Academic Affairs is compiling a web-based Diversity Opportunities service for listing and searching for faculty opportunities to contribute to diversity, in line with UCSD’s mission to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion. Submissions can be designated specifically for opportunities in the colleges, and can be off or on-campus, etc. Once populated with opportunities, the data base can make it easier for faculty seeking ways to make a contribution to diversity.

Anyone with UCSD single sign-on privileges can submit a request to add or change a diversity volunteer opportunity to our service. All others can email submissions to Once an opportunity is submitted, the request goes to our data base moderator email list for approval, and when approved, will be added to the site. Anyone can search the data base for opportunities, including potential faculty. For information or questions, contact Jennifer Park at

The Diversity Opportunities page can be found at

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

May GDAWG Meeting

Join us on Tuesday May 29th at 2:00 for the monthly GDAWG meeting

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Society in recognition of their outstanding scholarly achievement and work towards promoting diversity in higher education. See the whole story here

Dalai Lama’s vision for how climate change solutions might occur: UCSDNEWS

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

QuEST Career Panel tonight!

WHEN:Thursday March 1, 5:30-10pm panel will be on 6:30-7:30pm, complementary reception before and after
WHERE: Martin Johnson House; T-29, 8840 Biological Grade, La Jolla CA 92037
COST: Free
PARKING: Street parking only on La Jolla Shores Drive near the pedestrian walk bridge and walk towards the ocean. Martin Johnson house is slightly North
(uphill) of the bridge across from the Hydraulics Laboratory

The Queer Engineers, Scientists, and Technical Professionals group seeks to support the careers of and create community among LGBTQ individuals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical fields. We’ve organized a career panel to discuss LGBT-related topics with representatives from each of these fields:

Joel Kehle, Senior Manager, Information Technology, Qualcomm
Marta Kutas, PhD. Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD
James Nieh, PhD. Vice-Chair of the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, UCSD
Lisa Robinson, Senior QA Engineer, Sony Network Entertainment
Daniel Rogalski, PhD. Associate Professor of Mathematics, UCSD
Michael Todd, PhD. Vice-Chair of Structural Engineering, UCSD
Scott Vandenberg, MD, PhD. Director of Neuropathology, UCSD School of Medicine
Sponsored by the Society of Fellows (Scripps Research Institute) and the Graduate Student Association (UC San Diego)
For info, contact: On facebook: On our website:

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

February meeting

We will be meeting on Wednesday Feb. 29th from 3:00-4:00 at Cups, in case of rain I will reserve a library study area and will send out an email that day if necessary with details. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

2011 UCSD Diversity Awards

Congratulations to three SIO representatives who received Diversity Awards this year, Noelle Bowlin, Josh Jones, and Prof. Farooq Azam.
The awards recognize individuals, departments and organizational units that have made outstanding contributions in support of UC Diego’s commitment to
GDAWG member Noelle Bowlin highlighted

The daughter of a postal worker who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica, Noelle Bowlin never even heard of the field of oceanography when she was growing up in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. “I never heard of those kind of things. It wasn’t a discussion topic at the dinner table – not at my house,” she said. “It’s not for lack of trying. My parents killed themselves to give us what they could. But you don’t know what you don’t know.” Now a top doctoral student in the biosciences department at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Bowlin has made it her mission to ensure that as many disadvantaged youths as possible grasp for opportunities that may seem beyond their reach. Read the entire article at thisweek@ucsd

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

Inspiration for Current and Future Scientists

This is What a Scientist Looks Like Tumblr is a project developed by Allie Wilkinson to challenge the stereotypical perception of a scientist.”There is no single clear-cut path to becoming a scientist. A scientist can come from any background. There is no cookie-cutter mold of what a scientist looks like. A scientist can look like you, or can look like me. There is no rule that scientists can’t be multidimensional and can’t have fun.” and

I Am Science

“On January 27, 2012, science writer and marine biologist Kevin Zelnio started the Twitter hashtag #IamScience, encouraging scientists to share their individual stories about their traditional or unconventional paths that brought them to where they are today. The response was overwhelming, with hundreds of tweets pouring in over just a few days.”

