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At UC San Diego, we have increasingly prioritized initiatives that create access and stronger pathways through strategic outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically marginalized and underserved students, faculty, and staff. Through access, we foster an inclusive community comprised of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and identities that lead us to academic and inclusive excellence.

Diverse Leadership Leading the Way

Since our 2018 progress update, we have recruited the most diverse senior leadership at UC San Diego in the history of the university, better reflecting the unique identities, cultures, and backgrounds of the students we serve.   

Senior Leadership

anderson.jpgCheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, Founding Dean for Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

James-Antony.jpgJames Antony, PhD, Dean for the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs

Brookie-Best.PNGBrookie Best, PharmD, MAS, Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Anne-Buckley.jpgAnne Buckley, APR, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Lisa-Ordonez.jpgLisa Ordóñez, PhD, Dean for Rady School of Management; First Latina Dean at UC San Diego

John-Carethers.jpgJohn Carethers, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Science

Crystal-Cene.jpgCrystal Wiley Cené, MD, Chief Administrative Officer for EDI; Chief Health Equity Office

Marisa-Abrajano.jpgMarisa Abrajano, PhD, Warren College Provost

Kelly-Kish.jpgKelly Kish, PhD, Associate Chancellor

Helen-Griffith.jpgHelen Griffith, EdD, Inaugural Executive Director for the Preuss School

Ann-Spira.pngAnn Spira, Vice Chancellor for Advancement

TerriWinbush.jpgTerri Winbush, JD, Chief Human Resources Officer

Angela-Booker-2.jpgAngela Booker, PhD, Inaugural Provost, Eighth College

Corinne-Peek-Asa.jpgCorinne Peek-Asa, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research

Alysson-Satterlund.jpgAlysson Satterlund, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Caroline-Freund.jpegCaroline Freund, PhD, Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy; First Female Dean of GPS

kit-pogliano-q-and-a.jpgKit Pogliano, PhD, Dean, School of Biological Sciences, First Female Dean of Biological Sciences

Tonya-Jackman-Hampton.jpgTonya Jackman Hampton, EdD, Chief Human Resources Officer, UC San Diego Health

Christine-Hrycyna.jfif Christine Hrycyna, PhD, Dean, School of Physical Sciences

Hugo-Villar.jpgHugo Villar, PhD, MBA, Dean, Division of Extended Studies


Creating Opportunity Through Access: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students 

UC San Diego is home to several programs and initiatives aimed at increasing access for undergraduate, graduate, professional, and medical students with emphasis on the recruitment and admissions processes, career preparation workshops, and more. 

NextProf Pathfinder

NextProf Pathfinder is a collaboration between UC San Diego and the University of Michigan School of Engineering, NextProfPathfinder is a workshop intended to prepare PhD and Master’s students for successful careers in academia.


Karen-Christman.jpgKaren Christman, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Welfare, Professor of Bioengineering   


OAR^2 (Outreach Access Recruitment Retention) 

OAR^2 utilizes a collective impact approach through an advisory board comprised of student, faculty, and staff leaders to enhance processes for recruiting and retaining historically underrepresented students at UC San Diego, including students of color and women in STEM, and to provide opportunities for mentorship and research to a community of scholars. 



Angeline Yang, EdD, Director, OAR^2 

Preparing Accomplished Transfers for Humanities (PATH) Program - Expanded 

Preparing Accomplished Transfers for Humanities (PATH) Program is a collaborative initiative between the School of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego and the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), the PATH Program supports transfer students and encourages their success on campus and after graduating through their summer academy and faculty connections programs.  


Alma-Palazzolo.jpgAlma Palazzolo, MPA, Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Humanities 



Holistic Graduate Admissions 

When evaluating a candidate for admission into a graduate program, admissions committees consider a variety of variables including academic, nonacademic, and contextual factors in the review process to identify students who are most likely to succeed. 


April-Bjornsen.jpgApril Bjornsen, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Affairs and Admissions


Scripps SCUBA DIVERsity Program

The Scripps SCUBA DIVERsity Fellowship Program aims to recruit and retain outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to/within the field of scientific diving. The program is designed to remove barriers for students as they advance from learning to swim and dive, to becoming competent and confident Scientific Divers. To do so, the program provides funding for costs associated with swim lessons, swim and dive equipment, CPR/First Aid course(s), Open Water Diver certification, the Scripps Small Boating Course, and the annual Scientific Diver Fee.


