Community Engagement

community engagement
Scripps Oceanography 2018-19 Community Engagement Fellows Osinachi Ajoku, Alyssa Griffin, and Lynn Waterhouse.


Scripps EDI Initiatives  

Scripps Institution of Oceanography works to create and foster a positive and welcoming climate where we value, include, and support all at Scripps.


Quarterly Community Conversations

Upcoming Community Conversations can be found on the Scripps events calendar here. Here is a sampling of past Community Conversations: 

Anti-Black Racism - June 14, 2020

  • Over Spring 20202, throughout all 50 states and many other countries, national and international attention has been shifted from an exclusive focus on the COVID-19 pandemic to one combined with the pandemic of anti-Black racism.
  • This conversation was facilitated by Dr. Shaun Travers, Campus Diversity Officer & Director of the LGBT Resource Center, about systemic racism, Black lives, anti-Black racism and our own actions as individuals, leaders and as an institution.

Gender Recognition Act - November 2018
Scripps CARES Newsletter (Community Awareness, Resources, Engagement & Support)

Monthly newsletter connecting Scripps Community to UC San Diego Community Events & Resources

Subscribe to Scripps EDI Listserv.

Archive of past newsletters: 

Scripps LEARNS (Listen, Engage, Activate, Reflect, Nurture, & Support)

Community members are invited to participate in a series of facilitated small-group discussions around current events and topics. Participants will be encouraged to listen and learn from each other as we explore new ways of thinking and interacting with each other as a community. Space is limited. Meeting details will be emailed to confirmed participants.  Submit Participation Survey here.

Scripps LEADS (Learn, Engage, Activate, Develop & Support)

Units and Centers at Scripps are invited to participate in a series of facilitated small-group discussions around current events and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategic planning. Participants will be encouraged to listen and learn from each other as we explore new ways of thinking about and advancing strategic EDI goals.  Submit Engagement Request here.

Community Engagement Fellows

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Fellows support the Director of Diversity Initiatives in efforts to develop and engage the Scripps Institution of Oceanography community around equity, diversity, and inclusion. Fellows have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership, community-building and project management skills while giving back to the Scripps and UC San Diego community.  Fellows assist the Director of Diversity Initiatives in the organization and planning of various events and programs at Scripps designed to (1) foster community building and collaboration, (2) improve campus climate, (3) build professional skills and networks, and (4) enhance cultural awareness and/or education by engaging Scripps Oceanography students, staff, faculty and alumni in a variety of activities and events.  View current and past Community Engagement Fellows

EDI Check-Ins

Scripps EDI Team is available to meet one-on-one with members of the Scripps Community to hear your input, feedback, and suggestions.  Click here to schedule an appointment.  When you select a time slot, your name will appear at the top.  In the WHERE section, please indicate if you would prefer a phone (enter the best number to reach you) or Zoom meeting (Zoom info will be sent upon confirmation of the meeting).


Community Groups

Scripps Oceanography is home to a variety of community groups that create a place of belonging where all students, staff and faculty can find community, explore social justice issues, gain leadership skills, engage in open dialogue and take part in educational and social activities.

Sign up to receive information about upcoming and ongoing community events from Scripps Community Groups.


Women & Minorities in Science (WMIS)

WMIS stands for Women and Minorities in Science, but WMIS encourages the participation of anyone who supports minorities and women in science and wishes to work towards a more equitable, equal, and inclusive community. Follow WMIS on Twitter and Instagram or join us on Slack. Email us with questions or ideas for events at

Community Building & Group Discussions

  • Multicultural Potlucks, Cookie Exchanges
  • New Student Welcome Events
  • Skill Sharing: Learn/teach a skill like cooking, embroidery, painting, algae pressing, etc.
  • Movie Screenings
    • E.g. More than a Word, Hidden Figures, Just Mercy, Picture a Scientist
  • Sip ‘n Swaps
    • Exchanging articles, books, ideas
  • Working Group
    • Friday morning (9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Career Development & Science Communication

  • Conference Presentation Practices
  • Student Seminar Series
  • Science Communication Workshops (Twitter for Science Communication, Op-Ed Writing)

Outreach & Engagement

  • Garibaldi Bowl Volunteering
  • San Diego Science Fair Judging

Growing up in Science

  • Have you ever wondered what your advisor or committee member struggled with as a graduate student? What they struggle with now? Growing up in science is a conversation series that is not about science, but about becoming and being a scientist. At each event, one guest shares their life story, with a focus on struggles, failures, doubts, detours, and weaknesses. Common topics include dealing with expectations (your own and others), impostor syndrome, procrastination, the role of luck, rejection, and conflicts with advisors, but these topics are always embedded in the speaker's broader narrative. For more info on the series origination, visit the website.
  • Held monthly during the academic year, and events are listed through the WMIS listserve.
Peers Offering Community Circle

Bimonthly gathering where BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) students can come together as a community to build a support system that allows us to individually and collectively thrive at Scripps. Takes place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Email to join the group 

See upcoming events

Black at Scripps Community Meetup

Bimonthly support group for the Black Community at Scripps to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and be in community with each other. Takes place the first and third Tuesday of the month. Email to join the group

See upcoming events

QuEST Monthly Meetup

Monthly support group for the LGBTQIA+ Community at Scripps to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and be in community with each other. Meets the second Thursday of each month.

International Community Meetup

Bimonthly support group for the international community at Scripps to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and be in community with each other.

Junior Faculty Monthly Meetup

Faculty and researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography who self-identify as "junior" are invited to lunch the first Friday of the month. Contact Deirdre Lyons for more information at 

Scripps Postdoctoral Resources

Postdoctoral scholars (postdocs) are essential to Scripps mission, and if you are a postdoc at Scripps, we want to welcome you to Scripps to begin or continue your postdoc career. More information about your appointment, benefits, opportunities, funding, policies, resources, services, and other helpful information as you begin working with your mentor can be found here.

UC San Diego Staff Association

The UC San Diego Staff Association creates community, champions staff interests, and provides opportunities for professional networking and development. More information can be found here.

Town Halls

Past Town Hall events are available for viewing by current Scripps community members. Access town halls by using your UC San Diego single sign-on account.


Ongoing Campus Community Events  

Annual equity, diversity and inclusion events and cultural celebrations are held throughout the year on the campuses of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego.

Scripps Annual Events


  • Postdoc Appreciation Event (September 21-25, 2020): Annual event held during National Postdoc Appreciation Week designed to celebrate and welcome new postdocs to Scripps
  • Veterans Appreciation Event (Friday before Veterans Day): Annual event held to recognize the service and contributions of Veterans at Scripps


  • Black Excellence at Scripps (February): Month-long activities that recognize and celebrate the contributions of the Black community at Scripps


  • Ice Cream Social: Annual community event held in April designed to get folks out of their offices and labs to celebrate Inclusive Excellence Awardees and San Diego Fellowship recipients
  • Scripps Day: Graduation festivities for Scripps Oceanography graduates. Held the Friday before UC San Diego campus commencement.  
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast: Annual event held the morning of Scripps Day that highlights and celebrates staff accomplishments and contributions
Campus Annual Events

UC San Diego hosts a variety of annual EDI events and cultural celebrations. View the calendar of upcoming events and annual celebrations.

Town Halls

Town halls are regularly scheduled to address issues of importance to international students and postdocs; international faculty and researchers; graduate students; postdoctoral scholars; staff; and the entire Scripps Oceanography community. Past Town Hall events are available for viewing by current Scripps community members.