Maria Martinez Jessica Angeles Misael Beltran-Guzman

Exploring Class: Intersection of Class and First Gen Identity - E51-325

A workshop by Misael Beltran-Guzman , Jessica Angeles and Maria Martinez

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About this Workshop

Exploring Class: Intersection of Class and First-Gen Identity provides a collaborative space to broaden the conversation about how class and the first gen identity intersect. Within higher education, cross class interactions influence the experiences of first gens, many of whom often share similar class backgrounds and stories. However, space for conversations about the connection between class and first gen identity, as well as for participants to explore their own class identity through the analysis of their experiences are not emphasized enough.


This interactive and conversational workshop is rooted in Class Action’s mission to engage people of all backgrounds in reflections about class identity and experience. During this session, participants will draw on their personal experiences with class dynamics, develop a collective understanding of class and class indicators, and distinguish the connection between the first gen identity and class. In order for schools and communities to better support their first gen students, it is important to also have conversations focused on class. This session is only the start to these conversations as we build awareness of class and classism's role in our day-to-day interactions.

About The Speakers

Misael Beltran-Guzman

Misael Beltran-Guzman

College/University Staff, Colby College/Class Action


Jessica Angeles

Jessica Angeles

FGLDI Trainer and Consultant, Class Action/Tufts University

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Jessica is a strong advocate for mentorship after graduating she joined the advisory committee for the First Generation Student Summit. As a consultant and trainer for Class Action, she brings her knowledge on the First Gen experience and its intersection with Class and Classism.


Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez

Undergraduate Student, Colby College