Scripps CARES - August 2020 Newsletter
Scripps Community Awareness, Resources, Engagement & Support
Scripps Community Events & Resources
Community Conversations with
Scripps Director Margaret Leinen

Scripps Director, Margaret Leinen will be hosting several additional Community Conversations for the community to share your thought and concerns as they related to your particular community experience at Scripps.

Please use the links below to sign up to participate in the affinity-based conversation(s) with which you identify and/or to indicate your interest in participating in ongoing support groups. You will receive a follow-up email with meeting details.

Message from
Scripps Alumnae Ayana Johnson

I'm hunkering down – writing a book and hanging out with my mom.  If you're looking for way to deepen your involvement in climate solutions, the 5 steps in this article by Emma Marris are spot on: How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change.  If you're looking to get more involved in racial justice, check out Movement for Black LivesColor of Change, and Showing Up for Racial Justice.  

If you want my take on how climate and justice are intertwined, here's my recent Washington Post oped. Oh! And I've co-edited an anthology of essays by women climate leaders: All We Can Save. Publication date is September 22nd and pre-order available now!

Warmly, Ayana
Scripps Community Conversations
Below are additional opportunities for us, as a community, to come together, share our thoughts, and discuss constructive ways to address structural racism and inequality within our Institution.
Scripps LEARNS:
Listen, Engage, Activate,
Reflect, Nurture & Support
Planned Discussion Topics:
The BIPOC Movement (in session now)
First Amendment & Free Speech
Empathy & Emotional Intelligence
Dialogue v. Debate

You are invited to participate in a series of facilitated small-group discussions around current events and topics. Participants will be encouraged to listen and learn from each other as we explore new ways of thinking and interacting with each other as a community. Space is limited. Meeting details will be emailed to confirmed participants.

Scripps LEADS:
Listen, Engage, Activate,
Develop & Support
Possible Discussion Topics:
EDI Strategic Planning
Access & Success
Campus Climate

Teams, Labs, Business Units, and Centers at Scripps are invited to participate in a series of facilitated small-group discussions around current events and EDI strategic planning. Participants will be encouraged to listen and learn from each other as we explore new ways of thinking about and advancing strategic EDI goals. Please allow for 5-7 business days for a response.

Scripps Town Halls
Town Hall for International Students
Tuesday, August 4
1:00 - 2:00

All Hands
Thursday, August 20
12:00 - 1:00

Zoom links will be emailed prior to events.
Recording for International Town Hall for Academics can be found here.
Women & Minorities in Science (WMIS) Events
Thursday, August 20
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Mayor Justin Cummings, PhD
(1st Black mayor of Santa Cruz, CA & Environmental Conservation Educator)

Open to students & postdocs only
Skill Share
Algae Pressing with Adi Khen (learn how to collect and press algae to make ocean art)
Friday, August 21

Student Seminar Series
Learn what research your peers are working on through these short research talks
Date TBD / RSVP Here

WMIS Mixer
Space for new and current students to meet, chat, play games, etc.
POC Circle
(Peers Offering Community)
2nd & 4th Tuesday
12:00 - 1:00 pm

August 11 & 25

This is a weekly support group for BIPOC students (black, indigenous, people of color) to connect, share resources and be in community with each other.

Black at Scripps
Biweekly Community Meetup
1st & 3rd Tuesday
3:00 - 4:00 pm

August 4 & 18

This is a biweekly support group for Black students, staff, postdocs, researchers, faculty and alumni at Scripps to connect and be in community.

Queer Engineers, Scientists,
& Technical Professionals

QuEST Monthly Meetup
Thursday, August 13
11:00 - 12:00 pm

This month's topic:
Self-care & Wellness
within the Queer Community

Join us for an informal monthly gathering to connect, share resources and be in community with each other.

Scripps Staff Wellness Events
Mindfulness Part 1 Workshop
Friday, August 7
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Learn how to incorporate mindfulness meditation into your daily work life. This new monthly group meeting will provide an experiential space for learning various approaches to the rich and diverse tradition of mindfulness meditation.

Email Daisy at to participate.
Self Image
Friday, August 7
12:00 - 1:00 pm

This workshop will help you see the connection between self-image, self-love, and ultimate professional and personal success. Discover how your present self-image was created. Learn why it may be important to change your self-image to tap into one of the greatest hidden forces designed to give you success.
Tritons Flourish
Thursday, August 20
12:00 - 1:00 pm

This meeting will cover strategies for resilience in uncertain times. The main goal of the group is to establish a network of support and accountability for staff and faculty interested in flourishing in their personal and professional lives.

