Gates to Success

Gates to Success in the Division of Faculty Advancement and Student Success is committed to serving first-generation college students across the university from all levels and majors to help students achieve a meaningful educational experience at San Diego State University.

Our Mission

The purpose of this organization is to promote inclusive excellence for all students and to advance First Generation, low-income students’ success by connecting them to high-impact practices, such as study abroad, service learning, internships, and research. Gates to Success seeks to help students achieve a complete college experience while simultaneously preparing emerging scholars for a successful and productive life after graduation.

We welcome all students, all levels and all majors! Congratulations on your continued success and we look forward to meeting you!

What is a first-generation student?

You are considered a First-Generation college student if your parent/guardian(s) did not complete a four-year college degree.


2023-2024 General Body Meetings and EventsView


GTS General Body Meeting #6

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

ENS 106 (map)

End of Semester instagram post

Previous General Body Meetings and EventsView


GTS General Body Meeting #4

12:30 am to 1:30 pm

ENS 106 (map)

Join us for an informational meeting about Mental Health and other Resources on campus, Imposter Syndrome, Meditation Activity and mental health events on campus!

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GTS Tabling

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Aztec Student Union Walkway (map)

Interested in learning more about GTS? Want to get to know other First-Gen students?

Stop by our table to chat with this years board members!

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LRC Pachanga Event - Tabling

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Goldberg Courtyard, ConradPrebys Aztec Student Union (map)


GTS General Body Meeting #2 - Spooky Midterm Gathering

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

ENS 106 (map)

Time for students to unwind during midterm season and watch some spooky TV and play Halloween trivia!

GTS General Body Meeting #1 - Introduction to GTS

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

ENS 106 (map)

Meet the Executive Board, learn more about what we have planned for the organization and give us some ideas on what you want to do or just come play some fun ice breaker games!


2022-2023 Gates to Success Student Organization Leadership Team

President - Xabier Rivera

Vice President - Yesenia Salazar

Secretary - Emily Alferez

Treasurer - Leslie Mendoza

External Affairs Director - Kennedy Peppers

Community Chair - Dennise Juarez

Membership Director - Natalie Phakornkham

Co-Marketing Director - Anthony Lucido

Co-Marketing Director - Tiffany Scott



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