Silence is a site-specific installation from 2011 at the University of California, Santa Barbara campus’ Chican@/Latino Resource Center, located in the Student Resource Building. The installation consists of hundreds of multiples of a poster, featuring a young Latina student with a piece of tape over her mouth, with the words “Silence is a luxury our communities cannot afford” surrounding it. The piece references a grant the school was on the verge of receiving for being a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This is a federal grant given to schools that have a certain percentage of Hispanic-identified students. However, the grant is unspecified and has been used on other campuses to complete construction projects and for other things that do not directly benefit the Hispanic student body as it was intended to. This project was intended to mobilize Chican@/Latino identified students to demand a voice from administration about where this grant money was spent.