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Student Affairs Division Messages

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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