Champions Honored at Inclusive Excellence Awards

Chancellor Khosla with Inclusive Excellence honorees.

Professor Jennifer MacKinnon, third from right, was acknowledged for her work in cultivating belonging among early career scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Fourteen individuals, departments and organizational units were recognized at the annual Inclusive Excellence Awards ceremony held March 1. Each were acknowledged for their standout efforts to celebrate cultural differences, promote fairness across campus and help ensure that UC San Diego is a better place to work and learn.

“Congratulations to our honorees, who go above and beyond to promote inclusive excellence at UC San Diego” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We have a great team; thank you for your hard work and commitment to making our campus a place where all can thrive.”

Chancellor Khosla with Inclusive Excellence honorees.

Kate Edra, sixth from the right, was honored for her dedication to address food security across the county and promote health and wellness at local elementary schools.

From serving as a compassionate listener to improving the health of underserved community members and actively promoting opportunity for women in STEM, each were recognized for their outstanding work.

“It makes me deeply happy to see the scientific community I’m part of becoming steadily more diverse, more vibrant and more inclusive—gradually more reflective of the world at large over the last few decades,” said Jennifer MacKinnon, a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and one of this year’s honorees.

Scholars Honored at Black History Month Brunch

UC San Diego Black History Month scholarship honorees.Education Studies Professor Thandeka Chapman; student scholarship honorees Malik Gilbert and Denasia Gaines; and Edwina Welch, Director of the UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center.

On Feb. 23, more than 275 campus and community members gathered for the 17th annual Black History Month Scholarship Brunch. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla welcomed all and congratulated the 2019 scholarship recipients, Malik Gilbert and Denasia Gaines. Both students are ethnic studies majors at Marshall College.

“One of the things you can never do enough of is recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of our younger generation,” said Chancellor Khosla at the event. “These two students represent not only the Black community but the best of UC San Diego.”

Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson.Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson delivered the keynote address at the brunch.

The event featured a keynote talk by Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer prize-winner and author of The Warmth of Other Suns: An Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. In addition, the brunch included a Southern-style soul food brunch, a live music performance by the Wildside Band and a silent auction—bringing in over $4,700. All proceeds from the silent auction go towards UC San Diego’s UJIMA Network Black History Month Scholarship, which supports undergraduate students demonstrating academic and creative achievement in the study of African Americans, their history and culture.

Black History Month Brunch receptionChancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, author Isabel Wilkerson, Latanya West, Pamela Fruge and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Becky Petitt.

Chancellor Visits Community Clinic

Chancellor Khosla visits Student-Run Free Clinic

In February, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla visited the Student-Run Free Clinic Project, led by the UC San Diego School of Medicine. The Chancellor connected with faculty, volunteers and patients to learn how the clinic is making an impact on the community. The clinic provides high-quality, comprehensive, free healthcare to underserved San Diegans without insurance while inspiring the next generation of health care professionals.

Established in 1997, the clinic has gained national recognition for providing more than $12 million of free services and 100,000 medical visits to over 10,000 patients. The project is run by over 250 medical students and 100 pharmacy students. Under supervision from faculty, students contribute to patient care, case management, administrative roles and more, providing over 79,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Consults are based on a philosophy of care that is humanistic and transdisciplinary — where the community is the teacher. Operating at four locations throughout San Diego, the clinic model has been adopted in more than 20 locations around the world.


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