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. 

Commemorating Black History Month

“We are committed to improving college access and affordability – through initiatives like the Black Academic Excellence Initiative – and creating an inclusive environment that is welcoming to all.”– Chancellor Khosla

Members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter—Dana M. Thomas, Monique Coleman, Michelle Elliott, Stephanie H. Semien, Michelle Hafford, Catherine Joseph—with Chancellor Khosla and Black Alumni Council Chair Ed Spriggs

UC San Diego’s 15th annual Black History Scholarship Brunch was held on Saturday as a part of the campus’s ongoing Black History Month celebration.  An important philanthropic event, the brunch included a silent auction with proceeds supporting undergraduate scholarships that enable ambitious and motivated students within the African-American community to realize their academic dreams at UC San Diego.  

Chancellor Khosla thanked guests for their ongoing support of the university and our students, and recognized the scholarship recipients for their stellar academic achievement.  He also shared the progress of UC San Diego’s Black Academic Excellence Initiative—which was announced at the brunch last year—and encouraged attendees to support the initiative.

Scholarship recipients Amarachi Metu, Chelsea Hicks and Kyler Nathan IV

Keynote speaker Dr. Steve Perry, VC Becky Petitt, Chancellor Khosla

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