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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!

  • Winter 2021
    • ThurGOOD Reads Book Club Winter 2021: Are Prisons Obsolete?
      • Join the Cross Cultural Center and Thurgood Marshall College for bi-weekly reading and discussions lead by staff for the entire UC San Diego community- staff, students, alumni and faculty. In alignment with the Marshall College 50th anniversary theme for the quarter, Acknowledging Our Present, we will read and discuss Angela Davis' book Are Prisons Obsolete in an effort to increase awareness and action around the present carceral system in the United States of America. Register Here!
    • Wednesday, January 20 at 4pm PT: Alumni 101: Scholar & Citizen in Action for Justice & Equitable Futures 
      • What does justice look like? How do we work towards equitable outcomes for all? Let's imagine a future that centers these values for folks in public health, education and civic engagement. Join us for a conversation with alumni who've made scholar & citizen work their life's work. Register Here!
  • 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.

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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

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portrait of Dr. Joseph W. Watson

Marshall College: Now More Than Ever

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

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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!

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Virtual Yearbook

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

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About Our Namesake

We honor the life and legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall

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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."

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