Eleanor Roosevelt College

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Coordinates: 32°53′07″N 117°14′34″W / 32.885293°N 117.242737°W / 32.885293; -117.242737

Eleanor Roosevelt College
University UC San Diego
Motto Developing World Citizens Through Scholarship, Leadership, and Service
Established 1988 (Fifth)
Status 1 of 6 Undergraduate Colleges at UC San Diego
Ivan Evans, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology
College Leadership
Dean of Students
Patricia Scott
Director of Residence Life & Associate Dean
Rey Guerrero
Dean of Academic Advising
Sarah Spear-Barrett
Director, Making of the Modern World
Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D.
Director, International House
Henri Migala, Ed.D.
Operations Specialist
Burcu Tanyeri
Undergraduates 3,956[1][2] (15.9% of UCSD campus population)
Major events

Festival: Rockin' Roosevelt

International Programs: Global Seminars and Service Learning Programs Abroad
Core Program Making of the Modern World (MMW)

Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) is one of six residential colleges at the University of California, San Diego. ERC's emphasis on international understanding and engagement is reflected in its many college programs and in its general education requirements, which include proficiency in a foreign language, a regional specialization, and the Making of the Modern World (MMW) core sequence. Eleanor Roosevelt College is named after humanitarian and champion of international cooperation Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the United Nations Commission which drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

History and structure[edit]

Eleanor Roosevelt College was established in 1988, but it was conceived in 1985 when a Preliminary Planning Committee recommended the creation of a new college focused on comparative culture studies to augment the existing colleges on campus. This was approved by the campus' Academic Senate in May 1986 and in March 1987, Professor James Lyon was appointed founding provost of Fifth College. UCSD's colleges use a numeric name until a permanent name is chosen; there were already four undergraduate colleges at UCSD by 1988 and Sixth College was added in 2001.

In fall 1988, Fifth College welcomed its inaugural class. After considering many suggestions, the college was officially named Eleanor Roosevelt College in a dedication ceremony on January 26, 1995, making it the first UCSD college to be named after a woman, and the only college in the United States to be named after Eleanor Roosevelt.[3]

Founded at the end of the Cold War, ERC's academic design reflected the emergence of a new era, moving beyond a post-WWII bipolar world view, to embody a broader, more diverse exploration of global community and international engagement. ERC prepares students to think globally, while understanding the inter-relationship between the global and the local, and offers many academic and co-curriuclar leadership and service opportunities for students, striving to develop globally-minded citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service.

As with all UCSD colleges, ERC is led by a provost, who is a tenured departmental faculty member appointed to oversee the college for a five-year term. The provost is the highest academic officer in the college and oversees its organizational structure, which includes academic advising (led by a dean), student affairs (led by a dean), residence life (led by a director/associate dean), the Making of the Modern World (led by a faculty director), and UCSD's International House (led by a director). Professor James Lyons was ERC's founding provost, followed by Dr. Ann Craig (Political Science), who led the college for 15 years, Dr. Alan Houston (Political Science) for three, Dr. Richard Madsen (Sociology) for two (as interim provost), and Dr. Ivan Evans (Sociology) who became provost in 2015.

Academics and mission[edit]

While ERC students major in all disciplines, the college's focus is international understanding and engagement. This is reflected in its student affairs and residence life programming and in its general education requirements, which include proficiency in a foreign language, a regional specialization, as well as The Making of the Modern World (MMW), ERC's core general education sequence. The Making of the Modern World is an interdisciplinary world history sequence, composed of five lower-division courses for students entering as freshmen and two upper-division courses for transfer students.

ERC emphasizes the value of the study abroad experience and sends more students abroad than any other college at UCSD. The college developed its own MMW summer programs abroad through which students have studied in England, France, Greece, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Thailand, Cambodia, South Africa, and Japan. ERC also offers an annual service learning sequence and a program in India where students meet with the Dalai Lama.

ERC is the sponsor of UCSD's International Migration Studies and Human Rights minors.


An oceanview patio at Eleanor Roosevelt College
The Social Sciences building
The Great Hall

Eleanor Roosevelt College's current location was designed by the architect Moshe Safdie. The residential facilities are named after various global regions and seek to integrate the philosophy of the college into their design as well. There are five residence halls for freshmen:

In addition, there are six apartment complexes for sophomores:

Finally, ERC also is home to UCSD's International House (I-House), which contains three building complexes:

Geneva, Mesa Verde, Asante, Cuzco and Kathmandu are all named after World Heritage Sites, one from each region labeled in the freshman residence halls: Africa (Asante), Asia (Kathmandu), Europe (Geneva), Latin America (Cuzco), and North America (Mesa Verde).

Other notable buildings include:

  • Middle Earth student lounge, located adjacent to the main quad
  • Cafe Ventanas (nicknamed "Cafe V"), ERC's dining hall, so named for its floor-to-ceiling windows ("ventanas" is Spanish for "windows"), located at the end of the main quad.
  • Great Hall, a large gathering hall located near I-House

Student groups[edit]

ERC hosts many different student organizations in order to foster and facilitate community, including:

  • SCERC (Student Council at ERC)[4]
  • PERC (Programming at ERC)
  • CORE (Community OutReach Effort)
  • WERC (Wellness at ERC)
  • BSERC (Bible Study at ERC)
  • SPERC (Spirit at ERC)
  • The Global Forum at International House (an International Affairs Group)
  • IHOP (International House of Programming)
  • ICW (Intercultural Communications Workshop)
  • I-House Cares (International House's community service organization)
  • MUN (Model United Nations)
  • EGERC (Ellie's Garden at ERC)

For more information about the ERC's student organizations, visit http://roosevelt.ucsd.edu/res-life/organizations.html


  1. ^ "Undergraduate Enrollment by College" (PDF). UC San Diego. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ http://as.ucsd.edu/elections_2009/AS09SP_Elections.pdf
  3. ^ Beauchamp, Margaret; Gibo, Michelle. "Eleanor Roosevelt College: A Brief History of the First 20 Years". Eleanor Roosevelt College: A Celebration of 20 Years (Booklet). La Jolla: Eleanor Roosevelt College. 
  4. ^ http://scerc.ucsd.edu/

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