With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with the San Diego Community College District, the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities is excited to launch the Integrated Internship Initiative.

The initiative initially funded three humanities Ph.D. students in the pilot year and will fund six Ph.D. arts and humanities students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The fellowship introduces UC San Diego Arts & Humanities Ph.D. students to a range of academic leadership positions and career options.

In particular, fellows will be encouraged to learn about career pathways available within the San Diego Community College District (San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges) and the ways in which these positions support the transfer mission of community colleges. The Integrated Fellowship supports the professional development of all fellows by assessing their career-related skills, interests and goals, imagining and exploring different career choices, and mapping out a professional development plan that includes community college leadership.

The fellowship consists of the following three components:

  1. Teaching (Job Shadowing) 
    • Regularly observe a SDCCD course and meet with the instructor(s) to debrief the observation, reflect on the class, and ask questions
    • Guest lecture for at least 2 course sessions, co-create and discuss individual lesson plans with instructor(s)
    • Participate in exam preparation, garner experience with grading and providing feedback to community college students, and engage in intentional conversations about the diversity represented in the community college classroom
    • Write monthly and bi-monthly reflections to document and assess the experience
  • Administration
    • In rotation, shadow SDCCD and UC San Diego administrators in departments of Student Affairs and Services, Research Affairs, Instructional Services/Educational Affairs, Advancement or other relevant areas to experiment and prepare for leadership opportunities via direct participation in activities that build and strengthen collaborative administrative skills
    • Explore interests in partnership with administration; participate in relevant events, meetings, and initiatives (such as DEI taskforces, departmental meetings, student equity initiatives, academic senate, board meetings, and DGC [district governance council]), and schedule one-on-one meetings with administrators throughout the district
  • Mentoring
    • Mentor one SDCCD student with an emphasis on transfer guidance and career/graduate school preparation; ensure mentee engages in all required PATH program activities 
    • Provide SDCCD students with exposure to UC San Diego resources, databases, and graduate courses 
    • Organize an undergraduate reading group and discussion

Introducing the 2020-21 Fellows:

KEVAN ANTONIO AGUILAR | Department of History

Kevan Antonio Aguilar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. His dissertation, “Revolutionary Encounters: Mexican Communities and Spanish Exiles, 1906-1959,” examines the social and political solidarities forged between Mexico’s laboring classes and Spanish political refugees in the wake of the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Hays, and the Social Science Research Council. He has recently contributed publications to the edited collections, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (Pluto Press, 2017) and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture (OUP, 2019).

KEVAN MALONE | Department of History

Kevan Malone is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. He began his higher education at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, completed his BA at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and earned an MA in American studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. A member of the UCSD community since 2014, he has represented our campus at the University of California’s Graduate Research Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento and has been inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. He has TA’ed for the Division of Arts and Humanities’ PATH Summer Academy for students transferring from San Diego’s community colleges and has served as the History Department’s head teaching assistant. A recipient of UCSD’s Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars Fellowship in 2019, Kevan taught a course on the history of the United States in the 1960s. He is the review editor for the Journal of San Diego History and has published commentaries in the San Diego Union-Tribune. His dissertation research—examining urbanization and environmental diplomacy in the Tijuana-San Diego borderlands during the twentieth century—has been funded by the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Tinker Foundation, UCSD’s International Institute, the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and fellowships for the UCSD and UCLA special collections archives.

BEATRIZ RAMIREZ | Department of Literature

Beatriz Ramirez is a Ph.D Candidate in the Literature Department at UC San Diego. She was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Inglewood, CA at a young age. She received her Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Philosophy from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Ramirez is currently completing her dissertation on Latin American, Mexican, and USMX Border detective fiction. In her dissertation, she interrogates the function of the detectives’ respective cities in their quests to find justice against corrupt government officials and criminals. Ramirez has also been an active member of UCSD and the wider San Diego community as the Graduate Climate Intern for the Graduate Division, holding various executive roles with the Graduate Student Association, especially in relation to student affairs and diversity. She was also a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for Revelle College’s Humanities Writing Program the past five years. Lastly, she worked as a case manager and administrative assistant during the summers for the City of Los Angeles and SD County, assisting adults and at-risk youth with job placement and running reports for SD County’s Medical programs.

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