The SPACES Alternative Tours and/or Alternative Student Panels were created to provide a personalized campus experience to various K-14 groups. Our work is geared to provide schools and communities of diverse, underrepresented, under-served, and/or under-resourced backgrounds with access to institutional knowledge in order to inform and empower their decisions. The goal of Alternative Tours and Alternative Student Panels is to give students a holistic understanding of the undergraduate experience on campus by engaging them in the academic, social, cultural, and political aspects at UCSD. Moreover, these programs coincide with SPACES’ mission of increasing students’ access to higher education.
Alternative Tours include an overview of several important locations on campus, various resource centers offered to students of diverse communities, and a brief history of student activism at UCSD. Additionally, Alternative Student Panels consist of current or past UCSD students who provide personal insight on multiple aspects of the college experience. Either program, or both, could be requested for your campus visit. Requests can also be tailored to meet your group’s learning outcomes.
Our services are provided by full-time students who work and volunteer at SPACES at no cost to visitors and student groups. For this reason, please make sure your requests are submitted within the following guidelines:
- Submit requests for Alternative Tours 2 weeks prior to requested date
- Submit requests for Alternative Tours with Alternative Panels 28 days prior to requested date
- Tours/Panels that occur during Week 10 and Finals Week of each quarter
- Tours/Panels that occur during UCSD academic holidays, including Winter and Spring Break
We highly encourage tours/panels to take place during the weekdays as this will provide participants with a more accurate picture of what student life is like at UC San Diego. Offices/resource centers included in the tours may be closed on weekends; our tour guides also tend to have limited availability on weekends.
We will do our best to accommodate your needs. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept your request.
*To place a request, please complete the form found at this link or at the bottom of this page. Once reviewed, the Campus Diversity Engagement Coordinators will contact you.
**To place a request for a panel of 60+ participants, please submit a request 4 weeks prior to the event.
***To place a request for food and special accommodations, please submit a request 7 weeks prior to the event.
We are no longer accepting Alternative Tour and Panel requests for the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year. We will open our application form again in early September. We look forward to working with you all soon!
To see SPACES’ full mission statement, click here!