December Spotlights
Continuing the Conversation:
Honoring Native American Heritage Month
through Land Acknowledgements
Participate in Land Acknowledgments first hand by including them in your signature. For more info on how you can do your part, please see the "Guide to Land Acknowledgments" put together by Michigan State University's Native American Institute.
The Land We Live On
UC San Diego and surrounding territories occupy Kumeyaay land, which extends from San Diego and western Imperial counties to further south, beyond Ensenada, Mexico. The Kumeyaay people have been present in the San Diego area for more than 10,000 years. The majority of Kumeyaay land today is continually used as private property by non-native people and as government property of the United States. Today, the Kumeyaay Nations lead extensive environmental efforts to reforest native trees, stop commercial grazing, monitor air quality, restore wetlands, and produce clean wind energy on tribal land, mirroring a long tradition of land stewardship. Always remember that you are a guest here and should honor and respect the land and histories of her first people. Acknowledge the first stewards of this land through a song, prayer, good energy, or good thoughts to say thank you.
Subscribe to news from UCSD's Intertribal Resource Center here.
About World AIDS Day
(held annually on December 1st)
UCSD Student Health and Well Being Cluster presents "6 Feet for Well-Being Episode 5: World AIDS Day and Sexual Health" where they discuss the history and context of World AIDS day with special guest Bria Hamlet. Visit their YouTube page to catch up on this latest episode here. Additionally, the LGBT Resource Center encourages all to watch the "National Conversation" on HIV with Dr. Anthony Fauci here.
#BlackinMarineScience week
November 29th - December 5th
Black in Marine Science week, which helped to connect and promote Black Marine Scientists on social media, was huge success! Click the Twitter icon on the right and follow the official account on Twitter to participate in the celebration and promotion of Black Scientists in Marine Sciences.
BLACK IN MARINE SCIENCE: "is a group of Black Marine Scientists and allies organizing and coordinating an online event to engage all Black Marine Scientists and our supporters." Click to learn more.

International Human Rights Day
December 10th, 2020

Hello, 2021!
January 1st, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Monday, January 18th, 2021
Scripps Community Events
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.
Community Conversations
Scripps LEARNS
Listen, Engage, Activate, Reflect,
Nurture & Support
New Cohort starting January 2021
Anti-Racism Reboot
We'll be revisiting the Chancellor's 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge. Each session will focus on exploring the assigned reading, video or podcast, answering any questions that folks have and then discussing how we can 'activate' this new information into our personal and professional lives. Get started by checking out the 21-Day Challenge here.
Scripps LEADS
Listen, Engage, Activate,
Develop & Support
New Cohort planned for Spring 2021
EDI Strategic Planning:
Access & Success, Campus Climate & Accountability
We are wrapping up the first pilot cohort and will be selecting and preparing for the next cohort to start in Spring 2021. If you have already filled out the Engagement Request form, we appreciate your patience. We will be in touch soon to discuss next steps.
Black@Scripps Community Meetup
December 15th, 2020
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 12 - 1pm.
Register here.

QuEST (Queer Engineers, Scientists, & Technical Professionals) Meetup
December 11th, 2020
Every 2nd Friday, 11am - 12pm.

Multicultural (MC) Meetup
December 21st, 2020
Every 3rd Monday of the month, 1 - 2pm. Stay tuned for a revised January date. Register here.
POC Circle (Peers Offering Community) December 8th, 2020
December 22nd, 2020
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12 - 1pm. Register here.

First Generation Meetup
December 16th, 2020
Every 3rd Wednesday, 4 - 5pm.
Register here.

International Meetup
December 21st, 2020
Every 3rd Monday, 4 - 5pm.
Register here.
Events, Trainings, and Resources
Women & Minorities in Science (WMIS)
Growing Up in Science featuring Dr. Erika Zavaleta
Tuesday, December 10th @ 12:30pm - 2pm PST
Hear the personal side of a scientist's journey!
This particular WMIS event is open to students & postdocs only. Click to register.
WMIS Student Seminar Series
Monday, December 7th, 1pm - 2pm PST
Join us for our next 'Nerd Nite' style seminar featuring Anela Akiona and Olívia Pereira.

WMIS (Virtual) Holiday Cookie Exchange
Friday, December 18th, 5pm - 7pm PST
Join us in sharing & baking your favorite cookie recipes & decorating or just sippin' on something warm while we celebrate the holidays together.

