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Spider Firsts Events

Every semester events for first-generation students are organized by the Office of Common Ground. Follow us on Instagram @urspiderfirsts or join our Group Me for more information about upcoming events.

Fall Programming, 2020

Game Night, Sept 25 at 7 pm. A chance to compete against your fellow first-gen for awesome prizes from the UR Spider Shop, like hoodies, sweatpants, and hats. Zoom link:

Speed Friending, Friday, October 16 at 8 pm. The Spider Firsts, along with LGBTQ Campus Life, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of International Education, will be offering a chance to grow your web, and meet new people on campus through a fun series of games and activities. Raffle prizes will be included, and it's a great chance to meet folks you haven't come across yet. Register here at

The Right Before Dinner Series: 30 Minutes of Expert Advice

Connect with some of the most knowledgable resources on campus who will share information that will make your UR life easier and successful. Offered weekly at 5 pm, the speakers will talk for 20 minutes and then open it up to questions. You'll learn how to follow up with them if you want more information, and every week there will be a raffle prize just for attending. Check out the first few sessions below. 

Same Zoom link for all sessions:

How to Get to Know Your Faculty Outside of Class
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5:00 pm

Dr. Laura Runyen-Janecky, Professor of Biology and herself a first-gen college student, will talk about why and how to really get to know your professors. She'll bring her former student and current post-baccalaureate employee Destiny Pacella, to share her story of how developing a relationship with her professor changed the course of her UR experience.

MACademic Skills: Self-Management for Success
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:00 pm

Struggling to get organized and motivated to do your work? Learn how to manage your time and yourself with Roger Mancastroppa (Mac), Assoc. Director of the Academic Skills Center. 

Ask Me Anything! Navigating Internships and Careers for First-Gens
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5:00 pm

Don't let this year's job market slow you down from getting a great jump on your internship or job search. Join Jasmine Hunter, Assistant Director of Career Services, as she explains all the resources the Center has and answers your questions about how to get started.

First to Graduate School: When, How, and Why?
Wednesday, October 28, 5:00 pm

Applying to graduate school is a big step, and somewhat different from applying to your undergraduate institution. Come learn about the things you should think through as you think about whether grad school is for you, led by Kimberly Lewis, Associate Director of the Scholars and Fellowships office. 

Financial Life Hacks at Richmond
Monday, November 2, 5:00 pm

Trying to stretch every dollar you can? You're not alone. Learn valuable information and tricks of navigating Richmond on a budget from senior Eden Kim, and the author of Being Not Rich at UR, a comprehensive guide to managing your money at UR.