Content with Institutions : University of California at San Diego

UCSD CIvic Collaboration

The UCSD Civic Collaborative, established in 1998, is a program that encourages a two-way flow of knowledge between members of UCSD and the San Diego region., with a particular focut on civic and community life. Supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Collaborative sponsors forums, conferences, and informal gatherings to help UCSD researchers become more knowledgeable about San Diego and more liekly to direct thei rbest thinking toward understanding and improving the quality of life in San Diego. Fostering closer ties with people from a variety of backgrounds and institutions in the region should enhance UCSD’s own…

The Preuss School

The University of California at San Diego doesn’t just help a local school, it owns one. The Preuss School, on the UCSD campus, is the nation’s first charter school created by a university and dedicated to serving poor minority students. Preuss has access to the resources of UCSD, such as its supercomputers and it’s students, who volunteer to tutor at Preuss. The impetus for Preuss came in the wake of California’s 1998 ban on affirmative action, which caused UCSD’s minority enrollment to drop a quarter. The university looked to recruit minority students through the traditional methods–faculty visits, fancy websites and…

The San Diego Dialogue

It started with a community that wanted to know more about itself, a roundtable discussion, and a class of sociology students, standing on the border between San Diego and Tijuana, tapping on the windows of cars to ask the drivers four questions: What is your nation of residence? Why are you crossing the border? How frequently do you cross in a month? For what purposes do you cross the border? The research that the students compiled dispelled a number of common misconceptions about border crossings here, at the most traversed transnational border in the world. Contrary to popular belief, nine…