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A handful had dreamed of attending the University of California, La Jolla, the name given this brave new campus by the Board of Regents in 1959. Eighteen months later, after listening to community debate, the Regents voted to scrap UCLJ for the more inclusive UCSD (Morgan, 2004).

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In one of UCSD's historic moments a collection of twenty-five freshmen, graduate students, and faculty members joined in a demonstration against U.S. military intervention in the Dominican Republic. UCSD's "Advocacy and Open Discussion Area" on the upper campus was first put into service an hour or so before noon, Thursday, May 6. Many of the demonstrators carried signs commenting on the situation in the Dominican Republic. Among the slogans used were "Join the marines and fight the world," "Does the end justify the Marines," and "Napalm those Dominican kids!" (UCSD's First Demonstration, 1965).

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The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King had a deep and profound effect upon members of the UCSD academic community.

Chancellor Galbraith held an official commemorative service on the grassy knoll behind the library* at noon. This was followed later in the day by a march into La Jolla and a demonstration at City Hall in San Diego, where a series of recommendations were presented.

Chancellor Galbraith told the students that King's dream is far from realization and that "the time is upon us when all blacks and whites must take action to translate his dream into reality" (University Mourns Death of Dr. King, 1968).

*Present-day Galbraith Hall

[D]isparate antiwar groups decided to do a joint sit in of Urey Hall — a science building — one of the centers of the University's complicity with war, as many of the offices of those professors with DOD contracts were located there.

There was no plan to do damage to the building or to the offices, and none occurred. We just wanted to close down this center of the war — at least temporarily (Dr Anonymouse, 2009).

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George Winne Jr. of La Jolla, California, died ten hours after he set himself on fire in San Diego to protest the Vietnam war. As he lay dying he asked his mother to write to President Nixon about the reason for his action. Her letter stated: "Our son George Jr. set himself afire on the UCSD campus on May 10. Before dying, he told us he had picked the most dramatic way he could think of to call people's attention to the most deplorable condition of the world and of this country" (Bromley, 1970).

The story of a hidden clay installation called "Thirty Blocks" by visual artist Virginia Maksymowicz — a former UCSD graduate student from the class of 1977 — has survived for almost 40 years.

On May 10, 1970, a UCSD undergraduate, George Winne Jr., doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in the middle of Revelle Plaza. Winne was the fourth incident of self-immolation that year in California higher education. A couple years after Winne's death, undergraduates in Michael Todd's Environmental Sculpture class established the George Winne Jr. Memorial Grove, in which Maksymowicz's "Thirty Blocks" is located (Polachek, 2013).

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Over 350 students rallied March 4 on Revelle Plaza to protest Reagan's proposed $3 billion cuts in education for the '82-'83 fiscal year. This rally was part of a state-wide "day of action" that saw hundreds of students rally on other campuses. In Washington D.C., several thousand students from across the nation marched the previous week to oppose the cuts (1982).

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We Shall Overcome: A Retrospective on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was the theme of an historic conference which took place Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 1982, at University of California, San Diego's Summer Auditorium. The Conference [was] the first of its kind at UCSD. . .

Dr. David L. Lewis, one of the principal organizers of the conference, along with Professor Michael E. Parrish, both of the UCSD History Department, commented that the conference's purpose was to analyze the revolution" of civil rights in the sixties while looking at our successes and failures. He said that this retrospective analysis was necessary to take a sober look at the future (Civil Rights Conference Convenes at UCSD, 1982).

Thirteen days after 1,200 students gathered to protest UC investment in South Africa's apartheid government, an equal number rallied Tuesday in the Revelle Plaza as a sign of solidarity for the Free South African Coalition . . .

Professor Herb Schiller addressed the gathering: "Do what you have done today. Do what you have been doing in the last two weeks. Remember, sometimes you may feel there is nothing to be gained from this. You may be out here thinking this is just an event, nobody cares. But people in action means that you're not lobotomized" (Students strike, rally, 1985).

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Clio was the history muse in ancient Greece — and the name proposed in 1965 for UC San Diego's third college. . . . College III — slated to open in 1970 — was to focus on historical and classical studies. But history-making events intervened. . . . On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated — and Clio wound up on the cutting-room floor.

