UCSD Cross-Cultural Center   Week 8, February 2010


Raise Your Voice!!!

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February 2010





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Dear CCC Community,

The last two weeks of racist, sexist, and classist events have deeply impacted the lives of students, staff, alumni, faculty, and community members who work with and support the Cross-Cultural Center. I applaud all the hard work of these individuals and the community who have shown great restraint and civility in the face of blatant hostile remarks and the not so subtle dismissals and denials that incidents like these are even harmful to individuals and UC San Diego as a whole. The straw man argument that pits free speech against community safety belies more insidious, structural questions about a campus climate where these kinds of actions arise in the first place.
Campus climate, particularly for students of color, has long been an area that has cried out for attention. The activities of the past two weeks call for a much deeper response, a response that goes to the heart of the UC San Diego educational environment. In the coming weeks students, staff, faculty, and administration have a particular opportunity to get to the root of campus climate issues.  We have the opportunity to  "lift the lid" on how the campus operates, how individual students live day to day in an isolating environment, how some students, staff, and faculty dismiss this experience, and how we as a community can change and build a better climate for all. It will be a tall order - systemic change is challenging and requires courage to explicitly name the issues and try different strategies toward deep change.
With their brave work and call to action, the Black students and many, many supporters are calling on the University and all of us to be courageous and live up to the Principles of Community the campus espouses. I stand in community with the students and these efforts and pledge to be a part of the solution. If you want to be a part of systemically changing the campus environment make sure your voice is heard.

In Community,

Edwina Welch,
Campus Diversity Office and Director,
UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center

An Open Letter from the Campus Community  Centers & an Invitation to Continued Dialogue

Since the weekend of February 13, 2010, a number of events have occurred that have deeply impacted our community. The inciting incident was the advertising of an off campus party with racist themes. The subsequent events include many responses from numerous quarters of our campus community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater San Diego community.

Deeply troubling is while this event clearly targeted historical contributions of African Americans, equally insidious messages were present. The blatant misogyny, glaring class issues, and subtle heterosexism are intertwined throughout the obvious racism. The references to men and women, when juxtaposed, highlight a vast difference in how gender, relationships and class intersect into stereotype, myth and denigration.

This incident underscores the important nature of the work around intersectionality. When one group is targeted, all of our communities are impacted. Incidents such as these, when they happen, can serve to disaffect those from other marginalized communities as well, and pit folks against each other in a hierarchy of oppression.

There were opportunities to stop this event from happening. When individuals expressed concerns about the nature of the party, were they heard? Building community on our campus provides opportunities where these voices can have an impact on decisions that peers make. Critical dialogue can be uncomfortable, but creates a campus climate where all people are valued.

Our communities cannot be bystanders to events such as this. It cannot be "Oh, look what is happening to 'that' group..." We are deeply connected as members of the UC San Diego community, and what affects one of us affects all of us. It is how we react from our places of privilege that is the true testament of community building. What we do now, in support and in community with those who have been the most affected, reflects the mission of the Campus Community Centers, which includes the belief that ending one oppression requires ending all oppression.

We invite you to continue the dialogue with us, and to join the teach in on Wednesday, February 24th from 12-2pm at the Price Center Ballroom.

Queer Talks: What are your Identities?

lgbt rc logoMarch 1, 2010
5pm-6:30pm, LGBT Resource Center

A group discussion where you come and talk about your multiple identities with other LGBT members.
Hosted by Sonia Rosado. Light refreshments will be provided.

The LGBT Undergraduate Scholarship Program is here - APPLY NOW!

lgbt scholarshipsThe LGBT undergraduate scholarship program encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender UCSD students to apply for the six $1,000 scholarships made possible by generous contributions from many people, including Chris Arrott, Michael Marx and Donald Marshall, Russ Ty, and from funds in memory of Tracee Parsons and Stephen P. L'Italien, Jr.

The objective of the undergraduate scholarship program is to recognize and encourage academic excellence and to offer financial support to meritorious students

Download applications at LGBT Scholarships Informaiton.

Due on March 12, 2010 at 4:00pm to the LGBT Resource Center.


