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First Fridays

The Center for Academic Equity is piloting a new tradition this fall to celebrate the First-Gen/Low-Income (FGLI) identity. 

We encourage all first generation low income students to swing by the Center for Academic Equity for free food, fun activities, and humorous conversation the first Friday of every month. This is also an opportunity to connect with other First-Generation/Low-Income students, faculty and staff members.

You are not alone in your journey towards academic success at Tulane. So join us as we continue our "Proud TU Be the First'' campaign through our monthly First Fridays event series.


All First Fridays take place in the Richardson Building at the Center for Academic Equity from 12-1:30pm every first Friday of the month.

  • Plant Day Theme 09/03/2021
  • Pumpkin Decorating 10/01/2021
  • TBA  11/05/2021
  • TBA 12/03/2021


What is a first generation student?

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.

First generation college students at Tulane University have many reasons to be proud. They are the first members of their family to complete a bachelor’s degree, which is an incredible achievement. A strong network of support can play a significant role in their academic accomplishments. At the Center for Academic Equity, it’s our job to empower first-generation college students by connecting them to educational resources, summer grants, and opportunities for campus involvement.

How do I know if I'm low income?

Pell Grant eligibility generally signals low income status. However, there are many factors.

If you contact the Associate Director for Academic Equity, Tomika Smith, tsmith51@tulane.edu, she can work with you and partners at financial aid to determine your status.

Will there be food at this event?

Every First Fridays will serve refreshments and offer free swag to event participants.