Talk turned to founding a college in Dr. King's memory — with programs for recruiting disadvantaged students, tutoring local children and promoting the integration of majority and minority students. By 1968, the UCSD student body of approximately 3,600 included 33 Blacks and 44 Mexican-Americans.

In fall 1968, [Provost Armin] Rappaport asked [the Black Student Council and Mexican American Youth Association] for suggestions regarding possible ethnic studies programs. Their joint response in March 1969 was the Lumumba-Zapata College demands, which blindsided the provost and infuriated Chancellor William J. McGill (Tiersten,…

Student leaders like graduate student Angela Davis proposed a Lumumba-Zapata College — named after the assassinated Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba and Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata — devoted to the theory and practice of revolution, "communities of resistance," and socialist education.

Students — with support from faculty such as Herbert Marcuse and Carlos Blanco — wanted a "Third World college" devoted to the needs and class interests of "students from oppressed social groups," that is, working-class Black students, Chicano students, and white students" (Ferguson II, 2015).

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[UCSD hosts the UC-wide women's conference, which was] the product of an undergraduate thought group formed . . . to read and discuss the cutting edge of feminist thought on the topic "Women of Color." The common goal was to come up with a conference which could best integrate the many different experiences of women, without privileging the experience of the typical brand of middle class white feminist thought.

The [UC Students Association] decided to allow UCSD to host the annual UCSA Women's Conference because they wanted to show political support for UCSD women. UCSD [was] the only campus in the UC system that [did] not have a university-funded Women's Center (McKay, 1991).


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"Be a part of our little servants program." This is what was written on a flyer I [Joanne Tashiro, Editor in Chief of the Momentum] stumbled upon last weekend at a party. A computerized picture of a Klansman was drawn in the foreground. It read as advertising for "Kappa Kappa Kappa" an exclusive caucasian fraternity on campus. I saw this taped to the wall of an Asian American "founding father's" apartment. Well, this turned out to be a hoax mocking the newly formed Asian fraternity at UCSD, Lambda Phi Epsilon. To laugh at a picture of a Klansman is to laugh at the racism, the unjust killings, the discrimination that our previous generations were forced to deal with while trying to defend their Asian American identities. These Lambda officers are betraying the very goals of their cultural fraternity; the goal which is supposed to promote Asian American awareness and sensitivity on campus (Tashiro, 1992).


Often, school authorities manage to cover up alarming events such as violent hate crimes before members of college and university communities realize what has occurred. By now, most of UCSD has heard of the recent confrontation concerning a group of Japanese students and their assailants. Many believe this incident was racially motivated.

Forms of hate crimes against not only Asian Americans, but all ethnic minority groups, have become increasingly common. They occur weekly, if not daily, on several college campuses across the nation. History repeats itself in a cyclical pattern.

In a society which enjoys placing the blame on others in order to avoid taking the responsibility itself, education in the form of ethnic studies can help inform the population of cultural diversity. Differences should not be used as weapons but as tools to build a community where people can live without the fear of violent assault (Fan, 1992).


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On Friday afternoon, more than 400 students from UC San Diego walked out onto Interstate 5 in La Jolla and sat down, blocking all southbound traffic headed for downtown San Diego, according to the California Highway Patrol.

No arrests were made in the two hour sit-in, which ended at 3:30 p.m. when students dispersed after UCSD Chancellor Richard C. Atkinson read a letter addressed to President Bush criticizing the not-guilty verdicts for the four white police officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King (Gaw, 1992).


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Third College is renamed in honor of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, widely recognized for his dedication to civil rights and breaking down barriers to education (UC San Diego Campus Timeline, 1993).


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After a daylong meeting marked by emotional debate, peaceful protests and political grandstanding, University of California regents took a historic step late Thursday, abolishing race-based preferences in students admissions, hiring and contracting.

The policy change will force UC to stop using "race, religion, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin" as criteria in its admission decisions, beginning Jan. 1, 1997, and in hiring and contracting decisions beginning Jan. 1, 1996.

The vote made UC the first university system in the nation to scale back its affirmative action programs.

An analysis of enrollment statistics by university officials, conducted at the regents' request, indicated that so-called race-neutral admission policies would probably decrease the number of black and Latino students, particularly on the most popular campuses (Wallace & Lesheruc, 1995).


