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  • 25th Annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Set for Aug. 19

    Now in its 25th year, the annual Luau and Legends of Surf Invitational unites more than 500 surfers, scientists and cancer survivors who share two great passions: surfing and finding a cure for cancer. All proceeds from the public event, which has raised over $8 million since it was launched in 1993,…

  • UC San Diego Foundation Board Trustees Bridge Campus and Community

    They each bring diverse expertise as doctors, educators, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Yet they all share a common interest: propelling the bold experiments, lifesaving solutions and nontraditional learning opportunities at the University of California San Diego. The UC San Diego Board of Trustees are unique…

  • Speak Your Truth

    For more than 20 years, Lucero Felicita Camarena felt a dissonance inside, assigned a gender that was incompatible with her internal sense of womanhood. In her experience as a Mexican-American raised by a single mother in Turlock, Calif., Camarena was never exposed to representations of transgender identity.…

  • Inspiring Greatness in Others

    Margaret Rattanachane’s energy abounds, powered by a love for people and creating community. Adored by her colleagues, who affectionately call her “Mimie,” she is known as the heart and pulse of UC San Diego’s Department of Education Studies. As a program and faculty assistant, she serves as…

  • Scholars Find Family at UC San Diego

    On Monday, Chancellor Khosla welcomed the new freshman cohort at a special event held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. The program includes admitted freshmen from Gompers Preparatory Academy, Lincoln High School and The Preuss School UCSD as well as students from community-based organizations…

  • California Dreaming

    Before the electric light bulb changed the world, another illuminating idea took shape: The University of California. Founded in 1868, UC has continued to shine brightly for 150 years, driving positive change across California and around the world.

  • Growing Green Leaders

    They bravely led the way to a new environmental consciousness that awakened communities around the world to the importance of protecting our planet. Naturalist John Muir, activist Dolores Huerta and climate scientist Charles David Keeling all turned their passion for the planet into action—which is…

  • Faculty Members Celebrated for Seeing the Classroom and World Differently

    As scholars, they are protecting human rights, advancing understanding of atmospheric aerosols, activating cross-border artistic exchange and so much more. In the classroom, their passion and innovation is inspiring a new generation of students to think big and pursue bold change.

  • Inspiring Women to Channel Their Inner Leader

    "You don't look like a physicist." Elizabeth Simmons, UC San Diego's executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, has lost track of how many times she has heard this expression. Yet, instead of succumbing to the presence of bias, she decided early on to believe in herself and her potential to thrive…