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First-Gen at ERC

What is a First Generation student?

First-generation students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. First-generation students are defined by UC San Diego and the University of California Office of the President as students with neither parent or caregiver having a four-year college degree. However, many students may consider themselves first-generation beyond the bounds of this definition, based on their unique backgrounds.

ERC's First-Generation Committee

Eleanor Roosevelt College's First-Generation Committee works to develop programs and events in an effort to support first-generation student success at ERC and UC San Diego. To be notified about our events and program offerings, or to express interest in getting involved with our committee, fill out our google form by clicking on the button below:

first gen programming form

First Generation Student Resources

UC San Diego has many resources for first-generation students that can be found by clicking here.

The University of California has further resources that can be found here.

Check out our Campus Resources Directory Guide, to find links to important resources from the Teaching and Learning Commons, MMW, the Library, the Basic Needs Center, OASIS, the Office for Students with Disabilities, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Zone, and ERC Academic Advising. These links include tutoring and academic resources, access to wellness resources, and more!

Upcoming Events

Join us on Wednesday, February 21st in Middle Earth in ERC from 1-2 pm for a Scholarship writing workshop presented by LATS at OASIS. The UCSD General Scholarship Application is due in early March, so this is a great opportunity to get a head start working on your application with the help of trained professionals!

First-Generation ERC Staff


  • Julie Nguyen, Senior Academic Advisor
  • Ivette Bautista, Senior Academic Advisor
  • Lydia Ramirez, Senior Academic Advisor
  • Ivonne Avila, Senior Academic Advisor
  • Thalia Roman, Academic Advisor

Student Affairs

  • Will Songer, Senior New Student Programs Specialist

Residence Life

  • Rey Guerrero, Director of Residence Life & Associate Dean of Student Affairs
  • Melissa Diaz, Assistant Director of Residence Life