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Campus Climate

UC San Diego’s campus climate for LGBT people varies depending on a number of factors, including things such as:

  • Status as an undergraduate student, graduate student, post-doc, resident, researcher, intern, staff member, or faculty
  • Department that you are a part of/are studying in
  • Other identities beyond sexual and gender identity that define your life and the way you experience the University
  • Events that occur throughout the life of the University community

The documents below address specific situations have impacted campus climate in a broad, public way. They serve as a reminder of the collective responsibility of our campus to ensure it meets its responsibilities in addressing campus climate issues. The letters/announcements are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top.


University of California, San Diego
June 15, 2016

SUBJECT:   Tragedy in Orlando

We are horrified and deeply saddened by the tragedy in Orlando this past weekend, and its impact on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  We condemn the violence that killed 49 people and injured 53 others at the LGBT dance-club Pulse on a Latinx night.  UC San Diego responded with messages from our LGBT Resource Center, and hosted a gathering yesterday for our UC San Diego community.  UC San Diego is home to many in the LGBT community, and our hearts and thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.

It is important that we as a UC San Diego community provide space for those who are impacted, and especially those in the LGBT community.  Students and those who support them are encouraged to access the resources at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), (858) 534-3755, 24 hours a day.  Our faculty and staff struggling to make sense of this have the Faculty and Staff Assistance program available to them as well, with more information accessible at, (858) 534-5523.  We encourage managers and supervisors to create supportive spaces, as many who are part of the LGBT community may be mourning in silence due to the stigma which still impacts our society regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

For those who would like to donate to support the victims’ families as they continue to grieve, the Orlando LGBT Center has set up a fund at:  During this terrible time, we honor the process of healing and reflection. Together, in support of our LGBT community, we will get through this.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Suresh Subramani
Executive Vice Chancellor

David A. Brenner
Vice Chancellor – Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine
Margaret Leinen
Vice Chancellor – Marine Sciences
Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sandra Brown
Vice Chancellor – Research

Juan C. Gonzalez
Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs

Gary C. Matthews
Vice Chancellor – Resource Management and Planning

Pierre Ouillet
Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Bob Continetti
Chair, Academic Senate – San Diego Division

John C. Moore
Chair, Council of Provosts

Community Responses to Orlando Tragedy

My dearest community,

We woke up Sunday morning to an unimaginable horror.  As so many UC San Diego students completed their studies and left our campus, we learned of what happened in Orlando.  As of now, we are not aware of any UC San Diego community members who have been directly involved in what happened. 

There are two broader community events happening in response, one at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and one at the North County San Diego LGBT Community Center.  See below this message for the details.  As always, the UC San Diego LGBT Community Center will be open and available for anyone to stop by tomorrow, Monday and throughout the week, from 8:00am-4:30pm.  Although not a crisis center, at times like these being in community and drawing strength and comfort from each other can help us all to process this.  All of our sister Centers: the Cross-Cultural Center, Black Resource Center, Raza Resource Centro and Women’s Center are open and available as well.

At UC San Diego, students and those who support them are encouraged to access the resources at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), (858) 534-3755, 24 hours a day.  Our faculty and staff struggling to make sense of this have the Faculty and Staff Assistance program available to them as well, with more information accessible at, (858) 534-5523.  

From the San Diego LGBT Community Center: “In light of this tragic event, the San Diego LGBT community and its allies will gather together at The Center, 3909 Centre St., on Monday, June 13 for the San Diego United: #OrlandoStrong rally.  The doors to The Center will open at 6:30pm, with a short program, followed by a candlelit vigil stopping at the Hillcrest Pride Flag and ending at Rich's nightclub. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us to stand together and unite in support of all those affected by this tragedy.  Please see the attached statement from the Center as well.”

For North County:  “Dear friends and family, today our LGBTQ Center of Oceanside is gathering in support and in solidarity of what has happened in Orlando. If you can come and support please do so. Here it is our statement:  We are devastated by this horrific act of violence. Our hearts break for all the victims and their families and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community in Orlando. Violence will not intimidate us form living our authentic selfs, or prevent us from loving one another. We must come together as a nation to affirm the love that conquers hate. The NC LGBTQ Center will be open provide a safe space to gather from 5-8, with a vigil at 7pm Address: 510 N. Coast Hwy Ste ‪#‎C Oceanside, CA 92056.”

We are stronger together.  Stay connected and in community.  Care for each other deeply.

