On Thursday, October 17, campus leadership from Admissions, Student Affairs, Extension and CREATE climbed aboard a bus at 6:45 a.m. and headed off with UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla to visit Clairemont and Mission Bay High Schools.  Their mission?  To spread the word to high school students that a world class education and diploma from a UC campus can become a reality.

Visits like these by UC campus chancellors to local area high schools are part of “Achieve UC,” a University of California system wide initiative to inform California high school students how they can attain a University of California education.  CREATE colleagues do this sort of work at selected schools sites every day, along with colleagues across our university.  “Achieve UC” events provide a concentrated day of essential academic and financial information to help students, especially those from lower-income schools and districts, reach their college goals.  This year the event also included dialogues with teachers and counselors at both schools, designed to brainstorm with the Chancellor how best to support young people in UC San Diego’s backyard.

Rafael Hernandez, director of the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at CREATE, and his staff organized the event at each school.  School officials, teachers and students at Clairemont and Mission Bay spoke enthusiastically about EAOP’s and TRIO Upward Bound’s direct college prep supports to students, and about the San Diego Science Project’s Hands-On Lab programs engaging teachers and students in hands-on science with UC San Diego undergrads.  UC San Diego colleagues from Academic Connections (UC San Diego Extension), the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP),  Global Teams in Engineering Services (Global TIES) and California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) at Jacob’s School of Engineering shared their student support work; colleagues from Admissions and Financial Aid presented information on the nuts and bolts of college access and availability of financial support to make college affordable for all students.

Chancellor Khosla meets with students and staff at Clairemont High School.  From left, Rafael Hernandez, EAOP, Chancellor Khosla, Cristobal Parada,  Cesar Salceda and Martha Corrales, Clairemont High School.
Rafael Hernandez, EAOP, Chancellor Khosla, Cristobal Parada, Cesar Salceda and Martha Corrales, Clairemont High School.

CREATE’s San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) also held personal statement workshops to help students prep for their college applications.  “It was a very inspirational day,” said Carol Schrammel, SDAWP Senior Program Associate.  “I read some great personal statements and worked with students who took their task seriously.  I hope some of them apply to UC San Diego!”

Susan Yonezawa, CREATE’s Associate Director, facilitated great dialogues with teachers and the Chancellor that sparked new ideas about how to leverage our university for and with the broader education community.  The ideas will feed into CREATE’s and campus’ work and into CREATE STEM Success, an initiative to leverage UC San Diego’s resources to plug “leaks” in the K20 pipeline in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math specifically.teachers achieve uc