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Washington Monthly 2010-2015




4th year from Yucaipa, California Computer Engineering major UC San Diego Swim Team


4th year from Bell Gardens, California Theatre & Dance major MEChA board, Cross-Cultural Center intern

I have been heavily involved in MEChA because that is where I feel at home and found my niche. Being involved has made my UC San Diego life easier. I’ve been seeing myself grow and develop. Not just in the social aspect—I have outgrown my shyness—but also professionally.


5th year from Northridge, California Biology: Ecology, Behavior, Evolution major Native American Student Alliance

The Inter-Tribal Resource Center is my favorite hang out spot on campus; it’s basically my second home. If I need to look up something quickly, take a nap or just hang out with people, I come here.

There are so many resources you can utilize at UC San Diego. As a student athlete, I have learned whatever free time I have, I try to make it productive. I’m a part of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement) program here and that’s how I got my job. Networking is really important.


4th year from Atlanta, Georgia International Studies and Political Science major

Studying abroad in China and Spain has cultivated a spirit of fearlessness and ambition. I feel like the possibilities are limitless because I have interned, worked and studied in places that have challenged my ability to adapt. Now I truly believe there is nothing that I cannot achieve.


1st year from Escondido, California Human Development major

The African Student Association is very important to me because it’s really comforting to be around African-identifying students who have grown up with similar lifestyles. It’s nice to share funny African myths our parents passed on to us or to debate whose culture’s Jollof rice tastes better.


Class of 2015 Transfer from San Diego Mesa College Psychology Honors Program

After coming to UC San Diego and becoming involved with the Student Veterans Organization, I was able to see how valuable and worthwhile being a veteran could be.



Dean of Social Sciences Professor, Communication

Being at UC San Diego, you find out who you really are and what you are really capable of.

»» Academic Internship Program

»» International Migration Studies Minor

»» African American Studies Minor

»» International Studies

»» African Studies Minor

»» Languages and Cultures in America

»» California Cultures in Comparative Perspective

»» Law and Society Program

»» Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities »» Community Law Project »» Critical Gender Studies »» Dimensions of Culture »» Education Studies Minor »» Ethnic Studies »» Health Care–Social Issues Program

»» Partners-at-Learning Program »» Public Health »» Public Service Minor

Professor Padden’s study of sign language emergence has provided insights into the complex relationship between language and culture in human societies.

»» UC San Diego–Morehouse/Spelman Exchange Program tmc-exchange-programs.html

»» UC San Diego–Dartmouth Exchange Program opp/dartmouth.html »» The UC Washington Center (UCDC)

»» Human Rights Minor »» IDEA Center

For more information on courses and programs at UC San Diego, visit

RESEARCH ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS • Amgen Scholars is a 10-week research experience • CAMP provides opportunities and support for students studying science, engineering & mathematics


Associate Professor, Bioengineering Affiliate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

If you look at where society is going, UC San Diego is in prime position to create great future leaders.

• McNair prepares low-income, first-generation students for doctoral study. ET CURE promotes cancer research careers of promising undergraduates from underserved populations. STARS summer research academy provides research experience and GRE & grad school prep.

Professor Coleman’s innovative wireless tattoo technology uses small, thin bioelectronics tattoos to monitor heartbeat, muscle movements and brain signals.

IMSD offers basic scientific training to prepare for Ph.D. program enrollment and graduation. Program

Undergraduate research helps you gain perspective on diverse communities, whether you’re exploring health disparities or artistic movements.





CAMPUS COMMUNITY CENTERS grounded in a shared belief that ending one oppression requires ending all oppressions Black Resource Center

Raza Resource Centro

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.

We came out of a history of struggle, and student and community movements that called for resources and support for UC San Diego Chicano/as-Latino/as. We are open to everyone but strive to emphasize and foster access, retention and graduation of Chicano/a-Latino/a students and create strong connections with our surrounding community.

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

Inter–Tribal Resource Center 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.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center A diverse, open and public space to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices and politics. We challenge existing definitions of variant genders and sexualities by engaging in community building on and off campus; and sustaining and developing visibility, community and knowledge of diverse queer people.

Student Veterans Resource Center Committed to ensuring that military affiliated students successfully make the transition from the military environment to campus life. The Center provides opportunities for peer-to-peer support, mentoring and social networking; and is the primary campus resource and advocate for military affiliated students.

Women's Center 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 UC San Diego.

Undocumented Student Services 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. A student can meet privately with the office’s coordinator on anything related to status.


»» African Student Association

»» Muslim Student Association

»» Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance

»» National Society of Black Engineers

»» Ballet Folklorico la Joya de Mexico

»» Native American Student Alliance

»» Black Student Union

»» Queer People of Color

»» Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine

»» Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers

»» Christian Youth United for the Advancement of the Gospel


»» Hermanas Unidas de UCSD »» Kaibigang Pilipin@ »» Mixed Student Union

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

»» Undergraduate Student Parent Association »» Pre-Law Society

»» Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA)

UC San Diego has 600+ student orgs and 36 fraternities & sororities.

STUDENT SUPPORT »» Career Services Center »» Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education »» Center for Ethics and Spirituality »» Center for Student Involvement

SPACES The work done at SPACES (Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service) is student-initiated, student-run and student-led. 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. SPACES offers many leadership opportunities, including paid and volunteer positions.

»» Counseling and Psychological Services »» Finacial Aid Office »» Office of Academic Support & Instructional Services »» Office for Students with Disabilities »» Recreation »» Student Health Services »» Student Legal Services »» Wellness Center »» Zone Lounge for Student Well-Being Summer Bridge is a pre-college program that provides a once-ina-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.

The UC San Diego community celebrates our diverse campus population through fairs, debates, film & food festivals, performing arts, powwows, the list goes on. Popular celebrations: »» Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month »» Black History Month »» California Native American Days »» César Chávez Month »» International Education Week »» San Diego LGBT Pride Parade participation

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