What Ana Barros ’16 most remembers about her freshman year at Harvard is the isolation she felt as a first-generation college student.Overwhelmed at times by the ivied setting, Barros, who grew up in a house built by Habitat for Humanity in Newark, N.J., even skipped going to Annenberg Hall, the impressive freshman dining hall with stenciled ceiling, stained-glass windows, and walnut paneling.“I went there two times,” said Barros on a recent evening at Adams House.Jamaica Plain-bred Ted White ’17, whose father is an MBTA bus driver, felt the same way when he arrived in Harvard. With a wardrobe of T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers, he felt out of place among peers wearing boat shoes and button-down shirts.“It was a culture shock,” he said, sitting next to Barros at Adams House, where he lives. “I felt I didn’t belong on campus, I felt I don’t think I’m supposed to be here.”They don’t feel that way anymore.Barros and White are members of the Harvard First Generation Student Union, which is hosting 1vyG 2016, a conference for first-generation students from Ivy League institutions, this weekend at Harvard.The group expects between 300 and 400 students who are part of a new campus movement. Participants will exchange stories and discuss ways to ask for more institutional support to take advantage of the college experience. They’ll also try to shift the conversation around first-generation students by focusing on their contributions.“So much of the discourse has been focused on what we lack,” said Barros. “We want to highlight that we’re valuable members of this community and we’re bringing something valuable to Harvard. We’re enriching this campus with our presence and we’re making it better.”Over the past few years, the number of first-generation students at the College has grown from 5 to 15 percent, according to Niki Alicia Johnson, who directs the Harvard First Generation Program in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office.Administrators will also take part in the conference because it will help them identify how the College can bolster student support, said Johnson.Elite institutions have to respond to the demands of a changing student body not least because the benefits are shared among all, said Anthony Jack, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and an associate doctoral fellow in Harvard’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy.“When you support first-gen students, you are, in fact, supporting all students,” said Jack, whose research zeroes in on the often-overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates. “The opening of the dining halls last year here at Harvard and other initiatives to fight food insecurity on college campuses came about because of initiatives to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds that ended up helping international students and those who wished to stay on campus for research or rest.”Harvard has made great strides in supporting first-generation students, said White, though more work remains. But the grassroots student movement has also changed attitudes about what it means be first in your family on campus.“We’re carving a space to tell first-generation students that you have a home at Harvard, that you belong here,” said White. “That’s what the student union has done for me, and for all first-gen students.”One of the highlights of the conference will be a dinner at Annenberg Hall. Both Barros and White relish the opportunity to go back to the imposing hall that made them feel intimidated when they first came to Harvard.“It’s so overwhelming,” said Barros. “Somehow it encapsulated what I felt about Harvard during my freshman year: What am I doing here?”Now she knows.
Generated tourist spending in the amount of 40 million kuna According to data from the eVisitor system, the number of arrivals increased by 7,9 percent, and tourists from 50 countries visited Varaždin during the festival. Most of them were from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The website records more interesting statistics – on the first day of the festival, Špancirfest recorded an increase in visits of almost 50% compared to 2018. Geographically, information about the festival was requested on its website by users from as many as 84 countries, and the most views were recorded from Slovenia, Germany, the USA, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. And then the answer to the main question: Is it worth investing in events? Is investing in event development a cost or an investment? Photo: Špancirfest In the case of Špancirfest, the answer is quite clear, how investing in the development of events is very justified and how it is an excellent investment. As in the case of all large and quality events. On the program side, over 2019 performers of all types and profiles participated in Špancirfest 500, who held or performed almost 500 programs. 74 performances were performed, about 40 concerts and 170 various creative workshops were held. “Such a rich program and continuous modern approach to promotion, with an emphasis on digital media and social networks, has resulted in a serious growth of interest in Špancirfest, so that the festival website had as many as 95 percent more views in August compared to the same period in 2018.”Point out from the Varaždin Tourist Board. Specifically, the Špancirfest website had as many as 1.329.149 views in August (compared to 682.384 in 2018), and compared to 2014, when the oldest data exist, this increase is even more significant and amounts to more than 200%. At the same time, the number of unique users increased by almost 23% compared to 2018. In Varaždin, during this year’s Špancirfest, according to the Varaždin Tax Administration, tourist traffic (trade and catering) was generated in the amount of 40,1 million kuna, which is as much as 7,68 percent more than during last year’s festival. Thanks to Špancirfest as a motive for coming, Varaždin was visited by about 300.000 people in ten festival days, 7,68% more traffic was generated in catering and trade than in 2018, and the Špancirfest website had as many as 95% more views than last year. Photo: Špancirfest This year, Špancirfest in its 21st edition, and during the ten days of the festival, was visited by about 300.000 people, according to estimates by the Varaždin Police Department and the organizers. And the most important thing is that the generated consumption was realized in Varaždin, ie it went down to the local economy. read more