History

UC Davis adopted the "Principles of Community" on April 20, 1990, which served as a major reference for the development of the Cross Cultural Center. The CCC planning process began when a coalition of students and staff in support of a multicultural center submitted a proposal to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs in the winter of 1990. The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs appointed a planning committee on May 4, 1990, composed of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to refine the proposal.

The week of May 14, 1990, four students, Ms. Ahmanal Dorsey from the African American Student Union, Mr. José Quiñonez from MEChA, Mr. Gopal Dayaneni, and Ms. Andrea Gaytan participated in a hunger strike for social and academic justice at UC Davis. The Cross Cultural Center was one on a list of agreements that demonstrated UC Davis' commitment to its community's concerns. The courageous, unselfish sacrifice of the students together with the diligent work and commitment of the planning committee, over a two-year period provided our campus with the Cross Cultural Center. Since its opening in Fall 1992, the CCC has developed programs and services in support of the cultural, social, personal, and academic needs of UC Davis' diverse students.

 

Timeline

January 24, 1990 – MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) meeting: students discuss experiences of discrimination within the Spanish Department and cite specific incidences.

January 29, 1990 – Students rally to express their protest of the situation in the Spanish Department

February 7, 1990 – Acting Dean of the College of Letters and Science publicly announces the appointment of a task force (chaired by the Dean of Education, Henry Trueba) to conduct an inquiry into the needs of Spanish-speaking students for Spanish language instruction, to investigate their complaints about issues arising in courses offered by the Spanish Department, and to recommend ways of resolving them.

February 8, 1990 – Initial meeting is held with the chair of the Academic Senate to discuss grievance procedures in the Spanish Department. A format for grievances is approved and administrative contacts regarding the filing of grievances are designated.

March 14, 1990 – "Trueba Task Force Report" is released and a federal investigation of alleged discrimination is also made public.

May 1, 1990 – Approximately 200 students, including a representative of the Ethnic Studies Task Force, walk out and march to Mrak Hall. A number of points of contention were brought up, including the recent rejection of Cruz Reynoso for the Dean of UCD School of Law, perceived discriminatory practices in the Spanish Department, and need for higher retention and recruitment rates for underrepresented students.

May 14, 1990 – Students launch a hunger strike on the steps of Mrak Hall. A list of demands in order to end the hunger strike is drafted. They included the following:

  1. Launching an official investigation into alleged racism in the Spanish Department

  2. Establishing an on-campus ethnic and cultural center

  3. Increasing the number of full-time faculty members in the Afro-American, Asian American, Native American and Chicano Studies Programs

May 19, 1990 – After nearly six days of fasting by four students (José Quiñonez, Andrea Gaytan, Gopal Dayaneni and Ahmanal Dorsey), an agreement is reached with University Administration in reference to the aforementioned demands and the hunger strikers begin the recovery process.

May 25, 1990 – The work group on planning a cross-cultural center announces the projected opening of the center at the Ag Extension building.

Fall 1992 – Opening of the Cross Cultural Center at the Ag Extension Building

January 2012 – Move of the Cross Cultural Center to its current permanent location in the Student Community Center