Skip to main content


In the fall of 1970, Thurgood Marshall College was named Third College and enrolled its first students. The Marshall College Community of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni will devote the 2020-21 academic year to a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the College by celebrating its history, evaluating its present, and envisioning how Marshall College can best achieve its Mission, goals, and commitment to preparing scholars and citizens for an increasingly complex and dynamic future. Marshall College invites all members of UC San Diego and the public to join us in this year-long venture of celebration, introspection, and envisioning the future.



Join us for these upcoming events!

  • Sp21_-ThurgoodReads_ThePurposeOfPower.pngThurGOOD READS Spring 2021: The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza  (TMC Alum) A quarterly discussion based reading community to grapple with big ideas. The reading discussion in which a team of staff and student facilitators will lead discussions around a selected book/set of readings or multi-media package. The purpose of the ongoing series is to foster engagement between Marshall staff, faculty, alumni, and students, to explore themes related to our college mission and purpose, and to “dive deeper” into the work of scholars, artists, and activists who are linked to or visiting Marshall College and/or the UC San Diego campus. Spring Quarter's sessions will be hosted by the Black Resource Center + Marshall College.  Learn More


  • TLJConference.jpg

    May 14-15, 2021: Learning/Teaching for Justice Conference The inaugural Teaching/Learning for Justice Conference (or LTJC) in celebration of Marshall College’s 50th Anniversary will take place on May 14-15, 2021. We are proud to share that we have almost 30 sessions planned, a majority proposed and facilitated by current students or alumni, exploring what learning and teaching for social change look like within and beyond the classroom. We are also featuring a keynote on Friday, May 14 at 10am PT by Saeed Jones, author of the recent memoir How We Fight for Our Lives that lyrically traces his coming of age as a young, Black, gay man from the South. We invite the UC San Diego campus community to join us for this 2-day event! Learn More

  • Ongoing
    • Marshall x MOM Coffee Special (ask for details at the Muir Woods Coffee House))
    • Community Reflection Videos Reflect on your knowledge of our history, your experiences and your hopes for the future of Marshall College by submitting a brief video message.
    • Virtual Yearbook Help us tell the story of LZC/Third/Marshall College by contributing to our Virtual Yearbook today!

View recordings of past events HERE

Did you know?

September 26, 2020 marks the official anniversary of the enrollment of the inaugural class of Third College (known today as Marshall College) and the start of our 50th Anniversary year! Current Provost, Leslie Carver, kicks off the 50th Anniversary year with this special message.

Learn More

A Message from the Founding Provost

"Let’s use this anniversary year to plan and ensure that the next 50 years of Thurgood Marshall College contributions and achievements will be as outstanding as those of its first 50 years." -Dr. Joseph W. Watson

Read Full Message

portrait of Dr. Joseph W. Watson

Health Disparities Initiative

In this year-long series of events, students will learn about health disparities and community organizations that address them, and will create and execute a project designed to improve community public health access, guided by experts in public service fields. Join us at an upcoming meeting to learn more!

Register Here

Marshall College: Now More Than Ever

Born from protest, UC San Diego’s Third College brought social justice to the forefront.

Read Full Article

Fall 2020: Grounded in the Past

Read the Original Lumumba Zapata Student Demands of 1969

1993 Dedication Ceremony of Thurgood Marshall College

Visit Our Digital Collections at the Library Archives

Virtual Backgrounds

Download special 50th anniversary virtual backgrounds!

Click Here

Virtual Yearbook

Help tell the story of Third/Marshall College by contributing to our virtual yearbook!

Click Here

About Our Namesake

We honor the life and legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall

Learn More

Christine Hunefeldt Frode, TMC Faculty

"A round anniversary is also a moment of reflection and to envision new routes, without betraying the foundational objectives. We celebrate, but we are also eager to learn and improve."

Angela Y. Davis

"The most important responsibility resting with us was to ensure that whoever became involved in the college--students and faculty alike, carried on the legacy of struggle out of which the idea of Lumumba-Zapata was born."

Izzy Narvaez, TMC Alum '18

"50 years ago, Third College began with a mission to bring communities together to move toward liberation. Marshall College will provide you the tools, resources and education and ultimately, you decide the role you will play."

Connect With Us On Social Media

marshall facebookmarshall instagrammarshall youtube