Email Daisy at to participate.
Retirement Workshop:
Preparing for Retirement
Wednesday, August 26
11:00 - 12:00 pm

Email Daisy at to participate.
UC San Diego Community Events & Resources
Missed Part I: Tritons Tackling Xenophobia: Battling Racism in the Era of COVID-19? Watch it here and view the presentation here.

Missed Part II: Tritons Tackling Racism: Battling Anti-Blackness in the Era of COVID-19? Watch it here and view the presentation here.
21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge

Chancellor Khosla will be inviting members of the UC San Diego community to participate in a 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge that will launch on August 7, 2020. Led by the VC-EDI office, the Challenges will include 21 self-directed readings, videos, and podcasts curated across four main themes with a focus on the Black experience: How we got here; Intersections of Power, Language, and Visibility; Black Joy as a Form of Resistance; and Allying, Actions, and Accountability. 

Using a social justice framework, the goal of the challenge is to increase self-reflection and understanding of how individuals and communities sustain systemic racism or perpetuate harmful biases and what we can do to create lasting change.
At the end of each week’s self-directed learning, participants will be invited to attend a Zoom webinar to reflect on that week’s concepts and ask questions. Each webinar will be led by a panel of 3-4 people who will be asked to comment on the key points from the content that week and engage in conversation around participant questions. 

Email from Chancellor with details forthcoming.
The senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, among countless other acts of violence against Black people, sparked a global conversation about the racial inequities and injustices that are embedded in the history and fabric of our nation. As a campus community, we must stand together against racism and be active participants in anti-racism work. Our willingness to engage in open and honest dialogue about challenging issues of race, power and privilege is more vital than ever.
Healing & Education:
Freeing the Spirit of Racism
A workshop exploring
how to transcend racism
Wednesday, August 5
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The UC San Diego Black Staff Association (BSA) is hosting Born Free: Healing and Transcending Racism. This four-part workshop series is facilitated by Professor Starla Lewis, poet, author, life coach, and founder of Celebration of Everlasting Love and Life (C.E.L.L.). 

All UC San Diego staff, faculty and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendance at the workshops is considered compensable work time.
Be part of the conversation about how the San Diego ecosystem presents a unique test bed for inclusive entrepreneurship.

Innovation at the Edge:
The Future of Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, August 5
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Listen in as we hear from an inclusive panel of innovators and founders driving high-growth potential and social impact in their communities.
Join us for a Return to Learn town hall designed specifically for graduate and professional students on Thursday, August 6, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by James Antony, Dean of the Graduate Division, and will feature a panel of experts, who will share updates and address questions related to university operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Graduate and Professional Student Town Hall
Thursday, August 6
4:30 - 5:30 pm

We invite you to submit a question as part of your registration or during the event itself. While we will not be able to address all questions during the event, we will make every effort to do so through an FAQ on the Return to Learn website.

If you have any questions about the student town hall, please contact the Return to Learn program at
Triton Book Club
It’s story time! Announcing the official launch of the UC San Diego Triton Book Club, featuring entertaining video readings by notable Triton alumni, faculty and friends.

Your latest releases feature two Triton authors. Marcie Colleen reads from her book, “The Bear's Garden,” and Dr. Michael Genhart ’84, reads two of his titles, “Rainbow: A First Book of Pride,” and “Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music.”
11:00 - 12:30 pm

August 12
Navigating school, the career exploration process, research environments, and the stress of national/international news can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. Through workshops and group discussions in this series, we will work to identify attitudes and behaviors that can help us be more resilient as we navigate difficult situations in school, work and life. Offered by NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education.
This 30-minute webinar will present a concise decision tree for deciding who can be listed as the author of peer-reviewed research publication. We’ll discuss the prevailing expectations of journals and professional associations regarding the role that someone should fulfill to qualify to be listed as an author and some of the pitfalls arise in choosing and coordinating with co-authors during the publication process.
Tuesday, August 18
11:00 - 12:00 pm
This webinar will provide attendees with opportunities to identify and reflect on their privileges and biases and how these impact their ability to effectively serve as teachers and scholars. The presenter will discuss strategies for identifying and combating anti-Black racism in classrooms and research groups, how to most effectively support Black students and colleagues, and how to proactively contribute to diverse and inclusive campus communities, whether those be classrooms, research teams, labs, or committees. The presenter will also address how the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn and the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery impact black research assistants and postdocs and the role of faculty and PIs in supporting Black mentees during the present historical moment. 
UC San Diego is an institutional member of the NCFDD and postdocs can activate their membership at to access this and other resources. 
Join us for the virtual conference over three days of science, culture, and community at 2020 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference! Registration is all-inclusive with full access to keynote addresses, breakout sessions, the Graduate School & Career Expo, networking receptions, cultural events, and select meals.
Staff Education & Wellness
Staff Social Sessions
12:00 - 12:45 pm

