Student Involvement

You have an open invitation to join our eclectic mix of student organizations, planning committees, programs, and leadership opportunities. Match your interests with one of Marshall's many opportunities!

Programs for Students

We care about your growth and development. Coordinated by Marshall College professional staff, these year-long programs are designed to enrich your co-curricular (out of the classroom) experience at UC San Diego. 
  • Dine-with-a-Prof/Coffee-with-a-Prof
    • Thurgood Marshall College and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs present a fantastic opportunity to students. This program offers undergraduates an opportunity to increase interactions with their professors and TAs outside of the classroom, allowing students to invite their faculty member or TA out to lunch at the UC San Diego Faculty Club, Zanzibar at The Loft, 64 Degrees, The Bistro or one of four coffee carts on campus while the college foots the bill.
    • Vouchers can be picked up from the Executive Assistant at the Marshall Student Affairs Office. Please have the following information ready BEFORE picking up your voucher
      • Pre-arranged date and location with your Professor
      • Professor's name and UC San Diego email
    • Students may redeem one (1) Dine-with-a-Prof voucher and two (2) Coffee-with-a-Prof vouchers per quarter while supplies last.
    • For more information and step-by-step instructions, please visit the Dine-with-a-Prof website.
  • Each One Reach One
    • Coordinated by two Student Affairs Dean’s Interns, Each One Reach One (EORO) is a peer mentorship program pairs first year students with continuing student mentors. Mentors help guide students through their transition to the university by sharing their knowledge of resources, giving them tips to study, and by being a friend!
    • For more information about being a mentor or a mentee, email or
  • Marshall Mentor Program
    • The Marshall Mentor Program offers transfer students the opportunity to connect with faculty members in their academic discipline. Marshall College recognizes the importance of student/faculty interaction, and encourages students to take advantage of this program and enhance their college experience as scholars and citizens. Applications available during Winter Quarter for this highly coveted program.
    • For more information, please visit the Marshall Mentor Program website.
  • ThurGOOD Reads
    • Sponsored by Student Affairs, the ThurGOOD Reads program is a quarterly opportunity for interested students, faculty, and staff to read a series of articles or a book and then discuss the readings in community. Facilitated by Marshall staff and student leaders, materials are provided free of cost for students able to commit to attending at least one of the discussions. Reading selections are often paired with Marshall College programming, offering a unique opportunity to learn and grow as a scholar and citizen!
    • For more information, email

Student Organizations

Marshall currently sponsors eight student organizations. Distinct in purpose, each organization gives opportunities for you to explore the college motto of "scholar and citizen" through different lenses, activities, and communities. The organizations are open membership (no fees or applications required), so you are free to explore and attend meetings and events as you please. You can join in at any time of the year!
  • Active Community at Thurgood Marshall College (ACT)
    • Live out the values of our College by giving back to the Marshall community! Through meaningful community service, ACT explores how to live out the value of social responsibility and be an active scholar and citizen.
    • Advisor: Colin Lewis,
  • Cultural Association Uniting Students through Education (CAUSE)
    • CAUSE recognizes the many people, cultures, and traditions that make the Marshall family strong, and seeks to educate about and highlight the rich diversity of our community.
    • AdvisorColin Lewis,
  • Marshall Activities Committee (MAC)
    • MAC is a student-led program planning board dedicated to creating small and large-scale opportunities for Marshall students to interact, relax, and reconnect.
    • Advisor: Colin Lewis,
  • Marshall Community Garden
    • The Thurgood Marshall Community Garden serves as an opportunity to learn about social responsibility through sustainable living, provide outdoor study area, and a means to develop a close-knit Marshall community. Keeping in line with the Marshall core philosophy of social justice, this garden will provide access for all students of Marshall College, which include residents, as well as commuters and transfers, to take part in sustainable growing and exercise their right to grow their own fresh, organic food. The garden will serve as an open forum for students of all backgrounds and socioeconomic strata to come together and engage in community building. The Community Garden group meets weekly- come plant, harvest, plan, eat and serve with us.
    • Find out more: Marshall Community Garden
    • Advisor: Fnann Keflezighi,
  • Student Council on Residential Engagement (SCORE)
    • Giving all TMC residential students a special place to share their voice, SCORE acts as a resource to channel student's ideas and turn it into a lasting impact for present and future students. By taking action in three areas—culture, conservation, and philanthropy—members strive uphold the philosophy of knowing, checking, and being you to bring about a safe and enjoyable home away from home.
    • Advisor: Fnann Keflezighi,
  • Thurgood Marshall College Student Council (TMCSC)
    • TMC Student Council is the student representative body for the Marshall community. TMCSC advocates on behalf of TMC students through appointments to various campus and college committees. TMCSC is also responsible for allocating funds to other TMC and campus organizations looking for support. TMCSC strives to fulfill the TMC philosophy, to contribute to the UCSD community, and to encourage others to do the same.
    • Advisor: Bernard Anderson,
  • Thurgood Marshall College Television (TMTV)
    • Since 1996 this organization has been producing high quality video for television, film, and screen.  TMTV is a completely student-run station attracting undergraduate students all over campus, especially students of TMC. With opportunities for filming, editing, writing, website creation and more, there is a little something for everyone. Past video productions from TMTV may be viewed primarily on YouTube and the UCSD TMTV Facebook page.
    • Find out more: Facebook page
    • Advisor: Tyler Pau, 
  • Transfer and Re-Entry Student Organizations (TRES)
    • TRES creates community among Marshall transfer and re-entry students and promotes involvement in Marshall programs.
    • Find out more: TRES Facebook Group
    • Advisor: Amber Vlasnik,

Seasonal Planning Committees

Interested in contributing your ideas to Marshall's signature annual events? Learning and/or practicing event planning? Building your leadership, communication, and time management skills? Join one of our short-term planning committees and make your mark on an annual tradition!

