Breaking Ground on the Newest Cross-Border Community Station

(Left to right) Teddy Cruz, professor of Public Culture and Urbanism, Department of Visual Arts and director of Urban Initiatives, Center on Global Justice; UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla; Fonna Forman, associate professor of Political Science and founding director of the Center on Global Justice. 

In the heart of San Ysidro, immediately north of the U.S.-Mexico border, a unique affordable housing and community engagement project is taking shape. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla joined Professor of Visual Arts Teddy Cruz and Professor of Political Science Fonna Forman for a groundbreaking event to celebrate the newest Cross-Border Community Station, a partnership between the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice and Casa Familiar.

The UC San Diego Community Stations are a network of field hubs located in three disadvantaged neighborhoods across the San Diego-Tijuana border region, where research, teaching and community engagement happens in close collaboration with a community-based non-profit. The UCSD/CASA Community Station is being developed inside the Living Rooms at the Border Housing Project designed by Cruz and Forman in partnership with Casa Familiar.

Thank You: School Supply Drive Success

Each year, the UC San Diego community comes together to collect much needed school supplies to distribute to disadvantaged schools across San Diego County. Now in its 12th year, the annual UC San Diego School Supply Drive was a huge success with more school and art supplies, books, backpacks and lunch bags collected than any previous year. The success of this event would not be possible without a team of dedicated UC San Diego staff volunteers and the generosity of our UC San Diego community. Twenty-four San Diego county schools and after-school programs received four large boxes of supplies and approximately 20 backpacks each. Thank you to the students, staff, faculty and community partners who participated by hosting drop-off sites, helping spread the word and generously donating time and supplies to the cause.

Thank you to our staff volunteers: Bryan Hurley, Gloria O'Connor, Susan Collier, Sonia Howell and Debbie Centeno. Not pictured: Anjelica Baker and Mitzy Martinez.

Stuart Collection Adds 20th Sculpture

(Left to right) Stuart Collection Director Mary Beebe, artist Mark Bradford, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Stuart Collection Project Director Mathieu Gregoire.(Left to right) Stuart Collection Director Mary Beebe, artist Mark Bradford, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Stuart Collection Project Director Mathieu Gregoire.

In December, UC San Diego welcomed internationally recognized artist Mark Bradford, whose sculpture recently became the 20th addition to the campus’s Stuart Collection—a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time. At 195-feet-tall, his work is the tallest structure on campus. Located in Urey Plaza in Revelle College, the piece is a monumental ode to the origins of today’s lightning-speed communications.

Chancellor Khosla welcomed campus and community members at the reception and explained that the new art enriches the student experience. For over 30 years, Stuart Collection sculptures have piqued curiosity and provoked questions, from a house perched precariously atop a seven-story building to a harmonic grove of trees that sings the shifts in weather.

Bradford’s sculpture signals continuously in Morse code, transmitting the first message ever sent by electric telegraph: “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT.” The experiment was led by Samuel Morse and his partner Alfred Vail in 1844 and marked an important step in launching our nation’s communication network.

Throughout his prolific career, Bradford has created an impressive body of work that interprets pressing social issues within both historical and contemporary frameworks. His profound insight and inventiveness have established him as one of the most significant and influential artists of his generation. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and a National Medal of Arts in 2015.

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