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CTSJ 320

The goal of this archive is to critically examine the transformation of equity and diversity at Occidental College by employing a historical approach.

This project was started by a small group of socially conscious students and faculty under the direction of Professor Donna Kay Maeda.  During the Spring of 2014, Maeda’s community-based learning course titled, “Culture and Community,” reflected critically upon issues at Occidental within the larger framework of diversity in higher education. Here, students assumed the role of “activist archivists,” as they documented the history of diversity at Occidental in order to better evaluate its presence today.

With access to Occidental’s Special Collections and College Archive, students archived primary materials ranging from student newspapers, Yearbook, faculty meeting minutes, student organization documents, and course catalogs. To supplement these findings, notable Occidental alumni and faculty were additionally interviewed. These findings were then critically examined, and their themes were presented as exhibits.  Each exhibit aims to present a contextualized analysis for the findings presented.

In light of recent issues of diversity, this course is of particular relevance today. The Coalition at Oxy for Diversity and Equity was created last year. This activist group consists of faculty, students, and alumni who are encouraging the Oxy administration to commit to Oxy’s multicultural agenda established in 1983. By providing a publicly accessible archive, we hope to provide others with a centralized space for discussion on diversity and equity at Occidental.

--Spring 2014

1938-1952: Before Equity and Diversity

While diversity and equity weren't actively engaged by the administration until 1957, Occidental has always been positioned within a diverse...

1963-1975 Under Construction: The Changing Faces and Attitudes of Occidental College

Coinciding with the peak of the Civil Rights movement, the Occidental community initiated its own dialogue on race and diversity...

1980-1989: A Time of Preparation

From Anti-Apartheid Activism to welcoming the first African-American President of Occidental College, the 1980s at Occidental College was a time...

1990-1999: The Decade of Diversity

This exhibit titled the Decade of Diversity exemplifies the college's best efforts to create a multicultural enviornment that fosters conversations...

2000-2014: Constant Conversations

From 2000-2014, there was constant conversation and repeated rhetoric on diversity at Occidental. However, these conversations resulted in little administrative...

An Inside Look: 2013-2014

  This exhibit highlights interviews from current C.O.D.E. members at Occidental in the Spring of 2014.  The interviews focus on current...