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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.

2014 Alumni Visionaries

Gary Patton, Marshall ’77 (Urban Studies and Planning)

Gary Patton spent more than 30 years as a city planning professional in the San Francisco Bay Area. He worked in seven urban and suburban municipalities over the course of that time. He served as the director of city planning for the cities of Albany and Livermore. Patton was the deputy director of planning and zoning for the City of Oakland from 2000-2010. Throughout his work, he saw through the vision of UC San Diego's Third College (Marshall College): to return to your home community and provide leadership in public service that makes a difference. In his various leadership roles over 30 years, he facilitated the growth and development of the Bay Area's physical environment. As senior planning staff member in various agencies, Patton was responsible for complex policy recommendations to elected officials related to land use, urban design and the environment. In addition, he hired and trained young city planning professionals who have gone on to assume high level leadership roles with public agencies all around the Bay Area.

Joanna Mendoza, Warren ’87 (Economics and Political Science)

Joanna Mendoza is an attorney with the Law Offices of Joanna R. Mendoza, a professional corporation. She is one of the trustees on the California State Bar Board of Trustees, elected to a three-year term that began last October, representing District 3 (23 northeastern-most counties of California), in charge of regulating admissions and the practice of law in order to protect the public in California. The board is engaged in making ground-breaking changes in the practice of law, admissions, bringing legal services to the underserved and other major policy issues affecting the judicial system in California, those who operate within it and those it serves. Mendoza finds serving on the board an honor and an incredible responsibility.

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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UC San Diego Alumni Events

Call for Real Estate Industry Advisors: UCSD Competes in San Diego’s NAIOP University Challenge

The UC San Diego Urban Studies and Planning Program’s student team is at it again – going for the gold in this year’s NAIOP University Challenge. The challenge calls for students to compete head-to-head in a real estate competition on the highest and best use of a piece of land in San Diego County. Interested in advising students to help them snag first place? Fill out the Google interest form here.

Economics Roundtable – John F. Powers, President/CEO, Stanford Management Company

April 14, 2015

The Economics Roundtable Series continues an important UC San Diego partnership tradition between the academic and business communities by providing a forum for local business professionals and community leaders to exchange ideas and information with world-class economists and financial experts. View the 2015 series line-up here.

UC San Diego in DC featuring Professor Eli Berman - “Confronting ISIS: Lessons from Conflict Research”

April 16, 2015

Please join the UC San Diego Washington, D.C. community— including D.C. area alumni, current students, and newly admitted students and their families—for an evening of networking and a special presentation on conflict research from professor, Eli Berman. More info here.

Social Sciences Supper Club – “A Culture of Women Leadership: From Trailblazing to Teamwork”

April 29, 2015

Join us for an exciting evening celebrating the power of female collaborative leadership.

Cristina Della Coletta, Dean of Arts and Humanities

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences

Carol Padden, M.A. ’80, Ph.D. ’83, Dean of Social Science

Guests $25, Alumni $20

Interested? Email mlapthorn@ucsd.edu.

Grads and Grub with Dean Carol Padden

May 15, 2015

Don't miss Grads and Grub, a social mixer series for graduate program alumni, graduate students, post-docs and faculty. Connect with alumni, students, faculty, and campus partners, over a beer and appetizers. Brought to you by the Graduate Division, Graduate Student Association, and UCSD Alumni. More info here.

Nominate an Outstanding Triton Teacher!

Did you know? Each May, UCSD Alumni recognizes two outstanding Triton teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Month.  We invite you to nominate a teacher who is making an impact in the San Diego community through their accomplishments in the classroom.

Save the Date!

Alumni Weekend 2015

June 4-7, 2015

Triton 5K – TEAM SOC SCI, June 5, 2015

TEAM SOC SCI is a Triton 5K team comprised of Social Sciences students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends raising scholarship funds! Are you ready to help grow the team and raise more dollars for students? Registration open now: http://5k.ucsd.edu. And don’t forget to select TEAM SOC SCI! See you on race day!

Save the Date!

Psychology 50th Anniversary Commemoration

June 5, 2015


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.

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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.

Invent the Future

The Division of Social Sciences wishes to thank our alumni and friends who continue to make a positive impact. View the 2012-2013 Impact Report [PDF].

Did you know?

There are over 148,000 UCSD alumni*...

Including over 59,000 social sciences alumni*!

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

This year, over 9,500 alumni (over 3,800 social sciences alumni) made gifts to support scholarships, research, discovery and more!

*Living alumni as of 2013

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