2017 Summer Academy


2017 was the first year of the PATH Summer Academy!



  • Students: 22 from all three colleges in the SDCCD
  • Majors: 9 Literature; 5 History; 3 Philosophy;  2 Music/ICAM; 2 Visual Arts; 1 Japanese Studies 
  • Courses: Doc100: Promises & Contradictions in U.S. Culture & HIUS148: The American City in the 20th Century
  • Field Trips: The Coastal Training Center for TRNERR and the Casa Familiar program in San Ysidro, and an architectural tour of downtown San Diego
  • Workshops:  Fortifying Academic Strengths in the Teaching & Learning Commons, Digital Humanities Overview, Academic Enrichment Programs and Study Abroad panel, and 2 Career Service workshops at the Career Center
  • Activities: Scavenger Hunt, Study Jam Sessions, Night at The La Jolla Playhouse, Lunches with Professor Danny Widener
  • Housing: Students stayed in the dorms in Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • Schedule: July 2 – August 4, 2017. Classes held from 8am-2pm on Monday and Wednesdays, with workshops held 9am-12:30pm on Tuesdays. Thursday and Friday were free time for meeting with advisors, faculty and mentors.


  • Promises & Contradictions in U.S. Culture (DOC 100): This course was designed to provide a broad overview of the development of stratifications in the United States over time and to explore the struggle for equity and justice. The course provides grounding in the theoretical writings that underpin the three courses that make up the DOC freshman sequence. Topics include the ideological conception of law, politics, and justice embedded in the founding principles of the American experiment; the blind spots and contradictions that arose when these ideologies were put into practice; the grassroots social movements and methods through which various groups have contested and demanded justice (and the relative success or failure of these methods); the role of government, the courts, and the people themselves in bringing about political, social and cultural change; and the extent that the American promise of equality is becoming more or less realized in the 21st century. This class satisfies UCSD’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion requirement.
  • The American City in the 20th Century (HIUS 148): This course focuses on the phenomenon of modern American urbanization. Case studies of individual cities will help illustrate the social, political, and environmental consequences of rapid urban expansion, as well as the ways in which urban problems have been dealt with historically. This course will include field trips around San Diego.


Mentorship is an integral part of the PATH program. Mentors provide guidance to students transitioning from SDCCD to UC San Diego.

UC San Diego 2017 Transfer Student Mentors

Rebecca Chhay

Hello, I’m Rebecca. I’m currently a student at UC San Diego majoring in Literatures in English with an Ethnic Studies minor. As a San Diego native, I transferred from SDCCD last year. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of PATH this year and to work with incoming students in the arts and humanities. I’m passionate about helping transfer students adjust to UC San Diego, and I’ll be serving as a Muir Transfer Orientation Leader as well. At UC San Diego, I’ve been involved as a volunteer with the Women’s Center and the English-in-Action program. Additionally, through the LAUNCH program I’ve had the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate on the UCSD Extension campus. I also work on-campus as a Conversation Leader at the UCSD English Language Institute. After graduating in 2018, my plan is to work with refugee populations and teach English in San Diego.

Ricky FlahivRicky Flahive

Hi everybody!! My name is Ricky and I am a Political Science and Sociology double major and a Theater minor. As a native of Chula Vista, a transfer from San Diego City College, and a first generation college student, I feel that it was immersing myself into campus life which kept me on track and focused on my studies. This last year I was President of the All Campus Transfer Association (ACTA), and a Peer Mentor with TRiO Student Support Services. I have also been involved with the Associated Students, Muir College Council, Triton Television, the McNair Research Program, and was a Discussion Leader and a Transfer Orientation Leader for Muir College. I have also studied abroad in the Summer of 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was an actor in the Spring 2017 production of the MENDing Monologues. My favorite band is Pink Floyd, I love flannel shirts, and occasionally dabble in low budget student filmmaking. After UCSD, I hope to go to graduate school for a PhD in Sociology, studying education and the arts.

Gabriela Miramontes

Hi y’all! I’m Gaby and I’m a 4th-year Muir student, originally from Long Beach, CA. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Ethnic Studies. UCSD was difficult for me to transition to, so it wasn’t until I got involved on campus that I was able to feel like it was a home away from home. Throughout my time here, I’ve been involved in various organizations, which have all facilitated my growth in some way. I’ve been part of  M.E.Ch.A de UCSD, TRiO Student Support Services Program, Mi Clase Magica, and Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc. Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure to work with OASIS as a Writing Tutor and Peer Mentor. This past year, I interned at the Cross-Cultural Center and helped create social justice and community building programs for folks to attend. In the Fall, I will be learning how to speak and write Italian while being abroad in Italy. I’m very excited to be part of your PATH experience and I can’t wait to meet you all. 🙂

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