NJCU’s First Generation Week (11/8 – 11/12)

NJCU’s First Generation Week
“Positive Persistence in Education”


Link: https://bit.ly/2TrwHIF 

Sunday, November 8, 2020
Social Media Campaign

NJCU First Gen faculty, staff, and students will be featured across all social media platforms. We encourage the campus community to use #WeAre1stGenNJCU on posts during this week to help build awareness of the inspiring stories of our First Gen community!

Monday, November 9 at 2:00-3:00 pm
NJCU Feud: First Gen Edition

Let’s have some fun with a “Gothic Game Knight” where a team of First Gen faculty/staff will face off against a team of students to see who can best guess the survey responses of our NJCU student population.

Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 pm
Investing in My Future: Family Financial Aid Night
Guest Speaker: Robert Macauley, Director of Financial Aid

Mr. Macauley will assist students and their families in navigating the daunting financial aid process by providing tips to understanding the FAFSA and verification process. He will also share ways to maximize financial resources.

Wednesday, November 11 at 2-3:30 pm 
Breaking Barriers through Human Connection #ACHE
Guest Speaker: Maryann Diaz, LMSW

Utilizing Hip Hop music and the Social Emotional Learning Framework, Ms. Diaz will introduce four leadership qualities: Accountability, Courage, Humility, and Empowerment (ACHE) needed to effectively navigate unfamiliar systems. The workshop will focus on the importance of acknowledging trauma and reinforcing power in resilience, addressing opportunity gaps and the challenges behind college readiness, promoting diversity and inclusion, acknowledging implicit bias, anti-racism and minimizing oppression, and the abilities young scholars have in effecting change to dismantle generational and systematic barriers.

Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm
Alumni Networking Event

First-generation students and alumni will engage in an honest conversation about the challenges associated when being the first in one’s family to embark on new journeys such as higher education. Alumni will provide students with support and insight into what they learned through the process.

This is a collaborative initiative brought to you by the members of the First Gen Planning Committee and the following campus entities: ASCEND, Council on Hispanic Affairs, Donor and Alumni Engagement, Housing & Residence Life, Office of Financial Aid, Opportunity Scholarship Program, Pre-College Programs, Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center, Student Government Association, The Center for Leadership & Engagement, and TRiO Learning Community.