Girl Scouts is partnering with AT&T to bring IMAGINE: Your STEM Future, a project intended to help underserved girls get inspired about their futures and explore career options in science, technology, engineering and math and to simultaneously present the opportunity for new volunteers like you to give to your community and find out more about Girl Scouts.
The goal: To inspire our next generation of leaders in science through piquing high school girls’ interest in the variety of exciting and cutting-edge careers available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) – so they can begin to match their dreams, passions, and skills with well-paid, high demand jobs that will help them change the world.
Why? As you know, research about STEM indicates that girls are often unaware of STEM career opportunities—and that they begin to lose confidence in math and science in middle school. However, girls interest in science significantly increases in hands-on activities tied to real world examples. And that’s where we come in—this is exactly what we’re giving them in IMAGINE.
Where do you come in? We are looking for passionate, science-focused college students, professors and professionals to work directly with high school girls to engage them in four 90-minute sessions of STEM (see attached). We will provide all the resources, materials, mentoring and tools you need so that you are successful in implementing the program and inspiring girls to follow in your footsteps!

QuEST (Queer Engineers, Scientists and Technical Professionals in San Diego) will be hosting a panel discussion on March 1st from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at T29 on the SIO campus and is seeking additional panelists to participate.
To find out more and get involved please contact: or
QuEST (Queer Engineers Scientists and Technical Professionals) supports the careers of LGBTQ individuals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, life science and healthcare fields.

Duke University faculty in ocean sciences wish to mentor potential post docs from under-represented groups through the NSF and Duke application process for post-doctoral awards. More information

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

November Meeting

GDAWG will hold a meeting on Monday, November 28 at 3:00 p.m in the Conference Room 114 in the SIO Administration building.

Program Inspiring Young Women to Discover Science. Students across the county take part in workshops that help to break down barriers.

Union Tribune Article here:

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011

Article on City Heights Farmer’s Market

Here is a link to the New York Times article

When the Uprooted Put Down Roots

Highlights our partners at the Ocean Discovery Institution.

Marine Ecology as a framework

Posted by: gdawgsio | July 6, 2011


The first GDAWG meeting of Fall 2011 will be on September 23rd from 4 – 5 p.m. in Admin Room 114 (Downstairs from the Graduate office with an ocean view).

Please plan to attend Dr. Rashid Sumaila’s Seminar this Wednesday at 1215pm in Hubbs Hall 4500.

The title of his talk will be:
“Whose fish are you catching– yours or future generations’?”

Pertinent articles for the seminar include:

*Sumaila, U.R*. and C. Walters (2005). Intergenerational discounting: A new
intuitive approach. Ecological Economics, 52, 135-142.

Ainsworth, C.H. and *U.R. Sumaila* (2005). Intergenerational valuation of
fisheries resources can justify long-term conservation: a case study in
Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic
Sciences,62, 1104-1110.

*Sumaila, U.R.* (2004). Intergenerational cost benefit analysis and marine
ecosystem restoration. Fish and Fisheries, 5, 329-343.

GDAWG is encouraging member attendance at Dr. Sumaila’s talk because Dr. Sumaila is a scientist with a background (African) that is underrepresented within the scientific community and as such, he brings a perspective rarely presented. For example, Dr. Sumaila, an expert in bioeconomics, has identified that fishery subsidies provided by “first-world” countries to their fishing fleets are major contributing factor to overfishing challenges (e.g. Ghana). Further, “first-world” subsidies of fishery fleets are issues that negatively affect us all since we all are part of a global economy (i.e. Ghana’s problem ties into the world supply of seafood affecting far off countries from Ghana such as China and the USA):

In addition, Dr. Sumaila’a works are focused on countries underrepresented within scientific literature (e.g. Namibia, Tanzania, Brazil, Malawi), as well as social inequity issues within fishery sciences. Titles of works such include, “The Tuna Cartel…,” “The rights to fish – A critique of ITQs,” “The cost of being apprehended for fishing illegally: Empirical evidence and policy implications.”( But perhaps Dr. Sumaila’s most striking quality is the shear number of countries in which he conducts work with. One article titled, ” From Halifax to the White House” touches on this:
Supporting intellectual diversity is a core principle of GDAWG.

Posted by: gdawgsio | March 30, 2011

QuEST Inaugural Event!

QuEST is proud to announce a new organization for local LGTBQ science and technical professionals and students. Please join us at our inaugural event to celebrate, socialize and learn about our organization! All career levels and allied community members are highly encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 31, 5:30-9:00pm
Surfside at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD
8622 Kennel Way, San Diego, CA 92037
Free* food and drinks catered by Eden

Can’t make the event? Find out more at or

QuEST (Queer Engineers Scientists and Technical Professionals) supports the careers of LGBTQ individuals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, life science and healthcare fields.

