First Cats First-Gen Trainings

Are you a faculty or staff member who is also a first-gen student or graduate?  Let us know by filling out our faculty/staff form.  We are actively trying to find and quantify how many first-gen grads we have on campus to demonstrate to our students how they, too, can become first-gen grads.  If you fill out our form and provide your office location, we will deliver some First Cats swag (t-shirt, stickers, first-gen grad placard) directly to you.  You can also choose to opt-in to our limited (we know your inbox is already full) faculty & staff messages about First Cats events or opportunities.


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The First Cats First-Gen Intro Training is the first in a series of professional development trainings to provide faculty and staff with knowledge, tools and ideas for how they can center the experience of first-generation college students in their work. Often times, colleges and universities have implicit, or assumed, expectations of what a student should know and do, and this can often create unnecessary challenges for first-generation college students who may not have family or friends to decode the student experience for them.

This workshop will provide faculty and staff with:

  • Context for understanding first-generation college students at the University of Arizona
  • Tools to make your classroom, program or office more first-gen friendly (which actually makes them welcoming to all students)
  • Research and practices that improve first-generation student success
  • Support for you in enhancing your work with first-generation college students

This is a FREE professional development opportunity provided by First Cats & Thrive Center. All participants will also receive an office placard to display their support for first-generation college students and a First Cats t-shirt (while supplies last).

Upcoming Sessions:   June 25, 2020  |  July 14, 2020


This is a session focused on a specific group, such as faculty, advisors, and program coordinators.  This workshop builds on the information and tools shared in the intro training and hones in on specific practices that can help to center and support first-gen students with regard to each group's very specific context and constraints.  

*These sessions are in the design phase and should begin to be available in fall 2020.

You may have a specific aspect of your work, program or practice that you wish to modify with an eye toward supporting first-gen students.  We are happy to meet with you and/or your team to offer suggestions about how you can add an additional facet to your work by centering first-gen students.  Simply email us at to set a meeting.