By Naoka Foreman, MSI Student Council Member

First-Generation Week at UNLV this year is marked by several firsts—first time held remotely; first time to take place during a pandemic; and first time the newly-formed Minority-Serving Institution Student Council (MSISC) is participating. However, the most important first during First-Gen Week at UNLV is you! First-Gen Week is about all first-generation faculty, staff, and students at UNLV.

Join MSISC for First-Gen Week for a chance to win a scholarship while meeting the members of the council! MSISC will give away six $500 scholarships to currently-enrolled first-generation students at UNLV. To enter for … Read More


The Black Mountain Institute, The Intersection, and the MSI Student Council are excited to announce the First-Generation Student Essay Contest. The contest is part of the UNLV 2020 First-Gen Celebration. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 13, 2020.

Details: Any first-generation UNLV student can enter this contest by picking one of these terms and writing a short personal essay inspired by it. Essays should be 500 words long. The essay should address the writer’s life experience in some way. 

Essays will be read and judged by writers and editors connected to the Black Mountain Institute. The winner … Read More


This year, we’re going campus-wide for National First Generation Day 2020! The 2020 National First-Generation College Celebration day falls on a Sunday, Nov. 8, but here at UNLV, we’re kicking off festivities on Nov. 6 and engaging our campus through Nov. 13.

All members of our community are invited to celebrate the success and presence of UNLV students, faculty and staff who are the first in their families to attend college. All UNLV first-generation students, faculty and staff are invited to show your first-gen pride through social media properties. The UNLV community at-large is also invited to share our support … Read More