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.


Summer, 2022

Career Launch 
Summer Career Skill-Building Program, June 6- July 1, Virtual

For students who want to develop more career-seeking skills, and access jobs and internships through the hidden job market, Spiders FLI is partnering with Career Launch, an innovative social enterprise based in California. Taking place throughout the month of June, students can participate from wherever they find themselves this summer. They will receive daily micro-learning videos sent directly to their phones for 28 days and participate in weekly virtual group coaching sessions with a Career Launch staff member and a member of UR's Career Services. Through exercises and short assignments, students will practice what they are learning using the interactive workbook they receive, with the goal of increasing their self-confidence, career preparation skills, and network of professionals ready and able to work with them.

Space is limited for this program and there is no cost to participate. Register here before it fills up!

Spring, 2022

Career Launch Info Session
Tuesday, March 22, 4:30 pm, THC 202 (Think Tank)
Find out about how our partnership with Career Launch can help you build a professional network of people who can support you in your career exploration process or in assisting with locating internships or jobs. This unique program will occur in June 2022 but can be accessed from wherever you are as micro-learning videos are sent directly to your phone and weekly coaching meetings occur in the evening over Zoom. 

Spiders FLI Alumni Lunch
Sunday, March 27, noon, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Registration is required to attend this intimate lunch with several local first-generation or low-income alums in careers fields including Finance, Consulting, Medical Laboratory Science, and Law. Transportation will be provided but space is limited. Register today!

Senior Cording Ceremony
Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 - 7:15 pm, Brown Alley Room, Weinstein Hall 3rd floor
Come recognize our seniors as they receive their Spiders FLI graduation cords. Hear student reflections and join us for a reception immediately following. Seniors may RSVP via their emailed invitation, but all are welcome.  

Fall, 2021 

Celebrate National First-Generation Student Week With Us

This year we are going big and offering multiple ways for students to celebrate the sheer awesomeness of being an educational pioneer in their families. Look below for some of the ways you can celebrate with us and sign up quickly. We expect these events will fill up fast. 

Spiders FLI Affinity Group Launch
Thursday, Nov. 4, 6 pm, Whitehurst Living Room
We are thrilled to offer an Affinity Group for first-gen and/or low-income students to gather together and talk about shared experiences. It will meet every other Thursday for the rest of the semester and will begin again in the spring. It will be co-lead by SCEI's Graduate Assistant, Stefan Vasic, himself a first-gen student and a current graduate student at William and Mary, and Miracle Santiago, a current UR first-gen student. There is a short application form, in case there is more interest than we can accommodate, but first and second-year students will be prioritized. Complete this form by October 23rd to be considered.

First-Gens on the Town, Trip to Maymont's Garden Glow
Friday, Nov. 5, leaving campus at 5 pm and returning around 8 pm.

Visit Maymont with its iconic Japanese gardens all lit up for their annual Garden Glow event. Tickets and transportation are free to the first 35 students to sign up. You won't want to miss this, so sign up soon here

First-Gen Celebration Dinner
Monday, Nov. 8, 6 pm, Whitehurst Living Room
A special meal, great conversation, really supportive campus staff and faculty. These are just some of the reasons to join us for our annual First-Gen Dinner. You will meet people who will be tremendously helpful along your UR journey while enjoying a delicious meal. We only do this once a year and you don't want to miss this. Registration is required. 

Spiders FLI Mentor/Mentee Bonding Event
Saturday, Nov. 13, 1- 3:30
This year's Mentors and Mentees will receive a special invitation to join us for bowling in the city. 


2021 Spiders FLI Mentor/Mentee Kick-Off
Fri., August 27, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Milhiser Green (The lawn in front of the Well-Being Center)
Games and snacks with the other new mentees and mentors

Spiders FLI Welcome Reception
Tue., Aug. 30, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Alice Haynes Room, 1st floor, Tyler Haynes Commons

Join us as we get together, in the same room, for the first time since spring, 2020! All new and returning first-generation and/or low-income students are welcome to come to meet the staff, including our Spiders FLI mentors, get a free t-shirt and other swag, and learn about what we have planned for you this fall. It will be the perfect place to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. No RSVP is required.

Real Talk with Spiders FLI
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:00 pm
Room 305, Tyler Haynes Commons
Enjoy ice cream sundaes and a chance to share your story of being first-generation and/or low-income, and ask or share your advice with your peers. Students of all years are welcome. Reservations are preferred as space is limited. Register here.

In The Heights, a collaboration with Latinx Heritage Month and SpiderNights
Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:30 pm, Intramural Fields
Watch the joyous musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the Latinx community in Washington Heights, New York under the stars on the IM fields by Gateway. Popcorn will be served. Bring a blanket or chair for seating.

Unpacking In The Heights, a collaboration with Latinx Heritage Month
Monday, Sept. 27, 7 pm, THC 305
Join us for a discussion with faculty, staff, and students, the themes and critiques of the film including colorism, first-generation identity, and maintaining one's heritage as an immigrant.

Money Matters: Tips for Meeting Your Financial Goals
Monday, Oct. 4, 4-5 pm, Westhampton Center Living Room
Saving up for a big purchase? Wondering how to build your credit, manage a budget or loans, come get your questions answered. You will even get tips on the best TikTokers and Youtubers for financial advice. 

Get the Most out of Your Campus Job
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 pm THC 305
Are you building all the skills and connections from your campus job as you can? Knowing the tips to do that will prepare you for an easier job search once you graduate. Sponsored by Student Employment, Career Services and Spiders FLI. No registration is required, all students are welcome.