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February 2024


FEBRUARY 10| 6 -9 PM
by The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Jellies and Jams - A Romantic Love Fest and Dance party!

100 McAllister Way

FREE for UCSC Undergraduates
$12 adults, $9 other students with student ID

FEBRUARY 11| 11 am - 2 PM
The SEJA and POCSC teams would like to invite students interested in joining us for a Plant ID Hike this Sunday, Feb 11, from 11 am-2 pm. We will be meeting up at Stevenson Knoll and walking down Pogonip!
Being part of a series that the People of Color Sustainability Collective (POCSC) team started, Bipoc Outdoors events are part of the overarching initiative of diversifying the outdoors, regaining connections to the natural environments that we are currently in (Santa Cruz), and making connections with other BIPOC students and orgs on campus! 
Would love to see some of y'all there! You also might get to have a plant ID guide with some native species of the area :') 


FEBRUARY 21| 4-5:30 PM
El Centro, Hermanos de UCSC and CAPS present...

Cultivando Hermandad
Together we can move forward

"We invite self-identified Latino/e men to join us for an evening of community discussion centering the experiences of Latino/e men in higher education.
Stevenson Fireside Lounge


FEBRUARY 23| 10 am to 12 PM
GANAS Graduate Presents:

Meet & Greet with the authors of

Cervantes & Velasquez Conference Room


Past Events...

January 2024


JANUARY 5 |  12 - 5 pmpm
Ornament and Abolition 
What are the relations between abolition and the cinematic archive? Explore these questions through a rotating series of excerpts and full-length short films.
This screening series is curated by Althea Wasow, President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UCSC.


JANUARY 16, 17 and 18
The space between Jenin and El Barranquillo: using Anzaldua's Nepantla to explore Palestinian and Guatemalan displacement during times of war 
from El Centro
Public Talk Jan 16, Public performance Jan 17 and workshop Jan 18 (see below) 

JANUARY 16, Tuesday  |  7:30 pm, DARC 108
Public Talk: The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine: stories and models of resistance

Sayda will talk about her work with The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine and the ways this collaboration impacted her work and inspired a theatrical piece, Win the War or Tell Me a Story. She will be in conversation with Dr. Jennifer Kelly (CRES/FMST) and PhD student Mai Jalal Awad (Sociology) about examining our relationship to power structures, exploring ways to listen to our bodies, and witnessing ourselves witnessing genocide. Sayda will encourage us to Imagine ways to cultivate hope, movement, and allyship, particularly from a Nepantla perspective –considering the possibilities for what using our voice as theatre-makers in times of crisis might mean.  

JANUARY 17 Wednesday| 7:30 pm, Mainstage Theater
Public Performance: Win the War or Tell Me a Story (talkback to follow)

Sayda’s performance examines the effects of war and the power of story. It looks at the body as a carrier of stories, following moments of her childhood in war-torn Guatemala (where she is from) through to her experience of witnessing Israel's violence towards Palestinians. Win the War or Tell Me a Story is a meditation on war, the war of states towards their subjects and the war within. Through the use of voice and physicality the piece embodies the universal themes of longing and displacement and asks what it means to resist, to win, and to replace the global forces that perpetuate hate and domination in today's world. Live music performed by Sergio R. Reyes Mendoza and talk back facilitated by Isabel Cruz.
Content warnings: Gunshot SFX, loud noises, mentioning of violence. 
Show running time ~60 min. 

JANUARY 18 Thursday  |  3:30 - 5pm, UCSC Theater Arts Complex 
Student Workshop: Devising in Nepantla: Embodying voice and listening in times of war

The workshop will guide students through the process of using Nepantla–meaning in-between–as a framework to embody ways to create from a space of conflict and examine their relationship to history, to ancestry, to land, and to identity. Students will use their voice and body to devise theatrical phrases of stories in between. To sign up for the workshop, please submit this form by Wednesday, January 17. You will need to be logged into your UCSC account to submit. 

JANUARY 17  |  12 pm
Becoming Kin Book Club
Weeky Discussions with other UCSC students about Becoming Kin by Patty Krawec! 
from the American Indian Resource Center
Join the AIRC’s Winter 2024 Book Circle! Biweekly meetings begin Wednesday, January 17th at 12pm at the Muwekma Ohlone Conference Room (3rd Floor of the Baytree Building).
Space and books are limited to 30 participants.

Register at: bit.ly/BookCircle24


JANUARY 20  |  12 pm
Oyate Film Screening and Discussion 
Join AIRC at UCSC Merrill Cultural Center for a screening of Oyate (2022) and a panel with Dir. Emil Benjamin.


