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Equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical to our mission of excellence at UC San Diego. Our goal is to continue to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive university that enriches the educational experience, strengthens community, promotes critical thinking, and gives the university an intellectual and competitive advantage. In an enriching and supportive environment, we are able to prepare our graduates to work, live, and thrive in an increasingly complex and diverse society.

APIAHC Undergraduate Student Essay Contest

picture of students playing drums in the style of asian pacific islander on stage in front of a powerpoint presentation announcing the 12th annual lunch and scholarship awardsThe Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration (APIAHC) Committee hosts the Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Award celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander American activism and community leadership. The Award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander American heritage education and community building. Winners of the essay contest will receive monetary prizes (with a top prize of $700), recognition in UC San Diego media publications, and a special invitation to attend the Annual APIAHC Kick-Off Luncheon and Awards Program.

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Black Academic Excellence Initiative

angle from the bottom right of the photo. Two black women are listening to a lecture. They are in a lecture hall full of students, they are in focus and the students are blurry in the backgroundThe Black Academic Excellence Initiative strives to strengthen support for our Black campus community at UC San Diego. This initiative is targeted towards improving our undergraduate student yield by increasing scholarship funds to ensure that prospective and admitted students can pursue higher education at our campus with less apprehension about covering the cost of their education, as well as improving the presence and experience of Black faculty, graduate students, and staff.

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Black History Month Scholarship Brunch

a photograph of Jzov, Cambria, and Nikaria - the three winners of the 2017 Black History Month Scholarship stand together in front of a treeAwarded by the UJIMA Network, the Black History Month Scholarship is awarded to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students at UCSD who have declared an African American Studies Minor. This scholarship recognizes academic and creative achievement of African Americans, their history and culture through either a research paper or a publicly presented creative work or presentation. All applications require a faculty recommendation and completed supplemental questions.

You can read about the 2018 Black History Month Scholarship Brunch in an article at The Scoop LA, or at the scholarship website.

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Blum Summer Field Internship

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The Blum Summer Field Internship was established in 2014, with generous funding from Regent Richard C. Blum and the UC Office of the President, to enable UC San Diego undergraduates from across disciplines to participate in immersive, supervised, team-based field research in the UC San Diego Community Stations, located across the San Diego / Tijuana border region. In 2016, the internship was expanded to include students from other UC campuses.

The Blum Summer Field Internship is supported by the UC San Diego Frontiers in Innovation Scholars Program, Strategic Energy Innovations, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Successful applicants receive a $3,000 stipend and the internship runs nine weeks, from June to August. Students work in supervised interdisciplinary teams, investigating a variety of challenges, and participate in ongoing collaborative projects in the UC San Diego Community Stations.

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César E. Chávez Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Award

low angle from the side of a woman speaking at a podium on a stage. there are color bags without cut outs for candles along the edge of the stageEach year, the UC San Diego César E. Chávez Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Award recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of César’s core values on campus and abroad. 

Winners receive monetary prizes and recognition in UC San Diego media publications and at the César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon. 

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Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program (CASP)

a close up of the CASP coin that scholarship receipients receive. it's being held by an asian girl who is smiling but out of focus in the backgroundThrough the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program (CASP), the university provides eligible UC San Diego students $10,000 per year for four years. When combined with the University of California’s Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan—which covers fees for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 per year and qualify for financial aid—the scholarships effectively provide a full-ride to UC San Diego.

UC San Diego is committed to our local community and the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These scholarships strengthen our efforts to enroll highly qualified local students who will become our future leaders and innovators.

To find out more about eligibility for the CASP program, or to apply, visit the program’s website.

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EPIC Postdoctoral Training Program

Epic postdoctoral program logoPostdoctoral training is a fundamental component of career success across many academic disciplines and is vital to many scholars as a basic requirement for progression into academic or non-academic careers. The Explore, Prepare, Innovate and Connect (EPIC) Postdoctoral Training Program is a holistic approach to postdoctoral training that will ensure a vibrant, dedicated, and talented workforce in academic and non-academic careers.

