Our proposed plan of action would first include setting up an archival system, where all artifacts, photos, books, and other historical pieces would be recorded. The small glass case in the front entryway that has extremely valuable artifacts is not convincing enough for people to fully internalize the fraternity chapter at this location. This archival full of artifacts should be put in the original places among the house in which they were found.
We would additionally like to promote a similar short term development consisting of two steps, involving some of the economics regarding the preservation. The first being to create one central site, where the history of the site could be documented online in a manner that would be accessible to all interested parties. This way the site can continue to serve its non-use value purposes for Zeta Psi brothers nationally, other Greek-letter organizations and people interested in the development of the UC Berkeley campus.
The second step of the plan would ensure that the 2251 College Building remained in use as the Archaeological Research Facility to preserve the direct-use values of the site for the University, the Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley students and interested community members. This includes maintaining the program of outreach events to community members as well as continuing conducting research in the facility labs so that the importance of the archaeology component of the Department of Anthropology continues to be acknowledged at the University. We would also suggest maintaining a fund, in addition to asking the state for funding, that could be used to help pay for future updates/safety renovations for the building as deemed necessary by the faculty whose offices are housed in the building.
In order to maintain the house’s sustainability with as little environmental impact as possible, we would like to secure a second seismic evaluation to occur by 2023 (two decades after the outfitting between 2001 and 2003). This construction, while inducing a slight impact on the environment, will ensure the site continues serving and educating students and professors alike. At the time of the 2023 evaluation, we would also take action to implement more energy conscious tactics, such as solar paneling to reduce the environmental impact of energy used by the facility.
Lastly, our long term plan of action will include demonstrating the historical aspect through incorporating the Berkeley Zeta Psi chapter into some of Berkeley’s classes and academic efforts. It would be extremely beneficiary to draw on the house as an example for students to understand in their research, as they would be able to experience and study it first hand. However, not only would the Anthropology Department and the Archaeological Research Facility at Cal implement the fraternity’s history, but other departments at the University would as well. This way, a more wholesome view of the Zeta Psi fraternity could reach a greater level of the student body opposed to only being spread to a certain niche of Berkeley students.