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  • Collection: 1980-1989: Selected Items

"Blackface Senior Photo" - 1983-1984, page 58, La Encina

In the 1983-1984 La Encina Yearbook, there is a section for candid and event photos of the Senior class. Pictured in this photo (on page 58), are three senior students in blackface and dressed as Tito, Michael, and Jermaine of the Jackson 5. The…

"Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Issues" - May 18, 1983, Faculty Notes

In April of 1983, a report was released by the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Issues (and reproduced in the faculty minutes from May 18th, 1983. President Gilman appointed the committee in 1982 amid growing concerns over diversity. The Committee was…

"Asian Alliance"- Spring 1990, page 152, La Encina

This is an excerpt from Occidental College's La Encina dating back to 1990. The page depicts a picture of the Asian Alliance cultural club and pictures of the demonstration that occurred to protest against Florentine Gardens, the nightclub that…

"Boesak and Tutu Visit Oxy"- Spring 1990, page 48, La Encina

Two pages of the La Encina have been dedicated to Reverend Alan Boesak and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, two leaders in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Alan Boesak spoke in Thorne Hall and Desmond Tutu delivered a speak in the Greek Bowl.…

Professor David Axeen, Professor of American Studies - Full Interview

Professor Axeen shares his experiences as both a faculty member and administrator during the 1980s. He reflects on the period as one primarily of preparation. Axeen feels strongly that there was great movement and progress during the period, and that…

Casa Hispanica paves the way for minority unity

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Gabriela Gutierrez came up with the idea for Casa Hispanica. Judy Harper helped write the proposal.

Five faculty members to leave. Minority exodus creates concern

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Of the thirteen full-time minority faculty members, five will not be returning:
Yolanda Garcia
Stephen Holeman
Michael Garcia
Henry Flores
Dr. Margarita Nieto

"One hundred percent of the reason I am leaving is because I am exhausted" said…

Understanding Black Awareness

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A common complaint among both black and non-black students at Oxy has been that black oriented activities have been attended only by black members.

"Letter to the Editor: What's offensive about a servant auction?" - February 12, 1988, page 2, The Occidental Weekly

In a Letter to the Editor, President of the fraternity Kappa Sigma Garet O'Keefe defends a "Servant for a Day" auction the fraternity held during Black History Month. This letter follows a series of Letters to the Editor involving O'Keefe and the…

"Slaughter: Bigotry Not Behind Us" - October 7, 1988, page 3, The Occidental Weekly

On October 8th, 1988, the Los Angeles Times published an Op-Ed piece by newly appointed President Slaughter. The Occidental Weekly reprinted President Slaughter's article. In the piece, President Slaughter illuminates the rising issue of diversity in…