Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive

Posted On: August 30, 2016

“In early February 2010, members of a UC San Diego fraternity held an off-campus party mocking Black History Month.  Later that same month at UC San Diego, a noose was discovered in the Geisel Library at the university.”
– Campus Climate Project Final Report, March 2014

Most recently, on April 2016, “pro-Trump and anti-Mexican graffiti was seen chalked across Library Walk, campus residential areas and outside the Raza Resource Centro.”
– Triton News, April 9, 2016


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These reoccurring events affect ALL students, underrepresented or not, and demonstrate the need for a conversation about student experiences related to the campus climate at UC San Diego.

The UC San Diego Library is creating a “living archive” as an alternative way to highlight awareness, provide a space for dialogue, preserve and document the events related to UC San Diego history.

A living archive is a collection of materials presented in a way that allows for the expression, exhibition, documentation, and preservation of a sentiment or movement in a particular community.  This type of “archiving” is living because it is constantly updated with the current climate and consists of all manner of expression from documents of the past to creative expression through art to real-time feedback of the current period.

We will feature a physical exhibit from February 1 – March 31, 2017 and a permanent online collection.

We would like to feature YOU.  So, what do you have to say or express about the current climate at UCSD?

Submit your creative work and join the conversation–


Submission Details

Deadline: December 9, 2016

Eligibility: Must be enrolled as a current student at UC San Diego

Accepted Media: Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, sculptures, photographs, performance art, written work, video or film

Original Work/Copyright: You must be the creator of the art you submit for this archive.  Submissions must be original, respect privacy, have necessary permissions for any copyrighted materials, and abide by UC San Diego’s Principles of Community.

Please review the following links for further information.


Fair Use

Creative Commons


Principles of Community


Multiple Entries: Please limit 2 entries per student

Submission Criteria:

Please remember that the purpose of this exhibit is to facilitate a conversation, highlight awareness, and provide a space for dialogue.  Please ensure that your submissions uphold this intent, honor UC San Diego’s Principles of Community, and are free of bias and hate.

About the physical exhibit:

Due to space constraints, a limited selection of the submissions will appear in the physical exhibit.  All submissions meeting the guidelines above will appear in the online collection, including images of the artwork or video.  All artwork will be returned at the conclusion of the exhibit period.

Available Resources:

The UC San Diego Library has a number of resources available to assist you with your submissions, should you need it:

Digital Media Lab Tech Lending Program UCSD History Digital Collections


If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Rhodes,

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