With deep sadness,

Shaun Travers, Ed.D.
Campus Diversity Officer & Director of the
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center
A Unit of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the
University of California, San Diego

Gender Identity Included in Principles of Community

August 24, 2011

After a number of years of committed work and conversations, gender identity is now included as one of the named dimensions of diversity in UC San Diego's Principles of Community! This change in the Principles of Community provides a framework for diversity and affirms the unique contribution of each member of the UC San Diego community, including our transgender community. Particular thanks are due to the former Dean of Students for Sixth College, James Stascavage. His diligence over the course of numerous years kept this issue on many agenda, and resulted in its final implementation in this important document. Former Chief Diversity Officer Sandra Daley, Assistant Chancellor for Diversity Glynda Davis and the outgoing Chair of the Diversity Council, Bob Continetti also assured that the inclusion ultimately happened. This change in the Principles of Community provides a framework for diversity and affirms the unique contribution of each member of the UC San Diego community, including our transgender community. UC San Diego's CACGISO will continue to work on these issues and many others which affect our campus climate for all people.

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

February 9, 2011

Gender Inclusive Housing will now be available for continuing groups of undergraduate residents in all seven apartment living areas at UC San Diego. Through extensive work with Housing, all of the Residence Life Offices and Resident Deans, and with the support of the College Deans and Provosts, this exciting opportunity meets the needs of all of our continuing residents, inclusive of all genders, gender identities and expressions. Gender Inclusive Housing, along with our existing LGBT Interest Housing program and our commitment to house transgender students via discussions based on individual and specific needs, provides many opportunities to meet the needs of all UC San Diego continuing residents. What does this mean? It means that for our continuing residents, women, men, and people of all gender identities and expressions can live together. So what do residents need to do right now? Residents should start thinking about who they might want to live with in the coming school year! Applications will be available via the websites of each of the seven living areas listed below, beginning Friday, February 11th, 2011. Each of the living areas have begun advertising the options and processes, as it is unique to each living environment. However, it is available in all areas. If you or residents with whom you have contact are interested in Gender Inclusive Housing, please go to the website of living areas in which you have interest.

A Letter to the UCSD Community

November 19, 2010

To the UC San Diego community:

This week, outside community members appeared on Library Walk waving signs and shouting hurtful and upsetting speech directed towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. These actions defy our sense of civility, decency and UC San Diego’s Principles of Community, and affect our faculty, students and staff, as well as guests and visitors to our campus.

Although free speech and the robust exchange of ideas are the hallmarks of a university campus, hate-filled speech is diametrically opposed to our campus’ values, with serious consequences, as evinced by recent high-profile incidents of bullying and suicides of LGBT young people. As our Principles of Community call us to do, we confront and reject these acts of discrimination.

We encourage the UC San Diego community to foster a campus climate where our responses define us, not the incidents themselves. Our students have already done that, through their own signs, their own voices and their visible presence on Library Walk. Our faculty and graduate students provide spaces for conversation in classroom and laboratories. Our staff are supporting our students, in the Campus Community Centers, in our residence halls and throughout the University community.

We are committed to a maintaining a campus climate that is open, diverse, and welcoming for people of all backgrounds. We are grateful for the commitment of our students, faculty, staff and administration to work together to denounce these incidents.


Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor 
Penny Rue, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Reflections on the recent suicides in our community

Dear community friends,

Over the course of this month there have been a number of suicides of young LGBT people that have received national attention, including Eric Mohat (NY, Seth Walsh (CA), Asher Brown (TX), Tyler Clementi (NJ), Justin Aaberg (MN), Billy Lucas (IN), and Raymond Chase (R.I.) – all experienced bullying and public shaming.  College age students are particularly vulnerable when it comes to suicide, as is our LGBT community.  The two factors combined, plus this string of highly public suicides makes me concerned for our community.  And as always, those from multiple marginalized communities, often not catching media attention or spotlight even in similar circumstances, are tapping into resiliency, and at risk.

As students hear stories, see images and read accounts of these suicides, it can trigger many emotions and thoughts.  I would like all of us to be particularly attuned, as we walk through the rest of this week and next, for what is happening.  Keep our ears open, our eyes sensitive to the subtle cues that may help us identify a student in distress.  Be listening for what other students are saying about these incidents (if anything) and also what they are saying about their peers.  Is anyone acting out, acting odd, or not acting at all (that is, not around as they usually are)?

We should err on the side of caution.  Here is more specific information about suicide from CAPS, and The Trevor Project operates a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth, with information at  Please know what resources are available to you.

I remind you that our LGBT Resource Center is not a crisis center, but a place where we focus on building community.  Let us continue to weave this net of community around our students in terms of their mental health, our deep concerns, and fundamental caring for their health and well being.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Shaun Travers, Ed.D.
Campus Diversity Officer & Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center