JANUARY 25 and 26  |  12 pm 
The Center for Racial Justice Presents: Empire's Mistress Book Talk and Seminar with Vernadette Gonzalez

Book Talk: Empire’s Mistress: Gender, Sex, and Imperial Intimacies
-Thursday the 25th6:00pm-7:30pm

Seminar: Toward a Theory of Hospitality
-Friday the 26th-10:00am-11:30am
Location:  HUM 1 RM 210 (UCSC)

Or Join Via Zoom
-Thursday: http://tiny.cc/jcezvz 
-Friday: http://tiny.cc/w8ezvz


JANUARY 31  |  6:30 pm
40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
This annual convocation celebrates the life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with presentations about equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity. This year we welcome chef, food justice activist, publisher, and author, Bryant Terry.
Doors open at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.
At the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium


December 2023

DECEMBER 2nd and 23rd  |  1 - 2:30 pm 
UCSC Climate Coalition biweekly meetings! (first and third Saturdays of every month)
or climate-related news, discussion, and creative outreach, join the UCSC Climate Coalition at the McHenry Library the first and third Saturdays of every month (except 11.18.23, when you can find us at the Student Climate Conference @RCC!)   See our website, bit.ly/ucsccc or email ucscclimatecoalition@gmail.com for more info.

DECEMBER 2  |  7 - 10 pm 
Queersgiving - Found Family Dinner 
Join the Cantú center for Queersgiving, a queerstatic dinner with the found family you made along the way.
There will be food, music and dancing. Feel free to bring your favorite dish to share with everyone - potluck style!
At the C9/JRLC Multi-Purpose Room

DECEMBER 5  | 4 - 5 pm 
Robert Bilott: Using Rights and Litigation as Tools for Environmental and Health Justice
Politics and Right Livelihood Center are pleased to welcome Rob Bilott back to UC Santa Cruz.
Rob Bilott, esteemed 2017 Right Livelihood Laureate, will offer insights from his life experience on "Using Rights and Litigation as Tools for Environmental and Health Justice" and participate in a Q&A. Bilott's virtual visit will occur on Zoom, and will be hosted by Professor Elizabeth Beaumont's Civil Liberties and Civil Rights course. This special event is sponsored by the Politics Department's Civic Discourse and Democratic Engagement Initiative and by the Right Livelihood Center at UC Santa Cruz.

DECEMBER 6  |  5 - 7 pm 
AA/PIRC Presents: Pasifika Community Dinner 
Connect with Pacific Islander peers over food and give input for how the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center can support Pasifika community!
Muwekma Ohlone Conference room. Register here.

DECEMBER 6 and 8 |  11 am - 3 pm
Produce Pop-Up 
Affordable organic produce from the UCSC Farm and local farmers, available to students, staff, faculty, and community members! Cash, EBT, Card, and Check accepted.
Find us at Quarry Plaza on Wednesdays and outside the Science and Engineering Library on Fridays for fall quarter.

DECEMBER 8  |  5 pm
Tech for Justice: Uplifting Community Voices 
Join the Everett Program for the 5th Annual Student Project Showcase to celebrate 2023 projects.
At the Merrill Cultural Center or virtually
Register here.



November 2023

NOVEMBER 11  |  312 - 4pm refreshments
Womxn's Center Makers Market: 90s Throwback
Join the Womxn’s Center in taking it back to the 90s at our upcoming makers' market happening November 11th!! Come check out over 15 vendors ranging from jewelry, clothing, art, and more while tapping into some 90s nostalgia.
UCSC Womxn's Center Cardiff House

NOVEMBER 12  |  3:30pm 
It Needs to be told: Native Californian Perspectives on the Missions | Film Screening
A collaborative film project elevating the voices of contemporary Indigenous community members to foster truth and healing in mission history-telling.
Collaborators include: Members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Indian Canyon Nation, and T'rowt'raahl Salinan, Rumsen & Rumaytush Ohlone communities, UCSC Social Documentation MFA alumni, Advisors from UCSC Departments of Anthropology and Film & Digital Media, California State Parks, and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
At the Santa Crus Mission SHP

NOVEMBER 14  | 12pm
Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Join UCOP NAIPISA for a culinary and educational experience with Cafe Ohlone founders, Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino, who will share their story and a selection of traditional food from Ohlone culture, which in-person attendees will be able to enjoy.
UCOP Broadway Conference Center or ZOOM

NOVEMBER 15  |  5 - 8pm
Everything Everywhere All at Once! 
Join Ethnic Resource Centers on Wednesday, November 15th to watch the critically acclaimed film: Everything Everywhere All at Once! This movie speaks to the Asian American immigrant experience and touches on themes of family and identity while taking the audience on an exciting sci-fi adventure. We will be showing the film at the Ethnic Resource Centers Lounge (3rd floor Bay Tree Building) from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with time to discuss the film afterwards. Food and refreshments will be provided during the movie as well. RSVP at bit.ly/aapirc-eeaao

NOVEMBER 16  |  6pm
American Indian Resource Center Indigethanx
You are invited to join the American Indian Resource Center & Cowell Coffee Shop for an alternative Thanksgiving meal. Dressy casual dress code encouraged, dress to express.
Registration is required, space is limited! Register by Thursday, November 9, 2023. Spots may fill by this date, in that event, we will create a waiting list.

