Brookdale’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Office is celebrating National First Generation College Student Success the week of November 8.
The National First-Generation College Celebration is recognized on November 8 to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. This legislation created federal grants and loans to help students finance their higher education and helped Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds gain postsecondary education access and completion to become first generation college graduates. As November 8 falls on a Sunday this year, Brookdale’s EOF Office is celebrating with virtual activities throughout the week to support the success of our first generation students.
On November 10, from 12 to 1 pm, the EOF Office is sponsoring an EOF First Generation Celebration Town Hall meeting entitled “Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities” for EOF students. During this virtual event, the successes, challenges, and opportunities of first generation college students will be discussed. In addition, there will be polls and other methods used to promote participation by attendees. “We want this to be more of an open forum guided by a framework,” said Richard Morales-Wright, director of the EOF program at Brookdale. “For wrap up, there will be a give-away using a Kahoots quiz that will draw on the social movements, events, or people who have contributed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity – all important themes that drive the quest for social change,” he said.
In addition, the EOF Office is hold virtual, interactive workshops entitled “You’ve Got the Power! Become an Effective Voting Advocate” on November 11 and 12 at 3 pm which are open to all first-generation college students and employees at the college. These workshops aim to educate and engage attendees about how to be an effective and engaged voting advocate as well as supporting first-generation college students. All members of the Brookdale community are encouraged to register for one of these workshops by clicking here.
“Several of our staff are first generation college students, including myself, and it is hoped our attendees will also come from the same background as more than 80% of our student body are first generation,” Morales-Wright said.
“When I attended college, I never knew First-Gen was a thing,” said Dr. Yesenia Madas, Brookdale’s associate vice president of student affairs and first generation college graduate. “I think it’s important for our students to see themselves as celebrated and represented within our campus community. We have so many faculty, staff, and administrators who were the first in their families to go to college. That is a title many of us wear proudly,” she said.
“We all want to support our students through their individual journey and celebrate the ‘I’m First’ movement,” said Madas. “I’m thrilled that we are celebrating these amazing cohort of students now and the in the future.”
Photo caption: Brookdale’s EOF Office held a workshop for EOF students explaining the many benefits of the program and services last year.