8th Annual First Generation College Student Summit

November 14, 2020


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.
Consider sponsoring if you would like to bring more than 5 students and 2 faculty. 

Questions? Contact Adj at summit@classism.org


Registration Opens Early October

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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.”


Get Involved

 Submit a Workshop Proposal  Workshop Proposals Due September 30

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

Become a Sponsor

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

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Summit Schedule

11:30 am – 12:15 pm EDT  Lunch Time Pre-Networking Eat and Greet 
12:15 – 1:00 pm EDT Opening Speakers 
1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT Session #1
2:10 am – 3:10 pm EDT Session #2
3:15 – 4:00 pm EDT (Networking /Shared Interest Groupings)
4:10 – 5:15 pm EDT Session #3
5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT Closing Remarks



2020 Sponsors


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.

                                              Past School Attendees


Amherst College
Assumption College
Babson College
Barnard College
Bay Path University
Bennington College
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Brown University
Clark University
College Crusade of Rhode Island
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
Connecticut College
Dickinson College
Eastern Maine Community College
Emmanuel College
Front Range Community College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Indiana University- East
Lyndon State College
Macalester College
Manhattanville College
Marquette University
Merrimack College
Middlebury College
Middlesex Community College
Monmouth University
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Newbury College
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Olin College of Engineering
Pine Manor College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Providence College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
Rutgers University
Saint Michael’s College
Saint Peter’s University
Salem State University
School for International Training
Simmons University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Maine Community College
Steps to Success
SUNY Cortland
Temple University
Trinity College
Tufts University
University at Buffalo
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Louisville
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Michigan
University of Nebraska Kearney
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Southern Maine Lewiston
University of Vermont
Vassar College
Washington State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Western New England University
Whitman College
Williams College
Worcester State
Yale University
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.