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UC SAN DIEGO


Congratulations Welcome to Uc San Diego! You’ve been admitted to a world-class university which will become even better after YOU arrive! As you peruse these pages, we hope you will be intrigued by the endless possibilities available to you at UC San Diego. We’ve highlighted many amazing people, programs and places dedicated to enriching your student experience. Take time to read each student testimonial, look-up the faculty and staff members highlighted and research further the websites provided. These resources exist to promote scholarship, foster leadership and cultivate community. This is an exciting time to be an active member of a close-knit campus community and make your mark in a positively impressionable way. Join us at UC San Diego! It’s a GREAT time to be a Triton!

Stacia Smith Solomon Director Black Resource Center B.S. Management/Marketing, UNC-Greensboro; M.Ed. Counselor Education, NCSU 2

Porsia Thomas Assistant Director Black Resource Center B.A. Communication/Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego Class of 2008; M.S. Higher Education, Kaplan University

Denasia San Diego, Calif. 1st year Ethnic Studies & Spanish The best place to hang out on campus would be the Black Resource Center (BRC) because there is such a great community and such great people that I get to experience. Also because I am able to be exposed to different faculty and resources that I would not have been exposed to if I did not go to the BRC.

We are deeply committed to the success of historically u nderrepresented students. Our goal is to assist as ma ny students as possible to achieve the highest level of education possible.


black resource center brc.ucsd.edu The Black Resource Center is a Campus Community Center which serves the entire population of UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. We promote SCHOLARSHIP, foster LEADERSHIP and cultivate COMMUNITY.

Campus Black Forum provides quarterly topic discussions and workshops related to events, experiences and areas of interest that impact the Black Community at UCSD.

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community centers Black Resource Center

Raza Resource Centro

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Established through strong advocacy of students, alumni and other supporters, the BRC serves the entire population of UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. We promote scholarship, foster leadership and cultivate community.

The Centro fosters a sense of collectivity, comunidad and leadership on campus. We employ a "Mi Casa es tu Casa" policy which means that we welcome everyone regardless of identity, methodology, social status or beliefs.

Cross–Cultural Center

Student Veterans Resource Center

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Promotes meaningful dialogues and context across all cultures, particularly those of underrepresented or underprivileged backgrounds. We offer student internships, art, social and educational programs, and workshops.

Committed to ensuring that military affiliated students successfully make the transition from the military to campus life, are assisted in their academic progress, and are aware of the many resources on campus and in San Diego to aid in their transition.

Inter–Tribal Resource Center

Undocumented Student Services

Created by Native students, the Inter-Tribal Resource Center supports the mission of the Native American Student Alliance to create and foster community on campus for Native students and communities. The Center is a meeting, study and hang-out space.

undoc.ucsd.edu

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center

Women's Center

lgbt.ucsd.edu The LGBT Resource Center is a diverse, open and public space for all members of the university community to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices and politics. It develops leaders, builds equity, promotes research and provides resources.

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Offers a range of programs designed to provide caring, holistic and individualized support to students who are undocumented, from mixed immigration status families and their allies.

women.ucsd.edu Fosters the educational, professional and personal development of diverse groups of women. We strive to increase awareness of issues affecting women and men while creating a sense of community at UCSD. Relax in our cozy living room or study in our library.


African American Studies af-amstudies.ucsd.edu Scholars and artists from the departments of Communication, Ethnic Studies, Literature, Music, Sociology and Theatre & Dance investigate the history and culture of peoples of the African Diaspora. They lead an exploration of the economic, political and social factors that shape the unique attitudes, evolution and dynamic life experiences of African Americans, and the aesthetic dimensions of the experience as expressed in music, art and literature.

MINORS

African Studies ucsd.edu/catalog/curric/AFRI.html African Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that covers African topics and issues through a coordinated set of courses offered in the departments of Anthropology, Communication, Ethnic Studies, History, Literature, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts. Opportunities for further study abroad are available in Ghana, South Africa, Côte d'Ivoire and France, among others.

“Only when lions have historians, will hunters cease being heroes."

faculty spotlight

African Proverb

Thandeka Chapman Associate Professor, Education Studies Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison Professor Chapman's work focuses on schooling outcomes of desegregation policies in urban and suburban districts. Chapman conducts research with teachers and students in urban and racially diverse settings to examine and resolve the ways in which institutional racism is manifested in school climate, curriculum, adult and student relationships and school policies.

