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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Wall of Dreams

Hundreds of staff, students and faculty gathered to celebrate the official unveiling of UC San Diego’s new 15-by-50-foot mural, “Chicano Legacy,” temporarily draped outside Peterson Hall. “Where I come from, I see art like this. It reminds of home,” said Lorena Ruiz, Marshall ’10, who comes from South Central Los Angeles. “It is a dream come true.” The mural, created by world-renowned, San Diego-based, artist Mario Torero, features iconic figures in Chicano history. 

“Cesar Chavez, one of the leaders in the Chicano movement who is portrayed in this mural, believed education was a powerful tool to improve society.” said UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox at the unveiling, in October. “Those words still resonate today especially here at UC San Diego and Marshall College, which has a unique sense of community and passion for social justice.”

The chancellor went on to commend Jorge Mariscal, professor of literature and director of the Chicano Studies program, for spearheading the art project. “His determination led to this day and this ­celebration. And for that, we are truly grateful.”

—Christine Clark, ’06