Keiara AuzennejpgKeiara Auzenne, MBA, JD, Director of Diversity Initiatives, Scripps


Compassion and Equity In STEM

Through intentional equity-minded initiatives, we are creating opportunities for our diverse student population to thrive in STEM environments where empathy, compassion, and support are paramount.  

Center for Social Justice and Empathy in Human Health 

The Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health (CESJHH) addresses health injustice with empathy and compassion through research, communication, and representation of marginalized communities in the STEM and healthcare profession pipeline. 


Gentry-Patrick2.jpgGentry Patrick, PhD, Center Director, Professor 

Leigh-Eck.pngLeigh Eck, Center Strategist 

  • The YOU Belong in STEM: San Diego local launch and mini summit occurred on April 18, 2023. This event aimed to lift up and leverage the efforts, brilliance, and lived expertise of diverse STEM ecosystem stakeholders across the region, and position San Diego as a model U.S. city for the community-wide, compassion-based catalyzation of increased equity and belonging in STEM education.   
  • "Social Justice as Part of the Remedy for What Ails Us," UC San Diego Today

PATHways to STEM 

The PATHways to STEM through Enhanced Access and Mentorship (PATHS) Program is a four-year undergraduate scholarship and support program that provides students with access to mentorship, campus support, hands-on training opportunities, and more. 


petitt.jpgBecky R. Petitt, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Gentry-Patrick2.jpgGentry Patrick, PhD, Professor, PATHS Program Creator and Faculty Director 

Guadalupe-Cruz.jpgGuadalupe Cruz, MA, PATHS Director

Daniel-Cardenas.jpgDaniel Cardenas, MEd, PATHS Assistant Director 

Anh-Mai.jpg Anh Mai, PATHS Program Manager 


Access to Health Careers

UC San Diego is committed to creating pathways for students historically underrepresented in medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and other health related fields to thrive on campus and in their future health careers. 

Growing A Diverse Medical Student Population 


  • Program in Medicine – Transforming Indigenous Doctor Education (PRIME-TIDE) prepares medical students for careers focused on providing healthcare to Native American communities through experiential training on specific healthcare needs, the cultural context in which that care is provided, and how medical research informs healthcare decisions. 
  • Program for Underrepresented Medical Applicants (PUMA) aims to address the lack of diversity and inclusion within the medical field and the lack of support disadvantaged, underrepresented in medicine students may face when applying to medical school. Participants gain access to resources including mentorship opportunities, application preparation workshops, and more.
  • Program for Underrepresented Minorities in Pharmacy (PUMP) aims to provide mentorship for future pharmacists who are committed to serving underrepresented communities with health disparities, e.g. Black/African American, Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native/First American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese), Refugees, and LGBTQIA.
  • The Latinx Pre-Med Initiative, started through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s Innovation Grant and currently sustained by the Office of the Dean for the School of Medicine, partners with the STEM HSI initiatives and the UC San Diego School of Medicine Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) to address the shortage of Latinx physicians in California.  
Other Programs in Health Sciences creating pathways to an education and career in healthcare include: 
  • Health Professions Exposure and Recruitment Program (HPREP) 
  • Research Methodology Training Lab (RTML) 
  • UniversityLink Medical Science Program (ULMSP) 
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentoring Project
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
  • UCSD SOM Doc-4-A-Day 
  • UC San Diego SSPPS Pharmacy Day
  • California Native American Research Centers for Health Student Development Program (CA-NARCH SDP) 


  • PRIME-TIDE was launched in September 2022
  • 12 Native American/Alaskan Native medical students were admitted in 2022, the highest in UC San Diego History; 4 of which enrolled in PRIME-TIDE 
  • 12 admitted Native American/Alaskan Native medical students in 2023 
  • UCSD is projected to have 20 Native American medical students and 1 Alaskan Native (Aluet) medical student by September 2023 
  • PUMA initiative was launched in 2019 
  • PUMP initiative was launched in 2020
  • Latinx Pre-med Initiative had an inaugural cohort of ten Latinx premedical students in 2020, followed by two subsequent cohorts of ten students each in 2021 and 2022   

UC San Diego Health Career Experience 

In collaboration with the San Diego Nursing & Allied Health Education Consortium, San Diego County Community Colleges and the Health Sciences High and Middle College, the program offers instruction to high school students to develop their understanding of the acute care environment. Students learn about their health care profession of interest, relationship-based care, health literacy and health care disparities, health care and technology, cultural competence, and more. 


