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Celebration of Cultures

Learn more about the Celebration of Cultures event.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Cultures. The fun is on the way!



Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Epstein Family Amphitheater

Description: An extraordinary cultural experience to include lunch & performance(s) focused on celebrating and amplifying the diverse cultures, perspectives, and attributes in the range of communities/identities that exist across UC San Diego, with an emphasis on staff and faculty unified under an “I AM UC San Diego” theme. Instilling school pride and pride of workplace. This effort expands on and serves as a reimagined version of the Flavors of Diversity Luncheon previously coordinated by several affinity groups (BSA, CLS/A & PASA) pre-pandemic.

Get Connected: As part of this event, all Tritons are invited to share stories, strengths and personal attributes across social media platforms that connect you to UC San Diego using the hashtag, #iAmUCSanDiego


Please register for tickets at

Cultural Tastings

Wristbands will be distributed at the entrance for those who registered for lunch. Wristbands will have 5 tabs and each tab is good for one tasting. Multiple food options are available this year, including vegetarian friendly choices.

  • Smack’n Guamanian Grill: Guamanian Red rice, Chicken Kelaguen and Grilled chicken, cabbage salad.
  • Felix’s BBQ with Soul (truck): BBQ Pork Rib or Brisket with Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens or Red Rice and Beans.
  • Belinda’s Familia (truck): Sopes (corn masa dough): with chicken, carnitas, or vegetable.
  • Al Toque Peruvian Kitchen (truck): Lomo Saltado (stir fry): beef, chicken, or vegetable with aji verde (Peruvian green sauce).
  • Pop Pie Co.: Roasted Veggies and Thai Yellow Curry or Aussie Meat Pie (Iconic grab-and-go pastry from down under, featuring vegemite and Worcestershire sautéed with mince beef, tomato and onion. (Have it with ketchup to do it the Aussie way).
  • Little Dutchie (truck): Oxtail, Jerk chicken, Curry chicken, or Fried chicken, and Coconut curry garbanzo beans (vegan), Steamed cabbage (vegetarian).
  • Kumeyaay Frybread: Frybread with options for cinnamon, powdered sugar and/or honey.
  • Red Sambusas (thin dough stuffed and fried): Spinach or Beef Sambusas.
  • HDH: Pinon (Pine nut) cookies, Polvorones (Mexican shortbread cookies with walnuts and powdered sugar), Mini Apple Cobbler bars, Mini Ube  (Filipino and Islander purple yam) Tarts, Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts), or Mini Cannoli (Pistachio and choc. Chips with a sweet ricotta in cannoli shell).


  • Cultural dance and music performers including:
    • UC San Diego Dance Team
    • Triton India Club
    • KOTX – UC San Diego K-Pop community and dance team
    • Soaring Eagles Native American Indian Dancers
    • Azteca Danzers
    • Teye Sa Thiosanne African Drummers and Dancers
  • Drawings for a chance to win prizes (Winners must be present.)


This event is co-sponsored by VC-RMP, VC-CFO, VC-EDI, VC-HS, VC-SA, VC-A, VC-MS, EVC, VC-R


The Celebration of Cultures partners include VC-RMP IDEA Task Group, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Black Staff Association (BSA), Chicano/Latino Staff Association (CLSA), Pan Asian Staff Association (PASA), and the Intertribal Resource Center (ITRC) at UC San Diego.

For more information or questions, please contact Alyson Hong