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About Us

Founded in Fall 2014 by Grace Diaz and Eddie Ling, Gates to Success is rooted in the belief that every first generation college student has unprecedented potential to participate in meaningful engagement, allowing them to make a positive difference in the world. The officers of this student-led organization represent a vast array of cultural, financial, and social backgrounds, which they bring to their positions to best assist other first generation, low-income students.

Gates to Success exists to serve first generation college students in connecting them to high impact practices, such as study abroad, service learning, internships, and research.


Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies