Participants at the Class Action 2014 1st-Gen Summit


March 30, 2017

Kalimah Knight,, 617.947.8965
Muna Mohamed,, 207.344.9500
Anne Phillips,, 617.477.8635


First Generation College Students from Across the U.S. to Meet at Boston-Area Summit

More than 200 first generation college students and program administrators from at least 33 institutions across the United States will take part in the Class Action 5th Annual First Generation College Student Summit.

Class Action, sponsor
Tufts University, host with speakers, President Anthony P. Monaco, President and former first gen student; Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris, Provost and Senior Vice President and former first gen student; and Mary Patricia McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs, Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering

Bridgewater State University, Mount Holyoke College, Trinity College, University Without Walls at UMass Amherst and Williams College, Cohosts

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summit Schedule:

Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, Mass.

The Issue

While 42% of students whose parents attended college graduate within four years, only 27% of first-generation (first gen) students graduate within four years. First gen students are often from lower socioeconomic class backgrounds and have many challenges beyond financial, including arriving with little knowledge about what to expect, how to adjust, or who to contact with questions.

However, this summit is not about “fixing” first gen students or approaching them from the deficit model. This summit is designed for students, by students. The goal is to define the challenges in their own voices, share resources for specific supports and explore how students are working together to transform today’s college campuses to better fit their needs. Most workshops are student led or co-led. There are interactive sessions about storytelling, activism and a third for staff allies. The summit will close with a student town hall, providing participants the opportunity to listen and learn from each other.


Overflow crowd from 9:00-9:30 a.m.; Opening Session from 9:30-10:00 a.m.; Interactive Workshops from 10:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; Closing Town Hall from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Muna Mohamed, a 2nd year Tufts Student and Class Action Summit Organizer, Anne Phillips, Class Action Executive Director, and Dean Robert Mack, Associate Dean for Student Success at Tufts University, are available for interviews before, during and after the summit.

Interviews with attending students, faculty and staff can be arranged in advance also.