My Advice to Incoming Students I just really encourage students to come and visit the university, because I think that once you come on campus and you get a sense of this campus, the vibrancy of the campus and the resources and just the really endless amounts of ways that you can come and learn about yourself and do new projects, both in a very academic realm, but also in a social realm. I think that UCSD is kind of under the radar because people think of us as just the sciences—and our sciences are awesome, they truly are, but if you can come and connect with your social sciences and connect that with your liberal arts, you can come and get a fantastic education at UCSD and that's what I’d really like for students to think about.

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academic programs Academic Internship Program offers students an opportunity to apply academic knowledge and analytical skills in professional settings while earning academic credit. African Studies Minor covers African topics and issues through a coordinated set of courses offered across multiple disciplines. African American Studies Minor scholars and artists from the departments of Communication, Ethnic Studies, Literature, Music, Sociology and Theatre & Dance investigate the history and culture of peoples of the African Diaspora. Cameron Hayward, Calif. 3rd year Physiology/Neuroscience If I could take one class again, it would be Ethnic 108, which focused on how different music artists/groups used their musical power and creativity to spark revolutions and preach about various social issues in society! We studied artists such as Bob Marley, The Fugees and Public Enemy. I highly recommend it!

Chicano/a-Latino/a Arts & Humanities Minor provides a broad introduction to the histories and cultural artifacts produced by Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Community Law Project provides opportunities for education and training, personal and professional development, and community outreach and service. Critical Gender Studies builds upon feminist and queer studies, incorporating both disciplines’ agendas, intellectual debates, major scholarly shifts and changing methodological practices. Dimensions of Culture: Diversity, Justice and Imagination is a three-quarter core sequence emphasizing a critical examination of the human condition in diverse America. Ethnic Studies analyzes issues in a comparative, relational and interdisciplinary fashion to address questions of power, violence and inequality.

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Health Care–Social Issues Program prepares students to analyze complex social and ethical implications related to health care.

More information on these and all 130+ majors at UC San Diego: catalog.ucsd.edu

Human Rights Minor explores human rights origins and trajectory, the passions it arouses, and the range of its influences and effects. International Studies provides students with both a firm grounding in a discipline and the flexibility to explore from alternative perspectives. Law and Society Program offers courses, speakers and events that emphasize the interrelationship and complexity of legal, social and ethical issues in their historical context. Partners-at-Learning Program provides academic credit through courses that train and place students as tutors and mentors in local inner-city elementary schools and high schools. Public Service Minor encourages students to understand the history and practices of public service and to participate in the development of civic skills. UCSD–Morehouse/Spelman/Dartmouth Exchange Programs allow students to live and study at important institutions of higher learning through formal exchange programs with Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta, GA, and Dartmouth in New Hampshire. UC Washington Center allows students to intern in the nation's capital while continuing their coursework. Students live at the University of California Washington Center in the heart of Washington, D.C. Sabrina Sacramento, Calif. 2nd Year Human Biology I chose to attend UCSD because of the many resources. I felt very reassured knowing that if I ever had a problem with my academics, or life in general, I know that there is somewhere and someone on campus that can support me and help me be the best student I can.


Diane Forbes Associate Director for Practicum Ph.D., Howard University

Staff spotlight Diane Forbes served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Trinity prior to joining UCSD in 2011. She has been active in the National Communication Association, particularly in the African American Communication and Culture Division, the Feminist and Women’s Division, and the Organizational Communication Division.

Being a staff member on this campus means I have the opportunity to contribute to the experience of growth and change at UCSD. In my role as Practicum Director at Sixth College, I am able to reach various constituents on campus and in the community that would expand opportunities for the students to engage in experiential learning. My work in higher education so far has been about exploring new possibilities for learning and growth. I have enjoyed the process of engagement around complex social, political and organizational issues.

MY ADVICE TO INCOMING STUDENTS Be open to and explore as many events and opportunities for learning as possible. Take advantage of the university’s location to learn more about various cultures, art forms, foods and entertainment.

undergrad research urp.ucsd.edu The CAMP Program provides opportunities in chemistry, physics, cognitive science, biology, other sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology. aep.ucsd.edu The ET CURE Program promotes cancer research careers of promising undergraduates from underserved populations. cancer.ucsd.edu/research-training/fellowships/internships The McNair Program provides low-income, first-generation undergraduate students with effective preparation for doctoral study. aep.ucsd.edu The STARS Program 8-week summer research academy provides research experience, a GRE prep course and graduate school prep workshops, and hosts the UCSD Summer Research Conference. ogs.ucsd.edu/stars The IMSD Program aims to increase Ph.D. program enrollment and graduation rates of students from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds and from minority groups. Entering freshmen or transfer students receive basic training—the ABCs of scientific work, scientific thinking, data analysis and presentation. ogs.ucsd.edu/imsd

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student spotlight Dominique Carson, Calif. 1st Year Environmental Policy

Angela Santa Rosa, Calif. 4th Year Transfer Visual Arts

where is the best place to eat on campus?

