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From 2000-2014, there was constant conversation and repeated rhetoric on diversity at Occidental. However, these conversations resulted in little administrative change-- especially as the campus shifted away from tangible commitment to the “Excellence and Equity” model. Throughout this time period, student activism came in waves. Some activism around diversity was successful, but students and faculty from 2000 to 2014 continually expressed frustration with the same issues surfacing year after year.
Coinciding with the peak of the Civil Rights movement, the Occidental community initiated its own dialogue on race and diversity...