EVC Elizabeth Simmons, Chancellor Khosla and Tammy Blevins with Buffalo Soldiers from the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalary Association, San Diego Chapter; pictured here: Trooper Rachel Hilliard, President; Trooper Angela Greene; Chuck Ambers, Founder and Curator, Casa del Rey Moro, African Museum San Diego; Trooper Jason Greene
Every year, as part of UC San Diego’s Black History Month celebration, the university hosts a scholarship brunch to support and recognize undergraduate students, and honor the culture and contributions of African Americans in U.S. history. At the 16th annual brunch on Saturday, Chancellor Khosla thanked attendees for their continued partnership in the ongoing effort to increase diversity and create an equitable and inclusive environment for all at UC San Diego. He also recognized three scholarship recipients for their stellar academic achievement. All proceeds from the brunch’s silent auction benefit student scholarships.
Keynote speaker Gregory Gadson, a combat veteran with more than two decades of service in the United States Army, talked about his experiences in overcoming obstacles.
EVC Elizabeth Simmons, AJ Gallo ’21, Karen Silberman, Jeff Silberman, Meghan Stern ’21, Leslie Lopez ’21, James Garrafa Luna ’21
Hearts and Scholars is an annual event that unites UC San Diego scholarship recipients with the philanthropists who support them. This year’s dinner attracted the largest audience of scholarship supporters. Chancellor Khosla shared with the crowd the important impact of scholarships, as they transform students’ lives and the UC San Diego community for the better because each scholarship has a ripple effect as our students use their education to change our world. The Chancellor expressed his pride in our students’ dedication and efforts to give back to their communities and his optimism for their future accomplishments.
He also emphasized that being a student-centered university is the foremost priority of our university and our Campaign for UC San Diego. Two new scholarship programs were announced at this year’s dinner: the Steve and Sue Hart Student Success Endowment, a visionary leadership gift supporting scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, and mental health counseling for students, and the Karen and Jeff Silberman Chancellor’s Associates Inspiration Challenge, a historic $1 million program matching dollar-for-dollar gifts to support Chancellor’s Associates Scholarships.
Chancellor Khosla with scholars and Student Foundation members
Chancellor Khosla and Sarah Tan ’19, Student Foundation Trustee
Chancellor Khosla with UC San Diego's sixth Chancellor Robert Dynes
Leaders from the Warren College Student Council invited Chancellor Khosla to join their meeting last night, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the exciting developments occurring at UC San Diego. The Chancellor shared how the current transformation of our campus is going to enhance the student experience. As an example, he described how the university’s vision of creating a “Live-Learn-Play” community will come to life through the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN), the new home for Sixth College which will include student housing, class and lab space, and two new academic buildings – one for Arts and Humanities and one for Social Sciences. He emphasized that the university is committed to offering accessible and affordable student housing, as well as student-centered resources and opportunities to help students succeed, here at UC San Diego and in their careers.
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