What is the most interesting thing you have done as a student at UCSD?

I really love the breakfast burritos from Pines, and I love the food from the farmer's market that comes on Tuesdays.

Jazz in Paris! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It's truly humbling to witness other walks of life and cultures whose beliefs are much different, but similar in many ways. Keep a curious and open mind...and stomach.

Andre Shelby, N.C. 3rd Year Political Science

Derek Tracy, Calif. 3rd year Electrical Engineering

What advice would you give to your past college self?

How did you choose your major?

I would tell my past self that I need to do what's best for me and it's okay if it doesn't please those I love.

Irene Escondido, Calif. 1st year Human Development

I chose Electrical Engineering because I love having the opportunity to directly involve myself within the advancement of innovative technology as our society paces through the information era. I see college as an investment, and what better way to gain a return on your investment than receiving a lucrative degree?

Which campus organization is most important to you? The African Student Association is very important to me because it's really comforting to be around Africanidentifying students who have grown up with similar lifestyles as me and understand my upbringing. It's nice to share funny African myths that our parents have passed on to us or argue about whose culture's jollof rice tastes better. 8


IDEA

Student Center The IDEA Student Center promotes Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement among undergraduate and graduate students across the Jacobs School of Engineering. With a focus on outreach, recruitment, retention and research, the center fosters the growth of diverse, innovative technology leaders for today's global society. idea.ucsd.edu Students use the Center for:

faculty spotlight

• tutoring and mentoring • the IDEA Scholars Program • career advice and job opportunities • access to 30+ student organizations • engineering outreach opportunities • friendships and faculty connections • leadership development

Todd Coleman Associate Professor, Bioengineering Affiliate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering M.S. & Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Michigan Postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital & MIT

Professor Coleman’s innovative wireless tattoo technology brings yesterday’s science fiction into today’s reality. Using very small, thin bioelectronics, the tattoos can monitor heartbeat, muscle movements and brain signals. These Smart Skin sensors have myriad health implications from monitoring babies in utero to sending a patient’s vital signs continuously to a physician’s smart phone thousands of miles away. Coleman is also working on a brain-machine interface, which will directly acquire neurosignals and couple them with an external device. This technology would help soldiers with upper limb injuries and revolutionize video games and smart phones allowing users to control devices directly with their brains.

Why Should students choose uc san diego? UCSD is extremely unique in terms of creativity; being that it’s such a young school, it has this start-up feel to it. On one hand it has incredible strengths in the humanities and the social sciences, as well as very strong biology and neuroscience departments. And with the wireless presence of companies like Qualcomm and the strength of our engineering department, I think UC San Diego is in prime position to really take this creativity and biology and engineering, and throw those in a Petri dish and watch really beautiful things arise.

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student support Career Services Center connects you with internships, volunteerism, research, mentoring, the Peace Corp and professional development. career.ucsd.edu

Recreation offers a student wellness program, rec classes, intramurals, trips to Joshua Tree for rock climbing, surfing safaris, sports clubs, rec clubs and more. recreation.ucsd.edu

The Center for Communication and Leadership helps build confidence and develop skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication and leadership. ets.ucsd.edu

The Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center provides free and confidential services for students impacted by violence, with a focus on sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. sarc.ucsd.edu

The Center for Student Involvement offers professional advising, student organization resources, leadership and community service programs and campus events. getinvolved.ucsd.edu Counseling and Psychological Services offers a wide range of groups in various formats to serve the diverse needs of the UCSD community. caps.ucsd.edu The Office for Students with Disabilities promotes and facilitates educational access for students with disabilities, including translators. disabilities.ucsd.edu

Student Health Service provides quality primary medical care, including urgent care and support services, such as laboratory, pharmacy and x-ray. studenthealth.ucsd.edu Student Legal Services provides free, confidential counseling on legal topics, referrals to a private attorney, as well as internships, career advice and information for students interested in legal careers. sls.ucsd.edu The Zone is a lounge that offers free programs and support to promote students' spiritual, occupational, financial, environmental, physical, intellectual and emotional well-being. thezone.ucsd.edu

Becky Petitt Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion B.S., Sam Houston State University M.A. & Ph.D., Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor Petitt joined UC San Diego in 2015. In her role at UCSD, Petitt works to ensure that the university's campus community is one of equal opportunity, where mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration is fostered and open dialogue is encouraged.

