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 racial, ethnic,
and minority groups. The collection includes administrative files; committee and board
records; documentation of events and programs on campus for students, faculty, and staff,
photographs, and audiovisual material.
The University of California, Irvine Cross Cultural Center, also known on campus as "the
Cross," was founded on October 16, 1974 by a group of UCI faculty, staff, and students who
recognized the need to create a social-cultural support system for ethnic minority students.
It is the first multicultural center founded on a University of California campus. At the
time of its foundation, the Cross' 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. In
partnership with students, faculty, and staff, the Cross Cultural Center develops a series
of programs, activities, and services to support the emerging needs of UCI's growing
underrepresented student population.
20.5 Linear Feet
(15 records cartons, 1 document box, 4 flat boxes)
Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to
reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.
The collection is open for research. Access to original video recordings and disk media is
restricted; researchers may request access copies.