News from the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego
Issue #39 Winter 2021 - March
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.
Students and ITRC staff showing off their funny faces
during the "I'm Going to College" program.
Feb 2021
In This Issue...
March Celebrations
Ask a Native Triton
Upcoming Events
What We've Been Up To
Student Organizations
Campus News
Community News
March 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...
Kelly Leah Stewart
College, Major: Ed.D. Student in JDP Educational Leadership
Hometown: La Puente, CA
What is your area of research at UCSD? My research examines the Southern California Indian boarding school experience.  Specifically, for my future dissertation, I intend to examine Southern California Indian traditional methods of education, and the ways in which former boarding school students and their descendants have sustained, adapted, and revitalized traditional methods of education despite over a century of (often forced) exposure to colonial schooling.

How do you connect with the community as a grad student? I’ve tried to ensure that this grad school experience is different from my undergraduate and previous graduate student experiences, by being as actively involved as possible.  I am currently co-chair for the American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA) and a member of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES).  In addition, I attend as many ITRC events – as a student and staff – so that I can decompress from life as a doctoral student. 

What do you like to do in your free time? I am firm believer in self-care, so I try to make the most of my free time.  I spend time with my two cats, Alecs and Gaia Sky, and am currently training them to “speak” through use of recordable answer buzzers.  I also enjoy gardening and have created a small garden on my patio with white sage, herbs, and flowers. Finally, when I am feeling artistic, I paint, make pine needle baskets and jewelry, and dabble a little in bead work. My favorite use of free time is to hang out with my family.
Upcoming Events
Please, visit our calendar to find out about all our events.
What We've Been Up To
February Family Night
This month students and their families joined us for a few rounds of Scattergories. The night's winners were Autumn, Ivan, Melissa, and Rose. Prizes included copies of Tommy Orange's book "There, There' and t-shirts from Steven Paul Judd's clothing line "The NTVS."

Join us for our next Family Night on Thursday, March 18th at 4pm where we will be playing a round of Clue!
Writing Hub Workshop Series
The ITRC and Writing Hub have partnered to create a series of writing workshops for Native American students. Our first workshop was an introduction to the Writing Hub and discussion on how to create a writing practice.

You can visit our YouTube channel to view the workshop. If there is a topic you would like us to include in an upcoming workshop, please fill out this short survey.
Language and Culture Tables with Moriah and Victoria
We were fortunate to have two Language & Culture Tables for February.

Moriah Hayes (Tlingit), accompanied by her sister Talisa, gave a beautiful presentation on Tlingit culture through Indigenous Literature. They also shared personal experiences of growing up Tlingit.

CLICK HERE to watch Moriah and Talisa's presentation.

Victoria Robles (Comanche) shared some traditional Comanche knowledge with us, as well as a few Comanche words. CLICK HERE to watch Victoria's presentation.
I'm Going to College!
It's always a joy to welcome the fourth graders from The Pechanga School. This year's I'm Going to College program went virtual - things might've looked a little different but the kids had a great time learning about college life and UC San Diego. Can't wait to bring them to campus IIRL!
It Begins w/ a Dream Conference
This year the ITRC was invited to partner with our friends from EAOP/TRIO for the "It Begins w/ a Dream" conference to share culturally grounded college readiness strategies with students and families. The ITRC hosted a session titled "Native Ways of Navigating Higher Education" emphasizing the ways that culture and tradition strengthen our academic identities.

We look forward to a continued partnership.
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 for more information:

Geneva Lofton
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)