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November 2022 

November 2 - Stories of Action: Community Activism in the Face of Racism in Latin America - 4 - 5:30 pm
The Dolores Huerta Research Center of America is proud to welcome and sponsor two talks by Natalia Barrera-Francis, an award-winning journalist and anti-racist activist from Lima, Perú. She will deliver two talks at UCSC on Nov. 1st and 2nd, one in Spanish and one in English, respectively, to share her experiences as a youth activist and inspire the audience to take action against racism in Latin America.
Light refreshments will be served.
Natalia Barrera Francis is an Afro-Peruvian anti-racist activist and an award-winning journalist. Her AJ+ español series Descoloniza examines decolonial movements in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Chile, and the Brazilian Amazon. She will discuss her experiences speaking with communities uniting against structural racism throughout Latin America.
in Humanities 1, 210

November 2 - Dia De Los Muertos - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Join El Centro for the annual Día De Los Muertos ceremonia coming up this November! Our event will be a space to collectively honor and celebrate the lives of past loved ones. Join us for a night of performances, music, and community. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to join us. Please arrive away, food (mole, rice, and beans) will be served at 5:00pm until 6:30pm when the ceremonia starts.
UCSC Quarry Amphitheater.

November 3 (through Dec 3) - Bodies of Water: The Unseen World of Plankton - 1:30 - 7 pm
Planktons are defined as marine drifters and while extremely tiny compared to whales, they make up 90% of the mass of all marine life in the ocean. They are vital to sustaining all life on our planet, they signal changes in our climate, and yet these microscopic creatures are often overlooked and rarely strike us with awe. This exhibit shares the ecological importance of plankton and how we are all connected.
At the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery

November 4 - Pan Dulce Fridays - 10 - 11 am
Join El Centro for the last Pan Dulce Friday of the quarter with Learning Support Services (LSS) for pan dulce and an interactive workshop on developing strong study skills, identifying active and passive learning, and learning at least 3 slug habits! Coffee, tea, and pan dulce will be provided.
At the Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room.

November 5 - Seeds of Hope and Habitat: California native plants in gardens and small farms - 10 - 12 pm 
at the Haybarn
NOW is the time of year to plan and plant for next year's water use restrictions and there’s no better way to meet those guidelines than with California native plants.
Learn from native plant specialist Janice Kuch about the role native plants play in an agricultural context as hosts for beneficial native insects and birds and as cover crops.
Space is limited, cost is $20 for in-person, $5 suggested for online attendees. Email agroecology@ucsc.edu with requests for accomodations.
Register here.

November 5 - American Indian Resource Center: 26th Amah Mutsun Speaker Series - 1 - 2:30 pm
The Amah Mutsun Speaker Series, which began in 2009, has the purpose to raise awareness about hte issues that impact Native Americans and Califrnia Natieves in particular. 
Dr. Olivia Chilcote is a tribal member of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and an Assistant Professor of American Indiand Studiess at San Deigo State University. 
ZOOM or Horticulture 2 Meeting Hall at the UCSC Arboretum
RSVP for ZOOM here.

November 9 - Mark Fathi Massoud - The Power of Positionality - 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Join the Institute for Social Transformation "This talk investigates the benefits and burdens of positionality, or the disclosure of how an author’s racial, gender, class, or other self-identifications, experiences, and privileges influence research methods. A statement of positionality in a research article can enhance the validity of its empirical data and its theoretical contribution."
Humanities Building 1, 210

November 9 - Reproductive Justice Today, Tomorrow, Forever! 5 - 7 pm
El Centro and the Womxn’s Center present: Reproductive Justice Today, Tomorrow, Forever!
Join us for a powerful conversation with Nicaraguan Salvadoran reproductive justice organizer, Cynthia Gutierrez. Learn about Cynthia's journey in activism and practical ways in which we can stand up for reproductive justice and organize in ways that affirm the rights of all people.
FREE pupusas and refreshments will be provided. For more information or accessibility concerns, please contact elcentro@ucsc.edu.
UCSC Oakes Learning Center.

November 11 - Seguimos Zapateando: Los Mejicas 50th - 4 - 7 pm
Calling all Mejicas and Mejicas supporters! Join us for Seguimos Zapateando: Grupo Folklórico Los Mejicas 50th Anniversary
Los Mejicas is hosting two days of events on November 11 and 12 at UCSC. We are hosting a symposium featuring Mejicas alumni, faculty advisors, and current students to discuss the past, present, and future of Los Mejicas and a celebration banquet with dinner, dancing, and performances from Los Mejicas and Marachí Eterno de UCSC!
Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room.

