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Upon establishment of the University of California, San Diego, it has been said that the original college system was intended to consist of 12 colleges. However, the university currently only consists of six colleges. With that in mind, this altered campus map of the current layout of UCSD implements the twelve colleges had they were to be a part of campus. Colleges written in red indicate the current locations of the six colleges whereas those written in purple indicate the locations of the remaining six. Additionally, many components and locations in the school are also highlighted on this map. They are each grouped by different categories according to color such as orange representing locations pertaining to the arts and aqua indicating locations of athletic facilities. From this map, one can infer that the sizes of facilities as well as components of the campus reflect that which the university values the most and is known for. Although this map successfully designates areas of…

Tucked Away is a series of three mixed media drawings (14X17 inches) of locations on the UCSD campus that are hidden gems. None of these locations are in plain sight; they have to be found. Many students feel that the school environment at UCSD can be very stressful. Luckily, there are many tucked away places that students can go to get a breath of fresh air and relax between classes or study sessions. In these drawings, man-made structures are present but the viewer still gets the sense that they are surrounded and sheltered by plants or trees.

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).


My primary motivation was UCSD encounters with racism.

This mural commemorates the rich history of Thurgood Marshall College and honors those at UC San Diego and worldwide who have striven mightily for social justice. The mural was forged in fire, created during a time of campus crisis that galvanized collective action and institutional change.
In February 2010, the UC San Diego campus was jolted by a series of racist events, beginning with the now-infamous Compton Cookout. Student response was immediate.
That spring, the Visual Arts Department provided each of the Colleges and other departments with a large canvas and requested that each represent itself however it saw fit.
Demetra Matin, an intern for the Dean of Students at Thurgood Marshall College, had been looking for just this kind of project. No stranger to student activism, Demetra had been a first-year student in 2006 when the Dimensions of Culture protest brought out so many students and faculty to critically examine the purpose and presentation of education. Their work…

There are four photos which I took to represent how the campus normally looks and four of same images which are made so that it looks like one is looking at the campus through a kaleidoscope. The original pictures were how I first saw the campus, the stillness and division of our campus not less due to our separation of each college but also the racial aspects. The ones through the kaleidoscope describes what I have slowly been seeing as I spend more time at UCSD. That even though we are divided in many ways, there are also events that brings the campus alive and together.

Night, day and nature, they all represent not only this campus but they shop what is important for me to find here everyday.
the two flags on opposite sides represent what I feel being half american and half European.
the word "Peace" has an important meaning especially in this political period and has shown up a lot on campus recently.

Living off-campus, my experience with the university has changed outside of attending classes. As I spend most of my leisure time outside of the school boundaries, napping has become my primary activity on-campus. As such, I created a diary - of sorts - of the places I nap most frequently accompanied by a personal rating of the location.

Completing a reading response paper for my CAT class, I realized that UC San Diego has had a different feeling on me rather than what other Asian Americans or minority races have felt.

This is for all the freshies and students who don't seem to fit in, all the minority students, and for myself. I can't promise you'll ever fit in (if that's what you're into), completely assimilate, or even love it here (UCSD). But, if you come across these words and partial doodles, I hope it gives you courage to continue, be proactive, call your family, or drop out, whatever makes a change in the person that lays their eyes on this work-- even if just for a quick glance.

This is a brief story of an event that happened just a day before the chalking outside the Raza Center before the election.

A response to Angela Kong's Re-examination of Diversity Policy at UCSD about how stereotypes shape the experiences of minority groups.

Sometimes I feel as though my life is running monotonously in clockwork. I wake up, eat, and sleep. I automatically go through the moves day in and out. But, there are certain things that always break this reverie: a call from my sister, a good book, and the rain.

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).


UCSD to me symbolizes racial and sexual equality and this is why i chose to draw this.

I was motivated by my experience of the university campus and just some of the things I've noticed from social media and from walking around.

This was an assignment for my CAT 1 class, motivated by how UCSD handles political/social issues.

Many students just live their own lives and never stop to think about the issues that riddle this campus.

This piece was drawn from the motivation to receive an A in my CAT 1 migration narrative course.

This was a writing response to a reading for a class.

A sketch depicting all my thoughts and feelings about UCSD's most famous building. Complete with all the superstitions and experiences I've had in the Geisel palace.

A representation of how I saw UCSD and how I was shielded from what was really happening.

UCSD's campus provides safe spaces for groups of people and community. Also, that everyone is connected in the school no matter where they go.

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).


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).


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).


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,…


Over the last few months I have written about the importance of engaging our Principles of Community. I write again today in light of recent incidents occurring on our campus following a particularly acrimonious election season. I am concerned about the number of our campus community members who have reported that they have experienced or fear the increased likelihood of identity-based intimidation on our campus.

The day after the election, our campus was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti near one of our campus bus stops. The graffiti was removed immediately after it was reported and the incident is being investigated by the UC San Diego Police Department (Petitt, 2016).


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).

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).

I created this work as part of my CAT1 reading response, to reflect my view of the campus climate. The self-segregation between Asian Americans and international students from China was something I wanted to capture, while reflecting the effects of de-minoritization and affirmative action

My experience with the political climate of UCSD has shown me that the campus is made up of many groups all eager to change but not willing enough to come together to create the change they are all mutually striving for

Reaction to Kong, Angela. “Ch 4.” Re-Examining Diversity Policy at UCSD. 2014.

A poem on my experiences here at UCSD.

Reading Response assigned by Migration Narrative professor.
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