November 8th (National First-Generation Celebration Day)

First-Generation Week

Examples of First-Generation Programs

First Gen & Juice

  • Celebratory Breakfast for the Millerville University community during the week of the first-generation celebration. Attendees typically receive a free mug and breakfast.

Tri Alpha Induction Celebration

  • The tri alpha honors society typically inducts a class of first-generation undergraduate, graduate, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and first-generation supporters during the first-generation week.

 First-Gen Wellness Wednesday

  • Health services, CHEP, and the Millersville University counseling department have been instrumental at providing a program during first-generation week. Some of the programs held in the past is how to cope with stress, healthy eating habits, and providing flu shots for the first-generation community. 

Tri Alpha Program Requirements

Students qualify for induction into Tri-Alpha if they meet the following criteria:





Faculty and staff may be inducted as well. To qualify, they must have met the definition of a first-generation student listed above at the time they completed their bachelor's degree. Faculty and staff must be willing to serve as mentors for first-generation students.

A small number of alumni and honorary inductees may be initiated each year. To qualify, these inductees must have been first-generation students (using the definition above) when they completed their bachelor's degree. They must remain connected in some way to the institution which is inducting them— a member of the board or alumni association; the sibling of a current student; a volunteer; a donor; etc.. They must have established themselves in their post-college lives in a manner that can be held up to first-generation students as something to aspire to, and must be willing to mentor first-generation students, if asked.  NEW UPDATE: Honorary members need not have been first-generation college students; rather honorary inductees may be first-gen students with some kind of connection to the institution (as indicated above) OR clearly be a first-gen student advocate, mentor, or supporter while maintaining a connection to the institution which is inducting them.

*(Information comes right from the tri-alpha website)


First-Generation Student Spotlight


First-Generation Student Spotlight


First-Generation Staff Spotlight


First-Generation Program Suggestions

If you have an idea for a program for first-generation week or a program that you feel would benefit the first-generation community please email Dr. Christina Pantoja Williams at We would love to hear your ideas and see how we can implement them to create more support for the first-generation community.