WMIS Working Group with Accountabili-Buddies
Fridays at 10am PST. Ends December 18th, will begin again in January.
If you're working from home and are looking for a buddy to work alongside you, look no further. Every Friday WMIS will be paring up attendees with an accountabili-buddy to both network and work towards your goals in that one-hour stretch of time via Zoom. To register, make sure you are signed up to the WMIS listserv ( and keep and eye out for the sign up sheet!
Education and Wellness for Staff & Faculty
From the Staff Association: Talks with Shola Richards
Tuesday, December 8th, 2:30pm - 4 pm For ALL STAFF
Please join the UC San Diego Staff Association and the UC San Diego Black Staff Association as we welcome Shola Richards to facilitate a series of webinars on Addressing Anti-Blackness: How to Sustain a Culture of Inclusion, Equity and Anti-Racism at UC San Diego. This series is for people who want to create an anti-racist work culture, learn how to have effective and engaging conversations about race. Register here.

Creating a Budget, Ditch Your Debt, and Start Building for The Future 
Thursday, December 10th, 12 - 1pm
Come and join this webinar hosted by Matt Vallejo from Fidelity What you need to know about budgeting, debt and making room for saving. Register here.

Mindfulness Meditation Part II Workshop
Tuesday, December 15th @ 12 - 1pm
This workshop will build on foundational concepts of mindfulness by exploring practical approaches of applying mindfulness-based skills in our daily lives, including our working life. Presenter: Bryan McNutt, PhD, LMFT, CEAP, Counselor, UCSD Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. To register, please email Daisy Do at
Community Events & Resources
Gender Buffet Presents:
A History of the U.S./Mexico Border
UCSD's Food Recovery Network
"Gender Buffet Presents: A history of the U.S/Mexico border, militarized border violence and the disproportionate violence against women, trans and gender non-conforming folks under ICE Customs and Enforcement. We will be exploring the creation of protected borders and how it has contributed to the criminalization of immigration. Look out for our social media series starting Week 10." *TW: content will contain graphic themes*
If you are fighting food insecurity, please fill out a sign up form for the food recovery network here: OMS Form | The Hubs Form
Wednesday, December 9th, 4pm - 5:30pm (6pm if attending the social hour) 
"Interested in advancing your science communication skills and hearing what your fellow postdocs have been working on? Then join your fellow postdocs on December 9th, 2020 for a 90-minute virtual session with 15-minute talks on scientific communication and teaching from Kim Rubinstein and Lisa McDonnell, and 3-minute Lightning Talks by 13 postdocs from different disciplines at UCSD." Register here.
California Abolition Groundwork
Thursday, December 10th, 6:00pm PST
Join us for a conversation with Curtis Howard of SD's All of Us or None and Romarilyn Ralston of CA Coalition for Women Prisoners as part of Critical Gender Studies' Materializing Abolition: Queer and Feminist Strategies. 
Click to join zoom here.
Re-established SACNAS Chapter
SACNAS is an organization that supports Chicanos/ Hispanics and Native Americans on their journey from college to professional careers and leadership positions in STEM. SACNAS believes that if the STEM field isn't diversified, huge amounts of potential will be lost.
If you are interested in joining or supporting, click here.
Apply! UCSD Staff Association Scholarship Application 2020 - 2021
The 2020-2021 Staff Association Scholarship application will be available the beginning of February for the current selection cycle. Classes must be between July 1, 2020 and end with confirmation of completion by June 1, 2021. See scholarship information handout for details.
Support Groups
For Faculty & Staff

Creating a Budget, Ditch Your Debt and Start Building for the Future
Thursday, December 10th, 12pm - 1pm
This workshop will provide you with what you need to know about budgeting, debt and making room of saving. To register for this webinar. please visit the registration page here.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
We understand that members of the campus community are worried about the virus and may be experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety. If you are a campus staff employee and would like access to counseling services, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at (858) 543-5523 or via the links below.
Contact: Desiree Hennon
For Parents
Virtual Play Date
December 8th 3:30pm PST
Come and Connect with Other Students with Dependents! Discover resources, ask questions, and build community! Register here and see the flyer to the right for more info.