The UCSD Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) functions as a campus community center committed to creating space for dialogue while also maintaining an environment conducive to the recruitment and retention of students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented backgrounds (UCSD General Catalog, 2010-2011).


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In 1973 the Women's Resource Center (WRC) began as a student organization in response to growing concerns by women students that their unique needs were not being identified and addressed by the University.

[It] was finally approved in 1995, and the efforts and hard work of so many were realized on October 14, 1996 when the Women's Center opened its doors, creating a welcoming space that fosters awareness, education and community at UCSD (About: History. Women's Center).


Since the beginning of the 1990s, concerned staff, faculty, and student activists sought to establish institutional support for the LGBT campus community and its issues. The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBT issues (CACLGBTI) specifically recommended a staffed Resource Center in correspondences and reports to the Chancellor.On November 8, 1999, Chancellor Robert C. Dynes officially dedicated the LGBT Resource Center for the UCSD campus community (LGBT Resource Center: History).


The Preuss School began when a group of UC San Diego faculty [planned] for the best way to increase the number of students in the university who [came] from low income or under-represented groups. Under the leadership of Cecil Lytle, provost of Thurgood Marshall College at the time, the group approached then UC San Diego Chancellor Robert Dynes and requested that a charter school for students in grades 6-12 be built and run by the university.

The Preuss School, which is chartered by the San Diego Unified School District and operated by UC San Diego, opened in 1999 in portable buildings on UC San Diego's Thurgood Marshall campus with 150 students in grades 6-8 (The History of Preuss).


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The Principles were developed by the Diversity Leadership Team (comprised of UC San Diego vice chancellors and department directors), and many other members of the UCSD community, including faculty, staff, and students.

The goals of the Principles include:
- Providing fair treatment for faculty, staff, and students
- Encouraging a climate of fairness, cooperation, and
- Inclusiveness, respect, and a welcoming environment
- Promoting collaborative attitudes and actions


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The [Associated Students] Council passed a resolution earlier this year in response [sic] the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in which they resolved to promote a hate-free campus and to work to uphold the UCSD Principles of Community. This resolution offers a practical response to that resolution, calling for specific action against hate crimes.

"We felt like it was important that we make a statement directly in response to hate crimes and hate speech," said A.S. President Jeff Dodge.

Dodge said that hate crimes had taken place at UCSD long before Sept. 11 and the hate crimes that followed Sept. 11 allowed the council to put greater emphasis on the importance of a hate-free campus (West, 2001).


An off-campus party mocking Black History Month, allegedly organized by some members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was themed "Compton Cookout" and urged attendees to dress and act in a manner perpetuating racist stereotypes (City News Service, 2010).


The "Compton Cookout" party incited outrage among black students and supporters on campus, who held a Campus Black Forum on Tuesday night to discuss the issue. The forum was hosted by the Students for Affirmative Action Committee, a coalition of diversity-minded campus groups including the Black Student Union (Chen, 2010).


The matter was brought to the attention of Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue Monday night by e-mails from concerned students. Fox and Rue sent out a mass e-mail early Tuesday morning condemning the party as "a blatant disregard of our campus values" (Chen, 2010).


At 7:30pm, SRTV aired a segment in which Muir College junior Yelena Akopian interviewed three students who planned to throw a similar "Black History Month" party. The students went on air complaining about the protests and defending their party as protected by the First Amendment.

"After the initial three guys left, the Koala made the topic Black History Month, and they started doing a show that was normal for Koala TV standards," [SRTV manager-in training Panham Morini] said. Over the course of the show, Koala members made controversial comments, linking HIV to sexuality and race, and attacking black protesters of the Cookout (Chen, 2010).

Minority students leaders want administrators to implement a list of 32 demands immediately. They want officials to fix what they call a racial state of emergency. Students say the racially derogatory incidents speak to a larger problem of institutional racism on campus" (Tintocalis, 2010).

Another invitation has surfaced on Facebook to an off campus "Compton Party Part Deux" party encouraging partygoers to "come to this party in honor of your favorite cultural stereotype."

The creator of the invite calls the response to the first "Compton Cookout" a misguided call to arms "that has people ignorantly shouting racism, intolerance, hate."

"If your intent is to make fun and not to harm anyone, and you really aren't trying to hurt anyone's feelings, then it's different from trying to cut someone down on purpose," [UCSD Senior and party organizer Mike] Randazzo said.