Cabiria-Bea-Lizarraga.pngCabiria “Bea” Lizarraga, RN, Nurse Manager at UC San Diego Health 

Gwendolyn-Mcpherson.pngGwendolyn McPherson, MSN, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager at UC San Diego Health 


  • UC San Diego Health received $2.2 million in grant funding from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) to develop a new student enrichment program that seeks to encourage high school students in underrepresented communities to pursue health care careers. 
  • UC San Diego Health is the only health care institution in the region to be awarded funds, which will be distributed over the next five years. 
  • In 2021, UC San Diego Health developed a similar program for community college students called the DREAM Externship, which was supported by an Innovation Grant from VC EDI.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)/San Diego Regional Consortium 

A partnership of UC San Diego School of Medicine (School of Pediatrics, Center for Community Health), San Diego State University (SDSU), San Diego Border Area Health Education Center/Scripps Family Residency Program, nine Community Colleges, and nine high schools, the Consortium serves students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and underserved communities. It aims to develop a competitive applicant pool; recruit talented students for participation in academic enrichment and research training programs; and provide career awareness and exposure to community-based primary health care services 


Ramon-Hernandez.jpgRamon Hernandez, DrPH, MPH, Project Director, HCOP 


  • Successful best practice for other models like the CA Medicine Hub of Healthcare Opportunity serving eight community colleges in San Diego County and Imperial County. 

UC San Diego FIRST Program

The UC San Diego FIRST Program aims to enhance inclusive excellence at UC San Diego by diversifying faculty in the areas of Cancer, Cardiovascular Sciences, Immunology/Infectious Diseases, and Neurosciences. The FIRST program is designed to provide effective, evidence-based professional development, as well as mentorship in research and career development, guidance in academic promotion, integration into the university, and access to networks of colleagues and communities of scholars.


Principal Investigators 

JoAnn-Trejo.PNGJoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences Faculty Affairs
Elena-Martinez.jpgElena Martinez, PhD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science


Mary-Corr.jpgMaripat Corr, MD, Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Vivan-Reznik.PNGVivian Reznik, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, School of Medicine and the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Deborah-Wingard.pngDeborah Wingard, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
Dr.-Sonia-Jain.jpegSonia Jain, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

Executive Steering Committee:

Becky R Petitt.jpgBecky R. Petitt, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Robert-Continetti.PNG Robert Continetti, PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
John-Carethers.jpgJohn Carethers, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences 
Corinne-Peek-Asa.jpgCorinne Peek-Asa, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research  

theresa-a-maldonado.jpgTheresa A. Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President for Research & Innovation


Faculty Diversity

As we continue enrolling an increasingly diverse student body, we recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining an equally diverse faculty. As a result of our ongoing commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, we have welcomed highly sought-after faculty members whose innovations, pedagogy, and research have enhanced UC San Diego across the disciplines.  

Women in STEM 

UC San Diego is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by promoting and celebrating the success of women in these historically male-dominated fields. Recent achievements to increase the representation of women in STEM demonstrate our progress. 


Lisa-Jones.jpgLisa Jones, PhD, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Tara-Javidi.jpegTara Javidi, PhD, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Claire-Meaders.jpgClaire Meaders, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences 

Christine-Alvarado.jpgChristine Alvarado, PhD, Associate Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, Teaching Professor, Computer Science and Engineering 

Lia-Siegelman.jpgLia Siegelman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 

Kimberly-Prather.PNGKimberly A. Prather, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Chair in AtmRommie Amaroospheric Chemistry

Rommie-Amaro.PNGRommie E. Amaro, PhD, Endowed Chair, Distinguished Professor in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Advancing Faculty Diversity (AFD) Initiative 

Through the University of California Office of the President’s Advancing Faculty Diversity program and the support of Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons, we are building a more diverse faculty and inclusive climate for all by investing in three cluster hires aimed at recruiting and retaining faculty who are committed to ensuring the success of underrepresented students in all disciplines. 

