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“Congratulations on your admission to UC San Diego! You are an important member of our comunidad, and we look forward to having you at the Raza Resource Centro! The RRC is invested in your holistic development and success. We offer year long programming, coaching, events, and study space.�


Gerardo N. Arellano, Ph.D. Director Raza Resource Centro Campus Diversity Officer B.A., UC San Diego M.A., UC Berkeley Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Frances Contreras, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Faculty Recruitment and Retention Associate Professor, Education Studies B.A., UC Berkeley M.A., Harvard University Ph.D., Stanford University Dr. Contreras researches issues of equity, access and success for Latinx and underrepresented students across the P-20 education continuum, including college completion and higher education policy. She is author of Achieving Equity for Latino Students and The Latino Education Crisis (w Dandara). Dr. Contreras currently serves on the Boards of PUENTE, WESTED, and the Preuss School at UC San Diego.

What consejo/advice would you give to incoming students? Welcome incoming freshmen and transfers! My first consejo is to believe in yourself and your ability. Know that you belong here and that we are happy to welcome you to the Triton familia. My second consejo is to remind you that great accomplishments stem from tenacity and hard work—there is no short cut to achieving excellence. You have to put in the time, effort and heart to invest in your future. We are here to help you on this incredible journey.

Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program

A scholarly examination of Chicana/o and Latina/o life, history and culture, the Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program brings students, staff, faculty and community together. The CLAH Program offers an interdisciplinary minor , which provides a broad introduction to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and sponsors related events about art and politics.



How do you get involved on campus? I urge all incoming students to get involved immediately upon entering UC San Diego. I have met so many incredible people from being involved at the Raza Resource Centro and I have been presented with great leadership opportunities because of it. Also, as a co-founder/co-organizer of QTPOC Talk (a collective centering Queer and Trans people of color), I had the opportunity to lead my first workshop which consisted of zine making. This opportunity led me to realize the potential and capability I have of being a community organizer.

POPULAR CLUBS • • • • • • • • • •

AMIGOS de las Americas Argentine Tango Club Bachata Club Ballet Folklorico Central Americans Raising Awareness in Solidarity Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine Destino Hermanos Unidos Hermanas Unidas La Fe-Intervarsity

• Lambda Theata Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. • Lambda Theate Phi Latin Sorority, Inc. • Latin American Student Organization (LASO) • Migrant Rights Awareness (MiRA) • Movimento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA) • Mujeres de Maiz Collective • Native American Student

Alliance (NASA) • Project Nicaragua • Raza Graduate Student Association • SACNAS Chapter at UCSD • Salsa Club • Sigma Phi Alpha Sorority, Inc. • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) • Spanish Club • Student Affirmative Action Committee


Sociology major, Human Rights minor

How do you get involved on campus? I like being part of something bigger than myself, so I got involved with the AS External Affairs office. I am part of the Labor Commission Board and I am the Labor Director (coalition builder). I work on strengthening student-worker relationships here on campus. I really like the work I do because I care about immigration and labor rights, which are intersectional issues. This position opened doors for me and I got offered a paid internship with AFSCME, which is a union on campus.

What is your advice for incoming students? Take advantage of your resources! Apply to internships or volunteer with an organization that relates to the career you want. UC San Diego has so many opportunities to do research, participate in student government and more. Just believe in yourself and know that your perspective is unique and important.


Spanish Literature, Ph.D. Candidate B.A. Latin American Studies & Spanish Literature, Class of 2014

Why did you choose UC San Diego?

In 2014, I graduated from UC San Diego and decided to complete my Master’s in New Mexico. After living there for two years, I knew my place was back in San Diego. UC San Diego offered me the opportunity of furthering my education close to home, in a small program, with people I knew would support me in this new journey.

What is your favorite place on campus?

As an undergraduate, I was able to find community with Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Incorporated. Coming back as a graduate student, I know I can always find a colega, a mentor and/or a friend at the Raza Resource Centro, and feel at home. The centro is not only a resource for academic and personal growth, it’s a space of history and resistance, a place that narrates the struggles and achievements of minority students on campus, and that reminds me of the work that is still to be done.

Career Services Center

Engaged Learning Tools

The UC San Diego Career Center helps students determine and fulfill their career goals. Students can use the center to find employment and internship opportunities, both on and off campus. Career advisors are always available to guide students on the right path to their dream careers or prepare for grad school.

UC San Diego students can begin developing their resumes and experience from their first year through engaged learning tools like the REAL Portal, Enhanced Electronic Transcript, CoCurricular Record and more.



The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) provides free tutoring on campus in a collaborative, supportive environment. Each year, OASIS serves 3,000 students in language, math, science, study skills, and writing as well as peer counseling and peer mentoring.

The mission of the Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES) is to act as an empowering dynamic on campus where UCSD students collaborate to achieve greater educational equity.



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.

Students use the Center for: MARTIN

Physiology and Neuroscience

Why did you choose UC San Diego? I can’t say enough about how much this campus has to offer. I enjoy utlizing the various resource centers, my professors’ office hours, on-campus tutoring, our great big library, and, since I live off campus, I use all of the resources available to commuter students. UC San Diego has always been the dream for me. As a non-traditional student, I was really empowered to reach for higher goals, and UC San Diego was my top goal.

• 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

What advice do you have for incoming students? Make it your goal to learn as much about the campus as possible and become familiar with the resources that are available to you. This campus might feel big, but that just means it has plenty of people you can relate to, so join a club or be active within the resource centers on campus.

RESOURCE CENTERS APIMEDA Programs Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American Black Resource Center Cross-Cultural Center Intertribal Resource Center

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center Raza Resource Centro Student Veterans Resource Center Undocumented Student Services Women's Center


PiĂąata Making Workshop

Dia de los Muertos Altar

Student Org Fair Raza Centro Open House

Civic Engagement & Service Learning Award Ceremony

Barrio Gardeners

Studying in the Raza Centro

MEChA Raza Graduation

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UC San Diego invests in diversity and looks for the best talent to add to our campus. We want you to be successful and hope you choose our c...

Raza Life 18  

UC San Diego invests in diversity and looks for the best talent to add to our campus. We want you to be successful and hope you choose our c...