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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).

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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.)

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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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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).

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Identity Evropa (IE) is a white nationalist and fascist formation headed by Nathan Damigo, a veteran and former leader of the National Youth Front (NYF). . . . After holding a rally on UC Berkeley in May of 2016, Identity Evropa began a poster campaign in the bay area and beyond.

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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.).

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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.”

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At least 500 UC San Diego students marched through the La Jolla campus and onto Interstate 5 early Wednesday to protest Donald Trump's presidential victory. . . . University police said the crowd turned out shortly after midnight and grew to include at least 500 people. . . . Protests made their way onto the nearby south Interstate 5 on-ramp from La Jolla Village, with at least some of them trickling onto the freeway, the [California Highway Patrol] said.

Thomas Gui, 20, said students who gathered were stunned Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. "I was in disbelief. Everybody felt the same way. How could this have happened? I guess people wanted to show solidarity," Gui said" (Hernandez, 2016).

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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.).

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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).

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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,…

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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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