UC San Diego is uniquely suited to provide broad-spectrum training to postdoctoral scholars due to its role as a hub for the biotech, pharmaceutical, and engineering industries, its own highly successful research enterprise, and its proximity to both four-year academic institutions and community colleges that serve a diverse student population. As it sits at the nexus of these interest areas, postdoctoral scholars at UC San Diego are afforded the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths. 

The EPIC curriculum provides postdoctoral scholars with training for multiple career paths, consisting of Essential Training, continued Foundational Training, and Specialized Training Paths over the average three-year postdoctoral training period.

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Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards

photo of the winners of the 2017 equal opportunity/affirmative action awardsThe annual Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program honors staff, faculty, students, departments, and organizational units or groups that make outstanding contributions in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and the UC San Diego Principles of Community during the year.

Read more about the awards and learn about the recipients on the program’s website.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Peer Educator Program

group shot of the 2016-2017 EDI peer educatorsThe Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Peer Educator Program was established in 2015 to address the growing need for social justice education in the Greek Life community.

The program began with nine students—three from each of the Greek councils—who shared a common purpose to create a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Greek community at UC San Diego. The nine Peer Educators developed a platform to discuss EDI issues that were impacting our students on a daily basis. In 2016, they expanded their role and began facilitating dialogues within each of the Greek chapters. Since then, the EDI Peer Educator Program continues to expand and address the issues facing our Greek community.

Read more about the program and its history at its website.

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Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE)

HCOE logoThe HCOE Faculty Development Program is designed to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of URM faculty in academic medicine at UC San Diego. The program aims to enhance the academic skills of faculty and will provide funding for career development, research, innovative clinical care and curriculum development, and will create a community of diverse faculty at UC San Diego Health Sciences. 

Find out more about HCOE and the faculty and scholars involved on its website.

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Living-Learning Communities

pictures of two young men surfers, and two young women studyingUC San Diego is committed to creating more spaces where our diverse population of undergraduate students can connect with each other, with the university, and with others in the community. Our Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) have been developed to strengthen learning by helping residents to connect academically and socially. The LLCs are each characterized by housing within the same residence location, shared co-curricular experiences and access to resources, and engagement in activities that reinforce common affinities such as culture. The five LLCs are:

  • LGBTQIA+ Living-Learning Community (LGBTQIA+LLC – housed at Muir College) 
  • Multi-Cultural Living-Learning Community (MCLLC – housed at Sixth College)
  • African Black Diaspora Living-Learning Community (ABDLLC – housed at Sixth College)
  • Raza Living-Learning Community (RLLC – housed at Eleanor Roosevelt College)
  • International House (I-House – housed at Eleanor Roosevelt College)

To find out more or to apply, visit the Housing Communities website.

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Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS)

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The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) is one of the largest learning communities at UC San Diego, empowering students personally, academically, and professionally. Our students and staff are innovative, productive, and engaged global citizens committed to social responsibility and the promotion of a diverse community of people, ideas, and perspectives. We accomplish this through academic success initiatives, leadership development, and bridging partnerships that move our students to change the world. 

The mission of OASIS is to facilitate the intellectual and personal development of UC San Diego students, with a particular focus on students who have overcome significant obstacles (e.g. students who are first in their families to attend college, students from under-resourced communities, underrepresented students, English language learners, etc.). Through a challenging and supportive environment that emphasizes collaboration, validation, equity, and social justice, OASIS contributes positively to student retention, achievement, learning, and empowerment.

To read more about all of OASIS’s services and opportunities, visit its website.

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PATHways to STEM (PATHS)

paths logoThe PATHways to STEM (PATHS) through Enhanced Access and Mentorship Program proposes an innovative pilot program to mitigate historical barriers and establish an infrastructure of resources, communications, and professional development within UC San Diego and in the surrounding community. PATHS is designed as a 4+ year-round undergraduate program to provide enhanced access to targeted academic preparation, multi-tiered mentorship, personalized student support, improved STEM identity, early career identification, and internship and service placement. This program aims to empower students from underserved communities and backgrounds to emerge as leaders who not only survive but thrive during their undergraduate experience in STEM at UC San Diego.

