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Office of First-generation Students

Our Programs

Our programs offered have something for everyone. Explore the tabs below to find what you want to get involved with.

First-Gen Mentoring Program

Mentoring offers a chance for first-gen students to connect with someone who has been in their shoes. Mentors help to advocate for students, provide support and guidance, and help students have a successful college experience.

Peer Mentors


First generation peer mentorsPair up with an experienced first-gen student on campus to help navigate through college. Peer mentors serve as role models and confidants, encouraging academic engagement and personal development.

Sign up as a mentee or mentor for the First-Gen Peer Mentoring by using the buttons below.  

Sign-up for a Peer Mentor

Sign-up to Be a Peer Mentor 

Faculty & Staff Mentors

First generation staff mentorsConnect with a faculty or staff member on campus who was a first-gen student when they went to college. Faculty/staff mentors offer wisdom and support, and help advocate for student success in college learning and college life.

For Faculty & Staff Mentoring, we partner with K-State First's mentoring program called Guide to Personal Success. To sign-up, click the appropriate button below and fill out the survey questions - be sure to indicate your first-gen status.

Sign-up for a Faculty/Staff Mentor

Sign-up to Be a Faculty/Staff Mentor

Leadership Opportunities

Get involved with other first-gen students, and develop skills and connections that will last a lifetime.

First-generation Student Organization (FGSO)

First gen student organization logoFGSO exists to empower and create a safe haven for first-gen students, both as individuals and on campus. This student group serves as a valuable resource, provides support and opportunities for success, encourages excellence, and celebrates diversity. Learn more about FGSO and how to join

 

First-generation Student Ambassadors

First gen students bowlingFirst-gen ambassadors assist the Office of First-generation Students in promoting the mission and making connections to other first-gen students. The ambassadors help organize and participate in many events, such as: 

  • Sharing your story and University resources with prospective and current students,
  • Participating in student panels,
  • Participating in Family Day,
  • Recruiting events,
  • Planning National First Generation Celebration Day,
  • Being involved with the office's new initiatives

Ad Astra Conference

Join other first-gen students across the state at this annual conference held at Wichita State University. Learn more about the conference and how to register.

Workshops

First gen student workshop

Interested in learning something new with other first-gen students? Come to our first-gen workshops! Our workshops focus on what first-gen students are looking for and cover a wide variety of topics, from peer-to-peer leading to developing a career path.

Check back periodically to see upcoming workshops!

Events - Upcoming

Check back periodically to see upcoming events for first-gen students!

First-gen Friyay!

FriYay flyerPop-in the First-gen Student Lounge (Holtz Hall 101) the first Friday of each month, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm, for popcorn and fun with other first-gen students.

Fall semester First-gen Friyay! dates:

  • Friday, September 6th
  • Friday, October 4th
  • Friday, November 1st
  • Friday, December 6th.

Past Events

February - First-generation Student Talent Show

First gen talentFirst-gen students were able to show off their dancing, writing, singing, and other talents at the First-gen Talent Show. Click the image to the right to see more photos from the event.