Reaching for Their Dreams

Jesse Vazquez, Frances Contreras, Oscar Vasquez Mena, Chancellor Khosla, Carrie Fierro, Alexandra Lozanoff, Rafael Hernandez

Comienza con un Sueño, “It Begins with a Dream,” is a college outreach event held every year at UC San Diego to encourage first-generation, low-income students from bilingual families to pursue a higher education.  More than 1,000 parents and students from middle and high schools across San Diego and Imperial Counties attended the event over the weekend.  

During the program, Chancellor Khosla emphasized that a UC San Diego education is accessible and affordable, and talked about the university’s student-centered approach and resources to foster student success.  He encouraged the young students to work hard in school so they can one day become a UC San Diego Triton.  Information about university admission requirements and how to prepare for college was provided through a resource fair and bilingual workshops.

Chancellor Khosla with Early Academic Outreach Program staff member Thomas Gilkison

Recognizing Commitment to Diversity

Chancellor Khosla with this year's honorees

The 22nd annual Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards ceremony was held earlier this week. The event honors staff, faculty, students, departments, and organizational units or groups that have made outstanding contributions in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity and the UC San Diego Principles of Community.  Before presenting the awards, Chancellor Khosla and Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt emphasized that diversity is a priority at UC San Diego and talked about some of the progress our campus has made to enrich our campus climate—from welcoming our most diverse incoming class of students last fall to creating the LEAD Fellows Program that provides leadership training to ensure diversity and excellence across campus.  Learn more about this year’s honorees.

Chancellor Khosla and VC Becky Petitt with the Housing Dining Hospitality Cross Training Program honorees

Fostering Collaborative Partnerships

Chancellor Khosla with Dale Chihuly

To advance UC San Diego’s academic partnerships and explore potential collaborations, Chancellor Khosla recently traveled Seattle to meet with numerous alumni and foundation members.  He also toured the new Chihuly exhibit in downtown Seattle and visited the Italo Scanga room in Dale Chihuly’s working studio.  Italo Scanga was a world-renowned artist and art professor in UC San Diego’s Visual Arts Department, and a long-time friend and collaborator of Chihuly. 

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