Ethnic Studies Timeline at UC Santa Cruz
1969-Students take over first graduation ceremony to protest the marginalization of and discrimination against students of color on this campus
1977- Coalition against institutional racism mobilized students to rally against the racist government of South Africa, the lack of ethnic studies courses, higher SAT requirements, and to support the Third World Teaching Resource Center
1977- Conference created by students of color for students of color to find out concerns of students of color on campus
1977- Proposal by groups of Third World students calls for the implantation of Third World and Native American Studies (TWANAS)
1978- Second conference is held for Third World students to discus proposal written by Provost Michael Cowan. The proposal creates call for a Third World Studies Institute.
1978- Administration creates committee on Third World Studies to take recommendations from students on TWANAS proposal
1978- A fourth proposal is written to be a synthesis of the previous two drafts and is presented to the chancellor for response and recommendation.
1979- “Reorganization”: fourth proposal is lost in a shuffle of the administrations priorities. No commitment is made on the part of administration to Third World Studies.
1981- Third World and Native American Students (TWANAS) organizes a forum for all Third World groups and campus organizations, they vote to support Third World and Native American Studies.
1981- Ed Castillo, the only Native American Studies instructor at UCSC is dismissed without reason.
1981- 600 students march to the chancellor’s office with a list of 5 demands to be answered within 5 working days. The administration responds by forming another committee rather than addressing Third World and Native American Studies.
1981- TWANAS and Native American studies support group combine as the Third World and Native American Studies Support Coalition. The coalition presents demands to secure permanent faculty positions, expecting this to generate more demands and changes in the UCSC curriculum.
1981- In response, TWANAS support coalition organizes a hunger strike where 24 students commit to fasting until all demands are met. Meanwhile the Chancellor flies to East Coast to attend to some business.
1981- What begins as a rally against Homophobia and Racism becomes an all night sit-in at the McHenry library. Students were concerned that the $44,000 of funding for 1990-91 designated to Ethnic Studies classes would be withheld by Chancellor Tanner. Tanner promised the students that he would work with the deans of Humanities and Social Sciences, “to see that Ethnic Studies stays on an even footing.”
1996- Hahn Student Takeover: in response to the passage of Prop. 209, students occupy Hahn Student Services Building for 12 hours to secure access and services for historically underrepresented communities.
2001- Ethnic Student Organizing Council organizes a vigil in response to series of racist hate violence incidents and the administration and campus community’s lack of support. Engaging Education (e2), student-initiated outreach and retention center, is conceived.
2003- During the spring elections an opinion poll is taken asking: Would you like to see departments and/or minors created in the following areas?
2006- The e2 fall class, frustrated with the lack of an Ethnic Studies department at UCSC after strong and long her/history for ethnic studies, creates a pamphlet on The Need for Ethnic Studies to remobilize students.
2007- A delegation of students attend the Ethnic Studies conference at San Francisco
2007- 5 SUA representatives and 5 representatives from each of the big 5 ethnic orgs attend the Ethnic Studies conference in New York. From this trip the Committee on Ethnic Studies is created.
May 3, 2007- An info session is held at Oakes College to inform people about the importance for an ethnic studies department.
May 7, 2007- Strategy session to continue the struggle for an Ethnic Studies department.
2009- Jim Crow and nativist graffiti (“San Diego Lynch”) appears throughout campus. Administration and campus community fail to meaningfully respond.
2009- Community Studies and American Studies are suspended.
2010- Students, faculty, and staff reorganize for ethnic studies at UC Santa Cruz.
2011- Students Rally together at the Quarry Plaza on a national day to defend public education continuing with a retreat to the Ethnic Studies Resource center.