Since 2017, colleges and universities across the country have celebrated first-generation students, faculty, and staff. National First-Generation College Celebration day was selected for November 8 to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. HEA ushered in programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, necessary for postsecondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates. This year, November 9th – 13th is First-Generation College Celebration week.
The Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities (CMEO) housed in the College of Education has been helping vulnerable student populations succeed in higher education for more than 30 years. Through the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) programs, limited-income and first-generation college students are served. CMEO also helps students make informed career choices, exposes them to cultural events and to academic programs that would be otherwise unavailable, and peer mentoring opportunities.