Statement in Support of Asian Communities Impacted by Shootings in Atlanta

UC San Diego is deeply saddened by the news that eight people, including six Asian women, were shot dead at three metropolitan Atlanta establishments on Tuesday night. We mourn the senseless and tragic loss of these lives. While the man being charged with the murders denies his actions were racially motivated, the killings come at a time when attacks on Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have increased dramatically. 

When faced with tragedies such as these, we often feel afraid for our personal safety and the safety of our friends and families. UC San Diego stands together with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander family, friends and neighbors, and we denounce any and all acts of violence, hatred, or bigotry towards these community members. We encourage everyone to reach out to fellow Tritons to support one another and to be “in community” as we navigate this vulnerable time. Through compassionate actions, we create a campus community of care and belonging. 

We understand that events of this nature can affect everyone in different ways. If you feel impacted by this and other events, or if you are experiencing feelings of grief, UC San Diego has resources to support you. 

Student Affairs Case Management Services is available to assist Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American students or any student impacted by the violence against the Asian community.

Case Management Services:

Students may also contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (858) 534-3755. If you are a campus employee, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (858) 534-5523. If you are a UC San Diego Health employee, call (866) 808-6205, company code UCSDMC or review information pertaining to the Employee Assistance Program on Health HR’s website. Other excellent resources are available on the Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) website.

We condemn all acts of anti-Asian racism and violence in the strongest terms, and we continue to stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities at UC San Diego, in our local community, in the U.S. and around the world.  

Pradeep K. Khosla

Becky R. Petitt
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Diving Deep: Innovations from a Pandemic

I recently sat down with Kit Pogliano, UC San Diego Dean of Biological Sciences, as part of the division’s "A Deep Look into COVID and a New World of Innovation." The event featured several scientists describing groundbreaking innovations related to detecting and analyzing SARS-CoV-2, as well as the future of at-home diagnostic testing in response to COVID-19. I shared with Kit my reflections on the fact it was nearly a year ago that I issued the order to send students home due to the onslaught of the SARS CoV-2 global pandemic. There was so much we were still learning at that time: how it spreads, its impact and its evolution.

I knew at that moment that UC San Diego was uniquely positioned to lead the way in finding innovative solutions to the challenges this virus threw at us. Our university had all of the right resources—world-renowned faculty, researchers and scholars across multiple disciplines and specialties who could address the issue from literally all sides; students who were invested in responsibly and safely returning to campus; a preeminent health system that is ranked among the top health systems in the country; and as importantly, a spirit of collaboration and commitment that has always defined us as a community—the desire to address and solve the most pressing issues facing our society. It is what we do. It is who we are.

We didn’t get to this place easily. We were building and sailing at the same time, evolving our approach and our understanding as the virus evolved. We dove deep to find answers and made significant contributions that positively impacted the health of our campus, local and global communities. We have a lot to be proud of

To watch the full webinar and see others in the series, visit the Deep Look website.

Fiat Lux! Let there be light!

On Thursday, February 18, I had the pleasure of throwing the switch with Joan and Irwin Jacobs to illuminate the Gilman Bridge with our new "University of California San Diego" sign. The new sign tells everyone passing under the bridge on Interstate 5 that they are where innovation happens.

2021 will be full of exciting openings: the new Design & Innovation Building, Franklin Antonio Hall and the long awaited UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley Extension. This sign marks the home of great things for our students, our employees and our San Diego community. Fiat Lux! Let there be light! 

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