AFD initiatives were successful at increasing the diversity of our hiring pools, with 46% of applicants identifying themselves as Black, Latinx, or Native American. 

Designing Just Futures Cluster Hire Initiative (2022) 

This cluster hire aims to recruit faculty whose innovative and interdisciplinary research exist at the intersections of design and social justice with an emphasis on Indigenous, Black, and migrant futures. 


Core Steering Committee: 

Nadir-Weibel.jpgNadir Weibel, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Associate Faculty Director of the Design Lab, Lead Principal Investigator 

Theresa-Ambo.jpgTheresa Ambo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education Studies, Co-Director of Indigenous Futures Institute 

Keolu Fox.jpgKeolu Fox, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Co-Director of Indigenous Futures Institute 

Wayne-Yang.jpgK. Wayne Yang, PhD, Professor of Ethnic Studies, Provost of Muir College 

MarDestinee-Perez.jpgMarDestinee Perez, MS, Director for the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Steering Committee at Large: 

Angela-Booker-2.jpgAngela Booker, PhD, Associate Professor of Communications, Provost Eighth College 

Fonna FormanFonna Forman, JD, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Founding Director, UCSD Center on Global Justice 

Amy-Lerner.jpgAmy Lerner, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor of Urban Studies and Planning

Truong NguyenTruong Nguyen, PhD, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Victoria-Petrovich.pngVictoria Petrovich, PhD, Professor of Theatre and Dance 

George-Porter.jpgGeorge Porter, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Co-Director, Center for Networked Systems 


Latinx Cluster Hire Initiative (2021) 

As we continue to pursue HSI designation, the Latinx Cluster Hire Initiative (LCHI) demonstrates our commitment to serving our Latinx student population by increasing our faculty who share and understand their identities. Through this initiative, we are prioritizing innovative and interdisciplinary research, culturally relevant curricula, and mentorship across campus.


Steering Committee: 

Luis AlvarezLuis Alvarez, PhD, Chair of History Department, Lead Principal Investigator 

Marisa-Abrajano.jpgMarisa Abrajano, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Provost-Warren College 

Jody-Blanco.PNGJohn (Jody) Blanco, PhD, Associate Professor of Literature, Director of Latin American Studies (LAS 

Robert-Castro.jpgRobert Castro, MFA, Professor of Theatre and Dance, Director of Chicanx and Latinx Studies (CLS) 

Juan-Pablo-Pardo-Guerra.jpgJuan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Director of Latin American Studies Program 

Daphne-TG.jpgDaphne Taylor-Garcia, PhD, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

MarDestinee-Perez.jpgMarDestinee Perez, MS, Director for the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion 

Original Principal Investigators: 

Frances-Contreras.jpgFrances Contreras, PhD, Professor of Education Studies, Current Dean of UC Irvine School of Education 

lmartincabrera.jpgLuis Martin-Cabrera, PhD, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies 

Faculty Recruited to Date: 

Strengthening STEM Research and Teaching for the Black/African American Diaspora Cluster Hire Initiative (2020)

Through this cluster hire, UC San Diego has welcomed new faculty whose research, scholarship, and pedagogy are enriching our STEM curriculum and advancing the Black Diaspora and African American Studies Major.   


