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! 

Vaccination Super Stations

On January 11, California’s first COVID-19 Vaccination Superstation opened in downtown San Diego near Petco Park. The superstation was the result of a collaboration between UC San Diego Health, San Diego County, the San Diego Padres and the City of San Diego. In less than a month, more than 100,000 vaccines were administered at Petco Park. 

On February 8, UC San Diego Health opened a second vaccination station on our campus at RIMAC arena. Offering vaccinations to UC San Diego Health patients and campus employees, the RIMAC center can vaccinate up to 5,000 individuals each day. 

It takes a village to mount operations this large. I’m so proud of UC San Diego Heath’s leadership and dedication during these difficult times. And I am so very grateful to the many student and employee volunteers who are giving their time to help San Diegans get vaccinated. Thank you for your part in helping our greater San Diego community. 

UC San Diego is an integral part of our San Diego community. Our role as a public research university and the region’s only academic medical center put us in a unique position to lead during this pandemic. Our vaccination super stations are making our community safer. And RIMAC is ready to grow. Operations will expand once the County announces the next tier of eligible individuals and the State releases the next allocation of vaccines.

Statement on Today’s Violence in Washington, DC

UC San Diego strongly condemns the violence perpetrated by a mob of rioters who today breached security at the U.S. Capitol. By interfering with the important work of our elected lawmakers, the perpetrators of these actions have undermined our very democracy.

I am also disturbed by what appears to be a stark contrast in the response by law enforcement when compared to actions toward Black and other minoritized communities who have gathered in recent months to exercise their constitutional right to protest systemic racism and injustice.

While peaceful protests are a mainstay of our country’s history, there is no place in a democracy for what transpired today. Such lawless behavior is unacceptable and weakens the core of our democracy. Every leader has a responsibility to oppose these events and to discourage such behavior.

I am saddened by today’s unlawful actions, but I am confident that our country can and will come together to meet the challenges of our times. The United States is founded on a set of shared principles that include a commitment to the rule of law. The founders created a system that provides avenues and channels to peacefully settle disputes and disagreements.

As Tritons, these events reinforce the need to advance and practice civil engagement and also to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as we help build communities and strengthen civic life. In these actions, we demonstrate our fundamental commitment to democracy and a healing process for all those who consider America their home.

Pradeep K. Khosla

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