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Wear “I’m First Gen Too” gear Monday

Faculty and staff who were first-generation grads can pick up shirts and buttons from SSB 430.

By Matt Watson

August 16, 2018

Female student wearing first generation t-shirtIn the spring semester, Metropolitan State University of Denver launched the “I’m First Gen Too” campaign to celebrate the large number of first-generation students on our campus and the faculty and staff who share that identity.

For those faculty and staff who already got T-shirts or buttons, we ask that you wear one (or both) on Monday, the first day of classes. If you are a first-gen college graduate and don’t have a shirt or button, you can pick one up from the Marketing and Communications front desk in Room 430 of the Student Success Building.

Beyond coordinated shirt-wearing, there are many efforts to support MSU Denver’s first-gen students on campus.

  • Colleen Toomey was named the coordinator of First-Gen Initiatives in the Center for Student Equity and Achievement in the spring.
  • The Business Intelligence team discovered a more accurate way of calculating the percentage of first-gen students on campus, and that number jumped to 48 percent, or 8,720 students in the spring semester.
  • A survey of MSU Denver faculty and staff revealed that more than half of MSU Denver employees are first-gen college graduates themselves.
  • First-Gen Initiatives held optional information sessions at Student Orientation Advising & Registration and reached 467 students this summer and partnered with Admissions to create monthly First-Gen Visit tours just for first-gen students and their families.
  • Roadrunners First trainings are continuing this fall to help equip faculty and staff with ways to better serve first-gen students. The trainings are scheduled for Sept. 7, Oct. 9, Nov. 9 and Dec. 18 with times and locations to be announced. Departments can also request in-house trainings for their employees.
  • First-Gen Initiatives will hold workshops for first-gen students on academic and life skills throughout the fall semester.

For more information about MSU Denver’s first-gen population or initiatives, contact Toomey at

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