UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center Records, 1990-2018 (RSS 3540)

Restrictions: Records containing protected information are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation. Redacted versions are provided where possible. See the University Archivist for more information.

Extent: 3.2 Linear feet (8 archives boxes, 7 oversize folders, 1 map case folder), + 101 GB of digital files

The Cross-Cultural Center Records document the founding and development of the center, student groups and activism, events and outreach, publications, and reports.

In the 1990s, UC San Diego saw a decrease in the number of students of color and other minority groups on campus. Students, faculty, and staff began to raise awareness about racial tensions and called for the establishment of a community center to serve the needs of underrepresented students. Several proposals for centers were submitted; including a 1990 proposal for the creation of a Latino center by UCSD's Chicano Concilio, a coalition of campus Chicano groups. Another proposal was submitted by the Student Affirmative Action Committee early in 1993. By the Summer of 1993, the Cross Cultural Center Coalition was created to represent a wide range of student and staff organizations, as well as several faculty members.

On January 31, 1994, the Cross Cultural Center Coalition submitted a proposal for the establishment of a center. In February 1994, Chancellor Richard Atkinson responded to increased calls for action by forming a task force to address the proposal presented by the coalition. By May 1994, the task force submitted their report to Atkinson recommending the establishment of a center and urged the appointment of a steering committee to follow up on its creation.

The Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) opened its doors on May 26, 1995. Since then, the center has been committed to student outreach and support, leadership development, and creating a space for meaningful dialog.

Directors: Edwina Welch (1996-2021) and Fnann Keflezighi (2021-current)

The Cross-Cultural Center Records document the founding and development of the center, student groups and activism, events and outreach, publications, and reports.

Arranged in three series: 1) SUBJECT FILES, 2) PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS, and 3) DIGITAL FILES.

UC San Diego Women's Centers Records, RSS 3120. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) SUBJECT FILES: Containing folders on a wide variety of subjects, including the founding and expansion of the center, Dimensions of Culture (DOC) and other educational programs, student groups and activism, and events. Arranged alphabetically.

Box 1 Folder 1-2
Campus responses to Proposition 209, 1995-2001

Includes "Quality of campus life: A student opinion survey" report from Student Affairs; proposal to establish a chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI); UC San Diego Diversity Education Program Case Statement; a brief summary on the Cross Cultural Center's activities; and newspaper clippings.

Box 1 Folder 3
Chancellor's Undergraduate Diversity Leadership Institute (CUDLI) - Symposium programs, 2004-2007
Box 1 Folder 4
Collaborations - Community building, 2004-2007

Includes: Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) information packet; Hate-Free Campus Campaign announcement, information packet, and poster; and Community Building Collaborative (CBC) correspondence and meeting minutes.

Box 1 Folder 5-7
Community centers history, ca. 1997-2008

Include press releases on the Women's Center and LGBT Resource Center, as well as materials on the history of the LGBTRC compiled for the Cross Cultural Center (CCC).

Box 1 Folder 8
Comparison of cultural centers and diversity offices across universities, undated

Includes budgets, mission statements, and organization structures.

Box 1 Folder 9
Course materials - Social Justice Practicum (CGS 198) course packet, 2013
Box 1 Folder 10
Cross Cultural Center (CCC) building - Photographs, ca. 1995-2001
Box 1 Folder 11-12
Dimensions of Culture (DOC) program - Syllabi, study guide, critiques, and calls for reform, 1994-2007
Box 1 Folder 13
Diversity Commission report response, 2005
Oversize FB-238 Folder 7
Ethnic Studies faculty drawing, ca. 1997-1998

Drawing by Phuong Nguyen created during internship.

Oversize FB-238 Folder 1
Ethnic Studies graduation sash, 2006


Box 1 Folder 14
(In) Visibility: Recognizing Women at Work, 2002
Box 1 Folder 15
10 Year Anniversary, 2004-2005
Oversize FB-238 Folder 6
10 Year Anniversary - Poster, 2004-2005
Box 2 Folder 1
All Sister's Day - Photographs, ca. 1997-1998
Box 2 Folder 2-5
Annual All People's Celebration, 1997-2013

Includes correspondence, budgets, flyers, itineraries, and photographs.

Oversize MC-027-03
Annual All People's Celebration - Oversized poster and certificate, ca. 1997-2003
Box 2 Folder 6
Annual Leadership Conference, 2014
Box 2 Folder 7
Appreciative inquiry presentation, 2004 April 29
Box 2 Folder 8
Asian and Pacific Islanders Student Alliance (APSA), 1999-2000

Includes brochure for Building Your Identity event and correspondence related the 5th Annual Talent Show.

