Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

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"Being First" is here to help First Generation college students conquer the challenges of being the first members of their family to go to a four-year college, and help plant the seeds for a rich, rewarding college experience.

          What is a First Generation Student?

A First Generation student is defined as one whose parents did not complete four-year college degrees. 

First Generation students make up just over half of IPFW's student body, but they often face unusual challenges when they start college: They're confused by the financial aid system, and unfamiliar with the services and resources available to them on campus. They frequently feel intimidated in class, afraid to ask questions, and talk to their professors. They often receive little support from family and friends for their college dreams, and sometimes struggle to make friends on campus. First Generation students also sometimes suffer from "Imposter Syndrome," and feel like they don't belong in college, even though they met the same admission requirements as everyone else.

If this describes you, "Being First" can help you conquer those challenges! You'll also have an opportunity to meet other First Generation students who are also trying to figure out the college scene.

BEING FIRST – Spring 2018 Events

Join us for a series of workshops and other events led by IPFW staff and faculty members that will help you get the most out of your college experience. A free lunch will be served at all workshops. All Being First events are free and open to all IPFW students. There's no need to make a reservation - just show up!


Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Location:  Gallary of the Grand Wayne center then riding to the Embassy Theatre


"What My Professor Expects From Me":

Date: Thursday, February  15, 2018

Time: 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Location: Walb Union G-08



Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time:  12-1:15 pm

Location: Walb Union 114


Handling Stress

Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Time: 12-1:15 pm

Location: Walb Union 114



Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time: 12-1:15 pm

Location: Walb Union G21

Welcome to Being First!


Spring 2017 Walk-in Hours at ODMA (Walb Union - 1st floor room 118):


11 am - 1 pm

We have a tutor who specializes in the following:


Chem 115/116

Bio 117/119/219

Math 153/229

Spanish & French