COVID-safe On-Campus Childcare
The Early Care and Education Center have resumed services and are available for on campus childcare for those in the age range of 2.5-8 years old. For more information please visit their website or contact them at (858) 246-0900.

Get Reimbursed for Qualified Childcare Expenses
Students with dependents can be reimbursed up to $1,100 per quarter in qualified childcare expenses. See here for information on how to apply for this reimbursement.

Afternoon Childcare at UCSD Knock Around Camps
Afternoon childcare (1:30pm - 6pm) is currently available for ages 5-14 years through the UCSD Knock Around camps. Cost is $30/day and you can sign up on a day-to-day basis. Sign up here.
For Students

Departmental Student Town Hall
Tuesday, January 5th @ 12:45pm
Students can submit questions here.

UCSD Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Essay Contest
The Department of Ethnic Studies is holding an UC San Diego Undergraduate essay contest for enrolled UCSD undergraduate students. Submissions are due on December 15th, 2020. For more information about the cases, please contact $400 award for 1st place and $100 for 2nd place. For more information and to apply, click here.

CAPS (Fall 2020) Drop-In Workshops
CAPS is now offering DAILY DROP-IN groups for all registered students.
No appointment necessary -- simply show up and enjoy!
  • Coping during COVID (Mondays) @ 1 - 2pm PST
  • Wellness Wednesdays @ 1 - 2pm PST
  • Mindful Thursdays @ 3 - 4pm PST
If you have any questions, please download the CAPS flyer or call 858-534-3755 for more information. See you there!

The Black Resource Center is Hiring 2021-2022 Interns!
An internship with the BRC could provide you with an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the BRC, while gaining personal and professional development. The two positions being filled are: Student Success Leader and Transfer Student Success Leader. If you'd like to apply, please fill out the application here by January 19th, 2021.

Supporting (International) Students' Health and Well-Being
ISPO is dedicated to ensuring that students not just succeed academically, but that they have what they need to stay healthy. The iTable program, in partnership with The Hub, provides anyone in our international student community facing food insecurity with resources such as a food packet or gift card. Additionally, the iTable program has expanded to help support those experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19-related challenges.   
ISPO also partners with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) to provide support for international students physically in the state of California who may need help navigating challenges including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social and romantic issues, and crisis intervention. CAPS providers can provide therapy in different languages including Mandarin, Spanish, Farsi, Khmer, Japanese, Nepali and Hebrew, and all services are confidential and free of charge.
Campus Community Centers
Exciting news!
As of last month (November), each of the Campus Community Centers have graduate coordinators dedicated to coordinating events and elevating graduate student issues on campus.
APIMEDA will be hosting a confidential affinity group space where students can come together and discuss their experiences with others who may have a similar identity. Meetings will be every Wednesday. Please register here.

APIMEDA Graduate Community Cafe
Biweekly Fridays from 11am - 1pm PST (Dec 18th)
Every other Friday, we are hosting a space for graduate and professional students to gather and be supported in writing, research, and graduate student life. Register here.

Week 10 Community Time: Lo-fi Study Jamming
December 10th, 4 - 6pm PST
Join the community over Zoom as we study together with some relaxing tunes! Let's keep each other motivated as we finish the quarter. Zoom Meeting ID: 968 0307 4600.

Stay in Loop with AAPI Studies!
By signing up for their mailing list here:
Mondays 12n - 1:30pm PST
BlaqOUT is a new virtual space for Black LGBTQ+ Students, Faculty, and Staff to come together in community. Click here to join by zoom.

The Family Room
Wednesdays 12n - 1:30pm PST
Come hang out in the (virtual) family room! Black Resource Center staff will be signing on every Wednesday at 12pm to provide a space for the community to come together. Join to ask questions, or just be in community. Either way, we'll see you there! Click here to join by zoom.
Drag Queens and Community Activism
Tuesday, December 8th, 6 - 7pm PST
Join us for an open and fun discussion on drag culture! We'll discuss the history of drag queens in San Diego and beyond, as well as their impact on community activism. This event is open for anyone! Register here.

Graduate Office Hours
December 10th, 12n - 2pm
This Fall quarter, Graduate students can join weekly office hours with the Graduate Intern to build community, discuss ideas for programming, and talk about how to best support graduate students. Tune in here and use passcode 1234 to join.

