Lumumba Zapata Coalition and Dimensions of Culture

A collection of the information that the Raza Graduate Students Association has put up on the wiki about the current issues in the Thurgood Marshall Writing Program.

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In brief, Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) at UCSD has historically been a site of critical pedagogy that challenged the status quo and advocated racial equity and social justice on campus and within the San Diego community. In recent years, the college has taken
significant steps away from honoring those commitments, which is particularly evident in the management of its undergraduate core sequence, the Dimensions of Culture program (DOC). Originally conceived as a critique of mainstream U.S. society in the early 1990s, for many years the course provided a critical lens through which students were challenged to consider issues of class, race, gender and sexuality in contemporary culture and U.S. history. Over the past seven years—and especially since 2005—DOC has lost its critical edge and become largely incoherent, placing little emphasis on the historic ideals of the college and the stated mission of the
DOC program. In response, the Lumumba-Zapata Coalition (LZC), named in honor of the student, faculty and community movement that was fundamental to the founding of TMC in the 1960s, and which included such notable scholars as Angela Davis, Herbert Marcuse and Carlos Blanco, is currently campaigning to make significant changes to how the DOC program operates
and what is taught in the curriculum.

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