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RIC to host event celebrating first-generation college students on Nov. 8

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Raymond Baccari

News Editor

Submitted by Darcy Dubois

PROVIDENCE, R.I., — On Monday, Nov. 8, Rhode Island College’s Center for Scholar Development will host an event to celebrate first-generation college students. The first-annual event recognizing these students will coincide with the nationwide first-generation college students day. The event itself will take place in the Student Union Ballroom from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

A first-generation college student is a student whose parents did not earn a four-year college degree. The college welcomes members of the RIC community to join the CSD in celebrating the presence and experiences of these students, faculty, staff and alumni who are the first in their families to attend college.

First-generation students face a different set of challenges than students who aren’t the first in their immediate family to obtain a four-year college degree. An event like this gives these students a chance to have their achievements recognized. One of the CSD’s main goals is, “Creating educational pathways in an affirming environment for first generation scholars in their pursuit of post-secondary success.”

Ronya Traynham of the Student Support Services told The Anchor, “The [CSD] has been serving first generation college students for years. We chose to do a campus wide event this year, given that we spent the past year and a half virtually. We felt like this is long overdue, where the campus could bring students together and celebrate their achievements.”

Traynham continued, “We are here to recognize all students but there is something special about being the first in your family to achieve a college degree.”

This event is not the only resource the SSS provides for first-generation students. Some of the other benefits that the SSS provides for these students include:

  • Access to SSS Grant Aid Scholarships (for eligible students).

  • One-on-One Advising & Counseling.

  • Support in adjusting to Virtual Learning.

  • Assistance with the Financial Aid Process.

  • Work with SSS Tutors.

  • Seminars & Workshops with your SSS community.

  • Advice through the Graduate School Application Process.

  • Cultural Events & Leadership Activities.

For those who are interested in attending and learning more about this event can contact the CSD by phone at 401-456-8783 or email Traynham, who is leading this event, at



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