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Student Affairs and Campus Life Division Messages


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JUNE 2024

Debut of SACL’s 2024-29 Strategic Plan, Summer at the EFA, Recognizing Juneteenth, Celebrating Pride, and more

With commencement just a couple of days away, I want to offer my most sincere gratitude to each of you and our student-centered partners across UC San Diego for advising, guiding, coaching, mentoring, teaching, engaging, challenging, healing, and supporting our newest Triton alumni during an exceptionally challenging period.


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MAY 2024

Student Centeredness Award Updates, Assessment Day 2024, The Longest Table, and more

In these challenging times, I hope that the offerings and invitations below will help lift your spirits. Please continue reading for information on submitting nominations for the inaugural campus-wide Student Centeredness Award; tomorrow’s Assessment Day 2024; upcoming Tritons Belong opportunities – including The Longest Table; Mental Health Awareness Month events; and more.


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APRIL 2024

Inaugural Student Centeredness Award, Staff Appreciation Week, Career Center Welcome, and more

In this month’s message, you’ll find information about the inaugural campus-wide Student Centeredness Award; details about Student Affairs and Campus Life’s upcoming annual Staff Appreciation Week; as well as an important reminder regarding the expectation that each of us and our team members – including our critically important student paraprofessionals – complete the UC Mandatory Training requirements.


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MARCH 2024

Women's History Month, Campus Activation Initiative Updates, and more

Before we jump into the celebratory bulk of today’s Division Message, I ask that you join me in taking a moment to recognize that there may be a challenging week ahead for many in our Triton community. Make it a point to consider the well-being of your fellow peers, colleagues, and the students that we all support as you navigate potential disruptions over the coming days.


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FEBRUARY 2024

Advancing Activation, Black History Month, AVC Area Updates, and more

There is SO much to celebrate this month, including Black History Month and the start of Lunar New Year. Please continue reading for updates from our AVC colleagues, an introduction to the Campus Activation initiative, and information on the next steps in our Student Affairs and Campus Life 2024-29 strategic planning process.


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JANUARY 2024

Welcome to Winter Quarter, MLK Parade, National Mentoring Month and more

I hope you were able to enjoy some rest and have a bit of fun during the last few weeks. As we look forward to the coming year, I imagine that we will face a few challenges together. Even so, I remain optimistic about our work together, as I have seen firsthand what you all are able to accomplish each day in support of our fantastic students and dedicated colleagues.


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DECEMBER 2023

End-of-Year Celebrations, Reminders, Updates, and more

I look forward to seeing you next week when we will have the opportunity to be together, celebrating the winter holidays and your impactful student-centered work at UC San Diego. I am wishing you all a peaceful winter break, good health and time with loved ones. Again, thank you for the compassion and care you show one another and for consistently striving to make UC San Diego a more student-centered community.


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NOVEMBER 2023

Congrats to our DSA Staff and Partner Awards Recipients; AVC Area Updates; and more

It was such a treat to get to see so many of you last week, as we celebrated your collective good work at the Third Annual Student Affairs Staff Awards on Oct. 31. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s ceremony, please take a moment to join us in celebrating the 2023 honorees and view some awesome photos – courtesy of our partners in University Communications – in the next section of today’s message.


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OCTOBER 2023

Annual Anti-Racism Commitments Report, Upcoming Staff Awards, and more

As I look back and reflect on another year in support of the university’s strategic goals to ensure we are a truly inclusive community, I remain steadfast in collectively elevating anti-racism at UC San Diego. With cultural humility, let’s challenge ourselves and each other to create more brave spaces, ask better questions centered in anti-racism, and continue to work toward a more just learning, living, and working community.


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SEPTEMBER 2023

Welcome to Fall Quarter, 22-23 Impact Report, and more

Welcome to Fall Quarter 2023! It seems like this fall is particularly special given that Eighth College has opened its doors to its inaugural class, and that preparations for Triton Center are well underway – which will provide new and expanded homes for our student-centered units, partners and collaborators.


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AUGUST 2023

Staff Awards Nominations, TWOW, Student Support Updates and more

UC San Diego has been buzzing with activity all summer long. We also continue to have plenty of student-centered construction projects underway, like the revitalization of Price Center West, the forthcoming NPHC Plaza, Pepper Canyon West, Eighth College, and the new Triton Center.


