From Crisis to Change panel - video
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the UC San Diego Library hosted “From Crisis to Change: The Student Experience & Activism on Campus.” The panel discussion included staff, faculty, and alumni who have been on the front lines of change at UC San Diego, including: Fnann Keflezighi (UC San Diego Thurgood Marshall College), Angela Kong (UC San Diego OASIS), Jorge Mariscal (UC San Diego Literature), and Agustín Orozco (UC San Diego OASIS).
UC San Diego prides itself on having a diverse student body. And no wonder, diversity, as numerous studies have shown, enriches everyone. But as many colleges have discovered, diversity alone is not enough. Promoting diversity without attention to inclusion, mutual understanding, and supporting the needs of all students, particularly traditionally underrepresented groups, can backfire. Badly.
Over the past decade and as recently as the last month, there have been a number of incidents on the campus that have targeted specific underrepresented groups. These recurring events affect ALL students, underrepresented or not, and demonstrate the need for a conversation about student experiences related to the campus climate at UC San Diego. This conversation is not top down. UC San Diego has a rich history of student activism. From the university’s beginning, moments of crisis have been met by student-led transformative action.
The UC San Diego Library has begun a “living archive,” a collection of materials presented in a way that allows for the expression, exhibition, documentation, and preservation of a sentiment or movement in a particular community. This type of “archiving” is living because it includes content that offers real-time feedback on a particular era. The archive encompasses all manner of material from documents of the past to creative expression through art, film, writing and more.
By highlighting the campus’s past of evolving from crisis to accomplishing change, we can bring people together to raise questions, spark conversations, and promote multicultural understanding.
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