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First-Generation Network and Communication

Please email with questions you may have about the first-generation experience at USD.

Please join the First-Gen Network to share and receive information and resources that better support the first-generation experience at USD. This Network is open to the entire USD community whether you identify as first-gen college student or want to support this population at USD.

What does the "First-Generation" pin mean?

First-Generation PinThe "First Generation" pin serves as a symbol of pride for taking an important step toward successfully completing a higher education degree. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who wear the pin identify as First-Gen College Student and embrace it as part of our USD experience.

Students, faculty, and staff who would like to obtain a First-Generation pin should contact Dayanne Izmirian either by phone at (619) 260-2253 or by email at