Were you the first in your family to attend college? If so, you are among the millions of people — including the 46% of incoming students at CSI — for whom a college education opened doors to a better life in terms of social and professional mobility. You overcame obstacles and forged a path for yourself, and the College would like to celebrate your accomplishments. And we also would like your help to support others pursuing the path you have traveled. ​

Friday, Nov. 8 is the annual National First-Generation College Celebration, honoring the 54th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of first-generation, low-income/under-resourced students persist to degree completion. On this date, college and university campuses around the nation will hold rallies, panel discussions, listening sessions, celebrations, and more in recognition of their first-generation students, staff, and faculty.

CSI will take part in this celebration of First Generation College Students with an informal reception on Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Center for the Arts Green Dolphin Lounge. This kick-off event marks the beginning of a campus-wide initiative to recognize and support First-Gen Students through a series of activities to be held throughout the academic year. We look forward to honoring First Gen staff and faculty as well, and hope you will join us. 

As we move into the future, CSI’s goal is to foster a supportive community for our First-Generation students. First Gen faculty and staff are role models, mentors, and formal and informal advisors — your experiences and accomplishments can serve as a foundation upon which others can build a successful and productive future. To begin this process, we hope you will join us on Nov. 8. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact First.Gen@csi.cuny.edu

By the First Generation Team@CSI: Ralf Peetz, Sarolta Takacs, Jane Marcus-Delgado, and Jennifer Durando