November Spotlights
Celebrate! Native American Heritage Month
If you are Native or Indigenous at Scripps, we encourage you to contact the Scripps communications office to be featured in their upcoming story on Native Excellence at Scripps. Please reference the email sent by Director Margaret Leinen on November 3rd for information on how to be featured.
A message from the Office of the Chancellor to UCSD staff: "In recognition of this month-long celebration, two hours of administrative leave with pay have been approved so that employees may participate in the Native American Heritage Celebration events."
Click to listen!: "Why" by Supaman (born Christian Parrish Takes the Gun) of the Crow Nation (Apsáalooke). Supaman, a phenomenal hip-hop artist and Pow Wow dancer, was last year's NAHM speaker.
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 the Intertribal Resource Center here.
Veterans Day & the National Native American Veterans Memorial
Veterans Day is November 11th. On this day every year, we honor the lives of those who have served in the United States military.

This year (2020), the day marks a rather special moment for Native American veterans with the opening of the Native American Veterans Memorial, located in Washington DC. In a piece published by Indian Country Today, artist Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne, Arapaho and Sioux), a veteran of the Vietnam war, explains his design for the monument, which he calls the “Warriors Circle of Honor”.
(Above) "A Conversation with Harvey Pratt, Designer of the National Native American Veterans Memorial"
#BlackinMarineScience week!
November 29th - December 5th
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.

Don't miss this fun & epic social media event!
Latinx Marine Science network
A community for underrepresented minorities in the Marine Sciences at all career stages, to share experiences, resources, and support one another. Please email if you'd like to be added to the Latinx in Marine Sciences email listserv or slack space. You can also follow along on twitter @LatinxMarSci!
Application opportunity! Women of Color (WoC) who Code
The [WoC]Code program seeks to unite Black, Indigenous and Latinx women, as well as other marginalized groups, to battle feelings of isolation prevalent in academic and industrial settings. This program will create groups of 4-5 people within a Slack space to design a peer mentoring network for members to engage, receive feedback and troubleshoot issues surrounding open source software communities.

All are welcomed to apply and join [WoC]Code using the google form here. See the flyer for more details using this link.

Applications submitted before November 24, 2020, will receive full consideration.

Veterans Day holiday
November 11th, 2020

Winter Holiday Fun!
December - January, 2020
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
Planned Discussion Topics:
The BIPOC Movement
First Amendment & Free Speech
Empathy & Emotional Intelligence Dialogue v. Debate
Scripps LEADS
Listen, Engage, Activate,
Develop & Support
Possible Discussion Topics:
EDI Strategic Planning
for Units, Labs & Departments on
Access & Success, Campus Climate & Accountability
Black@Scripps Community Meetup
November 19th, 2020
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 12 noon-1pm.
Register here.

QuEST (Queer Engineers, Scientists, & Technical Professionals) Meetup
November 13th, 2020
Every 2nd Friday, 11am-12 n.

Multicultural Meetup
November 16th, 2020
Every 3rd Monday, 1-2pm. Register here.
POC Circle (Peers Offering Community) November 10th & 24th, 2020
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12 noon-1pm. Register here.

International Community Meetup
November 23rd, 2020
Every 4th Monday, 4-5pm. Register here.

First Generation Meetup
November 18th, 2020
Every 3rd Wednesday, 4-5pm.
Register here.
Events, Trainings, and Resources
Women & Minorities in Science (WMIS)
Growing Up in Science featuring Dr. Rosa León Zayas
Thursday, November 24th @ 12:30 - 2:00pm PST
This particular WMIS event is open to students & postdocs only. Click to register.
WMIS Game Night
Thursday, November 12th @ 5pm PST.
Please join the WMIS group for a night of games via Zoom. To RSVP please visit our registration page here to receive a custom link & password.

WMIS Planning Meeting
Thursday, November 19th @ 12:30 - 1:30pm
If you'd like to participate in planning WMIS meetings, please RSVP for the planning meeting here.

