A History Timeline

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A History Timeline

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The Living Archive timeline presents events and incidents from UC San Diego’s history that affected its students and compelled them to act.

The timeline is by no means comprehensive. The text is exclusively direct quotations drawn from the sources consulted. The events documented are parts of a larger history and are meant to inspire research and begin a conversation.

Items in the A History Timeline Collection

UCSD Officially Established
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…

UCSD's First Demonstration
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…

UCSD Mourns Death of Dr. King
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…

Urey Hall Takeover
[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…

Self-Immolation to Protest the Vietnam War
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…

"Thirty Blocks" Art Installation
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…

Reagan's Education Cuts
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…

Civil Rights Conference at UCSD
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…

Anti-Apartheid Movement
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…

Creation of Third College
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. .…

Lumumba-Zapata Proposal
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,…

UC Women's Conference
[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…

Fraternity Accused of Racial Insensitivity
"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…

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…

Rodney King Verdict
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…

Renaming Third College
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).

End of Affirmative Action in UC System
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…

Cross Cultural Center
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…

Women's Center
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…

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource 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…

The Preuss School UCSD
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…

Principles of Community
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…

Anti-Hate Resolution
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…

Compton Cookout
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,…

Campus Black Forum
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…

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…

"Black History Month" Party & Koala Interview
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…

UCSD State of Emergency
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…

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…

Battle Hate Campaign
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…

UCSD Administration Teach-in
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…

Student-led Teach In/Protest
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…

Noose in the Library
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…

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…

Pillowcase on Seuss Statue
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…

Chicano Legacy Mural
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…

Inter-Tribal Resource Center
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…

Black Resource Center
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,…

Raza Resource Centro
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…

May 1970 Peace Memorial
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…

Black Legacy Art Mural
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…

Gender Inclusive Bathrooms
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…

Trump Chalkings
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…

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…

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…

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…

Come and join us in creating a collective installation about howUCracism both on campus an [sic] beyond.
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