Celebrating UC San Diego’s Diversity Champions

Diversity champions are making UC San Diego a better place to work and learn.  They embody UC San Diego’s Principles of Community by celebrating cultural differences and promoting fairness and equality. Several of these champions and organizations were recognized recently at this year’s 23rd annual Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards program ceremony.  Chancellor Khosla applauded this year’s recipients for their dedication to build a collaborative, diverse campus culture, and he reaffirmed UC San Diego’s commitment to enhancing and maintaining a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Recognizing UC San Diego’s Positive Impact

Chancellor Khosla traveled to the United Nations headquarters in New York today where he received the IMPACT Honors Innovative Leadership Award for his efforts to pursue positive change at UC San Diego and beyond.  The 5th annual Power of Collaboration Global Summit brought together global leaders to collectively pursue endeavors that promote inclusive and sustainable economies.  The award recognizes leaders who champion diversity of thought, gender equity, and innovative and collaborative endeavors by addressing global and local issues.  

Using Data Science to Change the World

Chancellor Khosla recognizes Taner Halıcıoğlu's vision, leadership and philanthropy.

A dedication and celebration was held today for the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, which is building on the university’s strengths of multidisciplinary collaboration and data science to better understand and make predictions about the world around us.  Chancellor Khosla talked about how Taner Halıcıoğlu’s generosity and vision to establish the institute is propelling UC San Diego’s physical, intellectual and cultural transformation, and how it will help us to gather, analyze and understand data so we can save and improve lives.  He acknowledged the leadership of Halıcıoğlu and the Institute’s co-directors, Rajesh Gupta and Jeff Elman, as well as the faculty members and community supporters who helped make the vision for this institute a reality. 

The event, held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, featured a wide range of speakers, including Chancellor Khosla, the Institute’s co-directors, CEO of The Planetary Society William Nye, Founder of the Institute Taner Halıcıoğlu, and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Peter Lee.  A faculty and student open house is being held this afternoon.

Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry presented Taner Halıcıoğlu with a proclamation from the City of San Diego. 

Taner Halıcıoğlu talks about his vision for the Institute and his passion to solve problems and help next-generation leaders.

Speakers inlcuded Institute Co-Director Rajesh Gupta and William S. Nye, pictured in the center of the front row.

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