Skip to main content Skip to navigation

First-Generation Programs

First Gen Celebration Image


With gratitude to the Boeing Corporation for the generous support of National First-Gen Day and our first-gen Cougs. 

First-Gen Spotlights by Campus 2021

Everett, Global, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver

Boeing Logo

Improving Career & Engagement Outcomes Of First Generation Graduates

October 28 | 11:00am Pacific | Live Briefing presented by NASPA  
This panel session will bring together a variety of perspectives to discuss the latest fact sheets from the Center for First-generation Student Success and the Crimsonbridge Foundation on the career and engagement outcomes of first-generation college graduates. By tying together a philanthropic, institutional development, and practitioner perspective, this session will feature a dynamic discussion as the panelists discuss improving first-generation student outcomes utilizing external and internal resources.


First In The Field Panel: Navigating Stem As A First Gen Student | RSVP for Zoom link

November 8 | 10:15 -11:10am Pacific | Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
This panel features WSU alumni Corinna Cisneros, Boeing and Addisalem Kebede, Microsoft as well as Morann Johnson, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture; and Jacob Murray, professor in electrical engineering and computer science.

Boeing Keynote Speaker: Teresa Blanco Olympio | RSVP for Zoom link

November 8 | 11:15 – 11:45am | Zoom | Add to your Outlook Calendar
Teresa Blanco Olympio is the senior director of the Fabrication One Boeing Production System for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

A first-generation Mexican American, Teresa became the first person in her family to go to college. After graduating, she started at Boeing as a cost estimator before shifting to supply chain where she quickly rose through the ranks.

Teresa continues to work on creating rotations with Boeing Familia to increase Hispanic representation in manufacturing. She was also recently selected to be a founding member of Boeing's Racial Equity Task Force, a group that is leading the movement to make inclusion a top priority and responsibility for every teammate.

"Now I have this position and have a voice. How do I use it to help others," Teresa asked. "How can I advocate for people, sponsor them getting on succession plans, and bring that awareness to grow representation across our company? That's what I'm focused on today."

National First-Gen Day Celebration

November 8 | 11:00 – 1:00pm Pacific | Vancouver FSC 105 | Add to your Outlook calendar
Join us to celebrate the resilience and persistence of our First-Generation College students. Approximate 55% of WSU Vancouver first-year students are the first in their families to attend college. We would like to honor their experiences, celebrate their accomplishments, and provide a space to share and learn from each other.

A National Celebration Centering First-Gen Voices 

November 8 | 12:00 - 1:30pm Pacific  | Pullman CUB Jr. Ballroom 210 | Add to your Outlook calendar | 
Join us for A National Celebration Centering First-gen Voices featuring a panel of first-gen students and graduates sharing insight into their experience, moderated by Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President, Community College of Allegheny County located in Allegheny Pennsylvania. It is through our understanding of the first-gen identity and experiences we may better align institution resources and support offerings to meet the unique needs of first-gen students. Discussion will continue after the panel. Light refreshments will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch as well.

First-Gen Keynote And Professional Networking 

November 8 | 12 - 2 pm Pacific | Tri-Cities Student Union Building & Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
Eat tamales while connecting with a first-gen keynote on their experiences a navigating the college system and success after graduation, including a guided professional networking session 

First Gen Carson Cougs Panel (RSVP by Nov. 1)

November 8 | 6 - 7:30 pm Pacific | Pullman CUB Senior Ballroom & Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
The Carson College of Business will be celebrating National First-Gen Day on November 8th by hosting a celebration in which our first-gen Carson Cougs (students, staff, and faculty) are recognized and a panel of first-gen Carson grads share their industry experiences/advise.  Following the panel, there will be time for first-gen networking and a reception.  The event will be held on Nov. 8th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the CUB, Sr. Ballroom with the option to attend virtually as well.


Council For Opportunity In Education (COE) LUNCH & LEARN FOR TRIO

November 9 | 11:00am – 12:30pm Pacific| Pullman CUB 204 | Add to your Outlook Calendar | Live Zoom Link
Join the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) for a Lunch and Learn about TRIO as part of COE’s 2021 First-Generation College Celebration. This panel discussion will provide a foundation of information and inspiration about TRIO that will prompt larger conversations at WSU. The panel will feature Marcia Chatelain, Pulitzer Prize winner and Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University; Sherri Benn, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and International programs at Tarleton State University; and James McCaslin, Provost of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.  Stakeholders, administrators, faculty, and staff from WSU are encouraged to attend. When the panel concludes, we will continue the conversation about how WSU can provide more support to first-generation students. Light refreshments will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch.   

Strengthening Professional Communication For First-Gen Students 

November 9 | 12 - 12:45 pm Pacific | Tri-Cities Student Union Building & Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
Drink coffee and learn how to overcome barriers that first-gen students face with communication with faculty, peers, and staff across campus. Learn how to write professional emails and other helpful skills! 

First-Gen Tips & Tricks For Managing Financial Aid 

November 9, 2021 | 12:45 - 1:30 pm Pacific | Tri-Cities Student Union Building & Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
Drink coffee and navigate the ins and outs of financial aid. Get your questions answered and expand your skills for financial aid success! 


Building Successful Connections During Your Undergrad As A First-Gen Student 

November 10, 2021 | 12 - 1:30 pm Pacific | Tri-Cities Student Union Building & Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
Earning a degree is just the minimum, eat Jimmy Johns while listening to first-gen alumni and staff talk about how they maximized their connections to increase their success beyond college.


Using Your Personality Strengths To Master Your Success 

November 12, 2021 | 12 - 1:30 pm Pacific | Tri-Cities Student Union Building & Zoom | Add to your Outlook calendar
Eat pizza and dive into your personality traits. Using an assessment and open discussion, students will learn how to use their strengths to confidently market themselves in conversations, resumes, and interviews. 

First-Generation Student Luncheon

November 12 | 12:00 – 1:30pm Pacific | Spokane Student Equity, Leadership, and Community Hub |SAC 105 & 107 | Add to your Outlook calendar
Join us to celebrate National First-Gen Day with fellow Spokane Cougs. The Luncheon will offer an opportunity for story sharing and networking.