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First 2 Geaux

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette applauds and honors its first-generation students.
Join us in a week-long celebration of being #First2Geaux.

First-generation students are defined as students whose parents either did not pursue or did not complete a bachelor's degree (4-year) program.

As a part of the First2Geaux campaign, we are encouraging all students, faculty and staff to complete a survey regarding First Generation status.

Faculty and Staff Survey

Student Survey

Please note that all of the events listed below are subject to change. Be sure to check this page regularly for schedule updates and other important announcements.
*Denotes event with required registration/tickets.


Monday, November 6

Your Passport To Success: Learn about all the resources available to first-gen students on campus and pick up your First2geaux Passport! This is your passport to places, people and events on campus to visit during First-Gen Week — snap a photo or find the clue and get your passport stamped! The highest point scored will win a prize. Bonus: Everyone that participates will be entered into a drawing to win additional prizes! 
9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. | Table at the corner of Rex and St. Mary

Taking Your Next Step: Pursuing a graduate degree as a first-gen student can be daunting! Join us for a panel of faculty and students to learn more about the lives of first-gen graduate students and if graduate school is right for you.
12:30 p.m. | Moody 103A | Lunch will be provided

Mental Health Week eventI Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream
5-7 p.m. | Boucher Street

Tuesday, November 7

Best Business You: First 2 Geaux students can shop the Career Closet, and get style tips.  Learn how to present yourself in a professional manner in every situation.
1-4 p.m. | Career Closet on St Mary Blvd.

Mental Health Week event: Breaking the Silence on Suicide presented by NAMI Acadiana
6:30-8 p.m. | Student Union Atchafalaya Ballroom

Wednesday, November 8 (National Day of Celebration)

Tri-Alpha Induction and Cording Ceremony: National First Generation Day Tri-Alpha students receive their cords for graduation.
6 p.m. | Alumni Center (600 East St. Mary Blvd.)

Mental Health Week event: Minding your Mindful Journey presented by SAB
​6:30-8 p.m. | Student Union Atchafalaya Ballroom

Thursday, November 9

Mental Health Week Events
10-11 a.m. Student & Faculty Roundtable
11-12 p.m. Yoga Session presented by Bourgeois Recreational Center
12:30-2 p.m. Student Wellness Center Presentation (Social Media and Effects on Mental Health)
2-3 p.m. Deep Stretching Class presented by Recreational Sports
4:15-5:45 p.m. Mental Health Day Tailgate
6:30-9:30 p.m. Mental Health Football Game: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Football vs Southern Miss - Thursday Night Lights

Friday, November 10

Bee-U-tification Project: Help beautify campus' newest bioswale and pollinator garden by joining the Sustainability office for a rock decorating event. 
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | The round table next to Judice-Rickels Hall


First-generation stories

Meet some members of our first-generation family at UL Lafayette.

Claire Babineaux-FontenotClaire Babineaux Fontenot: First-gen grad and CEO of Feeding America

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned her degree in criminal justice, then went to law school. This year, she was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.

More about Claire →

Dylan HebertDylan Hebert: First-gen student and future school counselor

Dylan Hebert didn't see himself attending college, but his high school teachers encouraged him to try — and he was surprised to find that he loved UL Lafayette. Now, he's working to become that mentor for other first-generation students.

More about Dylan →

First-generation college student Megan BreauxMegan Breaux: First-gen graduate student and education leader

When Megan Breaux started teaching, she discovered the impact she could have as an educator. She's now she's using data to improve college access for high school students through the GEAR UP program.

More about Megan →

Kenette Toussaint at graduationKenette Toussaint: First-gen student who returned to finish her degree

Severe trauma in Kenette Toussaint's life kept her from completing her college degree when she started after high school. Thanks to the support of her family and UL Lafayette's online learning options, she has her bachelor's degree.

More about Kenette →