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CASP Once-A-Week Learning Communities (OLCs)


 

Group of UC San Diego CASP students holding a banner that reads TRANSFER OLC
2017 transfer students cohort gathers for a photo after their OLC. 

About OLC Seminars

Once-A-Week Learning Communities (OLCs) are 50-minute learning community seminars that give students an opportunity to engage with peers on topics ranging from transitioning into college to utilizing on-campus resources and more. OLCs provide a consistent, small group environment that provides a network of support. 

CASP OLCs take place Weeks 1–10 in the Winter Quarter, and Weeks 1-8 in the Spring Quarter. 

As a reminder, OLCs are only required and open to CASP students in their first year at UC San Diego. 

Spring 2022 Quarter OLC Meeting Times

Note: CASP OLCs will be delivered through Zoom in order for students to fulfill their CASP requirements. Please check your UCSD email regularly for more information regarding OLC and UC San Diego Guidelines.

For questions, please contact Karen Van Ness (kvanness@ucsd.edu)(858-246-0322), Academic Support Coordinator.

CASP OLCs meet every other week

  • If you entered as a first-year, your OLC will meet Weeks 1, 3, 5,  , and 7
  • If you entered as a transfer student, your OLC will meet Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Days and Times

For students who entered as first-years:

Day Time Staff
Tuesdays 5pm Karen Van Ness
Wednesdays 9am Kimberly Rodriguez Jimenez
Wednesdays 2pm Ria Rodriguez
Thursdays 2pm Roberto Mata
Fridays 10am Kimberly Rodriguez Jimenez
Fridays 11am Belinda Zamacona
Fridays 12pm Ivan Valdovinos

 

For students who entered as transfers:

Day Time Staff
Tuesdays 5pm Karen Van Ness
Wednesdays 9am Karen Van Ness
Wednesdays 2pm Ria Rodriguez
Thursdays 10am Roberto Mata
Fridays 11am Belinda Zamacona
Fridays 12pm Ivan Valdovinos

Registration

Registration for Spring 2022 is now closed. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at casp@ucsd.edu

Please check your UCSD email for more updates.

 

Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines are guidelines that are made to create a safe space within the OLC. Each OLC has a different set of community guidelines, and the list is always changing! 

Here are the CASP OLC community guidelines:

  • Be Respectful (Attack the idea, not the individual) - those that share ideas should be respected and if need be the idea should be broken down, not the individual.
  • Listen to each other - respect includes active listening. Students must show full attention to their OLC leaders as well as their peers.
  • One mic, one star - When someone else is speaking there should be no one else speaking.
  • Embrace the silence - Silence is ok! Everyone processes information differently and this needs to be respected. 
  • "I" Statements - Be accountable for what you say. Students should not assume for their peers or other groups. 
  • Inclusive Language - Practice inclusive language for all identities.
  • Vegas Rule - Whatever is said in the space, stays in the space. However, whatever is learned in the space leaves it!
  • Lean into your discomfort - Practice trying to challenge yourself to share or contribute to the OLC. Everyone is part of this learning community! 
  • Have fun! - Self-explanatory :) 

Thank you to California Coast Credit Union for making our 2018–2022 academic year OLCs possible!

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