Box 2 Folder 9
Awards and honors - Photographs, ca. 1996-1998

Includes Woman of Color Honors and All People's Diversity Award.

Box 2 Folder 10
Black Women Writers Conference, 1997-1998
Box 2 Folder 11
Block parties - Photographs, ca. 1996-1999
Box 2 Folder 12
Conferences, lectures, and visitors - Photographs and negatives, ca. 1996-2001

Includes Association for Asian Studies conference | Hear Me presentations | Black Women Writers conference | Interns conference | Cesar Chavez presentation | Women's Empowerment Across Borders. Also includes visits by: James Meredith, Renee Barnett Terry, Robert Rodriguez, and the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP).

Box 2 Folder 13
Collaborations and sponsored events - Flyers, 2005-2010

Includes: Chancellor's Undergraduate Diversity Leadership Symposium | Speak Out Campaign (coordinated by the Student Office of Human Relations) | Place Matters (coordinated by ArtPower) | An Evening with the Stars: In Celebration of Black History Month | Building the Left in the Age of the Right: Challenging Racism and Empire | SPACES programs | Pinay Speak | Export Quality: Monologues Based on True Stories of Mail Order Brides (coordinated by the Women's Center) | Passion of el Hulk Hognacito | the Myth of Europe | Mujer Monologues.

Oversize FB-238 Folder 4
Collaborations and sponsored events - Posters, 2002-2009

Includes: Cesar Chavez film festival and celebrations | California's "power" Crisis: What's the Charge? | CCC events calendar | Insights + Perspectives | California Council of Cultural Center Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE) | Spring Roles | Black History Month | Students of Color Conference (SoCC).

Oversize FB-238 Folder 5
Collaborations and sponsored events - Posters, 2010-2018

Includes: Black History Month | Cesar Chavez celebrations | Raza Awareness Week | Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler | Spring Roles | Root Worlds: Intersectional Foundations for New Imagination | SAAC 40th Anniversary | Place Matters | Centering the Margins: Conversations with Writers of Color.

Box 2 Folder 14
Exhibit photographs - Mathew Alexander Henson, Cesar Chavez artwork, and Saynday was coming along: Silverhorn's drawings of the Kiowa Trickster, ca. 1996-2000
Box 2 Folder 15
Graduations - Photographs, ca. 1996-2001

Includes group photograph from the All-Grad Symposium Organizing Committee.

Box 2 Folder 16
Indigenous Peoples' Day vigil - Photographs, 1997
Box 2 Folder 17
Intern transition mixer, 2003
Box 2 Folder 18
Miscellaneous events - Brochures, flyers, and programs, 2000-2013

Includes: CaCCCHE, Pure Space: Reflections of Existence | Social Issues and Action Research Group (SIRG) events | Hear Me! | Student of Color Conference | All People's Recognition Ceremony | Kaibigang Pilipino High School Conference | Women of Color Conference | Sister Talks | School to Prison Pipeline | miscellaneous lectures and film screenings.

Box 2 Folder 19
Miscellaneous events - Photographs, 1995-2002

Includes Camp Surf, Kwanzaa, Lunar New Year, Taco Shop Poets, Cuban dance, Department of Peace, PAL student artwork event, Women's Retreat, and World AIDS Day.

Box 2 Folder 20
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), 1999-2007
Box 3 Folder 1
Parades - Photographs, ca. 1996-2001

Includes Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Box 3 Folder 2
Pure Space - Photograph album, 1996
Box 3 Folder 3
San Diego Area Writing Program (SDAWAP) - Photographs, 1996
Box 3 Folder 4
Saynday was coming along: Silverhorn's drawings of the Kiowa Trickster - Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition, ca. 1997

Condition report book and exhibition support materials. Exhibition was hosted by the CCC.

Box 3 Folder 5
Staff events and retreats - Photographs, ca. 1995-2005
Box 3 Folder 6
Summer Bridge - Photographs, 1997
Box 3 Folder 7
Founding and planning documents - Proposal and Task Force on Cross Cultural Coalition report, 1994
Box 3 Folder 8-12
Founding and planning documents - Cross Cultural Center (CCC) Steering Committee, 1994-1997

Includes drafts of proposal, letters of opposition, budgets with proposed staff positions, meeting minutes, and mission statement.

Box 3 Folder 13
Free speech - Policy and information materials, 2007

Includes responses to UC San Diego policies.

