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Triton Community Leadership Institute

TCLI Participants 2013

Discover Your Potential as a Student Leader at UC San Diego

TCLI is a summer residential program for new freshmen students who are the first generation in their family to attend college and/or have financial need. The institute includes inspiring and interactive sessions on leadership, conflict resolution, diversity, and social justice. Participants also attend monthly meetings throughout the first year of college to strengthen bonds and continue growth as a supportive community of student leaders.


  • Meet and network with peers, established student leaders, and key administrators
  • Get the inside scoop on getting involved in your first year in college
  • Learn valuable communication and leadership skills
  • Be empowered to make a difference at UC San Diego

To Participants

Attend the Triton Community Leadership Institute (TCLI) and discover your potential as a student leader at UC San Diego. You are invited to attend this selective 3-day/2-night institute on the UC San Diego campus August 19-21.

A maximum of 50 aspiring student leaders are selected annually for this institute and receive a scholarship to cover nearly all program costs. Through this initial investment of your time, we expect you to pursue many leadership opportunities throughout your undergraduate career at UC San Diego.

Please note:

  • TCLI is not a substitute for your college orientation. Please follow your college’s instructions for attending orientation.
  • Those who are attending other summer programs that run concurrently (i.e. Summer Bridge) cannot attend TCLI due to time conflicts.

What is IncludedGroup Activity

  • 2 night accommodation in a UC San Diego residence hall, including all meals
  • All program sessions led by professional staff and established student leaders
  • T-shirt, water bottle, and other program materials
  • Certificate of completion awarded at the Closing Luncheon


Those who are accepted to the program receive a scholarship to cover all program expenses minus a registration fee of $25. 

How to Attend

  • Applications will be accepted beginning June 2 and must be submitted by Friday, June 27. The process is selective so be sure to thoughtfully and completely respond to all the written questions.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent via email no later than July 11.
  • If you are accepted to the institute, a $25 registration fee will be due by July 25.
  • Pack your bags for TCLI August 19 - 21! 

Leadership Session

For more information:

Contact Brett Robertson, Center for Student Involvement (858) 822-2090; bkrobertson@ucsd.edu.


2014 Schedule (Tent.) 

August 19

10:00am:  Check-in begins
11:15am:  Welcome Session 
12:00pm:  Lunch
1:15pm:  Session I - Group Beginnings
6:00pm:  Dinner
7:15pm:  Team Building/ Evening Activities

August 20

7:30am:  Breakfast
8:30am:  Session II - Who am I?
12:00pm:  Lunch
1:15pm:  Session III - Get Involved
3:30pm:  Free time/Optional Activities
6:00pm:  Dinner
7:15pm:  Session IV - Conflict Management
8:30pm:  Session V - Equity Minded Leadership

August 21

7:30am:  Breakfast
8:30am:  Pack up/Check-out 
9:00am:  Session VI - Creating Change
12:00pm: Closing Luncheon
2:30pm:  Program Concludes

Participant Group

Past Participant Tesimonials

“TCLI helps individuals strengthen their personal identity and motivates students to take action in order to change the community. Not only do students learn useful information and resources, but they develop a sense of belonging and attachment to the school. I personally feel a lot more confident and eager to start my new school year at UCSD.”

“It was truly an eye-opener. TCLI really made me think about how I work with others, as well as allowed me to self reflect and discover my core values.” 

“Although TCLI was only a few days, it has definitely impacted my perspective of the world. It has empowered me to be part of a positive change in the world.”