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American Indian Writing Circle

The American Indian Writing Circle is hosted 2-4 times each month during the academic year. Each session is a 4-hour dedicated time to focus on our academic pursuits - whether it's data analysis for your dissertation, finishing up a midterm project or tackling a term paper. Students can come to the center, enjoy refreshments, and good company while providing support for one another.


Black, Latinx and Native American Family Orientation

Black, Latinx and Native American Family Orientation is a voluntary program designed to share information about the UC San Diego student experience from a culturally informed lens. Participants are able to engage with other incoming families, learn about campus resources and get familiar with the campus. Students participating in this program have the opportunity to move into their campus residence early. The ITRC hosts a number of events for BLNA that change depending on the year. In the past, the ITRC has done a Native Beach Day, trip to the Padres Game, and other orientation events.

California Native American Day Celebration

In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation establishing California Native American Day as a new state holiday, celebrated on the 4th Friday of every September.  Even before the signing of AB1973, many California Indians already celebrated California Indian Day as a way to honor the culture, heritage, and traditions of California Indians. The ITRC acknowledges this celebration as an educational opportunity for the campus community and is proud to honor California Natives.

Campus Visits/Native Tours

The ITRC frequently hosts campus visits to show prospective students and their families around campus and familiarize them with life at UCSD. These visits often feature a “Native Tour,” which aims to expose and engage prospective Native students with the academic, social, cultural, and political aspects of the undergraduate experience at the UCSD. In addition to a Native Tour, the ITRC will typically treat prospective students to lunch, give them a tour of the ITRC, tell them about our programs/resources, and answer any other questions they may have.

Dream the Impossible Native Youth Conference

The Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego was proud to host the 15th annual Dream the Impossible Native Youth Conference on our campus in 2023 and in 2018. This event brought over 400 Native American youth, educators, and families to the UC San Diego campus. This annual conference incorporates traditional teachings; language, traditional games, tribal government while also giving participants an opportunity to learn about college and career planning. The conference also includes fun activities to keep the youth active and engaged. The Intertribal Resource Center regularly participates in the planning and production of this conference.

Holiday Party

The ITRC hosts an annual holiday party to celebrate the end of Fall quarter. This program is an opportunity for students to connect before they go on break and celebrate their achievements of the past quarter. At the holiday party, students can decorate cookies and ornaments, participate in a White Elephant gift exchange, and more.

I'm Going to College

I'm Going to College (IGTC) is a fun and exciting early outreach program for fourth grade students. The idea is to plant the seeds of a college-going mind-set early in the academic career of our Native American youth. IGTC gives young students an opportunity to see, hear, touch and feel a university campus and know that there is a place for them here. Students begin the program with a six-week curriculum in the classroom designed to introduce students to the language of college and to understand the basics of higher education - including why college is important for our communities. Then, students “apply” to the university and after receiving their “acceptance letters” and “scholarships” they are invited to campus to experience the first day of college. Their visit includes a trip to the Financial Aid Office, the Office of Admissions, the Bookstore and two classes. Before leaving for the day, students pose for a “graduation” picture - a glimpse into the future. Currently, the Intertribal Resource Center is partnering with Chámmakilawish, The Pechanga School but we are looking to expand in the near future!

Language and Culture Table

Language and Culture Table was started by a Native American graduate student at UCSD in 2019. This program allows Native American students and staff to talk about their tribal traditions, government, language, art, culture, and more. Any Native student or staff is welcome to hosting a Language and Culture Table upon asking ITRC staff. Past topics have included lessons on traveling abroad as a Native American woman, Comanche language lessons, Navajo weaving demonstrations, and more.

Midterm Refuel/Finals Study Jam

Every quarter, the ITRC hosts a Midterm Refuel and Finals Study Jam event for students. Past programs have included to-go care packages filled with snacks, notebooks, and other goodies. Snacks such as bagels, coffee, and juice are typically provided to fuel students while they study in the Center. Student Assistants primarily lead Study Jams and Refuel events.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Every November, the ITRC leads a campus committee in recognizing the achievements and contributions of Native American people and tribes. Native American Heritage month offers a variety of speakers, performances, workshops, film screenings, and more in order to promote awareness of issues in Indian Country. The committee is composed of students, faculty and staff, all committed to increasing the Native American presence on campus, supporting Native American students and honoring our local tribal communities.


Native American Heritage Night at Petco Park

Each year, the San Diego Padres (Major League Baseball team) host a Native American Heritage Celebration during one of their games. Free, themed hats are given out to attendees. The ITRC organizes a group trip to the game where we provide tickets to Native students, staff, faculty, and community members. Often, the ITRC group travels together to the game and enjoys a meal prior to the start of the event. This event is a fun way to build community for incoming students and strengthen bonds between continuing students and community members.

Native American Welcome Dinner

The Native American Welcome Dinner typically takes place during the first or second week of Fall Quarter. Welcome Dinner is a chance for incoming and continuing Native students to start the year off right and connect with Native staff, faculty, and peers. A catered dinner is provided by the ITRC for all attendees.

Native Graduates Honoring Ceremony

Each year, the ITRC hosts a graduation ceremony honoring Native American undergraduate and graduate students and all members of the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance and the American Indian Graduate Student Association.  Our graduation aims to include more culturally appropriate aspects that acknowledge the accomplishments of our Native students.  All graduates are honored with an original stole, Native American students who have participated and contributed to the NAISA and/or the ITRC are additionally honored with a traditionally beaded medallion.

Skoden Wellness Club

Skoden Wellness Club is a group dedicated to supporting Native American students in setting and meeting their wellness goals. These wellness goals are not only related to physicality, but also mental and spiritual wellness. In the past, Skoden Wellness Club has met for yoga, light stretching, community discussions, and more. Led by a UCSD Native alumna, Skoden typically meets quarterly.

UCSD Annual Powwow

The UC San Diego Powwow serves the UC San Diego campus and the San Diego community by bringing Native American culture to the campus. The powwow continues to build upon the tradition of welcoming Native American peoples and their cultures to UC San Diego. The annual powwow promotes access to higher education to Native American youth, as well as a means to ensure the retention of current Native American students. The powwow also helps to educate the UC San Diego community about Native American cultures, while simultaneously creating a space on campus where Native American students can express and experience their unique cultures.