Join First-Gens @ Michigan in our first time participating in Relay for Life at the University of Michigan! Relay for Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society.
First-Gens at Michigan will host a viewing of the filmEducating Rita which will be followed by a discussion of the film and issues presented.
Film Summary: Premiering in 1983, Educating Rita is an engaging film which explores issues related to both social class and higher education. The story's plot focuses on the lives of a working class hairdresser named Rita and a disenchanted University professor named Frank. Deciding that she would like to further her education, Rita signs up to take an Open University course in which Frank is her mentor. This inspiring film provides viewers with distinctive and at times comical insights into the story of one woman's efforts towards obtaining a college education.
2nd Annual Backpacking Party
Tom Fricke, Chair of Anthropology here at the University, gave a presentation addressing an array of topics including (1) his transition from home to college as a first-generation student, (2) how he successfully negotiated college, (3) then on to graduate school, and (4) eventually on to an academic career.
Mayer Zald (Professor Emeritus in Sociology) made a wonderful presentation regarding his first-gen experience at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan in the late 1940s and 1950s. He presented some important ideas regarding identities during college - especially for first-generation students.