ISSUE 14, Winter 2013
Features: Sense of Belonging at UC San Diego: The Undergraduate Experience | Why YOU Should Take the Campus Climate Survey
Professional Development Opportunities | Comings and Goings |
Staff Kudos | FYI… | Did You Know? | Photos

Letter from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Happy New Year to all! I hope you had a restful and renewing holiday time with friends and family. If you’re like me, perhaps you have made a New Year’s resolution or two (I’m vowing to lose weight and to be more patient ☺). The beginning of the calendar brings a different kind of new beginning than the start of the school year, and it is a great time to reflect upon where we have come and where we are going.

I’d like to take this time to reflect upon what we’ve achieved and what our aspirations are for our efforts towards equity, diversity, and inclusion, a very high priority for me as vice chancellor. I’m delighted that our new chancellor, Pradeep Khosla, shares this commitment and has made a special effort to connect with diverse communities in his first few months on the job. We are also pleased to welcome our new vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to UC San Diego this month, Linda Greene. Vice Chancellor Greene has already identified many eager partners for her work in Student Affairs and is excited to join us as we continue to strive for a fully inclusive community.

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Sense of Belonging at UC San Diego: The Undergraduate Experience by William B. Armstrong, PhD, Director, Office of Student Research and Information, and Marlene P. Lowe, PhD, Assessment Coordinator, Office of Student Research and Information

Why study diversity at UC San Diego? Because research indicates that diversity is an asset in learning. We need to know more about creating the conditions to optimize engagement and improve learning. If we understand the experiences of specified populations, we can improve programs and services to meet student needs.

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Why YOU Should Take the Campus Climate Survey by Shaun Travers, EDd Director, LGBT Resource Center

UC San Diego has a campus climate, and we want YOU to tell us about your experience. The University of California is conducting the largest university system climate study ever. Our goal is to make the University of California, San Diego a model for diversity and inclusion in higher education. And we know we have a long way to go. You can help us get there. Inclusiveness and diversity are powerful concepts. They foster trust and allow students, faculty, and staff to reach their full potential. Our collective experiences on UC San Diego’s campus help inform what the climate is, and more importantly, how we can change it. That is why we need YOU to take the survey.

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UC San Diego Professional Development Opportunities Collected by Stephanie Wong, Office of the VC Student Affairs

Best Practices for Employee Disability Mgmt 1/22 8:30 – 11:30
Financial Link 101: The Basics 1/23 1:30 – 3:30
Diversity Education 1/29 8:30 – 12:30
Managing the Troubled/Problem Employee 1/29 1:30 – 4:30
Managing Meetings and Groups Effectively 1/29 8:30 – 4:30
Sexual Harassment, The Survival Guide 2/6 9:00 – 11:00
The Practice of Listening 2/14 8:30 – 11:30
Comp/Classification B: Job Classification 2/14 1:00 – 4:30
Managing Workplace Conflicts 2/27 8:00 – 12:30
MARCH 2013
Budgeting 101A: Best Fiscal Practices 3/5 8:30 – 12:00
Diversity Education 3/12 8:30 – 12:30
Staying Focused During Stressful Times 3/20 1:00 – 4:00
Communication Tool Belt 3/26 1:00 – 4:30
Intro to Assessment & the Assessment Cycle 3/28 10:00 – 1:00
APRIL 2013
Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Survival Guide 4/10 1:00 – 3:00
Using the Campus CMS for BLINK 4/12 10:00 – 12:00
Creating a Rewarding Staff Environment 4/17 8:30 – 12:30

Coming Soon …

  • Staff Development Program (hosted by Staff Education)
  • Middle Management Advance (hosted by Staff Education)
  • Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program (SEOEP)—March application period for 2013–14 development activities
  • UC Management Skills Assessment Program—April 22–25, 2013 (application deadline: January 7)
  • 2013 Business Officer Institute—December 2013, Southern California
  • New Supervisor Orientation: February 2013 (exact dates, TBD), Price Center East Ballroom

Comings and Goings

Please welcome the following new employees to the Student Affairs family:


  • Gloria O. Aguilar, Financial Aid Office
  • Molly Clark, Student Life
  • Melanie B. Davidson, Career Services Center
  • Evelyn Garcia, Financial Aid Office
  • Doga Gur, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Brian Henry, John Muir College
  • Caitlin Briana Meagher, John Muir College
  • Laura Maria Negrete, Student Health
  • Kimberley Ormond Newmark, Admissions & Relations with Schools
  • Travis James Pentz, International Center
  • Kirk Edmund Simmons, International Center
  • Abrina J. Wheatfall, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Diana F. Wilder, Admissions & Relations with Schools
  • Anitra D. Willis, Admissions & Relations with Schools


  • Beth Surrell, after 29 years of service

If we missed you here because of print deadlines, we'll get you in the next edition!

Staff Kudos


Kudos to Recreation for sustaining a growing new student campus tradition—Meet the Beach! More than 3,500 new students and staff enjoyed the day at La Jolla Cove and got to meet Chancellor Khosla and VC Rue. Free lessons in kayaking and surfing were offered as well as visits to the tide pools.

The 5th Annual All-Campus Family Weekend 2012 was a huge hit! More than 1,750 family members from twenty-three states and four different countries enjoyed three days of sun and fun with their UC San Diego student. From Family Fun Night performers and National Comedy Theatre to the San Diego Zoo dinner, families enjoyed catching up with their student and creating some special memories. Several families also spent a couple of hours together to help package over eighteen thousand meals with Stop Hunger Now. Thank you to all the campus partners that made the event possible!