Being a staff member on this campus means

staff sPOTLIGHT

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This work is absolutely a passion of mine. My mother is my role model. She was a civil rights activist. She worked to ensure that my brother, who's deaf, had equal opportunity and equal access to school in the K-12 environment. Watching her as a leader and watching her as a role model really helped me think about what I could do to make a difference to ensure that others had equal access and equal opportunity. The one thing I really love about higher education is that I work with very bright people and very restless people, whose idea of working in higher education is to really challenge and change the world.


Chelsea Bellflower, Calif. 3rd year Human Development

our advice to incoming students

Practice self-care! No matter how busy you are, set aside time in your schedule to make sure your needs are being met. If you're not taking care of yourself, it will hurt you in the long run.

OASIS The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) is the learning center at UC San Diego. We provide free tutoring in a collaborative, supportive environment. We also provide peer mentors and counselors to support students with issues that can distract from academic priorities, such as personal and family issues and setting and reaching goals. The majority of the 3,000+ undergraduates who use OASIS each year are outstanding students who want to earn high grades. Summer Bridge, offered by OASIS, is a pre-college program that provides a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to live on campus for four weeks, earn eight units of college credit, and develop a higher level of academic skills and abilities at no cost to you. Any incoming undergraduate UC San Diego freshman may apply. Students are assigned an Academic Transition Counselor, a peer mentor who will follow your progress throughout your year. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly social events. oasis.ucsd.edu

staff sPOTLIGHT Kyler Los Angeles, Calif. 3rd Year Cognitive Science My main advice would be to get involved with some type of organization, and try to get to know as many different people as possible. Don't limit your scope of people that you network with, because it is always good to know people from different backgrounds, majors and organizations.

Ann Addo Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Assistant Vice Chancellor Addo serves as a liaison with campus leaders, UC Office of the President, other UC Campuses and external constituents on behalf of the EVC and provides support for efforts in Development, Community Outreach and External Relations.

my advice to incoming students Job number one is to be a great student. I think if you're successful in that realm, you'll open the doors for everybody else who comes after you. I would also encourage students to become engaged. There are several hundred extra curriculas, and the more you're out there, the more you become engaged with others, the better experience you will have. All of the staff are here because they choose to be. They are committed to the mission of the university, they're committed to the success of our students, so I would encourage you to talk with us, meet with us and let us help you to be successful. 11


spaces Suwayda San Diego, Calif. 1st year Human Biology & Ethnic Studies

How did you choose your major? First and foremost I love biology and I love learning about the human body so choosing Human Biology as my major just seemed like the best of both worlds.

The work done at SPACES (Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service) is student-initiated, student-run and student-led. Our mission is to empower students to work for greater educational equity. This encompasses equal access to higher education, undergraduate retention and graduation, and matriculation to graduate and professional schools. SPACES provides an environment for students to develop leadership skills, to collaborate and grow unity across communities, and to realize the power of student activism. There are many different leadership opportunities for UCSD students at SPACES, including paid positions and volunteer gigs, such as giving tours, tutoring, visiting high schools, learning about San Diego and writing for The Collective Voice, UCSD’s progressive community newspaper. spaces.ucsd.edu

STAFF sPOTLIGHT Gary Matthews Vice Chancellor for Resource Management & Planning Vice Chancellor Matthews is passionate about promoting environmental sustainability on campus and works with a dedicated team to reduce the university’s carbon footprint while also improving the overall efficiency of the campus. Matthews is also dedicated to bettering the campus experience for students, faculty and staff through the development of improved transportation options, new energy-efficient facilities and collaborative research ventures.

How has uc san diego grown in recent years?

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Over the last few years, UC San Diego has grown physically with the construction of graduate student housing, the Student Services Center, expansion of the Price Center, rehabilitation of the Student Center, the Life Sciences Library, a parking structure and thousands of square feet of additional lab space. While all contribute to the quality of campus life, our greatest growth has been in our efforts to respond to our unique responsibilities as “stewards of the earth.”

