Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive

Posted On: December 16, 2016


collage of images from the Tell Us How UC It Living Archive

Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive
Exhibit:
February – March 2017, Geisel Library, 2nd (main floor), near Seuss Room
Online Collection: https://library.ucsd.edu/tellushowucit/

From Crisis to Change: The Student Experience & Activism on Campus
Program & Reception: February 1, 2017 ● 3-5 pm ● Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Recording of the event: https://youtu.be/3GA0GIWRUCU

“Inclusion doesn’t happen spontaneously when an environment becomes more diverse.  We have to be intentional in creating a welcoming environment in which all students, faculty and staff can thrive and reach their full potential.”
—Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UC San Diego

 

UC San Diego prides itself on having a diverse student body. And no wonder, diversity, as numerous studies have shown, enriches everyone.  But as many colleges have discovered, diversity alone is not enough. Promoting diversity without attention to inclusion, mutual understanding, and supporting the needs of all students, particularly traditionally underrepresented groups, can backfire. Badly.

Over the past decade and as recently as the last month, there have been a number of incidents on the  campus that have targeted specific underrepresented groups.  These recurring 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. This conversation is not top down. UC San Diego has a rich history of student activism. From the university’s beginning, moments of crisis have been met by student-led transformative action.

The UC San Diego Library has begun  a “living archive,” 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 includes content that offers real-time feedback on a particular era. The archive encompasses all manner of material from documents of the past to creative expression through art, film, writing and more.

By  highlighting the campus’s  past of evolving from crisis to accomplishing change, we can bring people together to raise questions, spark conversations, and promote multicultural understanding.

At 3pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the UC San Diego Library will host “From Crisis to Change: The Student Experience & Activism on Campus.” Join us for a panel discussion with staff, faculty, and alumni who have been on the front lines of change at UC San Diego. The panelists will include: Fnann Keflezighi (UCSD Thurgood Marshall College), Angela Kong (UCSD OASIS), Jorge Mariscal (UCSD Literature), and Agustín Orozco (UCSD OASIS).

The event will include a reception and time to view the exhibit.  This free event is open to the public. Questions and general inquiries can be directed to Tamara Rhodes, tlrhodes@ucsd.edu.

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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Living Archive Flyer pic small

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. Read more…

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