First-generation college students are more likely to take remedial courses during their first two years of higher education and twice as likely to drop out within 6 years as their non-first-generation counterparts. These students are overwhelmingly from minority and low-income backgrounds. GlobalMindED, a majority minority conference, provides innovative, solution-driven approaches to promote access and equity for first-gen students. GlobalMindED pairs these dynamic students with outstanding mentors who provide valuable insight and opportunities for post-graduate success. These enduring relationships based on shared experiences, along with program features focused on academic persistence, networking, and workplace readiness will provide our first-gen students with the critical skills and tools needed to succeed in academia and the global marketplace.