News from the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego
Issue #33 Summer 2020 - September
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:
September Celebrations
What We've Been Up To
Ask a Native Triton
Coming Up
Student Organizations
Campus News
Community News
September 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!

What We've Been Up To...
Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)
ITRC staff recorded a welcome video for participants at the virtual Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) Conference this year. The Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is an almost four-decade-old proven model to assist communities to heal from the lasting impacts of colonization. Historical and inter-generational trauma is at the root of hopelessness and healing is the answer to trauma. The GONA follows four developmental phases and values of Belonging, Mastery, Interdependence and Generosity.

Click HERE to view the recording. If you would like the ITRC to speak at your event, you can contact us at
(Mot koo la hoo ee)
The ITRC is proud to announce a collaborative project with Kumeyaay Community College and Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The Matlahuayl Project will focus on Kumeyaay language and culture sharing, through a mission of education at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Stay tuned for more updates and program announcements!
Competitive Edge Presentation
ITRC Coordinator, Corrine and Graduate Community Intern, Juan spoke with incoming graduate students participating in the Competitive Edge Summer Scholars program.

Each student is the recipient of a Graduate Diversity Fellowship: Tribal Membership Initiative, UC HBCU, or SEED. The Competitive Edge Program provides opportunities to connect students to resources on campus to aid them with their transition into their first year of graduate school here at UC San Diego.

Click HERE to learn more about UCSD's Competitive Edge Program.
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...

Victoria Robles

John Muir College
Second Year
Major: Economics, Manage
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
What's your favorite thing about San Diego?
My favorite thing about San Diego is probably the La Jolla Shores Beach! I looooved surfing there! 

What do you miss about home?
The main thing I missed about home was my family of course and also the unlimited boba supply on every block of Chino Hills!

What advice do you have for incoming students?
My advice for incoming Freshman would be to make the most of the resources that you have! UCSD has an unlimited amount of communities and resources that are just waiting to be used! Your experience is completely what YOU make of it! If you want friends then talk to the people around or join a student org! If you want a place to study at you can use the libraries at UCSD. If you need academic help there are sooo many free tutoring services available! But you definitely need to go a little out of your comfort zone to make your experience the best it can be!
Upcoming Events
Please, visit our calendar to find out about all our events.
RSVP for ITRC Welcome Dinner
Zoom link provided after registration here:

10/09/20 4:00pm - 10/09/20 5:30pm

I'll be there!
I can't make it
Native American Student Organizations
Interested in Native American culture, issues and community? Come check out our student organizations...
Introducing a brand new Native American student organization at UC San Diego:
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
UC San Diego Chapter

For more information and to get involved contact:
American Indian Graduate Student Association

Questions? Contact

Like AIGSA at UCSD for all the latest updates!
Native American
Student Alliance

Questions? Contact

Like NASA at UCSD for all the latest updates!
Association of Native American Medical Students
Questions? Contact

Like ANAMS at UCSD for all the latest updates!
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 & Campus Community Centers
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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