First Generation

A Place for First Generation College Students at CSUDH!

Resources, events, opportunities to connect. Check back often to see what’s new!

Events and Workshops

November 7-8: Virtual First Gen Retreat

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  • Personal Development: Expectations and Balancing Identity/Belonging/Community/Family
  • Student Engagement: Events and Extracurricular Involvement
  • Planning for Your Future: Graduate School and Career Preparation
  • Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum: Tips for Success in Academia & Beyond
  • Building Community: Virtual Bonfire, Storytelling and Networking

First Generation Toros Virtual Retreat

November 7, 2020

Retreat Schedule

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Morning Coffee Chat (optional)
  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am
    Check-In and Welcome
  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am
    Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur 
    DEI Strategist/Founder,
    Former Chief Learning Officer, USC
    Race and Equity Center
  • 11:15 am - 11:30 am
    Discussing Diversity and Equity
  • 11:30 am - 11:40 am
  • 11:40 am - 12:40 pm
    First Gen Fam: First Gen Toro Faculty and Staff Panel
  • 12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
    Bring your lunch to Zoom! (optional)
  • 1:40 pm - 3:10 pm
    Toro Affinity Centers – Rose Black Resource Center, Toro Dreamers Success Center, Queer Culture Resource Center and Women’s Resource Center
  • 3:10 pm - 3:20 pm
  • 3:20 pm - 5:00 pm
    Create your Zine! First Gen, What Does it Mean?

First Generation Toros Virtual Retreat

November 8, 2020

Retreat Schedule

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Morning Coffee Chat (optional)
  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am
    Check-In and Welcome
  • 10:45 am - 11:30 am
    Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Joanna Perez
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, CSUDH
  • 11:30 am - 11:40 am
  • 11:40 am - 12:30 pm
    First Gen Toro Families: It Takes a Village! (Bring your families to the retreat) – Dr. Miguel Dominguez, Dr. Joanna Perez,
    Dr. Justin Gammage, Dr. Cynthia Sanchez
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Bring Your Lunch to Zoom!
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Writing Your Narrative Workshop – Elizabeth Hernandez Hanna
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Finding Support and Maintaining Wellness – CSUDH Student Psychological Services
  • 4:00 pm - 4:10 pm
  • 4:10 pm - 4:45 pm
    Closing Remarks – Dr. Miguel Dominguez
  • 4:45 pm - 4:50 pm
    Program Announcements
  • 4:50 pm - 5:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Virtual Bonfire and Storytelling Hour – Bring Your Dinner and Bonfire Snacks

Follow Up Workshops (dates TBD): 

  1. Personal Development: Service Learning and Self-Care: Women's Resource Center (WRC), Toro Dreamer Success Center (TDSC), Rose Black Resource Center (RBRC), Queer Culture & Resource Center (QCRC), Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement (SLICE), and others featured at the First Gen Retreat will follow up with more details on involvement and volunteer opportunities. Also, Psychological Services will provide strategies that promote school/work/family balance.
  2. Financial Aid/Financial Literacy: Financial Aid office representatives will provide information on funding opportunities and financial literacy.
  3. Community of Learners: Staff and faculty will provide information regarding study skills and enhancing college writing.
  4. Graduate School/Research with Faculty: Faculty members will discuss research projects involving students, research opportunities within and outside of campus, and strategies to prepare for graduate school.
  5. Career Preparation: Career center representatives will provide information and strategies to write a strong resume and cover letter.
  6. Study Abroad: Study abroad representatives and students with experience studying abroad will share opportunities to study abroad and/or be part of an internship or field experience.
  7. Professionalism: Career Center representatives will discuss ways to promote professional development through internship and work opportunities as well as the benefits of getting involved on campus and engaging in student leadership opportunities. 
  8. Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum: staff and faculty will discuss various tips to succeed in academia and beyond, including how to enhance networking skills, prepare for large events, conferences, and other opportunities.
  9. Study Skills Series: A series of workshops focusing on study skills, strategies and tools to help you make the most of your education and reach your academic potential.

Recommended Strategies

Adapted from Nancy Crimmin, VP of Student Affairs at Becker College, Worcester, MA

Ask for Help Early and Often

It may feel uncomfortable, but you’ll be happy you asked! Start with someone you connected with: a faculty member, advisor, peer coach, or other CSUDH staff member. You can also check this page and get in touch with a First Gen planning committee member, and start the conversation.

You Are Not Alone

Connect with other students and faculty and staff on Instagram or at one of our events. 

Get involved

You don’t have to join 10 clubs, play on three sports teams, and work two jobs on campus. Join in on what makes sense for you and your life. Keep up to date on what is happening at CSUDH and what we have for you.

Contact Us!

If you have any questions, please email Silvia Green or call the University Advisement Center at (310) 243-3538.