About Us

The Gates to Success (GtS) Student Organization is committed to helping first-generation college students achieve a meaningful college experience at San Diego State University (SDSU).

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

Gates to Success strives to build community among our first-generation college students and to support other first-gen peers as they transition to SDSU. 

Form connections with our student leaders, other members or prepare to enter a future leadership role. Our official first-gen student orgranization is recognized by Student Life and Leadership and open to all students, regardless of major or level. 

Contact our student organization to get involved!

Gates to Success Student Executive Board

  • President - Mariana Padilla

    Vice President - Urooma Ali

    Secretary - Priscilla Valenzuela

    Finance Director - Paolina Ibarra 

    Membership Director - Eduardo Nunez

    Marketing Director - Crissy Ramirez 




Brenda Diaz,  Academic Advisor and Student Success Coordinator

Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, Student Success


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