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JUNE 2023

Recognizing Juneteenth, Celebrating Pride, Updates, and more

Commencement 2023 is just around the corner – three cheers! I extend congratulations to each of you and our student-centered partners across UC San Diego for advising, guiding, coaching, mentoring, teaching, engaging, challenging, healing, and supporting our newest Triton alumni. With summer quickly approaching, this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate not only our graduates, but also each of you for your student centeredness throughout the year.


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MAY 2023

APIA Heritage Celebration, AVC Area Updates, and more

As we continue to focus on improving the Triton student experience and begin to develop our next strategic plan, we’ll be operationalizing cross-unit, process-mapping exercises to put to work what we learned from both Dr. Burns and Dr. Drake Warshaw during last week’s Spring All-Staff Meeting. I know each of you is committed to driving innovation to advance student centeredness, inclusion, equity, diversity, well-being, engagement and belonging at UC San Diego.


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APRIL 2023

Spring Quarter Welcome, Celebrating Student Centeredness, and more

We’ll be welcoming prospective first-year Tritons this coming Saturday, and again in May for Triton Transfer Days. My thanks in advance to the departments and programs that will be on campus this weekend to warmly welcome our newly admitted students and their loved ones. I look forward to joining you. In this month’s message, you’ll find updates and celebrations as well as an important reminder regarding the expectation that each of us and our team members – including our critically important student paraprofessionals – complete the UC Mandatory Training requirements.


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MARCH 2023

Women’s Herstory Month, Supporting Students, and more

Student Affairs is gearing up for delivering Spring’s Triton traditions and celebrations – the First-Gen Career Readiness Conference, Sun God Festival, and the 30th anniversary of TRIO – while innovative, new programs like last night’s Yoga Under the Stars at Geisel or CollegeCorps (Triton Fellows have contributed more than 10,000 hours since October 2022) serve as examples of our professional team members’ creativity and student centeredness.


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FEBRUARY 2023

AVC Area Updates, Black History Month, 45 years of Summer Bridge, and more

There is much to celebrate at UC San Diego! Black History Month, new resources for Triton employee wellness, and the 45th anniversary of Summer Bridge.


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JANUARY 2023

Welcome to Winter Quarter: National Mentoring Month, MLK Jr. Parade and more

Happy New Year! I do hope that you were able to find some time for respite between the end of Fall Quarter and the beginning of this new Winter Quarter. If you’re like me, you may have resolved to get healthier; I committed myself to 10,000 steps a day (not quite there yet) and have been “candy-free” for ten days (so far, so good). Being in community with one another is also good for our health and well-being; here are some opportunities for your teams, our students, and for you to connect and celebrate together.


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DECEMBER 2022

End-of-Year Updates, Shout-outs, and Reminders

With the winter campus closure approaching, I’d like to call your attention to the on-point message that EVC Elizabeth Simmons included in her most recent newsletter. As we have demonstrated over the last few years, remaining focused on our commitment to be an inclusive and compassionate community will continue to help us navigate challenging times together. Upon resolution of the current labor negotiations between the UC Office of the President and the UAW, let us continue to keep student centeredness at the heart of our collective work together going forward.


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NOVEMBER 2022

Updates, Invites, and Opportunities

As we make our way toward Fall Break, I wanted to bring a few reminders, invitations, recognitions, and events to your inbox this morning.


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OCTOBER 2022

Congratulations Annual Staff Awards Recipients!

It was such a treat to get to see so many of you earlier this week, as we celebrated your collective good work at the Second Annual Student Affairs Staff Awards on Oct. 25. It was a time to rejoice in our shared humanity, have some fun, and recognize one another – which made for a particularly uplifting convening – as did the cheers, applause and celebratory hoots shared when our colleagues (most of whom were not aware that they had been selected to receive an award this year) took the stage or Zoom screen to be honored.


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SEPTEMBER 2022

Fall Quarter 2022 Welcome

The energy on Library Walk, in Town Square, and throughout campus over the last few weeks has been incredible. Watching our students welcome one another, share resources, explore our beautiful campus with loved ones, and make new friends through TWOW events and various activities is yet another affirmation of the importance of our work together. To all of you who have collaborated to develop and deliver welcoming and inclusive TWOW programming: THANK YOU!


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AUGUST 2022

Addressing Anti-Blackness and Advancing Anti-Racism: Annual Accountability Report-Out

As some of you will recall, in the summer of 2020 – after the murder of George Floyd and the global protests that emerged in response – the Division of Student Affairs began to evaluate the degree to which our work could more immediately address our own anti-Black, racist practices and policies from a place of humility and action. As a result, each unit outlined a series of initial Commitments to Address anti-Blackness in our work at UC San Diego.


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