  • Marshallpalooza Committee
    • Marshallpalooza is a carnival and concert that is the culmination of Thurgood Marshall Week each November. The Marshallpalooza Committee is a student-led endeavor to plan this cornerstone annual event. Student committee members are involved in all aspects of the carnival: deciding all games, rides, food, vendors, and entertainment; generating all publicity and marketing; and providing leadership to ensure a successful carnival experience for all.
    • Student leadership positions: Marshallpalooza Committee Chair (1-2 positions), Subcommittee Chairs (4 positions: Games & Rides, Entertainment, Logistics, Food)
    • Involvement opportunities: Committee and Subcommittee members, event volunteers
    • Meets: Fall Quarter only
    • Advisor: Abraham Cheung,
  • Leadership Committee for Cultural Celebration (LC3)
    • Cultural Celebration, in partnership with UC San Diego's Triton Day, opens a doorway to different world cultures for current and admitted UC San Diego students, their families, and the local community. In its 41st year, Cultural Celebration is Marshall's largest community event of the year. LC3 is the student-led committee that plans and hosts this multicultural festival, including recruiting on- and off-campus entertainment, inviting small businesses to the Marshall Public Market, coordinating all event logistics and volunteers, and planning educational activities for children and the community related to the Celebration's annual theme. 
    • Student leadership positions: LCCommittee Chair (1-2 positions), Subcommittee Chairs (5 positions: Publicity, Entertainment, Marshall Public Market, Logistics, Children's Village)
    • Involvement opportunities: Committee and Subcommittee members, event volunteers
    • Meets: Winter Quarter and the first three weeks of Spring Quarter
    • Advisor: Abraham Cheung,
  • Senior Week Committee
    • Are you a graduating Marshall senior? Senior Week provides opportunities for graduating seniors to connect with each other and celebrate Marshall and UC San Diego achievements prior to commencement. The Senior Week Committee plans social and educational events exclusively for members of the graduating class. The 2018 Senior Week included a LinkedIn photo shoot, cap decorating, and senior stroll, among other events.
    • Student leadership positions: Chair
    • Involvement opportunities: Committee members, event volunteers
    • Meets: Spring Quarter only
    • Advisor: Colin Lewis,

Leadership Development

While many of the above programs, organizations, and planning committees will grow your skills and develop you as a leader, Marshall College also offers formalized leadership development programs.
  • Student Affairs Dean's Internship
    • The Student Affairs Dean’s Intern program develops equity-oriented leaders who collaborate to foster community at Marshall College through a diverse array of programs and events. Students in this program have the unique opportunity to build their program-planning and event-planning skills, provide administrative support to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and grow together as a cohort of student leaders making positive change at Marshall College and beyond.
    • The growth and learning students can expect in this year-long program is not accidental; it is planned and encouraged! Students will be able to articulate an understanding of Scholar & Citizen, and what it means for them as a student; develop, plan, implement, and evaluate programs/events/projects with minimal supervision; collaborate effectively and respectfully with other team members and campus partners and work effectively and respectfully as a team; and produce programs/events/activities that articulate and advance the College’s values of equity and diversity. Additionally, students will be able to work alongside professional staff of the College to advance the mission of the College.
    • Applications are available in Spring Quarter, and acceptance into the program is determined prior to Summer. The program runs year long, beginning in Fall Quarter and concluding in Spring Quarter. A mixture of volunteer and paid positions (Lead Dean’s Intern and Graphic Designer) are available.
    • Advisor: Colin Lewis,
    • Apply for Student Affairs Dean's Internship
  • Welcome Week Summer Interns
    • Summer interns have the unique opportunity to partner with the Marshall College Orientation program to put on the social and community-building aspects of Orientation, called Welcome Week. Summer interns are charged with assisting in developing programming and events that help welcome our new and continuing students to UC San Diego and Marshall College. Students selected as Summer interns will have the opportunity to plan this long-standing Marshall College tradition over the Summer, as well as assist in overseeing the events and programs themselves during Orientation. Appointments can expect to conclude once the academic year begins.
    • Supervisor: Colin Lewis,
  • Orientation Leaders (OL)
    • Orientation Leaders assist the Academic Advising staff with Marshall College's New Student and Family Orientation programs. During these programs OLs welcome new students and their families, answer questions, facilitate group discussions, and act as tour guides. OLs play a crucial role in promoting TMC philosophy while introducing student life at TMC. The OL position requires some summer and pre-fall quarter time commitments and is a paid position.
    • Supervisor: Elizabeth Miller,
  • Resident Assistants (RA)
    • RAs develop residential communities within the Residence Halls and Apartments of TMC.  RAs help create a living-learning community that is respectful, fun, safe, and conducive for out-of-classroom learning. RAs possess and develop leadership, counseling, and confrontation management skills. RAs are compensated with Room & Board on the TMC campus.
    • Questions? Call the Residential Life Office, (858) 534-4340.
  • Resident Life Interns
    • Three different internship opportunities are available through TMC Residential Life: Res Life Office Interns (Administrative), Community Outreach Intern (Programming), and Communications Intern (TMTV Operations and other media). Each position requires different skills and time commitments, compensating accordingly. 
    • Questions? Call the Residential Life Office, (858) 534-4340.