News from the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego
Issue #36 Fall 2020 - December
UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center

Note: the physical office space for the ITRC is currently closed until further notice.
But we are still here for you! We can't wait to see you again (virtually and in person); until then, if you would like to set up a meeting for office hours with our staff or have general questions about upcoming programs or how to get involved, please contact us at:

Connecting you to information and resources for
Native American students and communities at UC San Diego.
Part of the team behind the scenes for this year's virtual
Native American Heritage Month Kickoff Event.
In This Issue...
December Celebrations
Ask a Native Triton
Upcoming Events
What We've Been Up To
Student Organizations
Campus News
Community News
December Celebrations
Congratulations to the
Kumeyaay Garden Project Team

Team members from the Kumeyaay Garden Project and the Native American Student Alliance participated in the successful replanting of the university's first garden featuring California native plants that are both traditionally and currently utilized by tribes in the Southern California region and named in honor of the Kumeyaay Nation. The garden was introduced in Spring 2020; construction in Marshall College necessitated the relocation and replanting of the garden but it remained a high priority on campus.
We want to celebrate with you!
Share your birthday, tell us about a special accomplishment, or recognize another Native Triton! Click below to share the love!

Ask a Native Triton...
Each month, we like to profile one of our amazing Native American students at UC San Diego. If you would like to nominate a Native American student at UC San Diego for us to feature you can email us at
The ITRC is proud to introduce...
Ray Huaute
Chumash and Cahuilla

Ph.D. Candidate in Dept. of Linguistics;
Phonology, Morphology and Language Documentation and Description

Hometown: Riverside, CA
What is your area of research at UCSD? I study linguistics. Specifically, I study Cahuilla which is an endangered language of Southern California.

How do you connect with the campus community as a grad student? I participate in the ITRC events and with the American Indian Graduate Association.

What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, go hiking work on crafts and walk my dog, Yawish.
Upcoming Events
Please, visit our calendar to find out about all our events.
What We've Been Up To
Native American Heritage Month
This month the Intertribal Resource Center; Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, our Native Student organization; our amazing community members; and UCSD staff and faculty came together to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Events throughout the month discussed Native American and Indigenous activism, Decolonial work in higher education, Indigenous futures, Language and Cultural Revitalization, and so much more. To see some of our events, please click on the links below.

Family Night
Congratulations to Karin Giron, Shandiin Armao, Burgundy Fletcher, Ivan Rajen, and Kayleen Fulton; our Native Family Night Bingo winners! Come join us at our next Family Night for a chance to win cool prizes and of course, bragging rights!
UC Native Insights
On November 12th Admissions staff, Raza Resource Centro interns, ITRC staff, and alumnus Leonard Almero conducted a workshop on the UC Insights application questions for students applying to UC San Diego.

If you were unable to attend but interested in learning more about the Insights portion of the UC's application you can watch a video of the presentation HERE.

Admissions staff and the ITRC previously held a presentation on what to expect when applying to and attending UC San Diego as a Native American student. You can watch the presentation HERE.
Native American Student Organizations
Interested in Native American culture, issues and community? Come check out our student organizations...
Native American Student Alliance
NASA meetings are held on
even week Mondays, at 6:00 pm.

Questions? Contact
American Indian Graduate Student Association
AIGSA meetings are held on odd weeks on Tuesdays, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Zoom Meeting ID: 918 7352 8440


Association of Native American Medical Students
Questions? Contact
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
UC San Diego Chapter
AISES meetings are held on odd week Thursdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Are you a Native American student majoring in Health/Science? Well the CA-NARCH program is for you!

Contact Geneva Lofton-Fitzsimmons for more information:

Geneva Lofton-Fitzsimmons
American Indian Coordinator
Campus News
Community News
EDI Programs & Cam

Contact Us:
UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center | (858) 822-0048 |
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0028
Located on the 2nd Floor of Price Center West across from SPACES (right above Subway and Rubios)
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