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Triton Community Leadership Institute

TCLI Participants
Support. Transition. Understanding.

TCLI is a summer residential program for new 1st year students who are the first 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 navigating and getting involved in your first year in college
  • Learn valuable communication and leadership skills
  • Be empowered to make a difference at UC San Diego


  • Registration fee: $25
  • Those who are accepted to the program receive a scholarship to cover all program expenses. 

What's Included

  • Round-trip chartered bus transportation for participants residing in the Los Angeles/North Orange County area
  • 2 night accommodation in a UC San Diego residence hall, including all meals & snacks
  • T-shirt, water bottle, and other program materials
  • Certificate of completion

Leadership Session

Sample Schedule

August 26

10 a.m.:  Check-in begins
11:15 a.m.:  Welcome Session 
Noon:  Lunch
1:15 p.m.:  Session I - Group Beginnings
6 p.m.:  Dinner
7:15 p.m.:  Team Building/ Evening Activities

August 27

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

August 28

7:30 a.m.:  Breakfast
8:30 a.m.:  Pack up/Check-out 
9 a.m.:  Session VI - Creating Change
Noon: Closing Luncheon
2:30 p.m.:  Program Concludes

Apply for TCLI

For more information:

Contact Willie Blackmon, Center for Student Involvement (858) 822-0181, wblackmon@ucsd.edu.

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Past Participant Testimonials

"In only three short days, I was able to connect with people that I hope will be in my life for years to come."
-Miguel A.

“The one thing I will forever remember about TCLI is the lasting friendships I have made and the effective communication skills I learned in the program!"
-Nataly A. 

“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.”

“I was finally able to connect with other individuals who share similar goals to mine, and I had the privilege of meeting leaders who have dedicated numerous hours to making this an amazing experience. Seeing these leaders be so transparent and vulnerable in front of a room mostly full of strangers opened my eyes to the significance of this program."
-Bella N.