Penn First Plus organized the first First Generation College Celebration that ran from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9. Events over the course of the week aimed to celebrate the achievements of first-generation, low-income undergraduates, graduates, and alumni. The celebration helped to foster more inclusion, support, and recognition of FGLI students.
The Graduate Student Mixer hosted by the Dental School on Thursday, Nov. 7, gave FGLI graduates and professionals the opportunity to socialize with other students and faculty. With catered food, fun icebreakers, and giveaways, the event provided entertainment and opportunities for graduate students to meet other people from the FGLI community and celebrate their identities.
On Friday, Nov. 8, FGLI ambassadors from QuestBridge Network and Penn First Plus held an Organization Fair on College Green to increase awareness for FGLI initiatives. During the event, Penn students and community members received free sweatshirts and signed a banner to mark their support for FGLI efforts.
The Penn First Plus Homecoming Celebration on Nov. 9 brought together alumni, students, and faculty members in a celebration of FGLI success. The organization Rise First was at the event, along with University trustees, students, and alumni.
Dental students at the FGLI graduate student mixer filled out "human bingo" boards to get to know new people.
Graduate and professional students who identify as FGLI socialized over food and drinks at the event.
The Dean of Penn Dental Medicine, Mark Wolff, gave a short speech welcoming the students and faculty.
Graduate and professional students socialized and networked with one another.
The Dental School organized a game of "human bingo" with opportunities to win prizes. Dental students and other graduates shared their bingo boards.
On College Green, students had the opportunity to sign a Penn First Plus banner in support of FGLI initiatives.
Many different students signed the Penn First Plus banner.
Students who passed by the FGLI Organization Fair received a Penn First Plus sweatshirt in support of FGLI initiatives.
One of the organizations present at the fair was the Questbridge Scholarship Network.
Cindy Rentala, founder and CEO of Rise First, an organization dedicated to empowering FGLI students and professionals, attended the Penn First Plus Homecoming celebration with other members of her team.
University trustees were also present at the Homecoming celebration and donned red and blue attire in the spirit of Homecoming.
Students and alumni socialized with new and old friends in the open area of the ARCH building.
Team members from Rise First donned T-shirts with the words, "Enabling first-gen success" on the back.
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