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Welcome, Social Sciences Alumni!

We are a powerful network with the largest number of alumni of all the divisions at UC San Diego. However, success is not measured by numbers alone - we are most proud of the variety of areas in which our alumni make a difference and lead fulfilling lives in academia, private industry, public service and nonprofit organizations.

We are eager to connect our alumni with the campus, students and faculty through cutting-edge programs and engagement opportunities showcasing the many highly-ranked departments and the global, national and local impact of fellow alumni. Suggestions and feedback regarding our programs are always welcome.

For questions, please contact Jenelle Dean, Director of Alumni Affairs, at jmdean@ucsd.edu or (858) 246-0232.

Alumni Visionaries

Do you know a visionary alumni leader? The Division of Social Sciences is looking to recognize alumni who, through professional accomplishments and/or public service, have demonstrated outstanding visionary leadership. We want to know who is out there making a difference and how they are doing it!

Who are outstanding visionary leaders?
- change agents building a better world through professional and/or public service endeavors
- alumni using their social sciences degree in a unique way to make a difference
- young alumni demonstrating potential to become leaders in their field
- inspirational role models for current UC San Diego students

Have someone in mind? Nominate him or her today and help us celebrate the distinguished service and achievements of our Social Sciences alumni community! Self-nominations are encouraged.

Questions? Please email jmdean@ucsd.edu.

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Triton Experience: Research Vessel Sally Ride

On Oct. 29, alumni will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the newly commissioned Naval Research Vessel, Sally Ride. If you haven't pre-registered for this exclusive event, join the public tours Oct. 30, 12-4 p.m. featuring a festival-type atmosphere with light refreshments and self-guided tours with scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn More.

UC San Diego Founders Day

  • Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 12-2 p.m.
  • Town Square, UC San Diego campus

Join us as we commemorate the day UC San Diego was founded in November 1960, when UC San Diego’s founders put into motion a bold idea for a new kind of university, one that is powered by curious minds who aren’t afraid to travel the unbeaten path.

UCSD Alumni Day of Service – Seeking School Proposals

Mark your calendars, UCSD Alumni’s fourth annual Day of Service (beautification project at a local school) will take place Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Previous days of service were at Bayside Elementary (Imperial Beach), Ross Elementary (Clairemont), and Oneonta Elementary (Imperial Beach). Every year we bring a crowd of approximately 150 volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves, paint, rake, plant, clean, inspire, and share their Triton pride with young students. Know of a school in need? Email jmdean@ucsd.edu for more information. Please share with teachers, principals, counselors, parents, friends: anyone you know who might be able to suggest a great school. Deadline for nominating a school is Nov. 14.

Socially Speaking – Save the Date

  • May 16, 2017
  • UC San Diego campus

Engage with the Division of Social Sciences and hear from renowned faculty on the topic of brain research. New this year will be a student exposition, showcasing the research of undergraduates from a number of departments. Tapas, dessert and beverages will be served. Event begins at 5 p.m. Contact Maryann Lapthorn for tickets.



Regional Clubs - There are more than 25 UCSD regional alumni clubs around the world. Maximize your alumni network by joining a club near you!

Professional Groups - Check out the Communication Professionals Network, Financial Professionals Network, Capitol Tritons, Educators Alliance and more!

Cultural Groups - The core mission of each of the UCSD alumni cultural groups is leadership, advocacy, service and philanthropy. Join and make a difference today!


Share your time and talent through volunteering with UC San Diego. Whatever your passion, we have an opportunity that's right for you.

  • Student mentoring
  • Internship opportunities
  • Leadership roles
  • Campus volunteering

View all the exciting volunteer opportunities.

Give Back

Alumni support is vital to the continued success of UC San Diego and its students. Every gift, no matter its size, has the power to impact future generations.

Your gift matters!

The Division of Social Sciences wishes to thank our alumni and friends who continue to make a positive impact.

Did you know?

There are over 160,000 UCSD alumni in 30 countries who are innovating, leading, dreaming and affecting positive change...

Including over 64,000 social sciences alumni!

Over 17,000 alumni stay connected with UC San Diego through countless engagement opportunities.

This year, over 7,500 alumni made gifts to support scholarships, research, discovery and more!

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