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Making Waves for a Better Tomorrow

On February 2-3, 2024, join us for two days of inspiration and education as we explore the theme Embracing Equity: Perspectives on Environmental Justice. Day One will be held virtually and Day Two at the Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

With a focus on sustainability and the planet, we’ll explore energy, pollution and health, climate science and renewable energy solutions — applying diversity and equity as our guide. Let’s harness our diverse perspectives to shape a more equitable future.

Imagine what we can achieve together!

  • Gain insights from leading experts and academics in a variety of fields.
  • Participate in dynamic breakout sessions and illuminating group discussions.
  • Network with like-minded Tritons who can help accelerate your causes and ideas.

Conference Hub

After registering, prepare for the event by logging into the Conference Hub, where you can build your schedule. Once the conference starts, the Hub will serve as your go-to resource, offering session links, valuable resources, networking opportunities, and much more.

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Conference Details

Friday, Feb. 2

12:30-5:30 p.m.

Virtual Only

Saturday, Feb. 3

8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Birch Aquarium
San Diego, CA

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After registering, log into the Hub to build your schedule before the event.

Conference Keynote Speakers

Rosa Leon Zayas

Keynote Day 1: Friday, Feb. 2
Rosa León Zayas, MS '10, PhD '14

Program Director and Associate Professor
Willamette University

Rosa León Zayas is an Environmental Microbiologist, Program Director at the National Science Foundation and Associate Professor at Willamette University. Meet Rosa León Zayas

Margaret Leinen

Keynote Day 2: Saturday, Feb. 3
Margaret Leinen

Vice Chancellor and Dean
UC San Diego

Margaret Leinen is Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences at UC San Diego. Meet Margaret Leinen

Sessions and Speakers

Learn from thought leaders and alumni working in diverse fields, as they share their expertise and offer new perspectives. Engage in breakout sessions, attend workshops and hear from dynamic panels focusing on sustainability and the planet.

Session titles include:

  • Climate Action Plans and Sustainable Environmental Impact
  • Environmental Equity through the Lens of Journalists
  • Climate and Air Pollution: Local and Global Health Impacts
  • And many more!


Check out our two-day agenda and plan your conference. From dynamic speakers to meaningful and informative workshop sessions, you won’t want to miss a minute!

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See Who's Coming

Alumni, students, staff, faculty and community leaders alike have the opportunity to gather as Tritons, connect with fellow attendees, explore campus priorities, learn, share and grow.

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True Triton Clear Glass Award

True Triton Celebration

Following the conference, join us as we celebrate our best with the 2024 True Triton Award. Help us honor UC San Diego alumni who have shown an extraordinary commitment to the university through service and meet this year’s Outstanding Regional Club — San Diego.

2024 Honorees

  • Dominique Cano-Stocco ’94, MAS ’11
  • Jeff Fenton ’80
  • Carl Tsang ’05

Meet Honorees

About the Conference

Each year, the Triton Leaders Conference brings together volunteers from across UC San Diego and around the world. Alumni, students, staff, faculty and community leaders alike have the opportunity to gather as Tritons, connect with fellow attendees, explore campus priorities, learn, share and grow.

The Conference was designed to inspire meaningful dialogue, create further understanding and empower our community to take action. Through research, teaching, learning and service, UC San Diego is committed to dismantling the structural and behavioral norms that perpetuate injustice and systemic inequality.

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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you need further assistance, please contact us at 48 hours prior to the date of the event.