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Guide to the Cross Cultural Center Records, University of California, Irvine
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Bibliography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Processing Note
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cross Cultural Center records, University of California, Irvine
    Date: 1972-2004,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1985-1998
    Collection Number: AS-052
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Cross Cultural Center.
    Extent: 11.5 linear feet (12 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: The collection comprises the records of the Cross Cultural Center at the University of California, Irvine, a center focused on providing a network of support services promoting the personal, social, cultural, and academic well-being of UCI's ethnic and culturally diverse student body. The Cross Cultural Center coordinates the activities of all student organizations pertaining to particular racial, ethnic, and minority groups. The collection includes administrative files; records of associated student organizations, committees, and boards; and documentation of events and multicultural organizations on campus for students, faculty, and staff.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Photographic negatives are restricted. Researchers must wear gloves when using photographs.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    Cross Cultural Center Records, University of California, Irvine. AS-052. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from the Cross Cultural Center, 1999 and later years.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2008.

    Historical Background

    The University of California, Irvine Cross Cultural Center (CCC) offers a network of programs, activities, and support services to assist the university in supporting the personal, social, cultural, and academic needs of UCI's ethnically and culturally diverse student body. Toward this end, the CCC offers a wide array of educational programs that advance learning about and discovery of UCI's various multicultural communities.
    The Cross Cultural Center, known on campus as "the Cross," was founded on October 16, 1974 by a group of UCI faculty, staff, and students. It was the first multicultural center founded on a University of California campus. Its stated purpose was "to create Third World interaction, student outreach, and provide necessary information to the minority community on campus." The first director was Dr. Larry Onoda, a psychologist from UCI's Counseling Center. The CCC was originally housed in a 1,800 square foot, temporary building located across the Ring Mall from the School of Humanities.
    The annual Rainbow Festival, held each fall, is the CCC's largest event. First celebrated in 1984, the festival has become a tradition at UCI and has served as a model for other colleges and universities. The Festival is a celebration of cultural and ethnic diversity, featuring speakers, workshops, and a cultural fair. The theme of UCI's first Rainbow Festival was "Many Faces, Many Dreams."
    In the late 1980s changing demographics and campus growth necessitated the expansion and relocation of the CCC. After considerable campus debate about its location, the CCC moved to the Ring Mall across from the Administration Building and reopened on April 18, 1989. The CCC underwent another expansion, reopening late in 2007.
    The CCC has been a center of activism on campus. In the spring of 1991 concerned student organizations within the CCC established the Ethnic Students Coalition Against Prejudicial Education (ESCAPE), which campaigned for ethnic studies programs at UCI. Many student organizations were unified in this effort and sponsored several major rallies to generate campus support. In 1993 Asian American students held a 35-day rotational hunger strike in an effort establish an Asian American Studies program as well as an additional staff member for the CCC. This protest received considerable media attention and galvanized the local Asian American community.
    As of 2008 five student umbrella organizations are recognized by the CCC: Afrikan Student Union (ASU), Alyansa ng mga Kababayan (Pilipino), American Indian Student Association (AISA), Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA), and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). More than 50 individual organizations exist under these five umbrella organizations.

    Biography/Organization History

    Chronology

    1974 October 16 Cross Cultural Center founded. First director is Dr. Larry Onoda.
    1976 Cross Cultural Center dedicates mural painted by UCI students portraying prominent historical figures who were voices for equality and significant events of California's minority communities.
    1984 First Rainbow Festival.
    1989 April 18 Expanded Cross Cultural Center opens in new location.
    1991 Establishment of Ethnic Students Coalition Against Prejudicial Education.
    2007 Cross Cultural Center further expanded.

    Bibliography

    Cross Cultural Center. "Our History, Mission and Vision." http://www.ccc.uci.edu/history/ (accessed January 11, 2008).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection comprises the records of the Cross Cultural Center at the University of California, Irvine, a center focused on providing a network of support services promoting the personal, social, cultural, and academic well-being of UCI's ethnic and culturally diverse student body. The Cross Cultural Center coordinates the activities of all student organizations pertaining to particular racial, ethnic, and minority groups. The collection includes administrative files; records of associated student organizations, committees, and boards; and documentation of events and multicultural organizations on campus for students, faculty, and staff.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in five series.
    • Series 1. Administrative files, 1975-2001. 3.2 linear feet
    • Series 2. Committee files, 1979-2003. 1.0 linear feet
    • Series 3. Event files, 1980-2004. 4.8 linear feet
    • Series 4. Campus organization files, 1972-1999. 1.5 linear feet
    • Series 5. Program files, 1984-2002. 1.0 linear feet

    Processing Note

    Photographs are not sleeved.

    Related Collections

    Publications created by multi-cultural UCI clubs are also available in the following collection:
    • Clubs and Organizations Publications, University of California, Irvine. PS-033. Special Collections and Archives, The UCI Libraries, Irvine, California
    • Other publications issued by student organizations affiliated with the Cross Cultural Center are cataloged in UCI's online catalog, ANTPAC .

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    University of California, Irvine -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine. Cross Cultural Center -- Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Programs -- 20th century.
    Newsletters -- 20th century.
    T-shirts -- 20th century.