Steering Committee: 

thandeka-chapman.jpgThandeka Chapman, PhD, Professor of Education Studies, Director of African American Studies Minor

Makeba-Jones.jpgMakeba Jones, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor of Education, Committee Chair 

linda-awdishu.jpgLinda Awdishu, PharmD, MAS, Professor and Chair of Clinical Pharmacy 

Ivan-Evans.jpgIvan Evans, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College 

 Other Members: 

Maria-Rosario-Happy-Araneta.jpgMaria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology, Family Medicine and Public Health, Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships 

Keiara AuzennejpgKeiara Auzenne, MBA, JD, Scripps Institute for Oceanography Director of Diversity Initiatives 

Eduardo-Macagno.jpgEduardo Macagno, PhD, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology 

Gentry-Patrick2.jpgGentry Patrick, PhD, Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, Director, Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health 

MarDestinee-Perez.jpgMarDestinee Perez, MS, Director of the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Original Principal Investigator: 

Frances-Contreras.jpgFrances Contreras, PhD, Professor of Education Studies, Current Dean of UC Irvine School of Education

Faculty Recruited to Date:
  • Hiruy Meharena, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences 
  • Chadwick Campbell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health, Health Sciences 
  • Mamadou Diagne, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering 
  • Imani N.S. Munyaka, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering 
  • John Sous, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physical Sciences 
  • Lisa Jones, PhD, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physical Sciences 
  • Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences 
  • Audra Meadows, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine, Health Sciences 

Paving the Way for Academic Excellence  

Through our current and emerging academic excellence initiatives that emphasize the experiences of historically underrepresented students, we are working to create better access to an education, culturally relevant programming, mentorship, and other resources.  

Black Academic Excellence Initiative (BAEI)

The BAEI aims to transform the presence and experience of Black students, faculty, and staff at UC San Diego through a variety of efforts including increased enrollment of Black undergraduate and graduate students; persistence and graduation rates; academic and co-curricular supports emphasizing the Black experience; improved retention for all groups; and an increased presence of Black faculty and staff across campus.   


Ivan-Evans.jpgIvan Evans, PhD, Co-chair of BAEI Advisory Committee 

Makeba-Jones.jpgMakeba Jones, PhD, Co-chair of BAEI Advisory Committee 

John-Rawlins-III.jpegJohn Rawlins III, MA, Co-chair of Implementation Work Group 

Wayne-Yang.jpgK. Wayne Yang, PhD, Co-chair of Implementation Work Group 

Programs and Initiatives Supporting Black Excellence at UC San Diego include: 

Enhancing the Black Student Experience (EBSE) Symposium

A week-long symposium designed to increase awareness of the Black student experience at UC San Diego in an effort to foster intentional and sustained action to enhance this experience and promote pro-Blackness on campus. 


Current Chairs: 

John-Rawlins-III.jpegJohn Rawlins III, MA, Director, Black Resource Center 

Mya-Hines.jpgMya Hines, EdD, Senior Academic Advisor, John Muir College 

Breanna-Clark.jpgBreanna Clark, MEd, Graduate and Professional Student Association Advisor 


  • First held in 2021, the EBSE is now an annual VC EDI and VCSA collaborative symposium. 

 National Panhellenic Plaza

A partnership between VC SA and VC EDI, the first National Panhellenic Plaza in the UC system will serve as a site of place-making, community, celebration, pride, joy, and visibility for our Black student community, contributing to sense of belonging, engagement, connection, retention, and success. 


petitt.jpgBecky R. Petitt, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Alysson-Satterlund.jpgAlysson Satterlund, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs 

Alfredo-Barcenas.jpgAlfredo Barcenas, Director of Student Governments, Auxiliaries and Services  

John-Hughes.jpgJohn Hughes, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Resource Management 

Emily-Trask.jpgEmily Marx Trask, PhD Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement 

Patty-Mahaffey.jpgPatty Mahaffey, EdD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life 

Marina-Mantos.pngMarina Mantos, MA, Associate Director, Sorority and Fraternity Life 

Malik-Sampson.pngMalik Sampson, Sorority and Fraternity Life Advisor and Program Manager, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Interfraternity Council 

John-Rawlins-III.jpegJohn Rawlins III, MA, Director, Black Resource Center 

Fnann-R-Keflezighi.jpegFnann R Keflezighi, MA, Director, Cross Cultural Center 


  • Hired NPHC Program Manager at the Center for Student Involvement 

Black Graduate Experience Living Learning Community

The Black Graduate Experience LLC (BGELLC) is an optional, residential community open to all. It is designed to foster graduate scholarship, excellence, and achievement through meaningful programming that emphasizes the Black experience.  


