4th Annual First-Gen Grad Student Symposium

Thank you to everyone who attended the 4th Annual First-Gen Grad Student Symposium hosted by UNC, Duke, and Boston University! The successful event gave attendees the opportunity to reflect on their 1G identity and strengthen our community of grad students with similar backgrounds. Special thanks to Felicia Lim and Kayla Fernando for organizing the event, and Urann Chan and Dr. Jen’nan Read for serving as speakers. We’re looking forward to next year’s symposium (hopefully in-person)!

Looking forward to 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 Duke F1RSTS Executive Board has been working diligently throughout the summer to plan events for the year. Learn more about each Board member here. Keep a lookout for information in our Facebook group and listserv on the upcoming Duke F1RSTS Kick-Off, Writing Workshop, Resume Workshop, social events, and more!

Welcome Dr. Jen’nan Read, Duke F1RSTS’ new faculty advisor

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Jen’nan Read, Chair and Professor of Sociology, is Duke F1RSTS’ new faculty advisor. Learn more about Dr. Read and her research on her website and how her first-generation background has shaped her academic journey here. We’re looking forward to Dr. Read’s participation in our organization!

Additionally, many thanks to our former faculty advisor Dr. Joshua Sosin for his contributions and role in founding Duke F1RSTS. We wish him the best on his sabbatical and future endeavors.

New Duke F1RSTS logo!

Congratulations to Kaylee Alexander for winning our logo design competition! We’re looking forward to featuring her design on our website, social media platforms, and future merchandise. Thank you to everyone who submitted a design.

Duke F1RSTS & Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Virtual Social

(Virtual) Duke F1RSTS & Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Social

Thursday, June 4 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Join the Duke F1RSTS and Carolina Grad F1RSTS for our first-ever virtual social hour.  Bring your favorite snacks and beverages and be ready for some fun games and conversation!  REGISTRATION is required.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you on the day of the social.
If you have any difficulty registering for the social through the UNC event registration system, please email Maria directly at Maria.Erb@unc.edu.

Third Annual Duke-UNC First Gen Grad Student Symposium

Join us for our third annual Duke-UNC First-Gen Grad Student Symposium on Saturday February 29th in the Korman Assembly Room (Perkins 217) from 8:30am-2:00pm! The Symposium will feature our keynote speaker, Sonja Ardoin whose work as a professor at Appalachian State University focuses on first-gen identity in higher education. Enjoy a day with a first-gen community of students from Duke and UNC while honing skills to articulate and leverage your first-gen story through workshops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register at https://go.unc.edu/1GenSymposiumDuke.

1G Grad Writing Workshop

Join us for a Writing Workshop on Monday, Sep 23 at noon! Where: The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library 127.

Lunch included. Register here: http://bit.ly/1gWritingWorkshop

Facilitated by Dr. Eliana Schonberg (Professor at the Thompson Writing Studio) and Dr. Brad Teague (Director of English for Internationals). All disciplines are welcome. Please bring a writing sample (abstract, cover letter, chapter…).

You will

  • receive an introduction to writing support available at Duke
  • learn about techniques and literature to improve writing
  • edit with your peers some writing samples. This will give you an idea of how you can proceed from a session to enhancing your writing long-term
  • chance to ask questions and find draft buddies!


A guide to Professional Development at Duke

We are thrilled to welcome all new 1g students to Duke Graduate School!

Our kick off event for this academic year is an information session on resources for professional development at Duke! Lunch included. Guest speaker: Dean for Professional Development, Dr. Melissa Bostrom. Sponsored by the Graduate School. Register here: http://bit.ly/1gKickOffLunch

Where: room 102, the Graduate School, 2127 Campus Drive
When: Thursday, August 29, noon – 1pm

See you there!

First-Gen Friday

Since you indicated to be interested in more social gatherings – also with 1g grads from UNC -, Carolina F1RSTS promptly invited us to join them for their social this Friday 4-6pm for free appetizers at the Carolina Brewery! 

This is a great chance to meet new people, share wisdom and advice as first-gen students, and unwind from the daily stresses of grad school.

No need to register. If you want to offer a ride over or go to UNC together, shoot us an email!

(sinja.kuppers@duke.edu, natalie.gasparowicz@duke.edu, brandon.m.le@duke.edu)