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