6th Annual First Generation College Student Summit

The First Generation Student Summit, under the Class Action Organization, 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.

We are proud to announce that the 2018 First Generation College Student Summit will be hosted at Mount Holyoke College, supported by the Division of Student Life and the First Gen Work Group

For more information about the summit, visit the Class Action website or contact Division of Student Life at 413-538-2550. 

History

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, 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.

The 2018 First Generation College Student Summit

We are proud to announce that the 2018 First Generation College Student Summit will be hosted at Mount Holyoke College, supported by the Division of Student Life and the First Gen Work Group.

Committee members: 

Jennifer Kalbourji, Mount Holyoke College, 2018, Student fellow/ chair

Miranda Wheeler, Mount Holyoke College, 2019

Emily Stewart, Mount Holyoke College, 2019

Toni Soto, Mount Holyoke College, 2019

Taylor Longmire, Mount Holyoke College, 2020

Christine Albain, Mount Holyoke College, Area Coordinator for Residence Life

Roshonda Degraffenreid, Mount Holyoke College, Career Development Center Pre-Law Advisor

Latrina L. Denson, Mount Holyoke College, Assistant Dean of Students

Maya Hossain, Amherst College, 2021

Tenzin Kunor, Amherst College, Associate Director of Diversity and Leadership

Casey Jo Dufresene, Amherst College, Program Coordinator for Campus Engagement

Roseilyn Guzman, Amherst College, Assistant Director of Residential Life & Case Manager

Helen Mayer, Smith College, 2017

Debbie Warnock, Bennington College, Sociology Faculty

Jocelyn Salcedo, Bennington College, 2018

Amy Couto, Bridgewater State University, Student Scholars Coordinator

Caitlin Burnett, Northwestern University (School of Education & Social Policy, Senior Academic Advisor,

Jennifer O’Connor Duffy, Bay Path University, Director of Faculty Research/ Professor of Research

Fredy Rodriguez, Salem State, 2018

Anastasia Lima, Salem State, Supervisor of the STEP Program

Tayba Abdalkaby, Salem State University, class 2019

Michelle Rosa Martins, College of the Holy Cross, Assistant Director of Multicultural Education

Efrain Lozano, College of the Holy Cross, 2019

Aaron King, Princeton University, Director of Student Life

Yanelle Cruz Bonilla, Tufts University, 2019

Camila Gini, Monmouth University, 2019

Anne Phillips, Executive Director, Class Action

For more information about the summit, visit the Class Action website.