September Spotlights
UCSD Student Parents, Guardians, & Caregivers Support Group
The SPCG (Students Parents Caregivers Guardians) committee, an independently formed committee of UCSD students, created a form and map to help those with dependents form co-ops and small communities of support during school and childcare center closures. To stay up-to-date on resources and events for student guardians, subscribe to the Studentswithdependents listerv and join a student-with-dependents Facebook group. If you have suggestions or want to get involved, you can email the SPCG at
Another Successful Summer for Scripps' SURF Program
In August, the Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program wrapped up a historic summer with virtual student research presentations. Larger than ever, the SURF program this summer provided opportunities for thirty-six students to participate in research at Scripps in formats that ranged from both fully remote to hybrid (featured on local news). The success of the 2020 SURF program is due to the community effort at Scripps to provide impactful research opportunities for the next generation of diverse and talented students!
How to Save a Planet: a new podcast co-starring Scripps' alumna
Debuting last month (August, 2020), journalist Alex Blumberg and Scripps' alumna Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson explore questions related to the unfolding climate crisis. Join them as they "scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want."
Black in Geosciences Week
The #BlackInGeoscienceWeek campaign is underway from September 6th - September 12th. Support and amplify Black voices in Geoscience by following along on Twitter. You can also follow along on Facebook, Youtube, and LinkedIn.

Also stay tuned for #BlackinMarineScience Week on Twitter (Nov 29th - Dec 5th)!
Multicultural Meet Up @ Scripps
Many people who are multi-ethnic or multi-racial report feelings of not quite "fitting in" (e.g., check out NPR's Code Switch episode on this topic). So, come be your whole self with us! The Scripps Office for EDI will begin hosting a Multicultural Meet Up approximately once per month for Scripps' students, staff, and faculty who identify with more than one culture, ethnicity, or race. A link to join will be sent via SIO's EDI listserv.
Interested in joining our first meet up? Do any of these times work for you?
Monday, September 21st (1-2pm PST)
Tuesday, September 21st (1-2pm PST)
Wednesday, September 21st (1-2pm PST)
None of these times work for me, but I'm still interested.
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.
September is
Hispanic / Latinx Heritage Month

This is a month-long opportunity to celebrate and recognize Hispanic / Latinx folks at Scripps! This month, we recommend finding ways to educate yourself on how this month came to be and how a diversity of Latinx people and cultures have helped shaped modern life in the United States. We will also be inviting Latinx students, staff and faculty to be profiled in an effort to highlight and recognize Latinx Excellence at Scripps!

Perhaps you'd like to celebrate with a good book! Here's a list of relevant reads offered by the UC Press.

And, stay tuned for educational content via WMIS' Twitter and Instagram.

On the Horizon

Disability Awareness Month (Oct)

Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct 12th)

Native American Heritage Month (Nov)
Community Conversations with Scripps Director Margaret Leinen

Scripps Director, Margaret Leinen, has been in conversation with members of the Black community at Scripps. She will be following up on those conversations and hosting several additional Community Conversations listed below. The goal of these conversations is for members of these communities to be able to share their thoughts and concerns with Margaret, as they relate to their lived experiences 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 as they become available.
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
Scripps Student Town Hall
Wednesday, September 16th, 12-12:45pm. Please submit questions here

POC Circle (Peers Offering Community)
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12-1pm Sign up to participate here

Black at Scripps Biweekly Community Meetup
Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 3-5pm. Sign up to participate here

QuEST (Queer Engineers, Scientists, & Technical Professionals) Monthly Meetup
Every 2nd Thursday, 11am-12pm . Sign up to participate here | Join QuEST listserv here
Events, Trainings, and Resources
Women & Minorities in Science (WMIS)
Growing Up in Science Featuring Dr. Tye Kindinger
Thursday, September 17th @ 12:30 - 2:00pm PST
Open to students & postdocs only. Register here!
SciComm Series: Media Interview Training with Lauren Wood
Are you ready if the media calls and wants to learn about your science?
Thursday, September 24th, 1-2pm PST. Click to register.

WMIS Working Group with Accountabili-Buddies
Cut through the activation energy of working alone while setting clear work goals! 1 hour, every Friday. Starts September 4th and ends September 25th.
Link to this event sent via the WMIS listserv (
Staff Education and Wellness
Retirement workshop-Topic: Preparing for Retirement Friday, September 18th, 11-12pm PST
Register in advance for this webinar via Zoom.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Tritons Flourish
To be held monthly on the 3rd Thursday from 12-1pm

Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | Register

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | Register

Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | Register

Mindfulness Meditation Group
Tuesday, September 29th, 12-1pm PST via Zoom
To participate, please email Daisy Do at
A Special "Thank You!" to UCSD Staff
Click (left) to watch a special message from the Director of Scripps and Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Dr. Margaret Leinen.

