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Co-Curricular Opportunities

Alternative Breaks

The Center for Student Involvement offers co-curricular service learning trips during academic breaks and local Alternative Weekends per year. The year-long program is dedicated to fostering globally conscious active citizens. Alternative Breaks scholarship funds from VCSA and donors make the program accessible for students with high or very-high need based financial aid.

Contact: Emily Loui, 

Carbon Neutrality Initiative

The UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated projects that support the UC system’s goal to produce zero-net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. All 10 UC campuses plus the UC Office of the President, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are participating in the program. The program began in spring 2015, with fellows participating in a July 20 symposium in San Francisco. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and administered at each location to ensure that student efforts align with local needs. Students selected to serve as the campus CNI Student Engagement Fellow will work with Campus Sustainability Staff to communicate about campus and UC‐wide sustainability goals and programs, to assess existing programs and efforts, and to engage undergraduate and graduate students in those efforts. In addition, engagement and communication efforts should enable and empower students to provide feedback about campus and UC‐wide sustainability programs. Check the website for when the application will be made available. 

Community Health Project

Community Health Project (CHP) is a long-term, non-academic credit bearing service opportunity for students interested in social justice and health.
Students focus on topics like immigrant, women’s, indigent, and geriatric health. In order to get involved in the Community Health Project, students go through an application and matching process, service-learning pre-training, and are expected to serve a minimum of 4 hours per week with a commitment to serve throughout the academic year. Students participate in ongoing meetings where they process their experiences, learn new skills, and hear from professionals in various health and public health related fields. Applications are available in October for the same academic year. Get more information. 

Contact: Catherine Lettieri,

Community Service Transportation (CST)

3 vans and 16 student drivers provide approximately 1,800 rides for UC San Diego volunteers to service sites throughout San Diego. With additional pilot funding from UCOP, this program is expanding to assist with food recovery and other basic needs initiatives. A program from the Center for Student Involvement.

Contact: Casey Simon, 

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)

Through its Commitment to Action model, CGI U challenges young leaders and entrepreneurs to become agents of positive social change. CGI U students are relentless innovators, chosen to develop, test, and implement solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges in five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Get more information.

Contact: Emily Loui,


EducationCorps encourages UC San Diego students to get involved as a tutors/ mentors by sharing their time and skills with youth. Our mission is to alleviate poverty in San Diego by promoting a college-going culture, better attitudes towards school, and increases in academic performance at underserved school and after school sites in the San Diego Community. All subjects are welcome. Recruitment and tutor placement takes place throughout the academic year. Get more information.

Contact: Kylin Copthorne, 

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

The Green Initiative Fund, or TGIF for short, is an initiative to give students the opportunity to make an impact on UCSD's campus sustainability while also having the chance to create and implement a project from start to finish. 

2018 Winter Applications are out now! 


JusticeCorps is a statewide program through the California Superior Court. Members act as AmeriCorps volunteers, serving people coming to court without an attorney who are trying to resolve crucial legal matters affecting their family, housing, personal safety, and financial stability. JusticeCorps members serve in court-based self-help centers, educating litigants on their legal options and potential outcomes. By providing neutral assistance—not legal advice—JusticeCorps members empower litigants to make the best choice for their particular case. JusticeCorps members normally serve one 8-hour shift per week or two 4-hour shifts at a self-help center throughout the year, for a minimum of 300 hours in order to complete the program at which point they receive an Ed Award ranging from $1,300-$1,700. Applications are available January through March for the following academic year. Get more information. 

Contact: Catherine Lettieri,


Rady StartR Accelerator

StartR is a non-profit accelerator program for Rady School of Management students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. Founded by a group of Rady students in 2013, this free, six-month long acceleration program held on the Rady School campus accepts up to six teams per cohort. The program includes workshops, mentoring, advice and access to other resources for early-stage companies. At the conclusion of the program, teams present their pitches at Demo Day, attended by investors, industry experts and the San Diego community.


For more information on becoming a program partner or a sponsor, please email Lada Rasochova,

Tritons Together: Campus Conversations

The Center for Student Involvement and the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) are proud to offer Tritons Together: Campus Conversations, a campus-wide program which offers community building dialogue circles for the UC San Diego community. A team of undergraduate student Dialogue Ambassadors co-facilitate restorative based community building circles. These circles and circle keepers provide a structured environment to generate dialogue among participants on a specific topic. Circle Dialogues foster open and supportive spaces for people to talk across differences, develop empathy and enhance perspectives. Get more information. 

Contact: Katy Brecht,

Communication & Leadership Seminars

The Center for Student Involvement  Communication and Leadership offers non-credit seminars that develop students' leadership, professional, and social skills through fun and interactive activities and discussions. Seminar topics include Equity-Mided Leadership, Public Speaking, Strengths-Based Leadership, and more! Get more information. 

Contact: Frida Alvear, 


iLead provides students the flexibility to choose workshop sessions on various communication and leadership topics that align with your individual interests and schedule. The iLead program uses the Social Change Model of Leadership as a foundation, inviting participants to explore workshop topics related to self, groups, and community. Get more information. 

Contact: Frida Alvear, 

Learn & Serve

The Learn & Serve speaker series partners with departments and organizations on campus to bring in issue experts and practitioners to share their expertise on social justice topics of importance to our community. Learn & Serve participants are asked to make a commitment to action, applying their new understanding to make a social impact through service, voting, or an action of their choosing. Learn & Serve takes place throughout the academic year, regularly partnering with iLead, Career Services, and other areas of campus to inspire students to take action and create change.

Contact: Catherine Lettieri,