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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 through the years of 1963-1975. The counterculture of the 1960's fed into the anti-Vietnam War movement, as well as controversies surrounding the corruption of the Nixon Administration, labor unions, and civil rights. These events sparked a new wave of political consciousness and laid the foundation for policy revisions on campus. During this period, Occidental began a multifaceted approach to addressing issues on enrollment, funding, and curriculum. With support from the Rockefeller Grant and the Minority Scholarship Fund, the college significantly increased its minority admission and enrollment rates. This set in motion a movement towards increased student minority organizing. Collectively, students represented themselves through activist clubs on campus, including BSC, MECHA and the Asian Student Alliance.  

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