Are you a first-generation college student?

So are we.

Come Talk to MeAt Bucknell, many of our faculty, staff and alumni are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university. In fact, wherever you see this Come Talk to Me poster, there is a friendly first-generation faculty or staff member who would love to meet and chat with you. Knock and introduce yourself.

We are thrilled to welcome you to the 2017-18 academic year and to our community of first-generation students, faculty, and staff. We have a fabulously fun, informative, and enriching schedule of events planned just for you.

Announcements about events and resources (funding, workshops, job fairs, alumni connections, etc.) are regularly posted to our GenFirst!@Bucknell Facebook page. (See upcoming and recent events below.)

You won't want to miss out on having a GenFirst! faculty/staff mentor. No matter what class year you're in, or even if you already have a mentor/advisor, a mentor who, like you is also first-gen, is an incredible asset. To get started, check out our mentor profiles, select your top four choices, and then complete the Choose a Mentor Request Form as soon as possible so that we can partner you with a mentor.

Spring Events


Commencement Celebration and Pinning

Featured Speakers:

  • Ty Q. Smith '20
  • Dylan Lopez '18
  • Teweldeberhan Misghina '18
  • President John Bravman

Parents, family and love ones may join the event via Zoom.

Spring GenFirst! Mentee Meeting

Required for all GenFirst! mentees.

An open conversation about your mentoring relationship and process (e.g., Suggestions? What is going well? What can be improved?). Refreshments will be provided.

Storming the Museum

"Storm the museum" with us. Mingle with other first-gens, check out some art, and enjoy some refreshments in a no-pressure environment. This year, the GenFirst! Student Ambassadors and Samek Museum guides have planned a special relaxed program for you.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5-6:30 p.m., Samek Museum (ELC, 3rd floor)

DJ Dance Party

Saturday, Feb. 3, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby

Enjoy free food and excellent DJing by one of our first-gens!

Enjoy cookies and fresh fruit while having some straight talk about overcoming the challenges of adjusting to the Bucknell college environment. Or, if you have some tips/advice for other first-gens about overcoming and thriving at Bucknell, we need to hear from you.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 5-6:30 p.m., Roberts Hall Meeting Room (RBTS 102)
  • Thursday, March 22, 12-1:15 p.m., Olin Conference Room (OLIN 226)
  • Friday, April 13, 12-1:15 p.m., Willard Smith Library (VAUG 125)
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Bootcamp for GenFirsters!

Physical wellness for first-gens is crucial. Come sweat in a supportive, fun, personally-challenging environment with a terrific and knowledgeable certified instructor. No charge for the challenge and music.

  • Monday, Jan. 29, 12-1 p.m., KLARC - Fieldhouse, Court 4
  • Monday, March 5, 7-8 p.m., KLARC, Studio 1
  • Tuesday, ,April 3, 12-1 p.m, Graham Building Grass space/outdoor fitness area

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Fall 2017 Events


Tuesday, Oct. 17

Telling Our Stories: A GenFirst! Dinner & Conversation

Join us for an evening of storytelling. Stories are essential in our lives. Stories allow us to bring coherence to our lives; we tell stories by way of relating and empathizing with others, and by way of understanding ourselves and each other.

Featured storytellers: Shirah Moffatt-Darko '18, John Quinn '18, Caitlin Friel '19, Sharon On '18, Eddy Lopez (faculty), and Richard Rinehart (staff). Facilitated by Julie Hagenbuch of Stories on Tap

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Terrace Room (dinner will be served)

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Cookies with Chris and Kelly

Enjoy cookies and fresh fruit while having some straight talk about overcoming the challenges of adjusting to Bucknell and to college.

  • Tuesday, Sept 19, 12-1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct 19, 5-6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 12-1:15 p.m.

Willard Smith Library, 125 Vaughn Lit. Bldg.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

GenFirst! Mentee Meeting

Required for all GenFirst! mentees.

Bring your lunch. We provide dessert.

We value what you have to say about how we can work together to strengthen the GenFirst! Mentoring Program.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 12-1 p.m.

Bison Connect Retreat

Just us for some fun and relaxation! We have partnered with Outdoor Education for some special activities.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Forrest D. Brown Conference Center at Cowan

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We are so grateful for our GenFirst! partners


Weis Center

The Weis Center offers first-gens complimentary tickets to select world-class performances.

Request your ticket(s) to any or all of four 2017-18 performances.

Bertrand Library

Over yummy snacks, our friends at Bertrand Library will share about the role libraries play in a community and how they are a place of knowledge and conversation.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!: Library Spaces and Places
Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Bertrand Library East Reading Room

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Samek Museum

Storming the Museum provides an opportunity to socialize with other first-gens, enjoy light refreshments, and engage art provocatively and with a critical lens.

Stay tuned for details of our spring 2018 event.

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