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Columbia First-Generation Low-Income Partnership

On April 10, 2017 First-gen and/or Low-Income students all over the world will be celebrating GEN Day; a day of visibility for first-generation and/or low-income students*. This is an opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate ourselves and each other. 

The theme for this year’s GEN Day is identity, or more specifically#myFGLIidentity. As the FGLI identity is incredibly nuanced; first-generation typically refers to being the first generation of one’s family to achieve the level of education one is pursuing, however, due to distinctions in how one defines family and status, being first-generation can be defined as having a different intellectual, emotional, and academic support system. In this way, we hope that FGLI students can come together as a community and support each other, while also raising awareness of their community’s existence on their campuses. Whether, it is through the social media campaign or by getting together on campus, GEN Day is a day to celebrate and support each other. 

* The first-gen and low-income identities are defined by the individuals who assume one or both of them.
"First-gen" *typically* refers to being in the first generation of one's family (however "family" is defined) to achieve the level of education one is pursuing. Being first-gen can mean having a different intellectual/emotional support system and a different set of differen background knowledge.
"Low-income" status may be determined relative to the experiential norms of our institutions, or by having experienced unequal economic access within our academic careers.
Both these are dynamic and beautiful, but often underrepresente identities. 

** If you are interested in leading a student organization on your campus, email