Ensuring Security, Efficiency and Innovation at the Border

Ambassador Jamal A. Khokhar (right), President and CEO of the Institute of the Americas, greets California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom before the 20th anniversary celebration of SENTRI.

As a strong contributor to our community and regional economy, UC San Diego plays a key role in working with our partners to improve border innovation and crossing efficiency.  To celebrate the creation of the SENTRI program 20 years ago – which was a true collaborative effort that has been essential to the economic growth and viability of our bi-national region – a Roundtable event was held last week at the Institute of Americas on the UC San Diego campus.  Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom served as the keynote speaker, while Chancellor Khosla introduced the two panel discussions – one delving into the history and challenges of creating the program and another looking ahead at innovative solutions to address future border challenges.  

Panelists included former member of Congress Lynn Schenk, who championed legislation to create the dedicated commuter lane, and UC San Diego Dean of Engineering Albert Pisano, who serves on the Envision the Border Study Team that developed the white paper – Envision 2020: The Border of the Future Starts Here – which was discussed in the second panel. The white paper was commissioned by Chancellor Khosla through his role as a board member of the Smart Border Coalition.  The overriding theme of the paper is that technology will play a key role in improving efficiencies at the border and increasing innovation.

Discussing “SENTRI Against All Odds” are panelists (left to right) Laurie Black, former Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Schenk; Lynn Schenk, former member of Congress; Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at UC San Diego; and Sally Carrillo, United States Customs and Border Protection.  

UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute Director Ramesh Rao (left) and CETYS Universidad’s Jorge Sosa Lopez are joined by Cubic Transportation Systems Senior Vice President and UC San Diego alumnus Matt Newsome on the panel, “San Diego and Tijuana – Border Efficiency Innovation 2020.” 

Debra L. Reed (left), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Energy, presents Schenk with a special award as Khokhar looks on.      

Honoring Native American History and Culture

“We are committed to strengthening our relationship with the Native American community and providing opportunities for education.” – Chancellor Khosla

This year marks UC San Diego’s 10th annual campus celebration of California Native American Day.  Over the last decade, the campus commemoration has grown into an expanded series of events throughout the academic year to honor the legacy and contributions of the Native American community.  This year’s celebration kicked off on Friday with a luncheon at the International Center.  Chancellor Khosla joined campus and community members at the luncheon, which included performances by Kumeyaay Bird Singers and a Creation Story workshop.  The Chancellor talked about his desire to strengthen the ties between the campus and community, as well as the expansion of the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship to all eligible California Native American students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.  View the full calendar of events.

Supporting Scholars through Their Academic Journey

“We are here to provide you with a world-class education and a wide-range of opportunities so you can achieve your goals and dreams.” – Chancellor Khosla

This fall, we are welcoming a new class of more than 100 Chancellor’s Associates Scholars to UC San Diego, bringing our total number of scholars on campus to 215.  The scholarship was created in 2013 to improve the pathway for local qualified students to achieve a higher education at UC San Diego.  At last night’s welcome reception, Chancellor Khosla initiated a new tradition for all three classes of the scholars – a “pinning” ceremony.  The pinning signified the unity of the students as scholars and their formal induction into the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars community.  Many faculty and staff members also attended the event to show their support of students through their academic journey at UC San Diego.

Director of International Center Kirk Simmons pins Chancellor's Associates Scholar Amaris Tang.

Chancellor's Associates Scholar Terral Salcedo received a pin from Professor Ross Frank.

Chancellor's Associates Scholars Samar Mashni, Belen Hernandez-Garcia, Karla Penaloza-Valdez and Angela Ojeda.

Students take selfies with the Chancellor.

EVC - Academic Affairs Suresh Subramani mingles with students.

VC - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Becky Petitt talks with Belen Hernandez-Garcia (above) and (below) VC - Student Affairs Juan González chats with scholar Daniel Ortiz and Instructor Harry Simón Salazar.

Chancellor Khosla talks with Martin Mourgos, Jamiree Harrison and Anthony DiGiorgio.

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