Oversize FB-238 Folder 6
Move and transition to new space - Poster, 2006-2007
Box 4 Folder 1
Multicultural Affairs and Cultural Centers Roundtable Discussion, ca. 2001-2005
Box 4 Folder 2
Native American Student Alliance (NASA) - Response to the Sun God incident, 2010
Box 4 Folder 3
Political climate - Student issues and newspaper clippings, 2002-2005
Box 4 Folder 4-6
Price Center Expansion - Detailed Project Program (DPP), 2004

Includes correspondence, budget estimates, description of the program, and other planning materials.

Oversize MC-027-03
Price Center Expansion - Preliminary CCC blueprints, 2007 August
Box 4 Folder 7
Staff meeting agenda, 2014 May 14

Student groups and activism

Box 4 Folder 8
Asian American Student Alliance (AASA) and Student Affirmative Action Committee (SAAC) - Photographs, ca. 1998-2000
Box 4 Folder 9-11
Student Affirmative Action Committee (SAAC), 1990-2016

Includes draft of early brochure, meeting minutes, and reports by SAAC. Also includes report from the Workgroup on Quality of Student Life for Underrepresented Students.

Box 4 Folder 12
Student and community activism, 2010

Includes "A letter to a young activist at UC San Diego."

Box 4 Folder 13
Student and community activism - Photographs, ca. 1997-1998

Includes National Coming Out Day and protest against Newt Gingrich as commencement speaker.

Oversize FB-238 Folder 2
Student and community activism - Photograph album, 2010 February-March

In response to Compton Cookout.

Box 4 Folder 14-15
Student Initiated Outreach Recruitment Commission (SIORC), 2002-2008

Includes proposal, event programs and flyers, and reports.

Box 5 Folder 1
Student organization events, 2007-2014

Includes: Hmong Youth Conference, Resist and Exist, Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Student Promoted Access Programs and Services (SIAPS) event, Students for Justice in Palestine, Sankofa (coordinated by SPACES), and the 1st Annual UC San Diego Pow Wow.

Box 5 Folder 2
Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACE) Advisory Board - Organizational charts, budgets, meeting agendas, 2007-2009

Includes materials related to the Student Initiated Outreach and Recruitment Commission (SIORC) and 2008-2009 Executive Summary.

Oversize FB-238 Folder 3
Student protest on University of California budget cuts - Oversized images and poster, ca. 2010-2011
Box 5 Folder 3
Thank you notes, ca. 2005-2010

Includes photographs of the Building Communities of Social Justice Practice Institute (BCSJP) and Raza Graduate Student Association (RGSA).

Box 5 Folder 4
Tributes to Joy de la Cruz, ca. 2003

Includes photographs.

Box 5 Folder 5
UC San Diego Task Force to Promote the Recruitment, Support and Retention of Historically Underrepresented Faculty, 2010


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS: Includes works by the Cross-Cultural Center and related student groups. Arranged chronologically; with publications and reports grouped together.


Box 5 Folder 6
Brochures and flyers, 1995-2016

Includes correspondence and drafts.

Box 5 Folder 7-9
CCC newsletter archives, 1996-2009

Includes: Cross Cultural Lines, Cross-Cultural Connections, Common Ground, and calendars. Originally in binders.

Box 6 Folder 1
CCC newsletter archives, 2010-2014

Includes: Cross Cultural Lines, Cross-Cultural Connections, Common Ground, and calendars. Originally in binders.

Box 6 Folder 2
Spiderwebs - Zine, 1998-1999
Box 6 Folder 3
In Lak'ech - CCC Zine, 2002 May 22
Box 6 Folder 4
Tom, Alex T. Power of all, 2002 May 22

Written for the All People's Celebration.

Box 6 Folder 5
Mexican American / Chicano & Latino: Student resource guide, 2002-2003

Created by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Box 6 Folder 6
African American / Black: Student resource guide, 2002-2003

Created by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Box 6 Folder 7
Welcome to the UCSD Cross Cultural Center: A place for everyone, ca. 2002-2003
Box 6 Folder 8
Cross Cultural Center cookbook, 2003
Box 6 Folder 9-10
Pilipino Cultural Celebration and conference booklets, ca. 2003-2014

Created by the Kaibigang Pilipino club.

Box 6 Folder 11
Celebrations of the we: A collection of art honoring the community - CCC Zine, 2004
Box 6 Folder 12
Cross Cultural Center (CCC) coloring book, 2004
Box 6 Folder 13
Time for a new revolution: Cross Cultural Center poetry anthology, 2005-2006
Box 6 Folder 14
Cross-Cultural Center readers, 2005-2008
Box 7 Folder 1
Miscellaneous zines, 2005-2013

Includes: Report on the Profitability of Education and the Exploitability of Students: How Budget Cuts Affect You | Reclaim Your Education: Report on the Privatization of the University of California | Sister Warrior; Learning God Consent | Resist and Exist | Roots: Reclaiming Our Origins Through Struggle and Expression | Zine Zapatilla | People and Planet Before Profits | Isang Heart: An Anthology of Collected Filipina/Filipino American Works | Ellipses Magazine.

