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I'm First

National First-Gen Day 2022 is on Tuesday, November 8th! 

Student Enrichment Services (SES) will be celebrating all week (Monday, November 7th - Friday, November 11th) through social media. You can follow our accounts to spread the love, comment and repost to show your support for our #ImFirstNU community!

SES Social Media:
Want to join the celebration? Post photos of you celebrating the First-Gen identity with the hashtag #ImFirstNU and #FGLIatNU then tag SES on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! 

Who's First?

First-generation college students are first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university. At Northwestern, we celebrate the strengths, assets, and leadership that our first-generation students, faculty, and staff bring to campus.

What is "I'm First"?

“I'm First” is an online campaign that honors the first generation experience at Northwestern through storytelling and awareness-building. Our campaign includes four elements:

View photos from previous #ImFirstNU events and National First-Gen Week (November 8 - 13th) 2020

Read about our I'm First Launch in Spring 2018


Interested in connecting with a faculty or staff member who share your first-gen identity? Check out our I'm First directory. First-generation faculty, PhD students, and staff can join the directory by submitting your first-generation story here.

Your first-gen identity should be celebrated! Wear your First Gen swag every Friday and use our I'm First Filter to represent the NU first-gen community. Tag us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #ImFirstNU. Want to share the love on Facebook? You can add our custom filter to your pictures—click here and search I’m First NU.

Showcase your first-gen pride and wear your swag with confidence during large campus events (Wildcat Welcome, Family Weekend, Heritage Month Events, and more!).

I'm First swag will be available in Spring 2023.