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1st Generation College Students are Stars!

On Monday, November 6th, 96 Wooster campus faculty, staff and students stopped by the Skou Student Lounge and enjoyed popcorn, chatted together and sported buttons celebrating first-generation college students and their journeys. Kelly Carmack Mitchell and Leslie Eisberg coordinated the movie-themed celebration. Many students asked what defined a first-generation college student, which gave the coordinators opportunities to create awareness by acknowledging individual students’ first-gen status and thanking others for being first-gen allies.

Two days later, in the Wooster Science Building, students, staff and faculty attended a dinner and panel discussion coordinated by Carmack Mitchell and Eisberg on National First-Generation College Students Day. Dr. Kris Boone provided the welcome. The audience heard personal stories from faculty and staff who were first-generation college students: Jenny Fischer, Dr. Carri Gerber, Kelly Kyser, Dr. Zack Matesich, Dr. Jon Van Gray, Rick Waggoner and Dr. Eric Williams. Their experiences echoed a common message for current students: use your resources. Dr. Ann Christie concluded the event and noted the importance of infusing fun into our daily lives.

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