Scope and Content of Collection
Title: University of California, Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center Collection
Dates: ca. 1988-2009
Collection number: UArch 57
University of California, Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center
0.4 linear feet
(1 document box)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Abstract: The Multicultural Center collection contains an annual report and brochures, calendars, flyers, and memos relating to events
sponsored and/or hosted by the center.
Physical location: Del Sur, University Archives, 25A.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
University of California, Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center Collection. UArch 57. Department of Special Collections, Davidson
Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Transfer; new materials acquired periodically.
Scope and Content of Collection
"In 1987, UCSB students of color, who were then severely underrepresented at the University demanded the creation of a hospitable
and safe space for their use. Such a space was intended to facilitate the retention and recruitment of students of color and
to combat institutional racism and ethnocentrism. These aims were to be realized in part through educational programming,
which would promote changes in attitudes and behaviors throughout the campus community.
"Out of this initial impulse and the ensuing dialogues among students and allied faculty and staff, the MultiCultural Center
was born. Students of color joined with international students to share a space, which, it was hoped, would realize these
initial demands, and increase communication among people of different cultures. In time, recognizing the need to be inclusive
of diverse value orientations, the MCC mission was broadened to include combating racism, sexism, and heterosexism.
"UCSB struggles today with the same problems which necessitated the formation of the MCC. The MCC and concerned students,
faculty, and staff continue to resist and confront these persistent forms of group oppression. In addition to continuing to
provide a safe space for students of color, international students, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, the MCC serves
as a bridge to the entire campus community. To that end, the MCC offers a broad spectrum of events including lectures, panel
discussions, films and videos, musical, dance, and dramatic performances, and poetry readings, which are all open to the general
"It is vital that the MCC always remain an autonomous site under the direct control of the MCC Board, composed of students,
staff, and faculty. The MCC strives to support student activism and maintain a mutually supportive relationship with its student
users, as they work together in pursuit of a more just society."
The collection contains an annual report and brochures, calendars, flyers, and memos relating to events sponsored and/or hosted
by the Multicultural Center. The collection is arranged alphabetically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
University of California, Santa Barbara. Multicultural Center
Committee on Arts and Lectures records, UArch 16, for many A&L sponsored events that took place in the Multicultural Center