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clubs & orgs

For more information on these and all 600+ student orgs at UC San Diego, visit getinvolved.ucsd.edu

The African Student Association unites the sons and daughters of Africa and all those concerned with its welfare, while educating the UCSD community about African history, traditions, customs, happenings and culture. Facebook: African Student Association at UCSD

The National Society of Black Engineers offers leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities and career placement services. The UCSD chapter is one of more than 270 collegiate, 75 professional and 75 pre-college chapters.

Black Campus Ministry is a community of black students seeking Jesus and his mission of love and justice on campus. We have weekly bible studies, conferences, trainings and events and are a part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Queer People Of Color offers a safe space for queer-identified people of color to meet, dialogue, connect and enact social/ progressive change at UCSD and in our community. ucsdqpoc@gmail.com

Black Graduate Student Association caters to the needs and concerns of Black graduate and professional students. It serves to encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate and professional degrees. Facebook: Black Graduate Student Association - UCSD

The Student Affirmative Action Committee builds community, raises awareness to social justice issues and empowers underrepresented people. SAAC members: the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Kaibigang Pilipino, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanola de Aztlรกn, Native American Student Alliance, Queer People of Color and Undergraduate Student Parent Association.

The Black Staff Association is dedicated to creating a supportive campus environment for Black faculty, staff and students by providing opportunities for personal interaction and meaningful involvement. blink.ucsd.edu/sponsor/black The vision of Christian Youth United for the Advancement of Gospel is to enlighten, encourage and empower all youth by building the inner person with leadership skills to become a successful and responsible adult while advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Facebook.com/CYUAGofGCCC Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members, and to public service, with a primary focus on the Black community. The Nu Upsilon chapter is a city wide chapter and includes the campuses of UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, California State University, San Marcos and Point Loma Nazarine University. The Muslim Student Association promotes the representation of Muslim perspectives throughout society. We stress the fair and objective study of Islam through educational, cultural, and social programs and activities, and serve as a cultural outlet for Muslim people. ucsdmsa.org

The UJIMA Network of Black staff, faculty, students, alumni and community supports programs and services aimed at advancing the educational, cultural and professional conditions of African Americans on campus and in the community. blink.ucsd.edu/sponsor/ujima

Which campus organization is most important to you? The Black Student Union is one of the most important orgs to me. It has gotten me involved in a great community of black people. When I was on the fence about UCSD, BSU flew me out and showed me all the great things about this school. If it wasn't for the Black Student Union, I wouldn't be here.

Christine San Jose, Calif. 1st year Human Biology

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afrikan black coalition The Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) was founded in 2003 as a collaboration of the nine University of California undergraduate campuses. Created by student leaders from the Black/Afrikan student organizations in the UC system, the coalition was formed to discuss topics affecting all students of color. ABC works as an association for Black students to improve conditions for students of African descent on each UC campus. Providing a strong network for its members, ABC students unite and solve issues concerning academic policy, social atmosphere at the campuses and matriculation of Black students to the university.

Why did you choose ucsd? What made me choose to attend UCSD was the Black Student Union and the Black Resource Center. If I hadn't spoken to the students and Stacia tabling during Triton Day, I definitely wouldn't have come here. I felt a sense of connection and saw how close-knit the Black community is through talking to the Black students that day, and that really changed my mind about attending here.

Alexis Los Angeles, Calif. 2nd year Dance & Psychology

How has UCSD fostered your growth as a person? It has shown me that networking is very important and if you work hard enough, your name will precede you.

Refilwe Oakland, Calif. 2nd year Public Health & Ethnic Studies

What has made the most positive impact on you while you have been at UCSD? Cambria Victorville, Calif. 2nd year Human Biology

Realizing that I had control over what I committed to and could create the type of spaces I wanted to be in.


BLACK STUDENT UNION

BSU BALL

blacktritons.wix.com/ucsdbsu We host events all year for the community: we share the seven principles at Kwanzaa; we soak up some spoken word with a side of soul food during Black History Month; we toast the future at Black Grad. We’re tomorrow’s engineers, doctors, professors, artists, you name it. We’re young, gifted and Black. But most of all, we’re family. A family committed to succeeding, not only for ourselves, but succeeding for you. Because we’re lifting as we climb.

