Spider FLI Events

Every semester events for first-generation and/or low-income students are organized by the staff of the Student Center for Equity and Inclusion. Follow us on Instagram @urspidersfli or join our Group Me for more information about upcoming events.

From social get-togethers to informative workshops, panels, and networking opportunities, there will be many ways to connect with your peers, as well as helpful staff, faculty, and alumni. Events will often feature free food, giveaways, and fun. We hope to see you often.

Fall, 2022 

Celebrate National First-Generation Student Week, Nov. 4-11

There will be something for everyone at this year's first-gen week. Please join us at all the events that you can!

Apple Picking at Carter Mountain, Friday, Nov. 4, 2 pm departure, 6:30 pm return

Spiders FLI go to the mountains!  Sign up today to come to Carter's Mountain in Charlottesville. Pick your own bag of apples to bring home, get a free cider donut, and a hayride. Dress for the cool, fall weather and wear closed-toe shoes and get off campus with us! Registration required as space is limited.

Krush the FAFSA, Monday, Nov. 7, Multicultural Space, Drop in between 2-4 pm

Members of the Financial Aid staff will offer private consultations about your financial aid questions, and no question will be off-limits. Wondering about the difference between a private loan and a government loan? Or what your monthly loan payment will be when you graduate? Has your family's financial situation changed since you last applied for aid? Get some advice, from the experts. There will be a limited amount of Organic Krush's most popular smoothies for the first folks to come by. No appointment is necessary. 

Headshots and Career Talk, Tuesday, Nov. 8, Multicultural Space, Drop in between 2-4 pm

Need a professional headshot for your LinkedIn account, or other professional materials? Get one for free today with the ever-popular and talented campus photographer, Kim Lee Schmidt. First come, first served. Solid shirts, simple make-up, and minimal jewelry are recommended. 

Career Services Drop-In Hours will also take place in the Multicultural Space that day from 2-4 pm. Come meet Elizabeth Soady, Assistant Director of Career Services and ask her about how to find an internship, have her review your resume, or point you to good interview prep questions. All are welcome. Snacks will be served. 

Mastering the Hidden Curriculum of College, by Dr. Rachel Gable, Thursday, Nov. 10, 5 pm, Alice Haynes Room

Weaving data from large-scale public databases and her own longitudinal research and work with first-generation, low- and middle-income, and international students, Rachel Gable offers key lessons in understanding the hidden curriculum of highly selective American colleges. She offers specific guidance for how students from a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and family experience with college-going can learn to navigate and thrive on a prestigious college campus. Through personal stories, sometimes humorous and often deeply poignant, she shows how first-generation students are as varied as any other demographic group, and urges university leaders to make the most of the diverse perspectives and insights these talented students have to offer. The presentation addresses common challenges that all students face when navigating the tacit rules of college and will be beneficial for all students; however, key takeaways and guidance are geared primarily toward first-generation, low- and middle-income, international, and immigrant students. Open to students, staff, and faculty, and registration is required.

From Surviving to Thriving, Student workshop with Dr. Rachel Gable, Friday, Nov. 11, 1-2 pm

This 50-minute interactive workshop will feature topics and exercises including peer connections, extracurricular commitments, academics, finding mentors, and off-campus engagements. All topics and exercises will be framed in the context of self-reflection, self-advocacy, and self-care. Lunch is included and registration is required

Previous Events

Spiders FLI Community Gathering: An Introduction to Opportunities and Resources for First-Generation and Limited-Income Students
New Student Orientation, Friday, August 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, THC 305.

Join us as we introduce incoming FLI students to our programs and services, to the wisdom of our returning students, and to each other, as we build connections among our FLI community. Attendance is optional but encouraged, and there will be giveaways. No RSVP is required.

Student Center for Equity and Inclusion Block Party
Friday, August 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Whitehurst Lawn

Everyone is invited to enjoy food, music, and fun as we kick off the year with a celebration of community. There will be brief presentations about each of our programs, including LGBTQ+ Campus Life, and Multicultural Student Programs. Spiders FLI students are invited to get your free t-shirts and other swag at the 5:30 pm presentation.

Spiders FLI Mentor/Mentee Kick Off
Saturday, August 27, 2 - 3:30 pm, Whitehurst Living Room

All new FLI Mentees and Mentors will meet for a meet and greet and introduction to the program in the Whitehurst Living Room. All mentees applied to this program and received information about their mentor in August. 

FLY with FLI - Finding Your Place at UR
Friday, September 9, 12-1, Multicultural Space

Join our conversation series as we discuss what it's like for FLI students to find their place at UR. Bring your stories, questions, anecdotes, and advice, and enjoy free pizza.

FLY with FLI - Managing College on a Budget
Friday, September 23, 12-1 pm, Multicultural Space

This week our conversation takes on the University's wealth gap, and the realities of managing college life on a limited budget. From simple tricks and tips to important scholarship opportunities and emergency fund access, we will share lots of useful information. Students, bring your best advice about where to get textbooks for cheap, Dining Dollar hacks, and more. 

Fall Break FLI Trip to DC - Application Deadline
The application is now closed

A brand new Spiders FLI Trip to Washington, DC is being offered over Fall Break. The trip has been ideally designed to be a space for students who live too far to go home over break, and have limited familiarity with Washington DC. We will see a Broadway show at the Kennedy Center for the Arts (yes, it's Hamilton!), visit a Smithsonian Museum, and meet with some FLI alumni living in the DC area. There is no cost to participate and all transportation, meals, and hotel fees will be covered. The firm application deadline is Sunday, Sept. 18. The trip will take place from October 8-10. The link to the application is here.

Halloween Study Break
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, THC 305

Come have a spooky study break with Spiders FLI! Come decorate pumpkins, grab a bite, and take home a goodie bag full of tricks and treats, as long as supplies last. We hope to see you there! No registration is required.