Additional messages from UCSD Leadership, including Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, can be found here.
Community Events & Resources
Click to view the Black Lives Matter Mural created by Master Fine Arts students and faculty in dialogue with the UCSD Visual Arts department.
Hello, World: The UCSD Graduate Student Association (GSA) has a new website! Students, please check out the GSA's new website to learn more about the organization, campus committees you can join, Travel Grants, and so much more!
Networking Tips Workshop (Webinar)
Tuesday, September 22nd, 12-1pm PST
In this workshop, you will learn the art of networking to expand career opportunities in today's fast-paced and changing world. Register through the UC Learning Center.
Facilitator: Claire Solorio | Keyword: networkingtips

2020 SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference
October 19th - 24th, 2020
Every year the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) hosts a national diversity conference. This year's event will be held virtually, with five days packed full of science, culture, and community. Registration is all-inclusive with full access to keynote addresses, breakout sessions, the Graduate School & Career Expo, networking receptions, and cultural events.
Post-Doc Trainings and Resources
Get ready for National Postdoc Appreciation Week!
September 21st - September 25th

Check out the National Postdoctoral Association's virtual events which include a keynote facilitated by the NPA with speakers, John Beacom, Ph.D., and Christine Pfund, Ph.D., discussing best practices for mentorship; virtual networking; and, workshops hosted by the National Research Mentoring Network and The Postdoc Academy. Also check out the list of events open to postdocs across the nation.
Ethical Challenges of Research for: Introduction Session
Wednesday, September 16th
12:00 - 2:00pm

This introductory session will give an overview of responsible conduct of research with topics including, data management, conflicts of interest and authorship & is part of the Ethical Challenges of Research Series for Postdocs.

Webinar to be held through Zoom

Postdoc Fellowship Forum
Tuesday, September 22nd
12:00 - 1:30pm

Do you have questions about applying for postdoctoral fellowships or where to find fellowship applications? Professor Mark Lawson will be on hand to answer your questions and review your fellowship applications.

Register via Eventbrite here
Working PostDocs with Small Children
Thursday, September 17th
2:00 - 3:30pm

As part of the Cup O'Wellness workshop series, the Faculty and Staff Assistance program (FSAP) and Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs (OPRSA) will be facilitating a workshop with tips on juggling work & family life between UCSD postdocs.

Webinar to be held through Zoom

Postdoc Teaching Program

With the support of the Teaching+ Learning Commons, experienced postdocs will be providing postdoctoral scholars with first-hand experiences in teaching and learning with the opportunity to implement evidence-based strategies while guest lecturing in UC San Diego courses.

To learn more, please see the Postdoc Teaching Program Flyer and contact Cynthia Lebeaupin ( & Carolina Makowski ( for more information.
Support Groups
For UCSD Families:

Music and Healing - A Virtual evening with Richard Danielpour
Saturday, October 3rd 5:30 - 7:30 pm
As one of the most acclaimed American composers of his generation, Richard will provide a rare insight into his personal life experiences and their powerful connection to music as a healer. There will also be a rare opportunity for viewers to ask Richard questions. Now more than ever, we feel that not only caregivers, but families far and wide will benefit from an evening of beautiful music and storytelling.
RSVP for this event here.

For 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. 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.

Learn more about UCSD's Latina Doctoral Student Collective!
Email for details.
Campus Community Centers
Highlighting APIMEDA events not shared in general education. While many Middle Eastern, Filipino, Asian Indian, and Chinese people were already eligible for US citizenship, the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 gave many Asian Americans citizenship and the right to vote. This was only 66 years ago.
Come hang out in the (virtual) family room! BRC 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!
The Alumni Roots Mxntorship Program is designed to bring together alumni with current students and recent graduates for mutually beneficial career advancement and community building. Current an
A short list of places to donate, 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.
The program is designed for incoming latinx first year and transfer students, demystifying the college culture and incorporating the family dynamic necessary for student success and support.
September 30 | 3-4pm | Webinar
New Student Welcome for new first year and transfer students that are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) community.
Inspired by the National Women's History Museum's Women Writing History Project, we invite women, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people in the UC San Diego community to journal and share their experiences of life during the pandemic.
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