New College Nine mural is a collaboration with OxfamUSA

College Nine Mural
A new student-painted mural joins another painted a year ago along the entrance to College Nine. (Photo by Guy Lasnier)
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Students paint the new mural on a concrete retaining wall.
(Photo by Diana Gilon)
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Oxfam slogans and images, including the face at left, are incorporated into the mural. (Photo by Guy Lasnier)

A colorful, new mural graces the entrance to College Nine, alongside another that students painted last year bearing a message of peace.

The new mural is in collaboration with Oxfam America, the U.S. arm of the international organization that works to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. Students dedicated the new mural May 28.

Both projects were facilitated by Diana Gilon, a New York-based community mural artist. Gilon said the design includes slogans inspired by Oxfam's belief system such as, "stand strong against injustice," "poverty is solvable," "sustainable solutions," and "community change." An Oxfam photo is also part of the design. 

College Nine's theme "International and Global Perspectives" is also prominent in the new mural. Provost Helen Shapiro said College Nine has a long-standing relationship with Oxfam. "We sponsor the UCSC Oxfam Club and have sent students to their leadership programs for several years now," she said, and the mural reflects a larger engagement with the organization.