News from the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego
Issue #38 Winter 2021 - February
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.
February is Black History Month!
Check out this month's events celebrating Black excellence and history HERE!
In This Issue...
February Celebrations
Ask a Native Triton
Upcoming Events
What We've Been Up To
Student Organizations
Campus News
Community News
February 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...
Anthony Hurtado
Luiseño, Tohono O'odham

Roosevelt College, Major: Public Health

Hometown: Rincon Indian Reservation in Valley Center, CA
What advice do you have for incoming Native students to make the most of their time in college? My advice would be to take your time. There is no finish line. Don't be afraid to leave behind what doesn't interest you because things can only get better.

How do you stay engaged with your own tribal community? I stay engaged with my community by serving our youth, academically or culturally. I try to learn my language, songs and stories from others to enrich myself and pass them on.

What's been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of college life? The most surprising aspect of college life is that everyone shares more commonalities rather than differences.

What book are you reading right now? "Winter in the Blood" by James Welch
Upcoming Events
Please, visit our calendar to find out about all our events.
What We've Been Up To
ITRC Family Night

On January 21, 2021, ITRC staff, undergraduate and graduate students - along with family and friends - gathered to play a few rounds of Guesspionage. We laughed a lot, while also learning things we did not know about one another, and tested our guessing skills. If you'd like to engage in some healthy competition, please join us for our next Family Night! Invite your family and friends!

New ITRC Programs!
This quarter the ITRC has created two new programs! On Wednesdays at noon the Skoden Fit Club meets to set goals and support each other in their wellness journeys. The ITRC Talking Circle meets on Wednesdays at 2 PM and Thursdays at 12 noon. The ITRC Talking Circle aims to create a space for the Native American campus community at UCSD to foster collective care, process the challenges of our times and celebrate our perseverance.
Equity is Love Conference
ITRC Staff participated in the "Equity is Love" conference hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education. More than 1,000 educators, policymakers, advocates, parents, students, and community members connected virtually to deepen their understanding of equity and how to engage in effective, systemic change in their schools and communities.

The land acknowledgment was given by UCSD alumnus Dr. Stanley Rodriguez (Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel). Speakers included Dr. Nicole Myers Lim (Pomo) and Dr. Joely Proudfit (Luiseño/ Payomkowishum) as well as UCSD's own Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud (Assistant Vice Chancellor of EDI).

Recordings of the presentations can be found HERE.
Indigenous Stewardship and Environmental Justice featuring Winona LaDuke 
On Monday, January 25, 2021, the ITRC, UCSD's External Affairs for Associated Students and UCLA's American Indian Studies Center partnered to bring Winona LaDuke. She spoke to us about being in good relations with each other and nature, and encouraged us to push back against colonial norms and expectations. Keep an eye out for a recording of this event on our YouTube channel next week!
The ITRC has a YouTube Channel!
The ITRC has a YouTube channel! We've added recordings of our Native American Heritage Month events and our student lead Language and Culture program if you were unable to originally attend. Check them all out HERE!
Native American Student Organizations
Interested in Native American culture, issues and community? Come check out our student organizations...

Native American Student Alliance
The first GBM meeting this winter quarter are even weeks, Mondays at 6pm.

Questions? Contact

American Indian Graduate Student Association
AIGSA meetings are held on even weeks on Wednesdays, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Zoom Meeting Info: Link
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 weeks 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 & 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)