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Triton Community Leadership Institute - TCLI

Learn about the Triton Community Leadership Institute (TCLI), a summer residential program for new, first generation UC San Diego freshmen.

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.

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  • 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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I apply to both Summer Bridge and TCLI?
    Yes, you can apply to both. BUT if you get into Summer Bridge we would highly recommend you attend OASIS Summer Bridge as a wealth of information is distributed and will help you with your transition here to UCSD. TCLI is a 3 day, 2 night program although it is an amazing program it can only cover so much in 3-days. So we ask that if you apply to both update us on your status if you have been selected as a Summer Bridge participant.
  • Can I attend both Summer Bridge and TCLI?
    Unfortunately, you cannot. We are looking to improve our dates for next year so there is no overlap for future participants. We will also be moving our application deadline to July10th to give those time to hear back from OASIS Summer Bridge.
  • How was a student nominated to apply?
    The nominations were based an what you listed on your application to UCSD. In other words this was a self nomination that was driven by how you answered the question about your parents/guardians education level and high school you attended. TCLI is geared towards first generation college students, meaning your parents/guardians did not go to college or had some college.
  • Are students, who received nominations, the only ones who can apply?
    This would be ideal, but if you have friends who are passionate about communication, leadership, and social justice, which is what TCLI embodies, share this information and invite them to apply!
  • Does the scholarship for this program get subtracted from the total financial aid award?
    This program does NOT affect your financial aid award. It is saying if accepted to the program ALL fees for the program will be covered with the exception of a $25 registration fee.
  • Do I have to stay overnight?
    Yes, this is a residential overnight program and all participants must stay overnight.
  • When will I have to pay the $25?
    If selected to participate in TCLI, you will receive a welcome email to the Institute with directions on how to pay the $25 registration fee.

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

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