MSU TRiO Program hosts events honoring first-generation students, faculty, staff, administrators

MSU's Office of Student Support Services and its TRiO Program, along with other departmental units at Mississippi State, are hosting several events through Thursday [Nov. 12] to honor all MSU first-generation students, faculty, staff and administrators. 

Events are geared toward first-generation students, but all members of the campus community are welcome to participate. 

Friday [Nov. 6], 1-2:30 p.m., "Virtual First-Generation Scholars Celebration Kick-Off" at MSU's G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans

Join the TRiO Student Support Services staff as we tune in to the Virtual First-Generation Scholars Celebration sponsored by NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success. This joint celebration will kick off with opening remarks from Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D., assistant vice president, Center for First-Generation Student Success and Maureen Hoyler, J.D., president, Council for Opportunity in Education. There also will be a panel discussion about the history of the first-generation student definition, utilizing an asset-based lens. Limited seating is available. Click here to RSVP.

Monday [Nov. 9], 11 a.m.-2 p.m., "First-Generation SWAG" giveaway on the Drill Field and by the MSU TRiO office (located in the Meyer Student Media Center next door to Subway)


Tuesday [Nov. 10], 11 a.m.-noon, "Supporting First Generation College Students with Dr. Cynthia Mosqueda"

During this one-hour session, Cynthia Mosqueda, faculty coordinator for the First-Year Experience Program at El Camino College, will share best practices for first-generation students inside the classroom. To register for this virtual event, visit

Thursday [Nov. 12], 5-6:30 p.m., "Virtual First-Generation Student Alumni Panel" via Cowbell Connect (

MSU graduates will share their stories about the challenges and triumphs of navigating higher education as first-generation college students.

For questions or assistance with registration, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at or Teretha Conner, MSU interim director of TRiO Services, at

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 12:32 pm