Ethical Code in Psychological Research by Tiffany Widjaja
Week 10 Thursday December 10th, 5:30 - 7:00pm PST
A presentation on the history of Ethical Code, Eugenics, and what research communities in Psychology are doing to address historical grievances of marginalized groups. Register here.

Social Justice Leadership Academy
Applications are now open for our SJLA program! The program will have 6 sessions that occur on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm PST during Winter Quarter 2021. Applications are due Sunday December 20th, 2020 by 11:59pm PST.

Now Hiring: Cross-Cultural Center 2021-2022 Interns
Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 CCC internships! Applications are due Week 3 Tuesday January 19th, 2021 by 11:59pm PST. Visit our website for our application and job descriptions.
American Indian Writing Circle
Wednesdays and Fridays until Dec 11th 3 - 5pm
The American Indian Writing Circle isn't just a place for writing. It also provides an opportunity to discuss your work, an opportunity to learn new tips and tricks that will make writing enjoyable, a place to bounce ideas off of other Native students, and to discuss our struggles and success in and off campus. Click here to join.

Tribal Engagement and Initiatives: Campus Community Gathering
Thursday, December 17th 10am - 11am
Please join us at the next gathering of campus community members interested in and/or currently working on issues related to Native American communities and issues both on and off campus. The purpose of these quarterly meetings is to share information and resources, provide updates on previously shared initiatives and plan next steps. Help us build a collective repository of projects, programs and partnerships among campus folks committed to serving Native American communities. Sign up here.

Holiday Party
Thursday December 17th 4pm-6pm
Join us for a celebration for the upcoming holidays and the end of fall quarter. We will be hosting a special game of Kahoot! Prizes! Click zoom link to join.

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
RRC Community Writing Collective
Fridays @ 12n - 2pm via Zoom
A space dedicated to coaching, advising, and mentoring scholars through the process of framing a competitive research abstract, applying to scholarships, internships and fellowships. For more info contact Omar Padilla (
Thursdays 5 - 8pm
UCSD Queer & Asian Collective seeks to provide a brave space for TLGBQIA+ (trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, +) Asians, South Asians, and Southeast Asians. Please email to participate or learn more.

LGBTQIA+ Graduate and Professional Student Community Hours
Thursdays @ 2 pm, Fall quarter 
Come and be in community with graduate students by joining weekly community Zoom meetings (ID: 954 5837 6771). For more information please contact
For any questions you may have regarding the Women's Center, please contact Jessica Martinez (

Things to Consider: Going Home for the Holidays
Thursday, December 10th, 5 - 6pm
For many people, the holidays signify a time of all things merry. The celebratory season usually offers a brief reprieve from work responsibilities, and people often travel home from long distances to spend quality time with family members. For some people, however, visiting relatives sparks more holiday blues than holiday cheer. Join the conversation here!

Join the Women's Center on Dec 9th at 1pm to learn more about STEM focused internship/research opportunities and building skills to assist you in creating strong applications for these types of opportunities. The Women's Center is excited to partner with representatives from AEP & AIP for this workshop. Register here.

Hiring Interns for the 2021-2022 Academic Year!
The Women's Center is hiring interns for the 21-22 academic year! Visit here to learn more and apply! Applications are due January 19th, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Women Writing History Project
Join the Women's Center for Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project, inspired by the National Women's History Museum's Women Writing History Project. We invite women, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people in the UC San Diego community to journal and share their experiences of life during the pandemic. For more information, please visit Submit here!
Virtual Art Exhibit
This year our annual Art Exhibit will be held virtually. Please take time to peruse art created by people with disabilities here.

Review Committee
Monday, January 25th from 3pm - 4pm
During October – Disability Awareness Month – you were invited you to participate in a survey on the “Disability Experience at UC San Diego.” Thank you to all who participated. This survey was intended to collect input for an external review that will take place in January; the review follows up on a recommendation from a workgroup on the disability experience and will help us better support all individuals with disabilities on our campus. Whether you are a student with a disability and/or a disability ally, we want to hear from you. Please RSVP for the review committee between students and the review team here (space is limited).

Join a Group or Forum
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a lot of new on-line offerings for either open forums or closed groups. For example, Carly Knauf is offering an ADHD support group this fall on Mondays from 3 - 4pm. She is also offering a “Coping with COVID” workshop on Mondays from 1 - 2pm starting week 2. More information may be found on the CAPS website here.
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