Posted: 11/05/21

Activities Celebrate TAMIU’s First-Gen Week Nov. 8 – 12


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Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will celebrate the achievements of its first-generation students, faculty and staff with its First-Gen Week, Nov. 8 - 12.

First-generation (First-Gen) students are defined as individuals with parents who have not earned a four-year degree.  At TAMIU, that’s over 64% of the student body.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said First-Gen students are setting a new benchmark for generations to come.

“Our campus is proud to welcome and serve a student body that is majority First-Gen. TAMIU was founded on serving the needs of an underserved region and delivering our mission of accessible, affordable and excellent higher education for all students guides us daily.  First-Gen students are charting a new future that will bring generational change. Our students Go Beyond and this celebration recognizes them, and their bright futures,” Dr. Arenaz said.  

The week-long celebration begins Monday, Nov. 8 with events aimed at paying tribute to the accomplishments of TAMIU students and providing support structures for academic and professional success before and after graduation. 

A video series featuring TAMIU First-Gen students will also be shared on the University’s YouTube Channel.

Scheduled First-Gen Week events at TAMIU include: 

Monday, Nov. 8 – First-Gen Senior Cording Ceremony 

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Student Organization Fair 

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – First Generation Dream Panel 

Thursday, Nov. 11 – Blazing the Trail Workshop and CAB’s First-Gen Loteria Night 

Friday, Nov. 12 – First-Gen Student, Graduate, and Faculty Networking Social

TAMIU’s First-Gen Week and student accomplishments will also be celebrated using the dedicated hashtags #FirstGenProud and #TAMIUFirst Gen. 

For more information, contact the University’s Office of Student Orientation, Leadership & Engagement at 956.326.2283, visit offices in the Student Center, Room 224 or click on tamiu.edu/sole