Now On Display!
(Opening Reception Coming Soon)
Cross-Cultural Center Art Space

As the Fiscal/HR Administrator for Thurgood Marshall College Provost and Business Office, Debra Odom loves what she does at the university, but her real passion is reflected in her creations as she blends her eye for color and design with infused shapes and symmetry. Her abstract paintings reflect her African heritage, her thoughts and feelings of harmony and balanced relationships between people and nature. She uses ink, watercolor and acrylic on canvas, wood, cardstock and glass. She designs clothing and write poems from time-to-time.
FAAAR Program: With Prof. Camile Forbes

Presented by Cross-Cultural Center
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
7pm-8:30pm Cross Cultural Center Comunidad

"Introducing Bert Williams" reveals a fascinating figure, initiating the reader into the vivid world of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century popular entertainment. This moving biography illuminates the fraught issues surrounding race and artistic expression in American culture, from Tin Pan Alley to the early motion picture industry.
Breather Series:
All You Need is (self)Love
Presented by Cross-Cultural Center
Thursday, February 25, 2010
4pm-6pm Cross Cultural Center ArtSpace

Come join us for this breather series discussing self love and how we can express it. We will also be discussin journaling and you will even get a chance to make and decorate your own journal from scratch!

Breather Series: Intro to Salsa Class



8th Annual UCSD Black History Month Celebration & Scholarship Brunch


Saturday, February 27
10:30am-1pm UCSD Faculty Club with Keynote Speaker, Donald Murphy, CEO & UCSD Alum

Event highlights includes a soul food brunch, performances by local community choirs, and a Silent Auction where the proceeds will directly benefit undergraduate scholarships. Additionally, outstanding African American undergraduate & graduate students will be recognized for stellar academic achievements. Tickets may be purchased at the UCSD Box Office or by calling 858.534.TIXS (UCSD Department Recharges accepted). $48 UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 UCSD Students (Student ID Required-subsidized by the VCSA office) http://boxoffice.ucsd.edu/
For a complete Black History Month calendar information, check out the UCSD Black History Month website here!

Revolutionary Love Seriesrevoluntionary love flyer
Presented by Cross-Cultural Center
Wednesday, March 3rd @ Noon

CCC Library

Come join us! Each week, matters  around activism, identity, wellness, and self-reflection will be discussed.
Week 9 - "Revolutionary Love"

Breather Series: Intro to Boxing

Thursday, March 11

12pm-1pm, CCC Comunidad

Boxing Gloves
Finals got you stressed? Furloughs got you frustrated? How about neither and you just want to box! Ernesto Martinez, boxing instructor and former professional boxer, of LVL5 Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling Gym, will be here to teach a boxing class Thursday March 11th, 12pm at the Cross-Cultural Center. Arrive 15 minutes early for boxing glove prep.Comfortable clothing or gym attire highly recommended. Equipment will be provided, however, if you have wraps or gloves, feel free to bring them. The class size is limited to 15, so grab your spot by emailing violetag@ucsd.edu. Please come fifteen minutes early for preparation. No prior boxing experience necessary.

Let It Flow...A Soulful Night at Sixth
Sixth College's annual Black History Month Event
Wednesday, February 23, 2010
7pm-9pm at The Loft
for more info click here.
Calling All Women Artists! The Women's Center is looking for any/all art forms for their Spring Exhibition
"Exploring the M Word"
which seeks to explore the topic of motherhood from the perspective of women. Please contact Aimee Harlib at
for further details.  All submissions are required by March 1st, 2010!
HUGHES SCHOLAR PROGRAM 2010 Summer Research Program
Apply online at hsp.ucsd.edu

FREE Dental Sealants & Fluoride Varnish for children 1-18 years old w/ no dental resources (parent/guardian must accompany each child). Free school entry dental exams, review of immunization cards (bring your child's yellow card), community resources & information, and PRIZES!
Saturday, Feb. 27
9am-1pm, Southwestern College
Dental Hygiene Program Clinic
880 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
Call TODAY for an appointment! 619.692.8858 Children w/ appt will be given priority. presented by the SD County Dental Society.
Want to be more involved with middle school and high school students? If so, come volunteer for Comienza con un Sueño on Saturday, March 6!

