How to Organize for Action Workshop
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 2-4pm, the UC San Diego Library organized a workshop titled "From Crisis to Change: How to Organize for Action" in collaboration with the University of California Student Association.
According to Maya Angelou, “the more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.” Knowledge of history, along with direct action organizing, can create significant change by making students aware of their own power in order to alter the existing power relations. This two-part training covered the history of UC San Diego as it relates to the current campus climate, social change, and activism through the Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project. It was followed by concrete skills-building to learn the basic principles of direct action organizing. Students learned the strategies, tools, and organizing math behind direct action.
This program was a part of a larger suite of programs compiled by the Teaching and Learning Commons (T+LC) as part of the Spring 2017 Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program. Participation in the workshop counted as credit on a student’s co-curricular record (CCR).
It was presented by Patricia Arroyos, UCSA Statewide Organizing Director, Cristela Garcia Spitz, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Tamara Rhodes, Social Sciences Librarian & Living Archive Coordinator.
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Patricia Arroyos, UCSA Statewide Organizing Director
As Organizing Director, Paty serves as the primary advocate and support staff for the UC Undergraduate student campaigns. Paty helps students create and implement organizing strategies for successful UCSA campaign development. Paty earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. During her time at Berkeley, she directed a student led organization on campus that focused on mentoring at-risk students in Richmond High School, providing the academic tools and resources needed for pursuing higher education. She was also heavily involved in canvassing for local grassroots campaigns such as Environment California and the Human Rights Campaign. As a Los Angeles native and first-generation college graduate, Paty is excited to return to the education sphere and empower students to become advocates for their own education.
Cristela Garcia Spitz, UC San Diego Digital Initiatives Librarian
Cristela collaborates across areas of the library, campus, and community on projects to ensure the long-term accessibility, use, and preservation of the University’s unique collections. Content such as photographs from the Melanesian Archive and Baja California collections, experimental recordings from the Department of Music, and all types of objects on Oceanography are available in UC San Diego’s Digital Collections website. For the Tell Us How UC It project, she worked on the submission process, timeline, and technical infrastructure for the physical and digital exhibit.
Tamara Rhodes, UC San Diego Social Sciences Librarian and Living Archive Coordinator
Tamara started at UC San Diego in August 2015 as an Instruction Librarian and became the Subject Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Development, and Linguistics in January 2017. In 2013, Tamara won the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Student Paper Award for her paper on living archives, which was subsequently published. This became the basis for the Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project. After attending the BGSA and GSA Race Relations Town Hall in April 2016, Tamara believed a living archive could be a way for the library to help support the social movements happening in the UC San Diego student community.
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