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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.

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021
Social Media Kick-Off
Get on social media to showcase your pride and excitement about being #First2Geaux.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5:00 pm
Recognition at Ragin' Cajuns Basketball Games
UL Women's Basketball game vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville 5:00 pm
UL Men's Basketball game vs. West Florida 7:30 pm
Cheer on the Ragin' Cajuns basketball teams on Tuesday with a special recognition during the games.

Wednesday, Nov.10, 6:00 pm 
#First2Geaux Twitter Chat
Connect with students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a Twitter chat about being #First2Geaux. Follow the Office for Campus Diversity on Twitter (@ULdiversity).

Friday, Nov. 12
First2Geaux Dessert Reception, Union Porch 11:00 - 12:30 pm

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

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.

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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.

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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 →