. UIW alumni and first-gen graduate Samantha Najera, shared her journey. I have had a long journey with my family getting me here through college back then that was unheard of for my family. So to be able to be here today and to be talking about my journey as a grad, is a big deal. I tell people that by graduating you are breaking generational binds of people from the past who couldn’t do this. – Najera Happy First Gen-Day