Graduate Students


Connect with other First-Gen Graduate Students

Fall 2018 Events & Opportunities

  • First-Gen Gathering & Dialogue (sponsored by Graduate Student Life)
    • Thursday, September 20th from 4 PM to 6 PM
    • Thursday, October 18th from 4 PM to 6 PM
    • Thursday, November 15th from 4 PM to 6 PM
    • Graduate Commons (SLP 401)
  • Graduate Student Support Group (Sponsored by Counseling Center)
    • Wednesdays, from 5 PM to 6:30 PM
    • Contact Kristen Nichols to get involved!

Pathways to Excellence Conference

The Pathways to Excellence Conference (sponsored by Student Support Services) provides a space for graduate students to share their field of expertise to undergraduate students at the University of San Diego. If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal, contact Ariela Canizal for more information!

Student Support Services; Pathways to Excellence Conference; The Pathways to Excellence Conference provides a space for graduate students to share their field of expertise to undergraduates at the University of San Diego. Student Support Services invites Graduate students at the University of San Diego to provide knowledge and insight to USD Undergraduate students regarding identity development, inequalities, and academic success tools and/or other topics that pertain to Higher Education. All presenters must be USD Graduate/Doctoral students. Submit a workshop proposal: Due September 21st at 5pm; Pathways to Excellence Conference Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, UC Forum B. For more information contact: Ariela Canizal at

Need additional information and resources to support your identity as a First-Generation student?

Please visit our 'Resources' page or e-mail us at for additional information.

We also encourage you to connect with Graduate Student Life in Student Life Pavilion (Room 401) for more information about resources and events specifically for graduate students!

 You Got This: First-Generation Gathering & Dialogue; Open to all graduate, law, PhD students, faculty and staff who identify as First-Generation college students as well as allies. Light food and drinks will be provided. September 20, 2018, 4 PM - 6 PM, Student Life Pavilion 401; University of San Diego Graduate Student Life

You Are USD: Grad Support: Starting September 19th, Wednesdays 5 - 6:30 PM. Come connect with other graduate students to develop resilience and self-awareness. Discuss the successes and challenges of a graduate program in order to gain support. To learn how to get involved, email Kristen Nichols at Sponsored by the Counseling Center and Graduate Student Life. University of San Diego Student Wellness



VP of Student Affairs Carmen Vasquez and First-Gen graduate students

Vice President Carmen Vazquez and planning committee after a successful First-Generation Graduate & Law Student Gathering & Dialogue

Graduate students at Grad Life's Theology on Tap event

Graduate and Law students at the Grad Commons for Theology on Tap