Please register here!
V-DAY SAN DIEGO 2010 presents
Eve Ensler's...

Wednesday, March 3rd
Friday March 5th
Saturday March 6th
8PM - Diversionary Theatre
4545 Park Boulevard

Tix $20 @ Door & Online
Proceeds benefit the Center for Community Solutions [CCS]

THE CHEROKEE NATION HISTORY COURSE is being offered to residents of San Diego and surrounding areas. Registration is FREE and must be received by 5:00 PM, March 10, 2010.
For more information contact Julia Coates at 530-383-9396 or julia-coates@cherokee.org.

A Tribute to San Diego Latin Jazz Legends.
Benefit to help musicians
Kiko Cornejo & Andy Esparza

Sunday, Feb 28th, 2010
3911 Kansas St., San Diego
$15 minimum donation
For more info contact
Bill Caballero

Events Outside UCSD Blue
Other Dept Events White
Student Org Events Purple

Opportunities Light Green
Thursday, February 25, 7:00PM UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108
At-the-door TICKETS: $10.50 Public, $8.50 Student/Senior/Military, $6.50 SDAFF Members
More info at www.sdaff.org or 858.565.1264
Jean Pfaelzer
Muted Mutinies:  Rebellions on Chinese Slave Ships

Tuesday, February 23, 4pm Literature Building, room 155 (deCerteau)
친구사이 (Chingusai)
Meets Wednesdays 4pm-5pm Week 3,5,7, & 9 in the Conference Room at the Cross-Cultural Center. For more information, contact kqrean@gmail.com.
From Hidden History to Political Possibility: Toward Sustainable Black/Latino Alliances
Lecture by Professor
Ron Wilkins
Friday, Feb. 26th
2:30PM Cross-Cultural Center Comunidad Room

Film Documentary

Haiti Benefit Concert
Saturday, Feb. 27th
9pm-1am, Rock Bottom Brewery, 401 G St. San Diego, CA 92101
Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement (CSI). $10 Donation, ALL proceeds will go towards the American Red Cross.
Interested in a Solution to California's Budget Woes?
Professor of Linguistics
UC Berkeley

March 5th, 2010
6PM UCSD Center Hall 105

Prof. Lakoff will speak about how to pass the California Democracy Act! If passed, it would require only a 51% majority to make much needed changes in our state government.
Presented by Ivan Evans, Jonathan Markovitz,
& Jonathan Stern
Friday, Feb. 26th,
3-5:30PM - SSB#101

For more info please contact Prof. Bennetta Jules Rosette
Would you like to be a part of this year's Admit Day & Transfer Day? The Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools is looking for student volunteers! Please e-mail
Jed Schlueter at

by March 15, 2010 if you are interested or have any questions.
Admit Day is Sat. April 10 from 8am-2pm & Transfer Day is Sat. May 8 from 9am-3pm.
Two Special Film Events Spotlighting The Experience of Chicano Vietnam Veterans.
Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam
Monday March 1, 2010 6:30- 9:30PM Mesa College,H-117-118
In Person: Author and filmmaker Charley Trujillo, UCSD Prof. Jorge Mariscal & Mike Ornelas, Chair of the Mesa College Chicano Studies Department.
New Works on the Chicano Vietnam Experience
Thursday, March 18, 2010 6PM San Diego Latino Film Festival, Hazard Center
In Person: Director Isaac Artenstein & Co-Producer Michael Ornelas, Producer-Director Laura Varela
UC San Diego Comprehensive Research Center in Health Disparities (CRCHD) Public Information Internship.
For more info contact
Ethel Lu at (619) 681-0688 or email at erlu@ucsd.edu.

Wellness Journalism
The Office of Student Wellness is focusing on "Social Wellness".

Check out their blog!
V-DAY SAN DIEGO 2010 presents

The MENding Monologues
Originated by Derek Dujardin and Co-founded with Brad Luky & Tom Puetz
Thursday, March 4th
Starts 8PM
Saturdayday March 6th
Sunday March 7th
Starts 2PM
Diversionary Theatre

4545 Park Boulevard

Tix $20 @ Door & Online
Proceeds benefit the Center for Community Solutions [CCS]