Sandra graduated from UCSD in 2016 with a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as the Campus Outreach and Engagement Intern (COEI) from 2014-15.
Joseph Watson is still on campus
Chris Murphy (Office of Graduate Studies) and Joseph Ramirez - involved in founding of SPACES and are on campus.
Irving Ling revived CCAAS in 2014 - was APSA Rise Intern at SPACES and CCC intern
Used to be solely biology major and then took an ethnic studies class
Took class around when compton cookout happened
Became more involved with community
Joined CCAAS in 2011
At the time it was the Coalition for Asian American Studies
Lillian Tang played a key role
BSU’s demands post-CC included multiple communities but not API
API wanted to leave demands out because they didn’t want to distract from HURS
But they recognized their needs and and hoping admin was scared and willing to listen to students
Fell apart because fraternities wanted a more introductory level, other students wanted something more critical
Irving became an intern, and chose to reinitiate CAAS as his self-initiated project
Worked on organizing around the needs of API students
Was able to do it because we still had the campus climate council meetings
A place to speak to admin
2013-14 during that year CCAAS issued a letter from the students and alumni, and presented it to A.S., who passed a resolution (that passed unanimously) saying they agreed they were issues that should be addressed by the demands. They then presented to campus climate council, some of the admin seemed really receptive (Jim Lin), staff members and community members showed up. VCEDI (a representative) was there.
Met with EDI and they said they looked over the “student requests” and negotiated the timelines
e.g. disaggregation by fall of 2015
Called it an ambitious set of demands, that they began poking holes into
CCAAS made the demands thinking EDI would take responsibility to see it through. But they put the labor back on the students.
First meeting was about forming a student-faculty working group
But only faculty was at the first meeting - over summer - they didn’t invite students
Assumed students couldn’t make it
They put the work on faculty and staff who are already juggling many other things, allowing for burn out
Wayne is cautious
Yen, Wayne, and Blanco - faculty
Nancy, Joseph, Windi - staff
A lot of talk of what wasn’t possible in working groups as some of the things are “out of our hands”
Admissions say their hands are bound by california law (privacy laws) when it comes to disaggregating data.
EDI doesn’t have enough teeth to push for any change on campus to happen
Meeting with CAPS on the dire need for API counselors
Reality for UCSD is because it’s so big, there are so many entities and hoops to jump through
CAPS said there weren’t funds
They probably have money but they aren’t going to allocate them unless public opinion rallies for it
Departments making excuses
Demand for hiring an API programmer
Currently happening under EDI
Last year Yahya, Allison, Nick, Edward, Crystal, and Sandy were focused on getting a space allocated for a resource center
Met with Gary Matthews
Asked UCAB for a space
Fell through because
BRC was also asking for more space
CCAAS didn’t know beforehand
This pitted API and Black communities against each other
Not necessarily on purpose
But it happened out of a lack of understanding of inter-ethnic relations
Admin thinks CCAAS is representative of all API communities, but it’s more like the radical, politicized few.
EDI was hesitant too
There was a lot of talk about what was possible in terms of initial space, but nothing written down
No one took minutes at the original meetings
A lot of diversity work the campus does fell on the shoulders of the directors of the Resource Centers
UCSD’s structural size makes it very difficult to get stuff done
At one point EDI wanted them to put forth a plan about what the space would look like
The university is banking on students to do collective rather than militant organizing, this rarely works.