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The University of California, San Diego will honor World AIDS Day 2020 on Tuesday, December 1.  Our events focus attention on and raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had and continues to have in the San Diego community, the nation, and the world. 

About World AIDS Day 

World AIDS Day began globally on December 1, 1988, as a means to raise funds, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and promote education related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Since then the event has grown and is honored by governments, schools, businesses, and individuals around the world.  At UC San Diego, the goal of World AIDS Day programming is to provide a forum for reflection, education, and action. We hope to engage our community in an ongoing dialogue that encourages each individual to be educated and take action to stop AIDS. 

World AIDS Day 2020 Events

A National Conversation, with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci 

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020,10am-12pm PST

From 10am-12pm PST on Tuesday, December 1st we invite you to join us for World AIDS Day 2020 — A National Conversation, with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. David D. Ho, Director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University, as the keynote speakers.  2020 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, a pandemic that has led to nearly 700,000 lives lost and still no cure four decades later.  This year, our nation struggles through another pandemic -- the fight against Covid-19 – the horrific loss of life has surpassed 220,000 in a matter of months. The program will spotlight the interconnectedness of both pandemics — the lives lost, the survivors, the activism and the heroes. Through a distinguished list of guest speakers, video storytelling, and musical tributes, the program will explore how a nation confronts, responds, and heals, and the lessons that must be learned for the future. The forum will be presented virtually via YouTube Live at and will be free to the public.  

The AIDS Memorial Quilt online, selected peice for UC San Diego

Accessible anytime at  

Throughout the day, we encourage you to explore the AIDS Memorial Quilt online, and the curated pieces for UC San Diego. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the premiere symbol of the AIDS pandemic, a living memorial to a generation lost to AIDS and an important HIV prevention education tool. With hundreds of thousands of people contributing their talents to making the memorial panels, and tens of thousands of volunteers to help display it, the Quilt is considered the largest community arts project in history, view it at  

TRANSMISSIONS, a A Day With(out) Art 2020 with ArtPower and Visual AIDS

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 7pm PST  

Later that evening at 7pm, in conjunction with UC San Diego ArtPower and Visual AIDS, we will present TRANSMISSIONS, a A Day With(out) Art 2020, a free program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States, followed by activities organized by Students for Global Health, Expanding Visions of Health. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda).  


World AIDS Day Resources

World AIDS Day Contacts

World AIDS Day at UC San Diego is coordinated by a university-wide committee of students, staff, and faculty. For more information on the committee or the event, please contact:

Shaun Travers
LGBT Resource Center

Christine Clark
University Communications
858 534-7618, 858 775-8201 

Planning Committee

The UC San Diego World AIDS Day planning committee is actively seeking new students, faculty and staff members. Please contact Shaun Travers at, if you are interested in joining the committee.

The World AIDS Day planning committee meets weekly on Thursdays during the fall from 2:00pm 2:50pm, and then in a more limited capacity in the winter and spring terms on Thursday’s from 2:00-2:50pm.

The World AIDS Day planning committee was formed in 2002 and is comprised of faculty, staff, and students at UC San Diego. A hallmark of the committee is bringing the AIDS Memorial Quilt each year to UC San Diego’s campus.

The World AIDS Day planning committee charge is to plan and implement events related to UC San Diego’s honoring of World AIDS Day, December 1st of each year. This work first was begun by the student organization Student Health Advocates (SHA) with the support of Student Health Services – Health Education in the early 1990s as the AIDS pandemic swept across the world. In 2002 the committee was officially formed to plan events from a University-wide perspective.

Committee members should demonstrated support of the UC San Diego Principles of Community; a willingness to serve on the World AIDS Day planning committee for a one-year term; the ability to serve at least 5 hours a month to attend full committee and subcommittee meetings; and sensitivity to issues of HIV/AIDS, health, human rights and diversity.

Please contact the Co-Chairs of the World AIDS Day planning committee, Bria Hamlet, or Shaun Travers at, if you are interested in being on the committee.

Special Thanks

World AIDS Day events are co-sponsored by a number of student organizations, departments and divisions at UC San Diego, including the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; LGBT Resource Center; Student Health Services; Student Health Advocates; School of Global Policy and Strategy; School of Medicine; LGBT PhAM; Art Power; Associated Students (AS); the AIDS Research Institute; UC San Diego's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR); the HIV Institute; University Centers; Housing*Dining*Hospitality; Equal Opportunity Services; Study Abroad; Women's Center, Black Resource Center, Raza Resource Centro, Cross-Cultural Center, Intertribal Resource Center; Students for Global Health; Health Promotion Services; the Council of Coordinators of Student Activities; and many committed individuals throughout the University community. Additional support comes from community organizations, including Family Health Centers of San Diego, and the San Diego LGBT Community Center.


World AIDS Day Sponsors