Administrative Staff and Contact Info:

Mailing Address

Department of Ethnic Studies
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C - 0522
La Jolla, CA 92093

FedEx / Physical drop-off addresses

Ethnic Studies Department
UC San Diego
Social Sciences Building, Room 201
9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0522
La Jolla, CA 92093-0522

PHONE: (858) 534-3276
FAX: (858) 534-8194

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00a-12:00p, 1:00p-4:30p

Christa Ludeking  (SSB 206, x46040, ) is the Graduate Student Affairs Officer. Christa is responsible for all aspects pertaining to the administration and implementation of the graduate program. She advises students, manages the graduate admissions process, Ph.D. program outreach, graduate recruitment visits, and new student orientation; she assesses need for TA and Reader support and facilitates TA and Reader employment. Christa is the primary resource for graduate students and faculty/staff within and outside the department regarding fiscal support issues, including block grant/TA FTE and external agency support. She coordinates and manages the academic progress of graduate students, evaluation documentation, and maintains all graduate record files. She is also responsible for assigning graduate student office space including key issuance/ inventory.

Daisy Rodríguez (SSB 207, x43277, ) is the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer. Daisy is responsible for the administration of the Undergraduate Program, coordinating Department curriculum and scheduling, academic counseling and advising of undergraduate students on degree requirements, adds and drops, etc., evaluating and processing final degree checks, preparing the catalog copy, and all other miscellaneous course and undergraduate matters including the honors program. Daisy is the liaison with campus-wide undergraduate student affairs units and community. She actively recruits potential students, promotes and advertises the undergraduate program campus-wide, and attends all campus outreach events. Daisy also provides advice to undergraduate students on graduate school and career opportunities.

Lauren Gonzalez (SSB 205-B, x43278, ) is the Management Services Officer and principal advisor to the Chair. Samira is responsible for fiscal/budgetary management, contract and grant management, policy development, risk assessment and management, implementation of internal controls; management of academic, staff, and student personnel programs, instruction and administrative computing support, student services, space and facilities; manages all staff salary programs including range and merits, salary equity management, incentive award programs, etc.; Samira manages annual staff performance appraisals and is responsible for training and development needs for staff and student employees. Samira manages all academic personnel processes including recruitments, hires, promotions, merits, appraisals, and separations, ensuring compliance with all University policies and procedures. She also manages all faculty, staff and student payroll/personnel activities.

Damarys Alicea-Santana (SSB 205-C, x20650, ) is the Financial and Human Resources Specialist. She handles departmental accounting activities including travel, reimbursements, purchasing, honoraria, research grants and academic research awards management, as well meeting and events planning, equipment and facilities maintenance, and general office management.  Damarys is also responsible for all employee HR, payroll and timekeeping activities.

Joje Reyes-Alonzo  (SSB 208, x49982, )  As academic advisor and program coordinator for Critical Gender Studies, she is in charge of the day-to-day maintenance of the program.  She is in charge of daily correspondence with faculty, staff, affiliates and students, providing students with academic advising, coordinating the quarterly curriculum and schedule of classes, updating office publications, organizing CGS-related events and promoting the program on campus. She also manages the CGS website on a frequent basis and leads in the recruitment and hiring of TAs and Readers for CGS’ courses.

Student Assistants (SSB 201, x43276, ): The department typically hires 1-2 students during the academic year to serve partially as a receptionist and to assist staff with day-to-day tasks and special projects. The student’s workload is supervised by Christa, Daisy, Damarys, Joje, and Lauren.