7th Annual First Generation College Student Summit

Celebrating First Gens:

Communities of Strength Resilience & Perseverance

Registration closed!

We are encouraging cohorts of no more than 5 students from any one school accompanied by no more than 2 non-student allies (staff, administrators, faculty).

Students who are 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@classism.org

Join the Waitlist – Students Register Here Free

Staff and Faculty Registration Form

Faculty/Staff Registrations for $80

Summit Details

Summit Schedule

Check out the 2019 summit schedule!


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.


College of the Holy Cross is accessible by car, train, and bus. You can find directions on the College of the Holy Cross Website.

Get Involved

Register today! Summit registration closed March 4th.

Student registration is free! Sign up now to secure your spot.

Submit a Workshop Proposal – Closed!

Thank you for participating in co-creating the 2019 student-led summit. Workshop proposal submission is now closed.

Enter the T-Shirt Contest – Closed!

Thank you for submitting T-shirt contest entries for the 7th Annual First Gen Summit: Celebrating First Gens: Communities of Strength Resilience & Perseverance. The winning design will be announced soon. Register now for the summit to claim your awesome t-shirt.

Summit Sponsors

Sponsoring schools receive extra student spots, free faculty and staff registrations, and promotional opportunities. Become a Sponsor!




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 graduate student at Brown University, took on organizing 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

2018 Summit

2017 Summit

2016 Summit

2015 Summit

2014 Summit

For more pictures of previous summits please click here, here and here.