To find out more about the program, visit its website.

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Postdoc Dependent Care Travel Grant Program

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Professional meetings, conferences, workshops, and other scholarly activities are critical for career advancement. Expenses for dependent care during travel to these events can present a major challenge for postdoctoral scholars, both male and female, as most funding agencies and training funds do not cover such expenses. Postdoctoral scholars, in particular, are in need of these travel opportunities to develop a professional network and identify career opportunities prior to entering the job market (the postdoc position being the last “step” in their training). This grant program seeks to alleviate expenses of child- and adult-dependent care costs incurred by postdocs during these vital professional development travel opportunities.

This program is funded and administered by the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs and is also funded by the Office of Research Affairs.

To find out more about the Postdoc Dependent Care Travel Grant or to apply, visit their website.

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Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA)

group picture of SJLA cohort. They are sitting on couches and chairs in the middle of a discussionThe Cross-Cultural Center Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA) is a program to help undergraduate students build foundational skills of a social justice framework, leadership development and self-awareness, and interpersonal communication skills. Students engage with facilitators and their cohort peers to apply social justice concepts to their life experiences and events that address social in/equities, diverse representations, and inclusive practices. The academy culminates in the cohort members facilitating a presentation on a chosen topic using a critical social justice lens.

SJLA cohorts average 8-10 members who meet for several sessions and whose academic backgrounds span engineering, science, technology, arts, humanities, and social studies. SJLA members have also been Cross-Cultural Center volunteers, student interns, and organization leaders, and continue to be actively involved in their respective communities.

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Staff Appraisal Process (SPA)

New appraisal processes for all policy-covered (non-represented) staff went into effect May 1, 2018. The purpose of the appraisal process redesign is to simplify and standardize the process for supervisors and to make performance appraisals more meaningful for staff. This project meets the campus’ desire to redesign, update, and standardize the process based on IdeaWave campaign feedback received in late 2015.

Upon completion of Phase I, the new process will have examined, revised, and implemented a new performance appraisal process that is simplified, standardized and will align more appropriately with the annual merit based pay increase system. The project deliverables shall include the following:

  • Standardization and adoption of revised performance standards and process for all staff covered by UC Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM), to be implemented across all VC areas starting with the upcoming appraisal cycle
  • More meaningful performance measurements and rating scale, to be delivered using a more conversational approach
  • Standardization and adoption of the new process across all VC areas
  • Training for supervisors on how to perform a conversational staff performance appraisal using the new rating scale
  • VC area choice for appraisal cycle (fiscal, anniversary, or other)
  • Examination and determination of electronic tool for the 17/18 appraisal cycle
  • Communication campus wide about the upcoming change to the performance appraisal process and standards

Components of this project that will not be included in Phase I and may be included in later phases include:

  • Two-way feedback from employee to supervisor
  • 360 Evaluations
  • Represented employee performance appraisal process

Read more on the process in the updated project plan or on the HR website.

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Student Success Coaches

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The Student Success Coaching Program was developed through a partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the six undergraduate colleges at UC San Diego.

First-generation students are connected to a Success Coach from their undergraduate college who is familiar with the resources and opportunities that can help ensure their success. Together, student and coach focus on their strengths and passions to find high-impact practices that directly support their goals as a first-generation college student—such as research, mentorship, student involvement, faculty interaction, and more.

First-year students in the program are assigned to a Success Team composed of a Success Coach and a Peer Coach. Success coaching is a partnership for success, and the teams work together to develop unique Student Success Plans, which support goal setting, reflection, action planning, support networks, and more.

Second-year students continue to connect with the Success Coach from their undergraduate college and participate in a series of group coaching workshops designed to continue to propel them toward their goals.

