Shaping Our Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

UC San Diego campus members are invited to give input into the development of our campus Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence.  The plan was announced yesterday at a Town Hall meeting led by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  The speakers included Chancellor Khosla, Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons, Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt, Associate Vice Chancellor Dianne Forbes Berthoud and Dean Bill McGinnis, all who reaffirmed the university’s commitment to excellence in diversity and encouraged campus members to get involved and provide feedback.  The many ways to participate are detailed on the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence website.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Achievements

Famed oceanographer Walter Munk is turning 100 years old today.  He is a beloved scientist and UC San Diego’s oldest living alumnus. As part of his centennial celebration, hundreds of people gathered yesterday at the La Jolla Shores boardwalk for the unveiling of Walter Munk Way, part of the City of San Diego’s honorary street naming program.  The newly named stretch of boardwalk honors Munk’s eight decades of research that continues to impact our world and inspire many.  At the event, Chancellor Khosla talked about his admiration of Munk’s consistent curiosity, courage and commitment to scientific investigation.

Supporting and Encouraging Young Faculty

Over the last 22 years, the Hellman Fellowship Program has provided early opportunities to 300 young faculty in the early stages of their careers to support their research and career endeavors.  To celebrate our current fellows and acknowledge the tremendous impact of the Hellman Fellows Fund, a lunch was held yesterday at the Faculty Club.  Chancellor Khosla talked about the importance of early faculty support which helps propel research and break the barriers of knowledge.  Several of the Hellman Fellows shared the progress of their current research projects and how their fellowships contribute to their work.

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