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F1RSTGEN is a student led organization whose purpose is to encourage and support first-generation college students. Our organization promotes academic success and retention among WT students by providing a family oriented environment where students feel comfortable seeking assistance, and participating in events on and off campus.

 

NEWS: WT Named to Select National Group Advancing First-Generation Student Success

The First Generation Experience

Our organization hosts and participates in a variety of social and community service events throughout the academic year.

Community Service Activities

  • Work-A-Thon
  • United Way Day of Caring & Youth Day
  • Upward Bound Academic Saturdays
  • Fall Carnival
  • Festival Of Trees

Social Events

  • Homecoming Parade and Tailgate
  • New Student Orientation
  • Join the Herd

Events We Host

  • Kick-Off Bash
  • National First-Generation College Student Day-Nov 8
  • Feedback Program
  • Disney Night
  • Pulsera Project

Our organization and it's members have been recognized in various awards: 

  • Organization of the Year for 2017-2018
  • Most Creative Trunk 2017 & 2018 at WT's Fall Carnival
  • 1st Place at Festival of Trees 2019
  • President of the Year 2018-2019
  • Organization of the Year Finalist 2020-2021
  • President of the Year Finalist 2020-2021
  • Advisor of the Year 2020-2021
F1RSTGEN Kick-Off Bash
F1RSTGEN hosts an annual Kick-Off Bash at the start of the Fall Semester to help welcome all students to West Texas A&M Univeristy. Students have the opportunity to interact with F1RSTGEN members, faculty, and staff to learn more about the organization while creating connections in a fun interactive way.
National First-Generation Student Day-Nov 8
Each year, we join the nation and celebrate National First-Generation College Student Day on Novemeber 8th. First-generation students on campus have the opportunity to leave their mark on our white board and celebrate their first-generation student journey here at West Texas A&M University.
Feedback Program

Our organization hosts the Feedback Program. Each semester, students have the opportunity to spend their unused university Dining Dollars before they reset at the end of each semester. In collaboration with the JBK POD Store, students have the chance to buy and drop off non-perishable food items that are donated across the Canyon community. 

In Spring 2021, students donated over 300 items that were collected and donated to Fill with Hope and the Catholic Student Center Student Food Pantry. 

The Pulsera Project

In 2019, our organization brought The Pulsera Project to campus. The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that helps Latin American artisants from Nicaragua and Guatemala with scholarships, workers rights, health care, and other benefits. Our organization sells these artisants hand made woven bracelets, bags, and headbands on campus to assisst the Pulsera Project. 

Last year (2020), in collaboration with the Hispanic Student Association and the University Bookstore, our campus was able to fundraise over $500 for The Pulsera Project. 

Contacts

Dr. George Pacheco
F1RSTGEN Advisor and Associate Professor of Communication
(806) 651-4022
Jonathan Cordova
F1RSTGEN Advisor
(806) 651-2587