Texas Tech Hosts Film Screening of 'First Generation'

The Texas Tech University College of Education and South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council will host a film screening of “First Generation,” from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Nov. 20) at the Allen Theatre located in the Student Union Building.

The film follows the lives of four first-generation, college-bound high school students during a three-year period. First-generation students enrolled at Texas Tech will lead a Q&A session immediately following the screening.

This award-winning film is narrated by Blair Underwood, a renowned actor and Golden Globe award winner. The film has been screened in high schools and universities across the country and received high marks from students and school administrators.

Janie Ramirez, Outreach Programs administrator for the College of Education and a first-generation graduate of Texas Tech herself said this film will hit home with most first-generation students.

“The cast of high school students includes a rural small-town waitress, an athlete, a daughter of migrant parents and a Samoan warrior dancer,” she said. “The obstacles they face as first-generation students are common to us all. Unless we do more to reach this vast population, Texas and the rest of the nation are going to experience significant declines in college enrollment overall.”

School districts throughout Region 17 are invited to bring students in grades 10 through 12. Seating is limited. There is no cost, however, pre-registration is required. To learn more about the film, visit www.firstgenerationfilm.com.

For reservations, contact Janie Ramirez at janie.ramirez@ttu.edu.

CONTACT: Janie Ramirez, outreach programs administrator, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1998 ext. 459, or janie.ramirez@ttu.edu.