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First @ Muir

Mission Statement

Being the first to attend college means you are a trailblazer – you belong here in the home of the independent spirit. First @ Muir provides a space to grow and flourish.

Our mission is to create a community of support that offers first-generation college students opportunities to explore and express their individuality while navigating their UC San Diego journey.

Our goals at Muir College are to support the first-generation experience with:

  • Transitioning into UC San Diego
  • Connecting to campus resources
  • Fostering and building upon a network of meaningful relationships

First @ Muir is a group dedicated to celebrating and honoring the first-generation university experience.


Join first at Muir this Fall during the dates and times below (more information to come)



Dates & Events


Monday November 29th @4pm-6pm

Mariposa Room

Register Here! 

Will you the first in your family to graduate from a 4-year university?

Join First @ Muir for a wellness social to destress with other Muir  College students and staff!


Frequently Asked Questions


UC San Diego and the University of California Office of the President define first-generation college students as students with neither parent having a four-year college degree.

At Muir, we recognize that even if one or both of a student's parent have a four-year college degree, other circumstances may lead them to self-identify as a first generation college student.  We welcome any of our students that identify with the first generation college student experience.

Announcing the launch of the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative

At UC San Diego, we believe education should be accessible to all ambitious and talented students. Therefore, we are proud to announce the launch of the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative, a campus-wide program designed to reflect and serve California’s fastest growing demographic. This means attracting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student community—making UC San Diego a place where generations rise.

Listen to what a student has to say about the importance of the initiative:

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To find out more about the initiative, please visit

Other Resources

The University of California system also has information and resources available.

Triton Firsts is a comprehensive initiative to engage first-generation faculty, staff, students, and alums.

Muir First Generation Staff


Mario Garibay - Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Cathy Baez- Assistant Dean of Academic Advising

Justin Glover - Director of the College Center & MOM

Sonia Rosado- Assistant Director of Reslife 


Contact Information

Do you have questions about First GEN @ Muir or first-generation students?  Contact us and we'll direct your question to the appropriate staff member!