He claims he has never been to a party that was not a mockery of something.

"On Cinco de Mayo, we have parties making fun of Mexicans; on Veterans Day, we make fun of veterans (yes, the same veterans who uphold our rights to free speech); on St. Patrick's Day we make fun of the Irish. Everyone gets made fun of out of jest now, not hate," the invitation read (Wayland, 2010).

The University of California, San Diego has initiated a campus-wide campaign against racism in the wake of a student party that used a ghetto theme to mockingly commemorate Black History Month.

A web site launched Wednesday outlines the "Battle Hate" campaign that aims to ensure that all students feel "safe, supported and respected" (The Associated Press, 2010).

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Teach-In from noon to 2 p.m. today in the Price Center Ballrooms A & B to engage with fellow UC San Diego community members for a discussion on why racially stereotyped events still occur and the impact of these events in our community (Rue, 2010).

UCSD administration held a teach-in on February 24, 2010 to address recent racially-charged events on campus. Halfway through the teach-in, student leaders urged all students in attendance to walk out. The students then held their own teach-in outside of the Price Center.. . . Black Student Union Leader Fnann Keflezighi was invited to speak. . . . "We want to walk out of this university sponsored teach-in because a teach-in is not what is needed right now," Keflezighi told the crowded auditorium. "Right now real action is needed. So please join me in our teach-in and follow me to march out of this room" (Tintocalis, 2010).

A noose was found hanging at the Geisel Library around 10 p.m. Thursday, according to campus police. Officers confirmed after noon Friday that one person was in custody in connection with the act which is considered a crime - hanging a noose with intent to terrorize. The student contacted the UC San Diego police department and admitted to hanging the noose, according to an afternoon news release.

The noose was found hanging on the west side of aisle 3, which faces the windows, according to a UCSD campus police report. The aisle is located in the southwest corner of the seventh floor of the library (Wayland & Stickney, 2010).

Crowds of students stormed and occupied the office of a University of California, San Diego chancellor for six hours Friday after a noose was found hanging from a bookcase in the main library (Goodman, 2010).

I strongly condemn the offensive acts of hate and bias that have occurred over the past days. It is deplorable that while our students, faculty and staff work to heal the campus, a few misguided individuals tried to divide it. We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is my primary concern. (Fox, 2010).

UC San Diego police are investigating the discovery about 11 p.m. Monday of what appeared to be a white pillowcase that had been crudely reconstituted into a KKK-style hood with a hand-drawn symbol. It was placed on a statue outside the main campus library, and a rose was inserted into the statue's fingers (Showley, 2010).

Working with [literature professor Jorge] Mariscal and students in the campus organization Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), [Artist Mario] Torero created a 2 by 8 foot painting that included familiar faces (César Chávez), cultural icons (the Corn Mother) and local places (Chicano Park, whose 40th anniversary in 2010 is celebrated in the mural’s title: “Chicano Legacy 40 Años”). He expanded it to mural size and the canvas was hung outside Peterson Hall in 2009 in an installation that was intended to be temporary.

"Through the tireless efforts of UC San Diego’s student leaders, working with campus administrators, the mural was made permanent," said Vice Chancellor of Resource Management and Planning Gary Matthews. "Students from MEChA have long worked to connect the campus with our surrounding community (Chute, 2011)."

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A new center on campus created by Native students for Native students and Native Communities. The ITRC was opened Spring 2011 in alignment with the Native American Student Alliance's (NASA) purpose of fostering and creating community at UCSD for Native communities (Native American Student Alliance, n.d.).

The Black Resource Center is a Campus Community Center that serves everyone at UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. [It promotes] scholarship, foster[s] leadership, and cultivate[s] community for students through the committed, collaborative effort and support of faculty, staff, and the broader UC San Diego community (Black Resource Center, n.d.)

The Raza Resource Centro (RRC) is one of the newest Campus Community Centers under the new Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego.

The Centro came out of a history of struggle, and student and community movements that called for resources and support for UCSD Chicano/as - Latino/as.

The RRC is open to everyone but [strives] to emphasize and foster the access, retention, and graduation of Chicano/a - Latino/a students as well as create strong connections with our surrounding community (About, Raza Resource Centro, n.d.).

