Marquette's 2021 National First Generation College Celebration was celebrated November 3rd to 8th with the following events to honor our first generation students.


Please note: All programs aim to promote inclusivity and are open to all students.

Below are some of the upcoming programs. Check back for more leading up to First Gen Week!First Gen Marquette 2021 logo in yellow font with graduation cap on E in Marquette on top line.


Participate in the Week's Festivities and Win!

Students who participate in each of the following will have a greater chance to win prizes!

Also be sure to follow @firstgenmarquette on Instagram! 


2021 first gen one logo with words inspirational words inside the one


Take a photo with your first gen shirt and tag @firstgenmarquette with the hashtags #firstgenmarquette, #firstgenforward, and #celebratefirstgen starting November 1.





But First, FAFSA!

In partnership with MUSG and the Office of Student Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1! Marquette financial aid officers will be available to answer your questions and help you complete your application. No need to set up an appointment! Stop by Raynor Library Room 227 during the following dates and times:

Wednesday, November 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.But First FAFSA logo

Thursday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, November 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn more at the Department of Education Federal Aid website and the Marquette Financial Aid page. 

Students who complete the FAFSA during these sessions will receive a coupon for a small coffee and baked good from The Brew.


Career Center announcement for First Gen Connect program happening in AMU Lunda Room on November 4 starting at 5 PM.

First Gen Connect

Hosted by the Career Services Center 

Thursday, November 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in AMU Lunda Room, 2nd floor

First generation college students are invited to attend this evening of storytelling and conversation with fellow first gen faculty, staff, alumni, and employer guests. Attendees will hear and share stories of the successes and challenges as members of the first gen MU community, and connect their MU degree to the world of work by meeting employers committed to hiring diverse talent. First-year through graduate students from all programs are encouraged to attend!

Light food and refreshments will be served courtesy of Kohl's Corporation. Marquette first gen shirts will be provided for the first 15 attendees. Register on Handshake.


The Gathering

In partnership with the Counseling Center and the Center for Engagement and Inclusion

Friday, November 5, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in AMU 252

Considering graduate school? Join this conversation with current first gen Marquette graduate students of color to hear about and learn from their experiences.  Facilitators from the Marquette Counseling Center, Dr. Marla Guerrero and Kari Lewis, M.S., host the Gathering every other Friday. Learn more about The Gathering and other programs and initiatives sponsored by the Center for Engagement and Inclusion here

Lunch is provided and Marquette first gen shirts will be provided for the first 20 attendees.


First Gen First Friday

Hosted by the Office of Engagement and Inclusion

Friday, November 5, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in AMU 137

This First gen First Friday gathering will assume the format of an organized general body meeting, prioritizing community building and encouraging the collaboration and assembly of students from diverse backgrounds seeking solidarity. In a less formal seminar style, we will host a session consisting of activities and discussions to highlight topics relevant to being a first generation student on Marquette's campus.

Pizza will be provided and Marquette first gen shirts will be provided.

Contact Lester Harris (, Peer Engagement Programs in the Center for Engagement and Inclusion, with questions.


ImproveMKE flyer

Late Night Improv Troupe

Hosted by Late Night Marquette

Saturday, November 6 at 9 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium

Check out the local and talented ImprovMKE troupe! Because in college, sometimes you've gotta improvise!  


First Gen Day Celebration 

Monday, November 8, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by the AMU 2nd floor lobby area to pick up a snack, take a photo, and enter yourself in the drawing for a prize!  


Law School 101

Monday, November 8 in Eckstein Hall Room 367 at 12:30 p.m. 

Presented by First Generation Professionals Student Organization 

Marquette Law School’s First Generation Professionals (FGP) is excited to present Law School 101! This event will provide participants with the opportunity to have a real conversation about law school from the perspective of first generation students. This event will be completely student led with panelists consisting of members of our FGP executive board. We will discuss topics such as law school classes, study tips, on-campus interview season, summer jobs, and more. We invite everyone interested to join us!

Please RSVP here by Nov. 4. RSVP is not required but is recommended as those who RSVP will be guaranteed food. Additionally, the RSVP form includes a field for questions, so if you have any questions you would like to submit to our panelists, you can do so there.


EOP 50th Anniversary Closing Celebration

Monday, November 8 in the Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please join us as we close the 50th Anniversary celebration of our EOP Program by dedicating and blessing the space.

3:00 p.m. - Guests Gather

3:15 p.m. - Dedication and Blessing Ceremony

Reception with light refreshments to follow. Please register by Thursday, November 4.

For questions or special needs, please contact University Special Events at or 414-288-7431.


College of Business First Gen Alumni Panel

Monday, November 8 in Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Reading Room 

Join the Marquette University College of Business as we celebrate our first generation college students and alumni. Hear from a panel about the challenges they faced while navigating college life at Marquette as first -gen students, and the accomplishments they have achieved since graduation.

  • 5:45 p.m. - Welcome and panel introduction
  • 6:30 p.m. - Networking reception.

College of Business First Gen panelists

Learn more and RSVP here. Contact Kelly Wesolowski, Associate Director in the Center for Supply Chain Management, at with questions.



Other ways to be involved:

  • Celebrate with the Council for Opportunity in Education by joining one of the following webinars:

Celebration Day Panel, Monday, November 8, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET) 

Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (ET) 

Virtual Celebration Party, November 9, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (ET)

  • Jumping on a Teams call or meeting?  Download a first gen Teams background. Backgrounds for first gen students, graduates, and student allies are available!
  • What is life like in the day of a first gen student? Takeover the @firstgenmarquette Instagram and share you experiences!  DM us at @firstgenmarquette2020 first gen blue shirt with graphic and text reads, We are our ancestors' wildest dreams. by Monday, November 8 if you're interested!
  • Are you a commuter student?  Enjoy some breakfast treats on us in the AMU Commuter Lounge (room 139) on Monday, November 8 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.!
  • Did you receive a first gen t-shirt last year (see right)? Sport your shirt between November 3rd to 8th and DM @firstgenmarquette us a photo to be entered for a prize!

Contact the Center for Engagement and Inclusion at with any questions about the events happening during First Gen Week!