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A History of Student Activism

The Living Archive timeline presents events and incidents from UC San Diego’s history (and in some cases, history in general) that affected the campus climate for students in such a way that they were compelled to act or react.  A diligent group of librarians pored through various sources of information and talked with faculty members to establish this timeline by decade from the 1960s to the present. 

If you would like to add to the history or tell us what you think, feel free to comment as you browse the timeline.


The events provided are by no means meant to be comprehensive.  Rather, the selected events document parts of a larger history and are meant to inspire research and begin a conversation. 

The text for each selected event is exclusively direct quotations drawn from the sources consulted.


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A History of Student Activism