C.S. Keys, John Wesley, Linda Greene, Renee Barnett-Terry, Pradeep K. Khosla
The 11th annual Black History Month Celebration and Scholarship Brunch was held at the Faculty Club on Feb. 23 as part of UC San Diego’s Black History Month commemoration. More than 250 attendees, including Chancellor Khosla and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Linda Greene, were treated to live jazz music and a special keynote address by UC San Diego alumnus John Wesley. During the program, emceed by San Diego 6 reporter C.S. Keys, 65 undergraduates and 25 graduate students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.
“Just about every global challenge we face as a society involves some area of STEM, and that’s why we need to train STEM leaders. But we also need to educate holistic students. We need more than STEM; we need SHTEAM: students who have an understanding of science disciplines and the arts and humanities.” - Chancellor Khosla
Chancellor Khosla served as a keynote speaker on Feb. 23 at the Academic Academy 2013 hosted by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. He talked about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, research and outreach, and how they are vital for the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of human life. He also emphasized the importance of educating holistic students. While outlining UC San Diego’s role in encouraging and supporting students at all levels of education to pursue STEM careers, Khosla cited examples of UC San Diego’s STEM initiatives. They include K-12 classroom and campus outreach, tutoring and mentoring services, summer programs and internships, teacher development workshops, and support organizations on campus for UC San Diego students and faculty.
“We need to bring UC San Diego to the community and the community to UC San Diego. Life is culturally rich and we need to reflect that.”
– Chancellor Khosla
Chancellor Khosla, along with several campus leaders, met with LGBT community members, elected officials, and UC San Diego faculty, staff and students at the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest on Feb. 22. At the breakfast reception, the Chancellor reaffirmed UC San Diego’s commitment to the LGBT community, diversity and public service, saying, “I realize that our commitment to diversity has to be clear. It has to be stated in our actions and in making our commitment obvious. I stand committed.”
Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria were among the reception attendees. They both made comments about the economic, social and educational impact that UC San Diego’s campus and Health System have on the community, and they noted that UC San Diego and the San Diego LGBT Community Center have a symbiotic relationships that goes back decades. Health System CEO Paul Viviano also attended the reception and talked about the health programs that contribute to the Center’s mission and serve the LGBT community.
The Chancellor also talked about the ongoing strategic planning process at UC San Diego, encouraging the LGBT community to get involved. “As we go through the strategic planning process it is important that the LGBT community is at the table to tell us your aspirations, and how we build upon and attain them.”
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