8th Annual First Generation College Student Summit

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We are encouraging cohorts of no more than 5 students from any one school accompanied by no more than 2 staff, administrators or faculty.

Students not coming with a cohort are more than welcome! If others from your school register we will be sure to connect you before the summit.

We have limited spaces available for non-students allies and people from allied organizations. Please register early to secure your space.

Questions? Contact Adj at summit@classism.org

Students Register Here Free 

Staff and Faculty Register Here $85

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 Submit a Workshop Proposal  Workshop Proposals Due March 9th

Do you have a topic you’d like to discuss in the form of a workshop, roundtable discussion, or panel? Tell us more!

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Sponsoring schools receive extra student spots, free faculty and staff registrations, and promotional opportunities.


Summit Logistics

Summit Schedule

8:30 – 9:15 am Breakfast and Registration 

9:15 – 9:45 am Morning Speakers 

10:00 – 11:00 am Session #1

11:10 am – 12:10 pm Session #2

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:45 – 2:45 pm Session #3

3:00 – Closing Remarks


There is limited on-campus housing available to students for Friday night at no cost to for student participants who are coming from a radius farther than 100 miles.

Please let us know when you register if you would like information about on-campus stays for students.


Worcester State University is accessible by car, train, and bus. You can find directions on the Worcester State University Website.


2020 Host

2020 Co-Sponsors





What People Say About the Summit

“The keynote speaker was fantastic, hilarious and poignant.” 

“The discussions made me want to implement new programs.”

“The Student focus was superb, privileging student voices.”


Since 2004, Class Action has worked with first generation students to ease their transition to college. Through consultations and workshops on and within many campuses throughout the northeastern region of the United States, Class Action has offered first-gen students access to the materials, tools and networking opportunities necessary to thrive in a college environment. Class Action also works with campus administrations to identify obstacles to first gen and low-income students.

In 2012, Adj Marshall, a first generation student completing her MA at Brown University developed Class Action’s inaugural first generation College Student Summit. The First Gen Student Summit serves as a site for the ‘meeting of the minds.’ first gen students and their allies come together to identify problems, discuss grassroots solutions and share what’s working on other campuses. First and foremost, we want to find solutions identified by students who can work with their staff, administrator and faculty allies. Class Action offers spaces where students can both identify these problems and build grassroots solutions to them.

Visit previous year pages to learn about our other summits

2019 Summit

2018 Summit

2017 Summit

2016 Summit

2015 Summit

2014 Summit

For more pictures of previous summits please click here.