Johnson is excited to be on the student panel.
“I hope to empower students to be their true self, to know that there are many resources for students who are first generation and to not let anything stop them from achieving what they are going to school for.
“Being the first gives you a sense of drive,” she added. “It empowers you to do the best that you can. I think it is important to take the opportunities that are provided to you as a first-generation student, and resources like Student Support Services, the Financial Literacy Center and McNair help you thrive throughout navigating college.”
In the Growth Workshop, Beale will share about his experience and the roadblocks he overcame to start his Eau Claire-based mentoring program for African-American and Biracial youth and how UW-Stout’s first-generation students can approach their education with bravery and purpose.
Along with the Resource Booths, a hands-on Nurturing Growth: Potting a Plant workshop revolves around the theme of growth, both in nurturing plants and fostering personal growth, and self-reflective activities will help build a sense of community. There will also be movie showings of Disney’s “Strange World” at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Applied Arts room 210.
UW-Stout’s event is sponsored by the NASPA First-Gen Center, the university’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Involvement Center and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.
First-Generation College Celebration is celebrated annually on Nov. 8 to commemorate the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. It raises awareness of the first-generation college student identity by advancing an asset-based, national narrative of these students’ experiences and outcomes.