Dr. Noel Salunga has over 10 years of experience serving first-generation students in both the high school and college level. In 2013-2017, Dr. Salunga worked in Reality Changers as Lead Instructor, Director of Alumni Network, and program consultant. Recently, he has completed his dissertation entitled “A study on the factors that contribute to first-generation student success in higher education: A Reality Changers Story”. Through his research he was able to interview 25 Reality Changers student who have persisted or graduated from college, and learn about the ways participation in Reality Changers contributed to their success in college. Currently, Dr. Salunga works for the Student Success Coaching Program at UC San Diego; where he continues his passion of supporting first-generation students reach their personal, academic, and professional goals.