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Staff and Departments

At UC San Diego, our vision is “Every Triton a Changemaker.” Your department can support these efforts by:

  • Coordinating changemaker initiatives, such as community service or service-learning projects, social justice or social issue education, or social innovation initiatives.
  • Branding new or existing changemaker programs and events using the official UC San Diego Changemaker Mark. Include the changemaker mark on your website and program promotional materials.
  • Using changemaker hashtags in social media posts (#changemakers and #tritonchangemakers)
  • Highlighting changemakers and opportunities for changemaking in your existing programs.
  • Incorporate changemaking language and examples into talking points, stories, and other communications. 
  • Requesting to have your department’s programs and events featured on
  • Hosting an event during Changemaker Week.
  • Nominating a student, faculty, staff or alumni changemaker to be featured in the I am a Triton, I am a Changemaker social media campaign (To nominate, please email with their name and brief description).
  • Getting creative! Find innovative ways to contribute to a culture of changemaking at UC San Diego.

Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design

The UC San Diego Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design (BRC) brings diverse people and organizations together to collaboratively study and equitably improve how neighborhoods, cities and regions function. The BRC has several large grants and programs doing civically engaged research with community partners involving green infrastructure, affordable housing, and healthy placemaking — especially in disadvantaged communities.

The BRC has many opportunities for students to get involved with exciting action research initiatives, including studies at the nexus linking local food systems, ecology and community development. The BRC support Rogers Urban FarmLab on the UC San Diego Campus, many student organizations, and the UC systemwide Global Food initiative and Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Our mission is to advance interdisciplinary science and applications that empower people and communities to better understand climate change impacts and implement adaptation strategies. More information

Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH)

The Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) was founded in the UC San Diego School of Medicine in June, 2018 with seed funding from UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. Our goal is to pursue, through collaboration with researchers, companies and institutions around the world, new treatments for combating antimicrobial resistant diseases—focusing on bacteriophage (phage) therapy. Beginning with the remarkable success of treating the life-threatening superbug infection of Dr Tom Patterson (Co-Director Dr Strathdee’s husband), with intravenous phage therapy, we have treated and will continue to treat patients with life-threatening multi-drug resistant infections with phage therapy through the FDA’s compassionate use program.  We also strive to advance phage therapy into clinical trials so that it can be rigorously evaluated and if proven efficacious, become more widely available to combat the global superbug crisis. Find more information here. 

Contact: Steffanie Strathdee, 

Center for Marine Biology and Conservation

The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography promotes interdisciplinary research and educational approaches to maintain the integrity of ocean ecosystems and manage their use in the face of rapid and inevitable global change. More information

Faculty Fellows Program

The Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program is a year-long faculty development program that provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to integrate community engaged service-learning (CESL) into their teaching, research, and public service while becoming recognized campus leaders in CESL pedagogy and community engagement. The program is a partnership between the Teaching + Learning Commons and the Center for Student Involvement, with the support of the Changemaker Steering Committee. Changemaker Faculty Fellows will be selected each spring in a competitive review process and will be awarded a $10,000 faculty development award. Learn more about the Changemaker Faculty Fellows at

Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR)

The Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR) explores when and why laws actually work, and looks across an array of issues from environment and energy to human rights, trade and security. Find more information here. 

Contact: Wendy Hunter Barker, 

Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

Combining advanced social science methodology with the power of information technology, this lab designs policies and programs that alleviate poverty; promote health, welfare and security; and enhance accountability. Find more information here. 

Contact:  Wendy Hunter Barker,