Enriching Our Campus Climate through Art

“This statue is an important contribution toward advancing a more diverse and inclusive campus environment here at UC San Diego.” – Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego has a new public art installation that commemorates the life and legacy of African-American abolitionist and women’s right activist Sojourner Truth.  The idea for the statue, located on Ridge Walk near the Economics Building, originated from a conversation between students and Dimensions of Culture Director Jorge Mariscal.  Alumna and artist Manuelita Brown created the sculpture, which is designed to exude Truth’s deep humanity and commitment to education and action in the pursuit of equal rights; Brown also designed and produced our Triton Statue and the Thurgood Marshall bust.  During the unveiling ceremony yesterday, Chancellor Khosla thanked all of our students who advocated for the statue and everyone involved in making the project a reality, and applauded the addition of art on campus that reflects the rich diversity and culture of our community. 

Chancellor Khosla poses with Manuelita Brown, who created the Sojourner Truth statue.

Professor Ken Anderson leads the UC San Diego Gospel Choir in singing “Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”

Thurgood Marshall College Provost Allan Havis presents VC Gary Matthews with an appreciation award.

From left: Professor Jorge Mariscal, VC Gary Matthews, Artist and Alumna Manuelita Brown, Chancellor Khosla, EVC Suresh Subramani, Provost Allan Havis