BLACK QUEENS MATTER DEMONSTRATION

we meet every Monday. Join us! bsu oVERNIGHT pROGRAM This invitation-only program for select UCSD-admitted high school seniors is a free, 3-day, 2-night opportunity to experience the university environment and campus life at UC San Diego, to network with other admitted high school seniors and current college students and to learn about campus resources. Participants are paired with current UCSD undergraduate hosts and mentors. • Connect with campus resources, such as the community centers, transition programs and research opportunities. • Attend academic lectures. • Eat in the dining halls, sleep in campus apartments/residential halls and socialize with other program participants and current college students. • And so much more…

UMOJA

ABC BEACH BSU BALL

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FACULTY sPOTLIGHT

alumni spotlight

Nadine George Professor of Theater and Dance B.A in Philosophy and Theater Studies, Yale University Ph.D. in Theater and Drama, Northwestern University

Professor George's work is situated at the intersections of African American studies, women’s studies, performance studies, theatre history and dance history. She is the author of The Royalty of Negro Vaudeville:The Whitman Sisters and the Negotiation of Race, Gender, and Class in African American Theater, 1900-1940; and Urban Bush Women:Twenty Years of Dance Theater, Community Engagement and Working It Out. She has also written on primitivity, ragtime dance, early African-American theater and the future of the field. She has served on the Executive Boards of both the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and the American Society for Theatre Research. She has also served on the editorial board of SDHS.

ADVICE TO INCOMING STUDENTS UCSD is a very big entity and it can be overwhelming. Find communities that feed your mind and soul. The BSU is a great place to start!

Sessen Holloway UCSD, Class of 2006 Revelle College My time at UC San Diego is one I look back on with great nostalgia. While a student, I was actively involved in several on-campus organizations and sat on the executive boards of the Student Initiated Outreach and Recruitment Commission and the Black Student Union. Through my participation in these organizations I had the great privilege of assisting in the development and realization of programs intended to improve recruitment efforts of historically marginalized groups. As a member of the Mu Iota chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., I participated in numerous community service projects, while establishing meaningful longlasting bonds with like-minded college women. My collegiate experience was certainly enriched by this sisterhood. Upon graduating from UC San Diego, I attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law and presently practice disability and civil rights law. My experiences at UC San Diego cultivated and solidified my commitment and passion for outreach and service work, and I consider myself fortunate to continue such work in both my career and current membership in organizations such as the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles, the National Bar Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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BLACK GRADUATION The UC San Diego community is extremely proud of all of our graduates, and the Black Graduation Ceremony is an intimate, personal acknowledgement of the respect we have for the achievements of our African and African American graduates. As the students are honored together in one setting, their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication. The ceremony reinforces the bonds of scholarship and extends the sense of community that was created from the time the students first arrived on campus.

alumni spotlight I entered UC San Diego as a Political Science major in the fall of 2009 and spent most of my time as a student leader in the Black Student Union (BSU) during a pivotal time for the university. Through my BSU experiences, I learned about other leadership positions and held roles as an Orientation Leader, a Cross-Cultural Center intern, a SPACES intern and an Academic Transition Counselor for OASIS with the Summer Bridge program.

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Grant White UCSD, Class of 2014 Thurgood Marshall College

During my final year at UC San Diego, I participated in the domestic exchange program at Morehouse College. While at Morehouse, I learned even more about myself and my identity as a Black male. I explored my future career options which led me to apply for a teaching position with Teach for America in Atlanta, GA. Today I work as an 11th grade U.S. History teacher in Clayton County Georgia and I love what I do. It has been one of the hardest struggles I have faced, but I see my impact every day on my students. I feel blessed to have been at UC San Diego for four years because it prepared me for a very complex and beautiful world, and I hope it does the same for you.

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events & programs fall quarter Black Connections Fall BBQ Students of Color Conference Kwanzaa High School Conference Black Beach Day Afrikan Arts Night Blackout Party

winter quarter Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade Black History Month Black Love Afrikan Black Coalition Conference Black College Expo Taste of Kuumba Fest

spring quarter BSU Overnight Black Family Get Together Beach Bonfire Black Grad Blackout Party 18 1818


BSU PROM

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY OF SERVICE

BLACK CONNECTIONS

HOMECOMING

NSBE OFFICERS BLACK LEGACY MURAL

HOMECOMING

DELTA SIGMA THETA BLACK CAMPUS MINISTRY

SOJOURNER TRUTH STATUE UNVEILING ON CAMPUS CELEBRATION OF AFRICA

UMOJA VISIT BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIP BRUNCH

BSU PROM

FAMILY REUNION


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