November 15 - Diverse Voices with Shellye Archambeu - 5 pm
Technology leader Shellye Archambeau joins the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering as a featured speaker in the Diverse Voices Fall 2022 series.
Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, teams, and organizations.
Diverse Voices was founded in 2019 to elevate diverse voices in engineering fields, build community and inclusion, and encourage students from historically underserved populations to pursue STEM education and careers.

November 17 - Indigethanx - 6 - 8 pmYou 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 Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Spots may fill by this date, in the event, there will be a waiting list. At the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.

November 19 - UC Santa Cruz Student Climate Conference - 9 am - 3:45 pm
Rachel Carson College: First Annual UCSC Student Climate Conference! Hear great talks, enjoy student art and music (and free food!), and meet reps from campus environmental/social activism organizations! Free and open to the public, but registration will be required (to get headcount for food); stay tuned for details.

December 2022

December 1 - How Humans Use of Space Constraints the Physiology, Behavior, and Survival of Mountain Lions - 12 - 12:30 pm
The Center for Integrated Spatial Research presents a talk with Dr. Christopher Wilmers, professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and lead investigator for the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

December 1 - Douglas Brinkley: Silent Spring Revolution - 6:00 pm
New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed presidential historian Douglas Brinkley will present his new book Silent Spring Revolution, which chronicles the rise of environmental activism during the Long Sixties (1960-1973). Brinkley will be joined by State Senator John Laird for a question and answer session, including questions from the audience.

December 2 - Produce Pop-Up - 1 - 4 pm
Low-cost produce stand with fresh fruits & veggies from the UCSC Farm & Santa Cruz Farmers' Market. The Produce Pop-Up aims to increase access to fresh, nutritious food for students and the campus community.
Cash, check, card & EBT accepted.

December 3 - Fermentation Workshop with Brooks Schmitt - 10 am
Get a hands-on lesson in fermenting and preserving the harvest with Brooks Schmitt, Cowell Coffee Shop food supervisor and food processing expert.
At the UCSC Farm

December 8 - Winter Poetry in the Hay Barn - 5 - 7 pm
The Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden is pleased to announce our first winter poetry event in the Hay Barn at UCSC. Four outstanding local poets will read their poetry at this hybrid in-person/virtual event, including David Sullivan, Farnaz Fatemi, Kelly Cressio-Moeller, and Aideed Medina. Music provided by flamenco guitarist Eric “Luis”Jarmie. After the readings, enjoy a meet and greet with poets over snacks, with books available for sale and signing by the poets.
Register for the Zoom webinar at https://ucsc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__LDk7djjTVO6bb5p

Presented by the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.

Past Events..

October 2022 

October 2 - Fundraiser Reception for Open Farm Tours
 - 4:30 pm - 7 pm
A fundraiser in support of family farms & sustainable agriculture
Whiskey Hill Farm (and Blume Distillery) Reception Happy Hour
Get your tickets here.

October 6 - PhD+ Workshop – Proactive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Attend this workshop with Lorato Anderson, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Graduate Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
How do you proactively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your role as a graduate student, a researcher, a teaching assistant, a peer and undergraduate mentor? Learn active steps you can take in every role to promote a just and welcoming environment at UCSC in every space.

October 8  - La Bienvenida - 1 - 3 pm
El Centro presents - La Bienvenida at the Quarry Amphitheater: New Student Welcome. This year's theme is "Celebrating our Community". We chose this theme to commemorate and celebrate all the hardships we have overcome these past 3 years.
Register here. 

October 8 & 9 - Open Farm Tours - 10 am - 4 pm
In support of sustainable agriculture
Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better and get a behind-the-scenes look into our region's vibrant working agricultural landscape? During the 2022 Open Farm Tours, you can meet the farmers and learn what it takes to bring your favorite high-quality local farm products to your plate. All farms implement sustainable agriculture practices & are family owned.

The greatest part about Open Farm Tours is learning what makes every farm unique. Press apples for fresh juice at one farm, taste over 10 varieties of figs at another and then head over to another to pick tomatoes. Touring farms is a fantastic outdoor family activity and October is a great time to get out and explore!
Meet your farming community and Tour 15 family farms.
View the map, schedule, farm activities and purchase tickets at openfarmtours.com.

October 11  - American Indian Resource Center Fall Welcome - 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Stevenson Event Center

October 12  - Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba Film Screening - 12 - 2 pm
Join El Centro at the Redwood Lounge for a documentary screening that highlights the influence of contemporary African music in Cuba. Produced and directed by Khalil and Elid Jacobs-Fontauzzi, this documentary explores de culture, technology, and landscapes that shape the AfroBeats/Cuban fusion genre "Bakosó".
RSVP here. 