Congrats to Laci Weeden and Belinda Zamacona from Parent & Family Programs for their presentation at the Association for Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP) 2012 National Conference in Boulder, CO.

NASPA Western Regional Conference 2012

A number of Student Affairs staff presented their research or programs at the NASPA Western Regional Conference in Hawaii. Congrats to Emily Marx, Tony Jakubisin, Sonia Rosado, and Malik Ismail to name a few who participated.

Kudos to Sharon Van Bruggen from University Centers who had two of her graduate research projects selected for online publication in the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research's best practice library: Blok by Blok, A Career Development Program for At-Risk Youth, and the University Centers Advisory Board Orientation Project.


The Graduate Student Association has a new office suite in Price Center East, Level 4. Immediately adjacent to their new office is a new meeting room, the Governance Chambers, with seating for forty-nine in lecture style. Check it out!

Student Health Services
Student Health Services

A new look! The Student Health Services Clinic has undergone extensive remodeling over the past summer. Each of the clinic group areas has been remodeled to provide more exam rooms and improve patient check in and waiting areas. Self check in improves patient wait times.

Wellness Studio

Recreation is also expanding its offerings with a new wellness studio located in RIMAC gym and new lights on the east campus Sports Deck. The lighting ceremony will take place on January 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

UC San Diego was named the most vegan-friendly large school in the country by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). According to Peta2, PETA's youth division, UC San Diego's Roots Eatery helped it top thirty-one other large colleges, including Cornell University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA in the annual competition in which thousands voted. Click here to learn more.

A few dates to remember this winter!

  • January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade—for more information contact Darlene Mercado
  • February 4–8 – Spirit Week
  • February 8 – Spirit Night
  • February 13–18 – Annual Diversity Awards

Did You Know?

Just about all of Student Affairs is engaged in important diversity work at some level. Here are a few programs that are working to build a more diverse and inclusive campus climate.

California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics program at UC San Diego provides support and advancement opportunities to ethnically underrepresented minority students who are seeking bachelor's degrees in chemistry, physics, cognitive science, biology, other sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Three students received awards for their research, two of whom are transfer students who presented their research at the 2012 Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference ( CAMP is directed by Jacquie Azize-Brewer in the Academic Enrichment Program.

Office of Graduate Studies also participated at the SACNAS Conference helping to attract underrepresented students into graduate studies. Chris Murphy and his team brought current students and faculty together to help recruit new students to UC San Diego.


Sixth College, with support from Parent & Family Programs hosted a special reception for first-generation parents and students during orientation. Elaine Scott led the program, which had over twenty-five attendees. Plans are underway to grow this program beyond the pilot effort.

Several staff from Student Affairs and other areas of campus are working together on a special retention focus group project that studies the persistency efforts of third year Mexican American and African American students. This is an ongoing project under the leadership of VC Rue and colleagues from Academic Affairs. Participants include: Bill Armstrong, Frida Alvear, Timothy Borch, Haydee Cervantes, Cynthia Davalos, Doug Easterly, Veronica Henson-Phillips, Tony Jakubisin, Kathleen Johnson, Makeba Jones, Reina Juarez, Emily Marx, Gennie Miranda, Gary Ratcliff, Sonia Rosado, Kelly O’Sullivan, Agustin Orozco, Patrick Velasquez, Laci Weeden, and Edwina Welch.

A subcommittee of the Student Affairs Diversity Working Group has organized a workshop series with the purpose to identify and increase understanding of issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UC San Diego. The workshops will focus on historically underrepresented and underserved communities. The group, led by Haydee Cervantes will begin the workshop series in the winter quarter. Click here to learn more.

University Centers partnered with the Graduate Student Association and MEChA to host a sugar skull (calaveras) painting event in honor of Dia de Los Muertos at The Loft. More than sixty students participated.


Student Affairs Photos


UC San Diego held its first annual All-Campus Thanksgiving Feast this year on Thanksgiving, which completely sold out! Congratulations to Outreach Coordinators for Out of State and International Students, Laura Sabin and Katy Brecht, and all the staff who made the event possible, for a very successful new campus tradition!

“Bid Day 2012

“At Bid Day, October 10th, the Panhellenic Sororities excitedly line up at the bottom of the Triton steps to cheer and welcome the newest members of their sorority. This year, more than 650 students joined a fraternity or sorority on campus!


University Centers staff having a great time at the 2012 SPACES Halloween Open House.

PIE Awards 2012

The International Center presented the 2012 Partners in International Education (PIE) awards to individuals or departments that have demonstrated outstanding partnership in international education, followed by servings of pie!

Cecelia Firethunder

Cecelia Firethunder, Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne, gave a keynote address on “Balancing Mind, Heart, Body, and Spirit for Family and Community Healing” as part of UC San Diego’s 2012 California Native American Day Celebration.

Impact Editors

General Announcements, Kudos, and Miscellaneous
Cynthia Davalos, Editor-in-Chief

Co-editor, Staff Kudos, FYI, Photos
Belinda Zamacona

Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong

Standout Student Affairs Stories, Initiatives, or Program
Martha Hart
Marlene Lowe
Gary Ratcliff

For future ideas and submissions, please contact the
Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.

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