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2020-2021 Events 

2nd Annual First-Generation New Student Welcome Celebration

On behalf of First Year Experience and the Transfer Student Success Center, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 2nd Annual First-Generation New Student Welcome Celebration. Over 80% of students at CSUSB are first-generation, meaning their parents have not completed a four-year degree. We are proud to serve this population and excited to welcome you into the CSUSB community of first-gen students and first-gen allies. Please see below for more details on the event and a link to register.  

Tuesday, September 1 (12 - 1 PM) via Zoom

At this virtual event, you will meet and hear from other first-generation students, faculty, and staff. This event celebrates the power and strength of the CSUSB first-generation student  community.  Click here to see a recording of the celebration!


list of First-Generation College Celebration week events
First-Gen Week flyer with event information

First-Generation College Celebration Events 

Register for the events here! (Please note the event #LoveYoSelf on Thursday, November 5th from 12-1 has a separate registration link.) 

Motivational/Keynote Speaker

November 2nd from 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom

Dr. Molly Springer, Associate Vice President for Student Success and Education Equity will be sharing her journey as a First-Gen student/professional and addressing all related intersectional identities while empowering our First-Gen students to continue thriving as members of the CSUSB community.

Special Guest: President Tomas Morales 



November 3rd from 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom

Get to know YOU is an interactive workshop where you will be able to self-assess your wellness by learning what wellness is and taking the appropriate steps to enhance it. Join us to explore new ways to enhance your wellness!

Facilitator: Sonia Martinez, Recreation and Wellness



November 5th from 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom

Ever notice that you're hard on yourself? You’re not alone. Come join us as we learn how to understand and challenge our inner-critic by practicing self-compassion and encouragement.

Facilitator: Sara Sawaf, CAPS

To register: #LoveYoSelf 
You must sign up with a CSUSB email address.


Exploring Your Relationship with Money: Unlocking your strategy forward as a money manager

November 3rd from 5:30-6:30PM via Zoom

How you view money determines how you can best manage it to reach your financial goals.  Come explore different money personalities and gain a deeper awareness of the lens you use when making financial decisions.

Facilitator: Kristen Stutz, SAIL


Jump Start

November 4th from 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom

Financial success requires the ability to control your money.  Learn techniques to improve your money management, develop a working budget, and become a millionaire.

Facilitator: Bill Stevenson, Department of Finance 


1st Generation 50-20-30 Rule Workshop

November 5th from 11:00-12:00PM via Zoom

This is a simple budget plan to help you reach your financial goals.  The basic rule is to divide up after-tax income and allocate it to spend 50% on needs, 30% on wants, and putting away 20% to savings.

Facilitator: Veronica Medina, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship 


The Importance of Starting your Investment Strategy Early

November 5th from 12:00-1:00PM via Zoom

How does money grow? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand some basic principles of "How money grows". 

Facilitator: Alfonso Anaya, Department of Accounting and Finance


1st Gen Voices Student Panel

November 6th from 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom

Join us for a celebration of the strength and resiliency of CSUSB’s First-Generation Student Population! In this session, current undergraduate and graduate first-generation students will talk about their challenges, successes, and tips for making the most of your college experience.

Facilitator: Victoria Argot, SAIL and student panelists