Saturday, March 8, 2008

TMC Curriculum Committee Report Vindicates LZC

Hello everyone,

As you may have heard, the curriculum review committee for the Dimensions of Culture Program has finally released its report, confirming what the LZC said all along: that DOC has failed in its capacity to provide critical, social justice and diversity education, and has failed to live up to its own heritage as a site of dissent within the University. The report also calls for structural changes in the way faculty are recruited to the program, and calls for a faculty (not administrative) head of the program (ie, someone who knows what s/he is doing).

Click HERE to download a copy of the report.

At the heart of this document is a simple question: is UCSD going to promote diversity and social justice education in a post-209 environment? As is to be expected, the administration is doing what it can to make sure the report is undermined, discredited, and eventually buried. We can't let that happen. Even the UCSD Guardian Staff is concerned that the DOC administration is ignoring the charge of the report (Click HERE to read the Guardian's editorial on this)

Please join us next Monday, March 10th at the Cross Cultural Center at 2:30pm (University Center 201, former Financial Aid/SBS office) to discuss what we can do to ensure this report is not only heard, but implemented. But to do this we need to get organized again. Let's make sure that the TMC administration has not heard the last of us, and that diversity education has a place at UCSD.

If you can't make the meeting, please urge the TMC and UCSD administration to follow through with the recommendations and implement the spirit of the report. They need to hear from students, faculty and anyone who is concerned about the future of diversity at UCSD!

Cut and paste this short message into an e-mail and send it to the people listed below:

I have read the report of the Thurgood Marshall College review committee and believe that the committee's recommendations and the spirit of the report should be implemented as soon as possible. It is clear that this report confirms the legitimacy of long-standing concerns about the direction of the DOC program, and I am worried that, once again, TMC administration will attempt to ignore widespread complaints. If the UCSD administration is truly committed to addressing issues of diversity and promoting quality education, it is clear that it must demonstrate this by taking action quickly in light of this report.

Abe Shragge, DOC Director:
Alan Havis, TMC Provost:
Paul Drake, UCSD Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs:
Marye Anne Fox, UCSD Chancellor:

Take a stand for diversity and quality education at UCSD!