Participating students will meet with their coaches (peer and professional) several times during the academic year, attend a variety of academic and community-based programming, and participate in major- and career-focused activities—all individualized to the student's goals and passions.

Find out more by visiting the Student Success Coaching Program website.

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Triton Fridays: Inclusion-Connection-Community

logo of King Poisedan throwing his tritonWear blue and gold on Fridays! Demonstrate your support of an inclusive environment—where our connections as Tritons unite us and build community!

In order to foster a better sense of belonging on campus and to create an environment of pride in being a member of the UC San Diego community—a community where we are ALL Tritons—UC San Diego Athletics have implemented Triton Fridays. Triton Fridays is a way for the university to enhance its sense of community spirit through our shared connection as Tritons. On Fridays, we ask everyone to wear blue and gold to create an inclusive environment, symbolizing our support for the Principles of Community and our bond as members of UC San Diego.

As a part of Triton Fridays, we are going out to offices with the mascot and cheer/dance teams, taking photos and giving out promotional items, and will be sharing it all on social media. Our goal is to see all of the offices and all of campus in blue and gold on every Friday in the future!

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UC-Morehouse-Spelman Summer Bridge Program

group shot of the participants in the Morehouse-Spelman programWith funding provided by the UC Office of the President UC-HBCU Initiative, the UC San Diego-Morehouse-Spelman Physics Bridge program supports up to five students per year from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges to participate in cutting-edge physics research at UC San Diego, receive training in research skills, and participate in workshops on graduate school admissions and preparation. In addition, all participants will receive two years of graduate funding upon acceptance into any UC graduate program.

During the eight-week summer program, students work with individual faculty mentors at UC San Diego on research in physics—including subfields of astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter/materials physics, high energy physics, and plasma physics. Students will be paired with individual faculty mentors most closely aligned to their research interests.

Leading up to the summer, mentors provide scientific background materials and basic tool training for their research projects. On campus, students are integrated into the mentor’s research labs and groups, providing the opportunity to experience a broad range of physics research.

Students present their work at the annual UC San Diego Summer Undergraduate Research Conference and receive support to present at a national conference (e.g. AAS, APS, NSBP, SACNAS).

Students also participate in the Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program, which organizes a number of workshops and courses to prepare students for graduate admissions and research, including:

  • General GRE bootcamp
  • Workshops on graduate admissions, research and work/life balance
  • Training and individual feedback for applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Feedback on graduate admissions personal statement
  • Individual meetings with UC San Diego Graduate Admissions faculty and staff

In addition, each student is assigned a graduate mentor who provides insight into graduate life, facilitates workshop activities, mentors the student at UC San Diego, and serves as an advocate for the student on campus.

Students participating in the program are encouraged to extend their stay through the UC San Diego-Morehouse-Spelman Exchange program. Through a tuition-transfer agreement, students may take classes at UC San Diego in the fall semester or for a full year, and continue their research activities.

To read more about the program or to apply, visit its website.

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UCSD-Xavier Summer Research Program

group shot of Xavier pilot participantsThe UC San Diego-Xavier Summer Research Program immerses students in scientific training and offers them a taste of life as a graduate student. Each summer for three years, we bring in six students from Xavier University of Louisiana to participate in the Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program and partner them with UC San Diego faculty and graduate student mentors. Our program includes eight weeks of daily lab research, student development workshops, graduate record exam (GRE) training, team building physical exercises, career workshops, and social activities. At the end of the program, each student gives a presentation at the UC San Diego Summer Research Symposium.

Read more on the program’s website.

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Summer Program for Women in Philosophy

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The Summer Program for Women in Philosophy is a ten-day program for undergraduate women in philosophy hosted by the UC San Diego Philosophy Department. It features philosophy seminar courses taught by visiting and UC San Diego faculty, along with a variety of workshops taught by faculty and graduate students, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and helpful preparation for applying to and succeeding at graduate school in philosophy and beyond.

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