NOVEMBER 18  |  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
UCSC’s Second Annual Student Climate ConferenceIn-person, free, and open-to-the-public Rachel Carson College.
Keynote Speaker: Ashia Ajani, UC Berkeley. Deadline to submit papers/art: Nov 1, 2023 (bit.ly/CliCon23CALL)
Please register to attend (whether or not you’re submitting a paper) by Nov 15.
Questions? Email ucscclimatecoalition@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 30  |  7:00 p.m.

Pajaro Rising - Community Impacted by the March flood/Climate chaos
At the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
With a never-before-assembled all-star cast:
  • Celebrated Pajaro area writer Jaime Cortez, author of Gordo
  • THE voice of the Bay Area, KQED's Alexis Madrigal
  • Rising Pajaro poet Claudia Ramirez Flores
  • Novelist and memoirist Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • Essayist and climate activist Rebecca Solnit 
  • Signed books with every ticket purchase
  • Onsite silkscreens of a poster produced for the event with arts organizer David Solnit
Event proceeds will benefit Community Bridges, a nonprofit service organization based in Watsonville/Pajaro that has provided financial aid, direct services, and assistance referrals to flood survivors of the Pajaro community.Sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz & the Center for Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz with additional support from Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.


October 2023


OCTOBER 5  |  5:30-7:15 p.m.
Reimagining Leadership for Climate Science and Justice Virtual Panel
UC Santa Cruz's new Center for Reimagining Leadership, co-led by our faculty fellow, Professor Sikina Jinnah, is hosting a virtual event to showcase scholars in the climate space whose work aligns with the new center's values. 

OCTOBER 6 | 10 am
UCSC Downtown Day 2023
Downtown Day 2023 Friday, October 6, 2023 10:00am - 6:30pm UC Santa Cruz students are invited to explore downtown Santa Cruz and discover all the vibrant...

OCTOBER 6 | 5:30 pm
Block Party on the Bluff
On October 6th, the Seymour Center will embark on a new journey, and we are excited to partner with Event Santa Cruz to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

OCTOBER 7 | 11:00 am
First Saturday Arboretum Garden Tour
Come check out all the Arboretum has to offer on one of our guided tours! Tours will be held the first Saturday of the month from 11 AM -12 PM 
UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden

OCTOBER 10  |  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Strawberry Picker | Film Screening
We're celebrating Latinx Heritage Month and co-sponsoring a screening of the Strawberry Picker documentary, featuring local Chicano Artist Juan R. Fuentes. Join us at the Stevenson Event Center from 6 - 8 p.m. for the showing and a discussion with the filmmakers from Inspira Studios afterward. RSVP today!

OCTOBER 11  |  5:00 p.m.
Diverse Voices featuring Ohio State Engineering...Join us for the October 11 Diverse Voices talk, “A Roboticist’s Story: How AI and Diversity of Thought Drive Innovation,” featuring Ayanna Howard.
Engineering 2, Room 180

OCTOBER 13  |  9:00a.m.
Carbon Fund - Open House Session Q&A
Open Session Q&A for the Carbon Fund! Applications are open until October 30, 2023 so we are here to answer any and all questions! Please join us on
zoom: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/95718677861?pwd=K21OUjgyUUlFcUVhdi9DZnZVK2FKQT09

OCTOBER 14  |  11:00 a.m.
Harvest Festival
The 2023 Harvest Festival will feature live music, an apple pie baking contest, hands-on gardening workshops, kids' activities, and more! Stay nourished with...

OCTOBER 19  |  10:00 a.m.
Stevenson Community Garden Work Parties
Come by the Stevenson Garden for a  moment with your community. Snacks,  music, & all tools are provided. We plant, harvest, deadhead, water, prune and simply observe the life in the Garden.

OCTOBER | 19, 5 - 6 pm & 20, 10 am - 12 pm
The Center for Racial Justice Presents: The Work of Rape Book Talk and Seminar with Rana Jaleel
Rana M. Jaleel is an Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. There, she is a 2022-2025 Chancellor’s Fellow and a 2021-2024 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Faculty Fellow. She is the Chair of the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, and Faculty Advisor for the Sexuality Studies Minor. Her book, The Work of Rape received a 2021 Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award and was co-winner of the 2022 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Prize from the National Women's Studies Association. A long time member of the American Association of University Professors, she presently serves on the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
Location:  Thursday–HUM 1 RM 210 (UCSC), Friday–HUM 2 RM 259 (UCSC)
Or Join Via Zoom: Thursday: https://tinyurl.com/y67wh6p3, Friday: https://tinyurl.com/ycka3c5s