Earlier this month, the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) celebrated First-Generation College Students with special events and opportunities.
Mizzou defines first-generation students as those whose parents do not have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university. Nearly 14 percent of current CEHD students (graduate and undergraduate) are first-generation students. The US Department of Education says that nationally, 33 percent of college students are the first in their family to attend college.
First-generation college student celebrations encourage colleges, universities, corporations, non-profits, and K-12 schools to celebrate the success of first-generation students, faculty, staff, and alumni. CEHD participated in a variety of ways, one of which was to provide donuts and coffee for students in Townsend Hall Lobby on November 8th. View the photo album here.
Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to write their own name or that of a family member who identifies as first-generation and post to a commemoration board. An appreciation writing station included postcards for individuals to record a note of thanks or encouragement. A special guest appearance by Truman made for a photo booth full of school spirit.
The Department of Human Development & Family Science hosted a pizza party, giving first-gen students a chance to discuss experiences with faculty and staff.
The journey of a first-generation college student can be very challenging. The College of Education & Human Development advocates for and supports first-generation students, as many deal with a multitude of obstacles that can make obtaining a degree difficult. In order to help students reach their full potential, a scholarship fund was established.
Edwin Davis, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Master’s Student, had this to say about his journey: “As a first-generation student, I want my mother to see that her sacrifices were not in vain. While it has not been the easiest road, I want others to know that they can make it as well.”