Hemlata-Jhaveri.jpgHemlata Jhaveri, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining & Hospitality  

James-Crawford.jpgJames Crawford, MA, BGELLC Community Liaison 

Marisol-Dottie-Dothard.jpegMarisol "Dottie" Dothard, MA, BGELLC Community Liaison 

Matthew-Ford.pngMatthew Ford, BGELLC Community Liaison 


  • First Black Graduate Living Learning Community at UC San Diego, was created as a result of senior administrators' regular engagement with Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and Black Student Union leadership. 

Blacktronika at UC San Diego

“Blacktronika: Afrofuturism in Electronic Music” is an online music course created by Professor King Britt to honor the innovators of color whose contributions have advanced electronic music globally. Using a lens that incorporates elements of science fiction, technology, and the African diaspora, the course recognizes the musicians who shaped the genre.  


King-Britt.jpegKing Britt, Assistant Teaching Professor 



Latinx Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative (LAEI) 

The Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative is designed to ensure that California’s fastest growing student population feels welcome, supported, and able to thrive at UC San Diego. This means attracting and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student community—making UC San Diego a place where generations rise. 


Frank-Silva.jpgFrank Silva, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Frances-Contreras.jpgFrances Contreras, PhD, Professor of Education Studies, Current Dean of UC Irvine School of Education

Gerardo-Arellano.jpgGerardo Arellano, PhD, Raza Resource Center Director, HSI Initiatives Executive Director 

Maruth-Figueroa.jpgMaruth Figueroa, EdD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Student Retention and Success 


Programs and Initiatives that Support LAEI: 

HSI Summit 

UC San Diego convened a virtual HSI Summit in collaboration with campus partners including academic leaders, faculty, staff, and students to advance collective impact across campus toward transforming UC San Diego into a student-centered university in service to our Latinx/Chicanx students. 


Mi Universidad 

Mi Universidad is a culturally focused, bilingual outreach program that provides education in both English and Spanish with key foundations including culture and identity. The program is made possible through the collective efforts of the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (VC EDI), Office for Student Affairs (VC SA), Enrollment Management, Extended Studies, the Hispanic Serving-Institution Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative Work Group, UCTV, CREATE, EAOP, TRIO, Univision, Raza Resource Centro, Undocumented Student Services, University Communications, Chicano/Latino Studies, Latin American Studies and community partners including the Parent Institute for Quality Education, Sweetwater Unified School District, and Imperial School District. 


Community Partnerships 

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

UC San Diego partnered with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), which helps families ensure children achieve their full potential through post-secondary education, to exchange ideas, pool resources, and work collaboratively in the name of Latinx student success. A pilot program, Conexiones Familiar, was developed to cultivate servingness by integrating cultural values into UC San Diego’s services. 



In 2020, in conjunction with Entravision—the parent company of Spanish-language television network Univision—UC San Diego launched a comprehensive awareness campaign to reach San Diego’s Latinx/Chicanx communities in collaboration with University Communications. It featured faculty, staff, students, and alumni as guests on local Spanish-language television and radio stations to discuss topics including access, financial aid, academic success, and more. It also includes an admissions website in Spanish,ñol.    


Emerging Academic Excellence Initiative: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions 

To expand efforts to address the unique needs of UC San Diego’s Asian American and Pacific Islander students, UC San Diego has become designated as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI). 


petitt.jpgBecky R. Petitt, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Windi-Sasaki.pngWindi Sasaki, MA, Associate Director, Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) Programs and Services 

Brian-Crie.jpgBrian Crie, MA, Programs and Operations Coordinator 

AANAPISI Task Force 


Programs and Initiatives that Support AANAPISI

Symposium on Enhancing the Experiences of Students of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern Descent 

Sponsored by Student Affairs under the leadership Vice Chancellor Alysson Satterlund in partnership with VC EDI, the Symposium is a multi-day learning opportunity designed to increase awareness of the experiences of students of Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and Asian descent at UC San Diego. It fosters intentional and sustained action to enhance their experience, promote student success and well-being, and demonstrate an understanding of their diverse experiences.

Summer Lunch and Learn Program 

APIMEDA Programs and Services hosts a summer reading series to expand knowledge on the ways in which participants may continue to serve APIMEDA students at UC San Diego. 

