New ways for alumni to connect.
So much of life has moved online, and connecting with your university and fellow Tritons is no exception. The shift to virtual events came with a shift in mindset— allowing for more creative and accessible programming that brought Tritons out, even while staying in. We’re in this together, and UC San Diego is here for its alumni.
The pandemic brought good reason for alumni to join Tritons Connect—especially to help our most recent class graduating into a world of uncertainty. It’s an easy way to lend your experience and advice to Tritons just starting out, be a mentor or find a mentor, get career coaching or join a group based on your interest or industry. More than 6,500 alumni are already on board. It’s free to join and an invaluable resource: tritonsconnect.com
Triton Welcome Events
The digital welcome mat was unrolled for UC San Diego’s newest class of alumni, as well as incoming students and their families. While the upcoming school year will certainly look different for students, these events gave Tritons the chance to digitally connect to others in their region, provided updates from campus leadership, and shared advice, knowledge, and camaraderie between generations of Tritons.
Storytime for Tritons
Young Tritons-in-Training (e.g. children home from school) enjoyed spirited book readings by children’s book authors Marcie Colleen, a faculty member at UC San Diego Extension, and Dr. Michael Genhart ’84. If you’re a children’s book author, be a part of storytime! Reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Triton Table Talks
Throughout the summer, Tuesday evenings were reserved for Triton Table Talks. Alumni from all over joined these casual Zoom sessions to interact, build connections, and gain professional guidance from alumni experts in their field. Over 1,000 Tritons attended sessions on a variety of topics ranging from working remotely, online networking, building a personal brand, managing finances, job searching during COVID-19, and more. View the sessions coming this fall: yebotnod.local/tritonmag/TTT
Tackling Tough Topics
Our series of “Tritons Tackling” webinars brought together UC San Diego leadership, faculty experts, and esteemed alumni to discuss today’s challenges:
Tritons Tackling COVID-19 featured leading epidemiologists and public health experts shortly after stay-at-home orders were issued. Professor and infectious disease expert Robert “Chip” Schooley, MD, encouraged Tritons: “Alumni and friends of this university—a very science-driven institution—can help by pushing back when people are telling you things that are not based in science, and presenting to them material that we’ve spent a lot of time trying to generate. That’s how we should make decisions.”
Tritons Tackling Xenophobia discussed how the pandemic and economic crises have brought cultural animosity to the forefront and demonstrated how to be an advocate, ally and upstander. “We’re at the beginning of systemic and structural historical change, and all of us have a role to play in it. We’re just getting started, and we want to get started together,” said Edwina Welch, PhD ’09, director of UC San Diego’s Cross Cultural Center.
Incoming alumni president Kimberly Phillips-Boehm ’82 led Tritons Tackling Racism, in which campus leaders discussed how UC San Diego can proactively practice its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion to unite our society to find solutions to end systemic racism and anti-Blackness. “When we talk about the antidote to anti-Blackness, it isn’t simply diversity. It is actually pro-Blackness at the individual, institutional and instructional levels,” said Dr. K. Wayne Yang, provost of John Muir College.
Tritons Tackling the Presidential Election looked at the impact of COVID-19 on politics and the prospect of voting during a pandemic, the role of social media, and what could happen after the election. “This is already the most litigated election that we’ve seen, and we will only see more and more cases,” said political science professor, Thad Kousser. “It is not going to be without controversy, but I have every hope that we still stay together as a nation.”
Tritons Tackling the Student Experience featured campus leaders working to ensure safety and educational continuity for UC San Diego students. “In the first four weeks of remote instruction, we streamed almost 2 million minutes of lectures—that’s over 3.5 years of video lectures,” said Carlos Jensen, associate vice chancellor for educational innovation. “This will make us stronger. We will learn a lot; we will adopt a lot of new ways of interacting with students, supporting students, and delivering on our educational mission.”
View the recorded webinars: yebotnod.local/tritonmag/tackling
UC San Diego will continue virtual alumni programming through Fall 2020 including an epic Homecoming @ Home, October 19-25!