August 5, 12, 19, 26

Visit UC San Diego Staff Association's website to Register for these events and see recordings of Past events
Staff Summer Celebration
Tuesday, Aug 18 - Thursday, Aug 20

Tues, Aug 18: Triton Trivia
Wed, Aug 19: Triton Craft
Thu, Aug 20: Triton Talent

iCafe Summer Adventure
12:00 - 1:00 pm

August 7, 14, 21, 28

Join us on Fridays for a free, virtual iCafe at noon to connect with your fellow Triton community. iCafe is a chill, relaxing lunch-hour on Zoom that shares Culture from around the world, Travel Trivia, the Cook Club and a little TLC (Tritons Living Connected) time. 
Support Groups
Counseling and Psychological Services
(CAPS) Resources for Graduate Students
The UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has developed a program called “Let’s Talk”, a program designed to offer drop-in confidential consultation services to graduate and professional students seeking informal support and assistance with common issues such as anxiety, stress, relationships, sleep, recovering from setbacks, work/life changes… etc. Especially useful during this period of social distancing, graduate students can gain practical strategies, information, and support regarding general wellness-related issues. Please note that “Let's Talk” CAPS counselors are not available for crisis or urgent consultation. For these types of requests, please contact the CAPS Urgent Care (24/7) at 858-534-3755.
While “Let’s Talk” does not constitute professional counseling or mental health treatment, CAPS counselors Dr. Christina Lambert and Dr. Fengqin Lian will be available to help students access care at CAPS as needed. 

Sign-Up Instructions: Please sign up anonymously by 1) choosing a color, and 2) providing an alpha-numeric code of your choice in your preferred time slot. Make a note of your color and code selection so you arrive at the correct time slot for your appointment. You can use the same link regardless of your time slot. The CAPS Counselors will manage who enters the meeting. No one aside from the CAPS Counselor will be able to see that you are in the Zoom Waiting Room.
For more information about CAPS, Let’s Talk, and CAPS programs for Graduate and Professional School Students (CAPS4GAPS) see links below:
Wednesdays, 9:00-11:30 AM (July 8 - August 26)
Dr. Christina Lambert 
Sign Up using this link.
Access Zoom session here.
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:30 PM (July 8-August 26)
Dr. Fengqin Lian 
Sign Up using this link.
Access Zoom session here.
Thursdays, 1:00-3:30 PM
(July 23-August 27)
Dr. Greg Koch
Sign Up using this link.
Access Zoom session here.
Alone Together: COVID-19 Emotional Support Forum for International Students
1:00 - 2:00 PST

Weekly drop-in forum for sharing connection, coping strategies, physical and psychological safety will help us fuel resilience.

UCSD Remote Working PARENTS Support Group

Wednesday, August 5
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Sign up for listserv to get Zoom link
UCSD Remote Working
MOM'S Support Group

Wednesday, August 26
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Sign up for listserv to get Zoom link.
UCSD Caregiver & Eldercare Support Group

Tuesday, August 4
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Email to get Zoom link and meeting password.

UCSD STUDENT Parents, Guardians, & Caregivers Support Group

Date & Time TBD

Contact Graduate Student Association for updated meeting information.

Campus Community Centers
Wednesday, August 5th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, August 19th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Meeting ID: 382 952 800 

Mondays - 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Meeting ID: 939 9276 4461

Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Davis

Monday, August 10
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Chapters 4-6

The link above lists places to donate to, petitions to sign, resources, anti-racist guides, and information on how to be a better ally. We hope this guide is informative and helpful as we all learn how to show up for others, especially the Black community.
Black Lives Matter Platica

10:00 - 11:00 am

An informal drop-in group designed for Latinx students to express topics relevant to the current Black Lives Matters events.

5:00 -7:00 pm
Meeting Room ID: 793 396 6156

This intentional Black affinity space will be held on Zoom and broadcasted via Facebook live. Feel free to use the hashtag on social media and the comments sections to lift up how you’re feeling and be held in community.

Friday, Aug 7
12:00 - 1:00 pm
We’ll focus on how the issues the Black Lives Matter Movement has highlighted intersect with discrimination in medicine.
We Want to Hear From You!
EDI Office Hours

Scripps EDI is available for one-on-one conversations.
Welcome 2020-21 Scripps Community Engagement Fellows!

We received 36 applications for 8 openings! We'll introduce the new Fellows in the September newsletter.

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