Spotlighting UHD’s First-Generation Students

Dear UHD Community,

First-generation students have long comprised a significant segment of the University of Houston-Downtown’s population. Since its inception in 1974, this institution has provided a supportive learning environment for Houstonians, who are often the first in their families to attend college.

It’s indeed an honor to be the first son, daughter, brother or sister to earn a degree. At UHD, we celebrate our first-generation Gators each day and work with them to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond.

On Nov. 8, institutions of higher learning across the U.S. will recognize the achievements of these students during the nationwide First-Generation College Celebration. UHD will acknowledge current first-generation Gators, as well as faculty and staff members who were first-generation students at their respective universities.

Show your support on Nov. 8 by wearing a shirt designed for this very occasion. I am proud to provide T-shirts to the UHD Community with the hashtag #IAmFirstGen recognizing faculty and staff who were first-generation students. Community members also can pick up a #FirstGenProud shirt to support those Gators who are the first in their families to earn degrees.

To reserve your shirt, complete this online survey. Both #IAmFirstGen and #FirstGenProud shirts can be picked up in the Office of University Relations (N912 One Main Building) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Nov. 6 and 7. Supplies are limited.

In addition to sporting these First-Gen T-shirts, you can support our students through social media. Starting Nov. 4, look for posts and stories on UHD’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms showcasing First-Gen Gators. Share this content with others or tag a UHD student who is making his/her family proud and poised to Finish UHD Strong.

Thank you for participating in the upcoming First-Generation College Celebration. I look forward to seeing your First-Gen support next week!



Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President