Affinity Alumni Association

There are several affinity groups as part of UCSC Alumni Association.

Black Experience Team

We will reach a critical mass of African American, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) students. ABC students, representing all intersectional identities, will report a high sense of belonging, reach their full potential, and be recognized and celebrated for their contributions to the academic community. ABC students will be retained and graduate at the same rates as the majority population and have high levels of satisfaction in their UC Santa Cruz experience.

Center for Cultural Studies

Through an ensemble of research clusters, conferences, workshops, visiting scholars, publications, film series, and a Resident Scholars Program, the Center has encouraged a broad range of research in the rapidly evolving field of cultural studies.

MLK: The annual convocation celebrates the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting speakers who discuss the civil rights issues of equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity. The convocation also seeks to build partnerships and develop dialogue within the campus community and with the local communities served by the university. Cesar Chavez: Sponsored by El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center and College Ten Programs, the goal of this event is to honor the memory and struggle of Cesar Chávez, Civil Rights activist who fought for the social justice and labor issues of farm workers.

Cultural Arts and Diversity

The Cultural Arts and Diversity (CAD) Resource Center strives to enhance the cultural climate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and its surrounding communities by first, celebrating diversity. We work to foster the spirit of unity between cultures by providing outlets for the creative talents of the members of various cultural backgrounds through a series of lectures, presentations, workshops and productions.

Educational Oppornity Program

The Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) provides a variety of academic and personal support programs designed to improve the retention and academic success of first-generation college students from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and to ensure they successfully complete their undergraduate education and acquire the skills to prepare for graduate and professional school as well as future leadership roles.


Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. Affirmative action is a legal obligation for UC as a federal contractor. Affirmative action refers to specific efforts undertaken by the University, such as supplemental outreach, designed to promote equal employment opportunity and to create diverse pools of applicants for University positions.

Engaging Education

Engaging Education (e2) is a student-initiated outreach and retention center for student engagement and academic excellence. It is a supportive and dynamic space for programming that addresses the low rates of recruitment, retention, and graduation of historically underserved students on the path to higher education. e2 provides the foundation for students to engage, learn, and organize around issues of social justice, student power, community, and new paradigms.

Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity, Equity, ad Inclusion advances the UniversityÕs teaching, research and service mission and commitment to excellence by working collaboratively with others throughout the institution to promote a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and is free of bias and harassment.

Resource Centers

The Resource Centers (RCs) comprise of the four Ethnic Resource Centers: African American Resource and Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American / Pacific Islander Resource Center, and ÒEl CentroÓ the Chicano Latino Resource Center; the Cantœ Queer Center, and the Women's Center. Each of the 6 resource centers offer students various services through academic, cultural and community support activities.


SOMeCA Student Media and Cultural Arts and Diversity, and we are dedicated to the success of UC Santa Cruz's campus-wide student organizations and government.

Students with Agency

In 2009, SOAR was merged with the offices of Student Media and Cultural Arts and Diversity (CAD) to form SOMeCA. The three offices shared the student agency approach and the merger created a dynamic collaboration of staff and students across cultures, politics, ethnicity, academics, and mediums. The cross collaboration generated excitement and energy in all areas and led to an increase of 40 new student organizations between 2009 and 2012.

Student Organization, Advising and Resources (SOAR)

At SOAR, students can choose from more than 150 active student organizations. Members can learn leadership skills, participate in workshops, work on exciting projects, and build friendships. SOAR’s professional and experienced staff offers mentorship, leadership training, organizational development advising, and event management services to all students.

UCSC Principles of Community

The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to promoting and protecting an environment that values and supports every person in an atmosphere of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism and fairness.