UCSD Student Organizations 2014-2015
SACNAS Chapter at UC San Diego
The purposes of this organization shall be: (1) To further the work of, to improve the effectiveness of, and to enhance the public understanding of and appreciation for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science; (2) To cooperate with other individuals, organizations, clubs, and other groups whose purposes include the achievement of public understanding for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in the sciences; (3) To promote student recruitment and retention of Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science at UC San Diego; (4) To provide a forum for students from different science majors and science related majors to come together for academic, community service and social activities at UC San Diego.
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Bioregional approach to healthy living involves health care, city planning and ecological restoration By Yadira Galindo
In a paper published this week online in Global Society, researchers with University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Urban Studies and Planning Program, also at UC San Diego, present a bioregional guide that merges place-based (territorial) city planning and ecosystem management along the United States-Mexico border as way to improve human and environmental health.
Issues like climate change, economic crisis, natural disasters and disease outbreaks do not stop at national borders, compelling public health officials, academics and researchers to think differently about how to address wide-ranging human health challenges.
“City planners, health officials and researchers are combining knowledge and action in new ways to promote healthy placemaking,” said Keith Pezzoli, PhD, UC San Diego Department of Communication and director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program. “Our health is not entirely hardwired genetically. It is also affected by environmental exposures, stress, diet, urban design and behavior. In our region, we can’t think about health on just one side of the border because animals, sick people and pollutants move back and forth.”
Funding support for both studies came, in part, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (grant P42ES010337).
Dr. JoAnn Trejo wanted to understand what truly makes a great leader. An associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Trejo has headed her own independent research group of postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and graduate and undergraduate students for over 10 years. She has also served on and led various committees for faculty recruitment and equity, as well as graduate student admissions and training. Despite this already extensive leadership experience, Trejo wanted to expand her knowledge in preparation for taking on new leadership roles within her department and institution.
Trejo’s desire to learn more led her to the 2009 SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute. She says, “I felt that I needed to learn more about special challenges that I might face in becoming an effective leader of individuals from diverse cultures, since my background is quite different from that of most of my colleagues in academia.” True enough, since Trejo is one of five children born to a farm working family in California’s central valley. She and her sister were the first in her family to attend college and she is the only sibling with a PhD.
At the Summer Leadership Institute, Dr. Trejo learned that leadership is defined in many ways but to her, effective leadership means identifying and implementing processes and monitoring achievement of specific goals. At the institute, Trejo learned that she needs to clearly define her career and research goals. She reports, “These goals encompass aims related to achievements in research, academics, and community outreach as well as personal desires.” Most importantly, Trejo learned that plans need to constantly be worked and re-worked for effectiveness and efficiency because, she says, “a goal without a plan is just a dream.”
Ultimately, Trejo learned that there is no defined step-by-step process to become an effective leader. “But,” she emphasizes, “identifying reasonable goals, implementing methods to achieve those goals, and developing a system to gauge your success can profoundly affect the impact you will have in a leadership role.”
A life member of SACNAS, Dr. JoAnn Trejo has been involved with the organization since 2002 when she delivered a keynote address at the SACNAS National Conference. Her scientific research focuses on the role of protease-activated receptor signaling in endothelial cells and breast cancer.
Trejo lab webpage at: http://pharmacology.ucsd.edu/labs/trejo/Site/Home.html
This profile was adapted from an article written by Dr. Trejo for the SACNAS News.
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More than 250 campus and community members gathered in Matthews Quad to celebrate the dedication of the Raza Resource Centro (RRC) on April 23. The newest resource center at UC San Diego, it was developed to support the recruitment, retention and success of historically underrepresented students. In newly renovated space on the first floor of the Student Services Center, the RRC will serve as a place for all students to form connections with peers, develop as leaders and engage in interactive learning about the diverse Chicano/a –Latino/a history and culture.
The program began with a traditional Aztec dedication performed by muralist, activist and UC San Diego staff member Carmen Linares, who honored the four elements and offered a song of goodwill, hope and courage. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Carol Padden, and the center’s inaugural director, Gerardo Arellano, noted the historic occasion of the RRC opening. Jason Soto, a fourth year UC San Diego student and founding member of the center, and community member Olivia Puentes-Reynolds spoke of the importance of the center for students and the region.
“Campus resource centers play a vital role in the quality of student life and help to ensure that all feel welcome and included in the UC San Diego community,” said Khosla. “With this newly renovated space, the Raza Resource Centro will continue to provide important resources and support for our students, staff and faculty.”
Music from the Southwestern College mariachi band—led by composer and UC San Diego alumnus Jeff Nevin—drew crowds to the celebration and provided pomp during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guests toured the facility’s large common area with meeting and study space.
Efforts have also begun to curate a book collection containing literature about the history, culture, language and architecture of Mexico and Central and South America.
Center, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla
“We are constantly reminded that we need places, somewhere to be, somewhere to go,” said Padden. “This center will help us to reshape our campus in a new image. I invite you all to visit, join in the activities and dedicate yourself to our shared mission.”
Promoting a “mi casa es su casa” philosophy, the RRC is open to all. Begun several years ago as a student-run collective dedicated to cultivating diversity on campus, the center will host activities and events to build a sense of collectivity. Students will also have the opportunity to link theory and research in the efforts to critically examine issues of diversity.
“Our mission at the Raza Resource Centro is to win collectively,” said Arellano. “By building strong partnerships with campus centers and academic departments as well as the local community and other universities, we strive to establish pipelines for our youth and foster the next generation of leaders.”
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