Student Interviews Fifty Years Later: 2017
In the early years of the UCSC campus, founding director of the Regional History Project, Elizabeth Spedding Calciano, conducted two rounds of interviews focused on the student experience at what was then the newest campus of the University of California. Those interviews, conducted in 1967 (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/67x8j8hd) and 1969 (v.1: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3h0818t2; v.2: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/06p093mz) as the campus was still adding a new college every year, give a window into the original UCSC experiment, and into a time of sociocultural transformation as students responded to the Vietnam War and other social justice issues of the time. Student Interviews: 50 Years Later, consists of fourteen interviews conducted in April and October 2017 in a conference room the McHenry Library. It was a very different endeavor from the original student interviews. At the beginning of 1967, there were only two colleges at UCSC; in 2017, there were ten, and the student population had boomed exponentially from less than 1,000 to more than 18,000. UCSC has grown into a major research university, offering more than sixty undergraduate majors and dozens of graduate programs across the divisions. While some of their stories are particular to certain colleges or majors, many shine a light on deeper issues about this campus, including who is welcome here, how students adapt and make their way in their education, and what debates, dialogues, and differences mark the institution today. These are stories of community, stories of creativity, and stories of critique alike. Available as a full-text PDF.