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 GtS 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 - Xabier Rivera

Vice President - Yesenia Salazar

Secretary - Emily Alferez

Treasurer - Leslie Mendoza 

Community Chair - Dennise Juarez Aguilar

Membership Director - Natalie Phakornham

Marketing Director - Juliet Lopez

External Affairs Director - Kennedy Peppers 




Brenda Diaz,  Lead Student Success Academic Advisor

Gabriela Ibarra-Aspe, Student Success Academic Advisor


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