A memorial to honor student activism for peace was recently unveiled at Revelle College. The idea for the memorial was spurred by a group of students in Thurgood Marshall College’s Dimensions of Culture (DOC) program after they learned about the history of UC San Diego student activism during the Vietnam War. . . . Sentiments against the war exploded after the invasion of Cambodia at the end of April 1970. . . . George Winne, Jr., a graduating senior in history, chose to self-immolate in Revelle Plaza on May 10.

“My discussions with students about these events taught me that it's crucial to have a site of memory like the May 1970 Peace Memorial,” [Ph.D. student in the department of literature and a DOC teaching assistant Niall Twohig] said. “These sites remind us of the desires that connect individuals and communities across time and across space. They remind us that we can’t bury that history, and that we have to continually confront it as a community.”


From Harriet Tubman to Nelson Mandela and Angela Davis, UC San Diego's newest public artwork portrays more than two dozen historical figures and national leaders, as well as several UC San Diego alumni and professors.

Unveiled at the Price Center on Feb. 11, the Black Legacy Mural was created by San Diego artist Andrea Rushing to honor the contributions of black leaders throughout history and promote a sense of belonging among current and future students (Johnson, 2015).


UC facilities offices will convert all single-stall restrooms in UC-owned buildings into gender-inclusive spaces by March 1. UC President Janet Napolitano adopted this measure, along with other efforts, in order to provide a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty. UCSD Queer and Trans People of Color Access Coordinator Jacqueline Koch told the UCSD Guardian that gender-neutral facilities would minimize the harassment, including physical violence and name-calling, that transgender and gender-nonconforming people face when using the restroom (Chik, 2016).


On the night of Friday April 8th, the University of California, San Diego campus was covered with anti-Mexican slogans chalked by supporters of presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Following a string of similar events throughout the country (including incidents at UC Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Riverside), slogans supporting Trump have persistently coincided with xenophobic attacks against underrepresented communities, specifically Latino, Black, Arab and Muslim students. The recent chalking incident at UCSD specifically targeted incoming admitted students of Mexican descent. The perpetrators chalked outside of the Raza Resource Centro, a resource center collaborating in the weekend-long admission Triton Day welcoming celebration for incoming students (Lumumba-Zapata Collective, 2016).


As Chancellor, I am taking this opportunity to reaffirm the University of California, San Diego's commitment to creating and maintaining a harassment-free environment that promotes and encourages equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and accessibility to individuals with disabilities (Khosla, 2016).


A series of incidents occurring on college and university campuses across the United States have reflected our nation's current divisive political climate. Unfortunately, late Friday evening graffiti promoting the deportation of undocumented immigrants and the construction of a wall on the border of Mexico was discovered chalked on UC San Diego's campus sidewalks. This graffiti runs counter to our campus values of equity and inclusion. We value diversity and respect for all cultures (Khosla, Subramani, Brenner, Leinen, Brown, Petitt, Gonzalez, & Matthews, 2016).


Like all great public research universities, our campus is home to diverse organizations, faculty, staff and students with a wide range of interests and points of view. Freedom of speech and expression are essential aspects of public universities as they lend themselves to intellectual inquiry and debate, and help members of our community define their own points of view. Debate and life on public university campuses will inevitably reflect the current social and political ethos of our local, national, and global society. Diverse points of view on social and political concerns often intensify debate and can develop into a more fervent form of give and take, with opposing points of view, positions, and ideologies that can offend or create feelings of discomfort. "Hate speech" by its nature is meant to offend. However, it is still protected by the First Amendment. This is why we encourage and promote civility and respect in every exchange. We strongly urge all UC San Diego students,…


Come and join us in creating a collective installation about howUCracism both on campus an [sic] beyond.
(COMM Playground, 2016).


Diversity expands our horizons, incubates ideas and knowledge, and challenges us to think differently.

It is not just about having a diverse population on campus, but about having frequent, meaningful interactions among diverse groups of people. This builds understanding, bridges differences and adds depth to the educational experience in a way that no textbook or class lecture can. Our young people need to learn to interact with many different people to prepare for the complexity of life beyond the classroom.

Diversity also fosters the kind of creativity, innovation and problem solving that advances us, socially and economically (Napolitano, 2016).


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