Student Criticism Regarding Scripps College's Neutral Political Standing
These selected items give insight into the tense interactions that took place in the late 1960s between students at Scripps College and the president of the college from 1964 to 1976, Mark H. Curtis. During a time of turbulent political unrest and rapid social change, many students chose to take an active stance against injustice through peaceful pickets and violent protests, as well as the participation in community engagement meetings with administration. Students of Scripps College demanded campus diversity initiatives to increase the representation of Mexican-American students and Black students by corresponding with the Mexican-American Students Association and the Black Student Union. In addition, there was significant backlash against the President Curtis' public political stance in support of the Vietnam War under Nixon's presidency. Eventually, Curtis resigned, stating that the school has "reached the point where the College has the innate strength to sustain the strains of a period of transition and even perhaps, to gain a new sense of purpose from the experience." He explains in his final letter of resignation that the activist accomplishments of the students were "genuine shared efforts” (Scripps College, Office of the Presidency).