Operation First Generation

Operation 1st Generation

November 8, 2018 is the 53rd anniversary of the Higher Education Act. To mark this milestone, Georgia Southern University Armstrong and Liberty Campuses’ TRiO Program will join institutions around the country to celebrate the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff.

The concept of “first-generation” students was introduced into federal policy by the TRIO community in 1980, during passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Yet, even today, campuses and communities are too often blind to the academic capabilities and gifts that lie dormant within so many first-generation students. TRIO educators continue to be called upon to highlight the return on investment our country receives from providing first-generation students with an opportunity to reach their full potential through college.


Come See Us This Week!

(A) = Armstrong Campus
(L) = Liberty Campus

Monday, November 5

TRiO 1st Generation Table
11am – 3pm (A)(L)
Outside the Student Union – Come tell us what it means to you to be a 1st Generation Student.

Tuesday, November 6

Takeover Tuesday
Follow Shannelle Dillon as she takes over Georgia Southern’s Snapchat to give you a look into the day in the life of a 1st generation student.

Thursday, November 8

1st Generation Resource Fair
10am – 12pm (A)

Outside the Student Union – Come see what specific resources Georgia Southern has to support 1st Generation Students.

Ask Me Why I’m First!

Picture of the Ask Me Why Im First Button
Many 1st Generation students, faculty, and staff have been given “Ask Me Why I’m 1st” buttons and asked to wear them throughout the week. If you happen to come across someone wearing a button don’t hesitate to ask them their story!

Hear our 1st Gen Stories
Andrew Dies

Andrew Dies, as a first-generation college student was motivated to make it through college by observing his mother’s hard work ethic.


Dr. Alicia Brunson

Dr. Alicia Brunson, has turned her experience as a college student into productive research as a professional.


Last updated: 11/5/2018

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