I'm First Campaign

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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.

“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:

  1. First Gen Fridays
  2. I'm First - Community Directory
  3. I'm First - Swag
  4. I'm First - Events

First Gen Fridays

First Gen Fridays will highlight a new faculty, staff, or student every Friday. Learn about our featured first gen trailblazers each week by following our social media campaign. Check it out on our Facebook page.

I'm First - Events: April 30 to May 4

Join SES and Quest for Money Matters Week to explore the intersections of socioeconomic class and the first gen experience. We invite the entire campus community to join us!

I'm First Speaker

  • Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Director of the Women's Center
  • May 1st at 6 p.m. at the Segal Visitor's Center
  • Full details on the Facebook Invite

Demystifying Socioeconomic Class Workshop

  • May 2nd at 6 p.m. in the Great Room (600 Haven)
  • Facilitated by Social Justice Education
  • Full details on the Facebook Invite

Quest Whiteboard Campaign

  • April 26th to April 27th from 6 pm to 6 pm at The Rock
  • Share why “money matters” to you on whiteboards that will be posted to social media. Stop by The Rock anytime from 6 pm to 6 pm. Students, sign up to help guard the rock! Sign up here.


I'm First - Swag

Calling all first-gen students, staff, and faculty! Stop by the SES Office to pick-up your special First Gen Swag and represent your first gen identity with pride. Be sure to wear your shirts on Fridays to support our First Gen Friday initiative.

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I'm First - Community Directory

Check out our Community Directory of staff and faculty/PhD students at Northwestern who were all first gen college students. Learn more about their journeys and reach out to connect.