WMIS Skill Share: Embroidery with Kayla!
Exact date and time TBD.
Have you ever wanted to try embroidery but need some tips and tricks on getting started? Fret no longer, join Kayla for this WMIS Skill Share activity where she will talk you through the ins and outs of embroidery! Date and time are to be determined according to the availability of those interested. Please RSVP here if you'd like to join.

WMIS Student Seminar
Friday, November 20th @ 1:00pm-2:00pm
Join in to listen to Rob Lampe and Angus Thies present in this month's edition of the Student Seminar Series. Please use this Zoom link to join the audience.
If you are interested in presenting at future editions of the this presentation series, please fill out the google form here.

WMIS Working Group with Accountabili-Buddies
Fridays at 10:00am.
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
2020-21 Open Enrollment (OE) is here!
October 29th (8am) - November 24th (5pm), 2020
All changes made during OE will become effective 1/1/21.
"During the open enrollment period, you may enroll in benefits if you have previously declined coverage, change your benefit selections, add new dependents, or change providers." - Office of Posdoctoral & Research Scholars Affairs
Fidelity Financial Workshop
Thursday, November 12th, 12pm - 1pm
Join Matt Valleja, CRPC® Retirement Planner, for a workshop on the basics of when and how to claim social security. Register in advance here to ensure you receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Mindfulness Meditation workshop
Tuesday, November 17th @ 12 - 1pm
Learn how to incorporate mindfulness meditation into your daily work life by joining this monthly group meeting. We will introduce the experiential approaches to the practice of mindfulness meditation that are successful and meaningful to attendees both new and well experienced in meditating. To register, please email Daisy Do at
Tritons Flourish
Thursday, November 19th, 2020
If you're a staff or faculty and are interested in establishing a network of support and accountability to flourish in your personal and professional lives, which is needed more than ever during these uncertain times, please join us for this month's Triton Flourish meeting. Register here before 8am on November 19th to join.
Assessing You Transferrable Skills
Thursday, November 19th, 12pm - 1pm
This Core Curriculum workshop will help you identify and assess your transferable skills to enhance your marketability in pursuing career opportunities. To register for this webinar, please visit here, search using keyword "transferrableskills" and look for facilitator Cynthia Short.
Apply! The Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program (SEOEP)
SEOEP provides training and career development funds for individuals and departments. On the individual level, the program provides up to $500 for training activities to eligible staff employees seeking a promotion or career change at UC San Diego. On the departmental level, the program provides up to $5,000 for training activities to eligible departments supporting their employees who are seeking a promotion or career change at UC San Diego. Individual and department proposals for SEOEP funds must be received by November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.
From the Staff Association: Walks with Shola Richards
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.

Please using the appropriate registration link:

Week 1: Tuesday, November 10, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.mRegister here.

Week 2: Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Register here.

Week 3: Tuesday, December 1, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Register here.

Week 4: Tuesday, December 8, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.mRegister here.
Community Events & Resources
Join the UCSD Women's Center for Luna Fest!
UCSD's Food Recovery Network
If you'd like to join, please register here.
If you are fighting food insecurity, please fill out a sign up form for the food recovery network here: OMS Form | The Hubs Form
Machine Learning Workshop
November 10 - 12th, 8:30am - 12:30pm
In this live, instructor-led workshop, learn the critical predictive data analytics techniques and tools that contribute to accurate, actionable, and agile insights. This workshop is for students, staff, faculty, industry professionals, and anyone who would benefit from learning Machine Learning Big Data through live instruction.

