First-Generation Day at Westminster College

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October 30, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster College will recognize national First-Generation Day with learning opportunities for faculty and staff, a keynote presentation by Representative Angela Romero and a campus first-gen meet and greet.

Westminster was named a First-Forward institution this year by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA). First Forward is a recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success. Westminster’s Student Diversity and Inclusion Center will host activities for national First-Generation Day around the theme “Assets over deficits: what first-generation students contribute to higher education.”

Campus Training and Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 4–6 p.m. in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, room 228

Professional development training for Westminster faculty and staff. Supporting students via all the touch points of the student-life cycle ensures their success. In this training you will learn how to use an asset-based framework when working with first-generation students.

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6–7 p.m. in the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center

Meet other Westminster first-generation students, staff, faculty and allies for an evening of fellowship. Join us as we celebrate the contributions of our first-generation community. Keynote speaker Rep. Angela Romero Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 noon–1 p.m.

Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Auditorium Community Supported Excellence: A First-Generation Narrative with Rep. Angela Romero

Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake City) will share her experience as a first-generation student who leveraged her education to become a community leader and advocate. Free and open to the public.

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First-Generation Day Celebration

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 noon–2 p.m.

Richer Commons

All Westminster faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the first-generation students and graduates who add their valuable knowledge and experiences to our campus community. Come enjoy some ‘smores and take a picture at the photo booth with Griff!

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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