Campus Notebook

Kish celebrates first generation students on Thursday

MALTA -- Kishwaukee College’s TRIO Student Support Services and TRIO Upward Bound programs will host a First Generation Student Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Student Lounge C1130 on campus.

The event is part of a nationwide campaign to celebrate the success of first generation students and increase awareness about the services and resources available to them. A student panel and guest speaker Rapheal Mathis are part of the planned activities. The event is free and open to the public.

First generation refers to students whose parents did not earn a bachelor’s degree. Both programs help first generation students, low-income students, and/or students with disabilities reach academic and college success.

TRIO UB works with eligible DeKalb High School students in their preparation for college entrance and completion. TRIO SSS offers a variety of resources and services to help eligible Kish students overcome barriers and ensure a successful college experience.

The first two hours of the First Generation Student Celebration will be networking and photo opportunities for TRIO students. At noon, TRIO SSS participants will be on a student panel where guests can learn more about the unique challenges and experiences of first generation students.

Spoken word artist and motivational speaker Rapheal Mathis will present at 12:30 p.m. Mathis has been a spoken word artist for 10 years. He won first-in-state at Poetry Out Loud and placed ninth in the country while in high school. During his time at Lake Forest College, he founded Poets Igniting Change. Mathis is on a personal mission to help others discover their passions and realize their potential through spoken word.

For more information about the First Generation Student Celebration, contact director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise at

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