News from the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego
Issue #35 Fall 2020 - November
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.
In this Issue:
November Celebrations
Ask a Native Triton
Upcoming Events
What We've Been Up To
Student Organizations
Campus News
Community News
November Celebrations
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...
Kenny Pecore
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Muir College; Aerospace Engineering major
Plans to design military aircraft in the future.

Hometown: Born in Tokyo, Japan, moved to Ridgecrest, CA (small town in the Mojave Desert). Traveled back to the Menominee Reservation for the summer and/or Winter vacations.
What made you choose UC San Diego?
I chose UCSD for 3 main reasons: first, UCSD has a well established engineering dept., and actually one of the only schools that offered an Aerospace Engineering curriculum. Second, I found UCSD's coastal location more appealing compared to other schools that I got into. Finally, the decision was clear to me when I was generously offered a scholarship to attend UCSD.

What has been the best way to meet new people during your first quarter at UC San Diego?
Personally, I had the best luck meeting UCSD students when I would strike up casual conversations at the beach or at Gliderport.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love fishing, camping, swimming, or anything else that gets me outside. I have also recently purchased a surfboard so I have been learning how to catch some waves at Scripps Beach.
Upcoming Events
Please, visit our calendar to find out about all our events.
What We've Been Up To
What We're Learning: California Native Vote Project
On October 16, 2020 the ITRC Welcomed Justine Medina and Jesse Fraire from the California Native Vote Project to discuss the importance of voting and how to make a voting plan. You can learn more about the California Native Vote Project HERE.

If you need help researching candidates, props, and measures check out the KPBS non- partisan Voter Guide. Click HERE to find your polling place. If you need help getting to the polls today San Diego's MTS is offering all-day free transit rides.
Welcome Dinner
On October 9, 2020, the Intertribal Resource Center hosted our annual Native American Welcome Dinner. Participants had an opportunity to learn more about the ITRC, Native American student organizations and other campus opportunities. Students also participated in a movement session lead by grad student Sam Mitchell (Yaqui) and had a chance to win some raffle prizes. You can check out a slideshow of past ITRC events and learn more about the student organizations by clicking the links below.
Family Night
Students and ITRC staff came together to test their knowledge of Native American and UC San Diego trivia in our virtual Jeopardy event. Anthony Hurtado swept the floor with his vast knowledge and quick wits!

As our Jeopardy winner he received a gift card for Uber Eats!

Join us this month on Thursday, November 19th for another chance to win!
Language and Culture Table
'Eyaay ehan (Thank you) to Alex Hunter for her time and wisdom. Last month Alex taught us how to count from 1-10 in Kumeyaay along with other useful phrases.

Join us next week for Luiseño Language Basics!

Want to share a greeting or some basic vocabulary in your Native language or learn someone else's?  Can you teach a cultural activity or want to learn a new one?  Do you have traditional social songs, dances, or games from your tribe that you could share? If you have an idea for future Virtual Language and Culture Tables you can submit it HERE.
Native American Triton Talk
Staff from the Admissions and the ITRC and several Native American Tritons spoke about applying to and attending UC San Diego to prospective students. If you were unable to attend you can watch a recording of the event HERE.

For those interested there is a second event for students to review and discuss the UC Insights portion of the UC San Diego 2021-22 application with Admissions staff. The event will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 3:30-5:00 PM. You can register to attend 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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