Emerging Academic Excellence Initiative: Native American/Tribal Academic Programs 

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor Program

The Native American and Indigenous Studies program offers an introduction to the histories and cultures of Native American and Indigenous communities in the United States with comparative examples from international Indigenous communities. 


Andrew-Jolivette.jpgAndrew Jolivétte, PhD, Chair of UC San Diego’s Department of Ethnic Studies and Director of NAIS program 


  • New minor and doctoral certificate in Native American Studies 

Indigenous Futures Institute

The Indigenous Futures Institute (IFI) is a community-driven and interdisciplinary project that aims to highlight the work of Indigenous activists, scholars, artists, and more across a variety of disciplines.  


Theresa-Ambo.jpgTheresa Ambo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator, Indigenous Futures Institute 

Keolu Fox.jpgKeolu Fox, PhD, Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator, Indigenous Futures Institute 

Sarah-Aarons.jpegSarah Aarons, PhD, Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator, Indigenous Futures Institute 

Wayne-Yang.jpgK. Wayne Yang, PhD, Provost, John Muir College, Principal Investigator, Indigenous Futures Institute


Native American Opportunity Plan 

As of Fall 2022, the University of California waives tuition and fees for Native American students who are state residents and members of federally recognized tribes aligned with the Native American Opportunity Plan. This initiative complements our existing Chancellor's Associates Scholarship Program (CASP)


Dream the Impossible Native Youth Conference

The Dream the Impossible Native Youth Conference was started in 2007 by several Southern California Tribes in partnership with organizations such as the California Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, to provide youth with access to college campuses and resources to achieve their educational goals. 



Corrine-Hensley-Dellefield.jpgCorrine Hensley-Dellefield, MA, Assistant Director, Intertribal Resource Center 


Creating Opportunity Through Community 

Creating pathways between the broader San Diego community and UC San Diego is one of the many ways we are working to foster an inclusive community for all. Whether it is opening educational opportunities to the public or providing direct services to communities, we continue to innovate in the ways we engage with our San Diego community members. 

Park and Market

Park & Market is a venue in the heart of downtown San Diego designed to bring the campus and the larger San Diego community together to innovate, collaborate, and exchange ideas.  


Mary-Walshok.jpgMary Walshok, PhD, Retired Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, Dean, Extension 

Hugo-Villar.jpgHugo Villar, PhD, MBA, Dean, Extended Studies 

Ed-Abeyta.jpgEd Abeyta, PhD, Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Director, Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparations Programs 

Morgan-Appel.jpgMorgan Appel, PhD, Assistant Dean for Education and Community Outreach 

Recent Events 
  • El Festival de Frida y Diego: Lecture with Gregorio Luke – “Frida and Diego: An Artistic Marriage” 
  • Intersections at Park & Market Series (Samir Chatterjee Trio, Gilbert Castellanos Quintet, Chaldean to Classical Through the Lens of Luay Yousif & Fred Benedetti, Beyond the Blues with Mamie Minch and Mara Kaye, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi) 
  • “Designers for Peace” at Park & Market in partnership with AIGA San Diego Tijuana 
  • Return of the VC EDI Speaker Series in 2023: Dr. Bettina L. Love: "We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom" 
  • World Design Capital 2024 Signing Ceremony – Tijuana-San Diego Region 
  • Mi Universidad Launch 
  • Juneteenth Celebration 


Health Sciences in the Community 

The Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships supports innovative programs that encourage students as early as middle school to develop academic, clinical, scholarly, and advocacy skills.


Maria-Rosario-Happy-Araneta.jpgMaria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships   

Emanuel-Manny-Keiler.jpegEmanuel (Manny) Keiler, Creator of Fade Hypertension Program, UC San Diego MD 2022  

Daniel-Masillon.jpegDaniel Masillon, Student, School of Medicine, Volunteer for Health Frontiers in Tijuana 



  • Recent programs include the Fade Hypertension Program, a community service-learning opportunity to offer blood pressure screening and cardiovascular health education in Black-owned barbershops, as well as Health Frontiers in Tijuana, which provides accessible, quality healthcare in Tijuana's Zona Norte.