October 13  - Asian American/Pacific Islander Community Welcome - 5 - 7 pm
The Cultural Center at Merrill College

October 14  - African American Resource and Cultural Center Open House - 5 - 7 pm
Cervantex & Velasquez room

October 18, 26 & Nov. 3 - Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
"The Urgency of Now" is the theme of this virtual conference. UCSC is one of the host institutions once again!
Participation is free for UCSC affiliates. Visit the Sustainability Office events page for more information.


October 16 - Open Streets Santa Cruz - 9:00AM - 2:00 PM

October 18 - Bike Commuting 101 Workshop - 12:00 - 1:00PM

October 20 - 37th New Leaf Market Anniversary - 5:00 - 7:00PM

October 26 - Group Commute Ride - 7:00AM - 9:30 AM

October 27 - Walk & Roll To School Day - 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

October 20  - RCA 30th Anniversary Celebration - 5 - 10 pm
Please join us for the renaming of the Research Center of the Americas in honor of civil rights & feminist icon Dolores Huerta! The event, to celebrate the center’s 30th anniversary, will be held at the Cowell Hay Barn.
There will be great conversation, good food, dancing, and more! A special thanks to co-sponsors as of June 2022: UCSC Office of the Chancellor, Social Sciences Division, Humanities Division, Arts Division, Institute for Social Transformation, The Humanities Institute, Institute for Arts and Sciences, Latin American and Latino Studies Department, John R. Lewis College, Baskin Endowed Chair of Feminist Studies, Bookshop Santa Cruz, and Pajarosa Floral.
More information and tickets at: rca.ucsc.edu


October 27  - Fruits of Labor Film Screening - 8 - 10 pm
An award-winning and nationally-televised film, which was filmed in Watsonville and follows Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager, who dreams of graduating high school and going to college. But when ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company. At the Landmark's Del Mar Theater

September 2022 

Sep. 13. 2022 - Stand in Solidarity with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in Protecting Juristac!-10-11:30 am
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band (AMTB) is asking for support in protecting their sacred site, Juristac, from the Sargent Quarry development project. Community members can sway the Santa Clara County Planning Department's decision in favor of protecting Juristac by writing and submitting comment letters, due September 26th.
Register here.

September 17 - Sketching LIVE on the Farm - 9 am - 1:30 pm
Santa Cruz artist Tina Somers will guide participants with composition, technique, and direction at this in-person workshop presented by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.
Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden members receive 10% off registration price.

September 25 - Harvest Festival
Save the date for our annual Fall Harvest Festival! We're excited to partner again with Life Lab to host our first in-person festival for the community since 2019! More details coming soon. 
From Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.

September 25 - October 30 - RCNV (Resource Center for Nonviolence) Antiracism Book Circles
by RNCV "Open to black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPoC) identities
In this 6 week book circle we will explore “how to transform racism from the inside out”, through using somatic practices of mindfulness (returning to the breath and the body.)
No meditation experience needed.
About the Book: “In a moment of racial tension, have you ever tried to simply “shrug off” your outrage? Or put on a pleasant face so that others wouldn’t feel uncomfortable? Or dared to take a stand—only to find that it inflamed the situation? With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers another option: To tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change.
We welcome all BIPOC (Black, Indigneous, and People of Color) to join us."
Register for Mindful of Race

Sep 30 - Climatize Equity Summit - 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Welcome to Climatize’s first Equity Summit! At the Equity Summit, we aim to help close the racial gap in the climate tech industry by supporting Black, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander and local talent of color into climate-focused job opportunities.
Here at the Equity Summit, Climatize is putting a specialized spin to “job fair” by directly pipelining young BIPOC talent into a diverse array of existing and prospective internships, as well any related job hires. Come join a convening of talented youth of color, from UCSC to Cabrillo College, ready to explore opportunities at forward-facing companies capturing the collective power of diversity. Hosted by Community Organizer Ayo Banjo.

August 2022 


Aug 6 - Day of Dirt and Digging - 9:30 - 1:30 pm
From HGP: "Author and mom Cristina Exposito Escalona will be reading her book A New Harvest (inspired by the Homeless Garden Project!) at the Homeless Garden Project westside farm this Saturday at 1pm! Cristina will read in Spanish and Susan Nilsson of SC Public Library will read in English. And please join us earlier that day in our Day of Dirt and Digging - families and kiddos of all ages are invited to join in this wonderful event and lunch will be provided!
We hope you can make it!"

Aug 7 - Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm - 2 - 3 pm 
Take a free tour of the 30-acre organic UCSC Farm. Visitors can enjoy touring the organically managed greenhouses, hand-worked garden beds, orchards, row crop fields, and children's garden, while learning about the history of the site and the basic concepts of organic farming and gardening. Perched on a meadow near the campus entrance, the farm also offers spectacular views of the Monterey Bay.
For more information or to schedule a guided group tour at another time, email agroecology@ucsc.edu, or see agroecology.ucsc.edu.