*This event is sponsored by the Society of Fellows (TSRI) and the Graduate Student Association (UCSD)

Posted by: gdawgsio | March 9, 2011

TIM WISE Speech at UCSD Podcast!

TIM WISE speech at UCSD podcast here:

(Information from Wikipedia): After graduating in 1990, Wise began his work as an anti-racist activist, ultimately receiving training in methods for undoing racism from the New Orleans-based People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Wise began his anti-racism work as a youth coordinator, and then associate director, of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of the various organizations founded for the purpose of defeating political candidate, David Duke, when Duke ran for U.S. Senate and Governor of Louisiana in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

After his work campaigning against David Duke, Wise worked for a number of community-based organizations and political groups in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, including the Louisiana Coalition for Tax Justice, the Louisiana Injured Worker’s Union and Agenda for Children, where he worked as a policy analyst and community organizer in New Orleans public housing.

In 1995, Wise began lecturing around the country on the issues of racism and white privilege. The following year, he returned to his hometown Nashville, and he continued his work around the US, gaining a national reputation for his work in defense of affirmative action.

From 1999 to 2003, Wise served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute. Wise received the 2002 National Youth Advocacy Coalition‘s Social Justice Impact Award as well as the 2001 British Diversity Award, for best feature essay on race and diversity issues. He has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including The Montel Williams Show, Donahue, Paula Zahn NOW, MSNBC Live, and ABC’s 20/20, arguing the case for affirmative action and to discuss the issue of white privilege and racism in America.

Wise argues that racism in the United States is institutionalized, due to past overt racism and the ongoing effects of that past racism, along with current-day discrimination. Although he concedes that personal, overt bias is less common than in the past (or at least less likely to be openly articulated), Wise argues that institutions have been set up to foster and perpetuate white privilege, and that subtle, impersonal, and even ostensibly race-neutral policies contribute to racism and racial inequality today

In 2010, Utne Reader magazine listed Wise as one of the “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Posted by: gdawgsio | February 18, 2011

Notes of LGBT Panel at Scripps on Valentine’s Day Available!

Notes on the Speaker’s Bureau from the LGBT Resource Center that was at Scripps on Valentines Day are available under EVENTS (PAST EVENTS).

Posted by: gdawgsio | February 8, 2011


Congratulations to Mike Navarro, the Birch Aquarium Education Department and the FOCUS on the FUTURE team for being recognized by the UCSD Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards. Thank you for all that you did last year and continue to do this year!!


Posted by: gdawgsio | February 7, 2011

BLOGS about DIVERSITY from real PhD students

For those that think that diversity is no longer an issue:


Posted by: gdawgsio | February 3, 2011

Warren Washington visiting SCRIPPS

Warren Washington will be visiting Scripps and will have an informal Q&A/discussion hour with grad students. Dr. Washington was a pioneer into the field of coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, and is a senior scientist at NCAR, has served on the governing body of NSF, and last year received the National Medal of Science from President Obama, just to name a few of his many accomplishments. Also, as the second African-American to receive a PhD in atmospheric sciences, he has been very involved in issues of diversity in science. And he will be having a 1-hour meeting with us to discuss any and all questions we have about science, modeling, careers in academia, diversity, or anything! There will also be tea and snacks. NH 101, 2pm, February 9.

Posted by: gdawgsio | August 31, 2010

NEW FALL COURSE: SIO 209: Community-Based Science

Hi all,

I wanted to let you know about a course offered in the fall, SIO 209, taught by Brad Werner. From the course website: “Developed partially in response to UCSD’s racism crisis and its poor relations with working class communities, SIO 209 Community-Based Science will explore the theory and practice of developing authentic, two-way, respectful connections between universities and communities, with a particular emphasis on UCSD and City Heights. Participants in SIO 209 will engage in weekly discussions, participate in the science education program at a high school in City Heights, mentor high school students, interview community organizers and prepare a proposal for change in university practice to foster better connections to working class communities” (a bit slow at this moment) For those of you involved in the Farmers Market, those of you who don’t have time to go but wish they could learn more about City Heights and other communities around San Diego, and everyone in between, I’d highly encourage you to take this course.

Cheers, Mattias

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