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UCSD marks World AIDS Day

Portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display as part of World AIDS Day at UCSD on Dec. 1. Photo: UCSD

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Press Release

UCSD marked World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 with several events and programs, including a public viewing of portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

The quilt pieces were on display in the Portions in the Price Center East Ballroom as well as the cafeteria of the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and the lobby of UCSD Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

The campus theme for the day was “Act Aware.” On-campus events also included a display of Jae Hansen’s photography exhibit, “Survivors,” showcasing long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS — those who have surpassed a 10-year mark since their original diagnosis and are considered survivors of the epidemic disease. There was also a collection of essays regarding the impact of HIV/AIDS from a contest on display.

The morning started with a candlelight vigil for private reflection and remembrance, taking place concurrently with “Sound and Silence: A Listener’s Reflection on the Quilt.” The series includes numerous musical performances by UCSD affiliates, followed by silence for reflections on the quilt at the end of each hour.

Among the performers at the Price Center East Plaza will be a performance by the Butterworth Dance Company at 1:45 p.m., the UCSD Gospel Choir at 3 p.m. and the university’s award-winning a cappella group, the Tritones, at 6 p.m.

These events are co-sponsored by a number of organizations and departments at UC San Diego, including the LGBT Resource Center, Student Health Services, Student Health Advocates, Associated Students (AS), the LGBT Staff and Faculty Association, the AIDS Research Institute, the Visual Arts Department, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), the Anti Viral Research Center (AVRC), Arusha Project, the Owen Clinic, Health and Safety, University Centers, Face AIDS, Housing Dining and Hospitality, Counseling and Psychological Services, the UC San Diego Bookstore, the Student Sustainability Collective, Amnesty International, Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action, the UC San Diego Libraries, the Women’s Center, the Cross Cultural Center and many committed individuals throughout the university community.

— Source: UCSD