Office of Student Success, Equity and Innovation

First-Generation College Student Week 2023

Join us for First-Generation College Student Week 2023 on November 6-9 at Cal Poly Pomona! 

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Monday, November 6

Kick-Off Celebration

Location: University Park

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us as we kick-off First-Gen Student Week at CPP! We'll have tons of resources, prizes, a photo booth and more!

No RSVP Required

Mindfulness Mondays with the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education & CAPS

Location: Online

Time: 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Join us for some mindfulness activities to start your week off positively! Hosted by Maria Gisela, therapist from CAPS.

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Unwritten Rules: First-Gen's Guide to Success

Location: Online

Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

As first-gen college students, we may not be aware of the unwritten rules or invisible forces that help shape the academic environment. This presentation will review some “hidden” or unwritten rules that contribute to college success as well as some unwritten rules in the professional setting.

Tuesday, November 7

Bite Of Reality: Budget Simulation

Location: BSC, Ursa Major (located in the Bronco Student Center) 

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us as we partner with SchoolsFirst Credit Union to participate in a fun and interactive workshop to practice your budgeting skills as part of our First-Gen Week activities.

Fearless Classroom

Location: Building 15, Room 1807

Time: 12 to 12:50 p.m.

Earn a digital badge upon completion of all four workshops. Strengthen your skills and learn about yourself as we discuss communication, confidence and teamwork.

First-Gen Crew: Imposter Syndrome & Your Sense of Belonging

In-Person: Building 66-126

Time: 12 to 12:50 p.m.

This session is third in a series of four tutor-led meetings. The session will focus on the imposter syndrome and tips on how to address it and establish a sense of belonging at CPP.

Investing and Making Big Purchases

Location: Online 

Time: 6 to 7 p.m.

SchoolsFirst Credit Union is excited to present this educational session, offering valuable tips and strategies to help you achieve your financial goals. Whether you're planning for your dream home or looking to grow your wealth, this event will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed financial decisions. Don't miss this opportunity to secure your financial future!

Wednesday, November 8

First-Gen Resources and Information Workshop

Location: Building 15, Room 2907

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Join us as we start you off with a discussion of some of the resources CPP has available for you. This is your chance to ask questions, make friends, and learn a bit about what the next few years as a student may bring.

CPP Dining First-Gen Q & A

Location: Online

Time: 3 to 4 p.m.

Learn from First-Gen CPP Dining Staff Members about their experience in college at CPP and working with Dining Services.

Lessons in Perseverance: A First-Gen's Journey from Student to Profesora at the CSU

Location: BSC, Ursa Major B

Time: 3:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Dra. Maricela Becerra García is proud to be "CSU made" as a double alumna of CSU Long Beach. Now, as a professor at CSU Channel Islands, she reflects on her journey navigating academia as a first-gen and undocumented student, immigrant, English learner, and mother. In this talk, she will share some lessons learned along the way and what she wished someone had told her as she pursued higher education.

No RSVP Required

First-Gen on Tap!

Location: Innovation Brew Works

Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Stop by and learn how you can be connected to a mentor/mentee and meet other first-gen students, faculty and staff in a fun and engaging environment. You can also feel good about eating and drinking for a cause! Proceeds from IBW purchases will go towards establishing a first-gen student scholarship.

Wear Your First-Gen Shirt on Nov. 8!


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Thursday, November 9

Beading Circle with the Native American Student Center

Location: Building 26, Room 104

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Native American Student Center is hosting a Beading Circle where students can learn about Native American culture by doing beadwork. Here, student scholars can come together outside of classroom, talk, reflect, create, find peace, and promote their cultural resistance. 

Fearless Classroom II

Location: Building 15, Room 1807

Time: 12 to 12:50 p.m.

Earn a digital badge upon completion of all four workshops. Strengthen your skills and learn about yourself as we discuss communication, confidence, teamwork.

Instant Access Complete at CPP

Location: Online 

Time: 12 to 1 p.m.

Learn what you need to know about CPP’s digital automatic billing course materials program, IAccess Complete.

Hot Topics in Immigration for Undocumented and Mixed CPP Community Members

Location: Online

Time: 1 p.m.

Dive into some hot topics in Immigration with CARECEN! We will give an overview of topics such as the California Dream Act, getting a California ID or drivers license, and immigration do's and don'ts.

Stretching Your On-Campus Food Budget

Location: Online

Time: 2 to 3 p.m.

Learn how to join the meal plan club and learn about meal plan club perks.

Scholarships with Sallie Mae

Location: Online

Time: 4 p.m.

In collaboration with Sallie Mae, we will be presenting on scholarships. How and where to apply, and writing the essay tips and tricks.

Thank you to our campus partners!

Cal Poly Pomona First-Gen Week is brought to you by I AM FIRST, RAMP, Learning Resource Center, PolyTransfer, Bronco Navigators, ARCHES, MEP-WiSE, Centers for Transformation, Retention, Equity and Empowerment (TREE), Student Support and Equity Programs (SSEP), Student Engagement, Leadership and Success (SELS), Bronco Advising Center (BAC), Care CenterCareer Center, Center for Community Engagement, Disability Resource Center (DRC), CAPS, Library, OREP, Project CAMINOS, and Foundation Enterprises.