Registration (contact:
  • Faculty, Staff, and Post-Docs qualify for an educational rate of $500 using code: UCSD
  • Students qualify for a rate of $350. Please email a picture of your student ID to receive a unique code to access the student rate.
  • Regular industry registration is $850 (early bird $750)
Return to Learn: Faculty & Staff Town Halls
Faculty - November 12th, 3 - 4pm. Register here.
Staff - November 19th, 3 - 4:15pm. Register here.
Join us as campus leaders share updates on the Return to Learn program and address your questions related to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Privacy 101 Workshop
Wednesday, November 18th 1pm - 4pm
The UC San Diego Privacy office is offering workshops on how to better protect your privacy online. These workshops can be useful for anyone from IT professional to students and researchers. Sign up here. Contact: Lesleigh Helders
Re-established SACNAS Chapter @ UCSD!
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

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

November 2nd - 22nd, 8:15am - 8:45am;
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays online; daily on your own
Join FSAP Director and Counselor Crystal Green, PhD, LMFT in a brief series of morning intention-setting sessions for 21-days in November to gain a sense of stability, focus, compassion and hope. Crystal will lead brief, thoughtful sessions using simple meditations, skill-building and community empowerment to help keep UC San Diego Campus employees focused, upbeat, productive and connected during the month of November. Open to all UC San Diego Campus employees, all Postdoctoral Fellows and all retirees and emeriti. To participate, please send an email to to be added to the sign-up list.

The Remarkable Remote Team
Tuesday, November 17th, 9:30am - 12pm
This highly interactive online live webinar is designed to help teams overcome traditional and new challenges, leveraging the latest research in mindfulness and emotional intelligence along with the latest technologies, tools, and collaboration practices to maximize team performance. This webinar is designed to help teams make breakthroughs by fostering compassion, connection, collaboration, and creativity; coupled with fully utilizing innovative methodologies and tools for achieving the crucial goals the team is aiming to accomplish. To attend this webinar, please register here.

Design Thinking to Focus, Collaborate, and Play!
Wednesday, November 18th, 1pm - 3pm
This workshop will leave you transformed in your ability to think creatively and work collaboratively to solve significant problems and leverage unique opportunities of all kinds. It is a hands-on session that includes an in-depth exposure to design thinking and how to use it to design a product, a mobile app, and/or an add-on to e-mail. If you'd like to attend, please register here.
For Parents

Remote Working Parents Support Group
Wednesday, November 10th, 12 - 1pm
If you are a parent working from home while juggling the duties of parenthood, please join in on a support group meeting where you'll get to speak to and with other parents in similar situations. Join the conversation using the Zoom link. Contact Jess Geipel ( for any questions.
For Students
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: A Post Election Conversation
Friday, November 6th, 5 - 6:30pm
Join the CCC for a graduate community conversation with leading activists Morning Star Gali and Jacqueline Luqman to learn more about the continued violence of the U.S. empire and what it means to engage in a politics of ongoing struggle. Register 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!

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 this month, 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, but no meeting is scheduled for November 11th. Please register here.
The Black Resource Center provides a supportive campus community space for the Black experience at UC San Diego. The BRC is committed to intra-community diversity and the development of the whole person. For any questions you may have regarding the BRC, please contact Porsia Curry ( or Tay Richardson (
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: A Post Election Conversation
Friday, November 6th, 5 - 6:30 pm. Register here.
Join the CCC for a graduate community conversation with leading activists Morning Star Gali and Jacqueline Luqman to learn more about the continued violence of the U.S. empire and what it means to engage in a politics of ongoing struggle.

Graduate Office Hours
Thursdays 12 - 2 pm
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.
What We're Learning
November is Native American Heritage Month. Become more educated about Native American topics by listening to podcasts and other reads. The link to the collection can be found here.
Fridays @ 12pm-2pm via Zoom
Join the 2020 RRC Community Writing Collective, 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 (, associate director of academic initiatives.
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 and/or learn more.

LGBTQIA+ Graduate Community Hours + LGBT-Grads Listserv
Thursdays @ 2 pm, Fall quarter 
Graduate students can join in weekly community Zoom meetings here. Grads can also subscribe to the LGBT-Grads listserv here, which will keep LGBTQIA+ graduate students up-to-date on our latest happenings! 
This program is intended to create space where gender marginalized undergraduate students can connect and build community within the larger context of STEM as a male-dominated field. Students can register at any time. Find more information and register here.
For any questions you may have regarding the Women's Center, please contact Jessica Martinez (
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with: undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities, as well as student veterans.
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