Supporting first-gen student excellence 

A photo of Eugene Moses, junior communications major, cutting the ribbon for the Office for First Generation Initiatives in the Student Success Center.
Eugene Moses, junior communications major, cuts the ribbon for the First-Generation Initiatives Office in the Student Success Center.

Today is National First-Generation Student Day, and at Mizzou we’ve been celebrating with an entire week of activities. We’re proud that one in four Mizzou students identifies as first-gen. These students have overcome unique challenges on their journey to become Tigers, and we’re here to support them with campus resources that encourage their ongoing success.

We kicked things off last Friday with a ribbon cutting for the new First-Generation Initiatives Office and recognition of First-Gen Tigers as an official student organization. Undergraduate Studies also handed out first-gen buttons, stickers and t-shirts to students during the It’s Sweet to Be First event on Monday. Events continue through this Thursday with opportunities for first-gen students to network, explore available resources and build community.

We’re grateful to all our first-gen students for choosing Mizzou, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.

— Mun