Box 7 Folder 2
Self-love within social justice: An anthology of stories, reflections, and thoughts, ca. 2006
Box 7 Folder 3
Conversations with history: Current students at UC San Diego interview UCSD Alumni, 2007

Restricted until 2082.

Box 7 Folder 4
Cross-Cultural Center yearbook, 2007-2008
Box 7 Folder 5
Cultural centers and retention: Qualifying paper, ca. 2008-2018

Focus on California State University San Marcos and UC San Diego.

Restricted until 2093.

Box 7 Folder 6
Queer People of Color (QPOF) at UCSD - Brochures, 2009

Includes brochure for the 10th Anniversary Gala.

Box 7 Folder 7
The state of campus diversity: Committee on Diversity and Equity, 2010 June 11
Box 7 Folder 8
Castellon, Josue A. Capturing OURstory: Activism at UCSD in the 90s, ca. 2010
Box 7 Folder 9
Black Student Union (BSU). UC San Diego Black life, ca. 2010-2013

Student resource guide. Includes three different editions and pamphlet about BSU.

Box 7 Folder 10
UC San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA): Life book, ca. 2010-2015
Box 7 Folder 11
UC San Diego Chicana Latina life, ca. 2010-2015

Student resource guide.

Box 7 Folder 12
UC San Diego Native American life, ca. 2010-2015

Student resource guide.

Box 7 Folder 13
Robinson, Bijon. Fulfilling the dream: Advancing Afrikan-Amerikans through higher education, ca. 2010-2015

Edited by Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES), with artwork by Joann Luzon.

Box 7 Folder 14
A Marvel Inside a Miracle: A Visual History of the University of California, San Diego , 2011

Introduction by Marye Ann Fox. Annotated by CCC staff highlighting issues and events.

Oversize MC-027-03
Posters, 2013-2017, undated

Posters for California Native American Day Celebrations and movies screening events, as well as untitled posters documenting activism. Includes poster for Angela Davis movie "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners."

Box 7 Folder 15
Flower of Life, 2015 May

Booklet documenting the Flower of Life project. Edited by Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez.

Box 7 Folder 16
Abbreviated intern manual, undated

From the Cross-Cultural Center Stories and Procedures Manual.

Box 7 Folder 17
A United Coalition of Student Organizations. Goal: The improvement and relocation of the Cross Cultural Center to a better location, undated


Box 7 Folder 18-21
Annual program summaries, 1995-2000
Box 8 Folder 1
UC Outreach Task Force draft report, 1997 May 16
Box 8 Folder 2
Cross Cultural Center environmental analysis, ca. 1997
Box 8 Folder 3
4-year program summary: 1995-2000, 2000
Box 8 Folder 4
Program assessments, 2001-2004
Box 8 Folder 5-13
Annual reports, 2004-2013
Box 8 Folder 14
Advisory Committee on Increasing Yield of Underrepresented Students - Final report, 2007

Includes recommendations on the CCC.

Box 8 Folder 15
Annual assessment surveys, 2007-2009

Includes survey questions, statistics, and summary of responses.

Box 8 Folder 16
Manager Cultural Competence Project: Organization inclusion assessment summary, ca. 2009

Assessment completed by Diversity Training University International (DTUI).


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) DIGITAL FILES: Documenting the development of the center and its spaces, student groups and activism, CCC staff, and events. Includes flyers, posters, and publicity, as well as photographs and videos. Of particular interest are photographs documenting the activities of student groups, including tabling at events. In addition, there are images documenting an Affirmative Action rally in 2001 and the Compton Cookout March in 2010. Arranged chronologically.

Inventories are provided for disks with more extensive content. The "Last Modified" column indicates when the files were placed on the hard drive or CDs, by Cross-Cultural Center staff; or the dates that the archivist last worked with the files.

Digital file 2
Gaelyn Peterson and the Freedom Writers poetry recording, 1994 December 31
Digital file 1
Events, student groups and activism, and CCC building and staff - Photographs, videos, and flyers, 1999-2015

Four videos are restricted until 2081.

Digital file 6
Cross-Cultural Center poster art, 2005
Digital file 3
Event photographs and staff portraits, 2007-2008
Digital file 5
Friend that Turned into Family - Cross-Cultural Center documentary, 2008

Inventory. Produced, edited, and directed by: Enid Garcia, Cheyenne Stevens, and Erica Diamant.