Upcoming Events

Updated Regularly


November 2020 

Amah Mutsun Speaker Series- November 7, 11 am - 1 pm
Online Zoom Event
Get involved with AIRC's Amah Mutsun's Speaker Series! To learn more, visit their Facebook, website, Instagram, or email them at airc@ucsc.edu

INDIGETHANX - November 20, 5 pm - 7 pm

Online Zoom Event
Registration links, Zoom information and event details coming soon! To learn more, visit their Facebook, website, Instagram, or email them at airc@ucsc.edu


October 2020 

Santa Cruz Bike Challenge Biketober - October 1 - 31 
Online Event
We had such a good time with Bike Month, we are back for another bike challenge to keep the momentum going! Set some new goals, win more prizes, get more friends and coworkers pedaling, let’s do this!
This October, Ecology Action returns with Santa Cruz Biketober. You, your family, friends, and coworkers are invited to set yourselves a goal for how much biking you want to enjoy and inspire more people to ditch the car and hop on two wheels.
Every week 5 lucky riders will be selected to win $100 to spend at the local bike shop of their choice!

Live Keynote Address and Q&A with Renowned Environmental Justice Leader - October 5, 12 - 1:00 pm
Online Event
A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali wears many hats. He is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and also the Founder & CEO of Revitalization Strategies. He previously served as Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

Global Dialogue on Livelihoods, Solidarity, & Transformation - October 6, 8 - 10 am 
Online Event
Urgent and complex global problems of modern times including, COVID 19 at one end and the sharpening of inequities on the other is creating multiple marginalities and livelihood insecurities. This calls for a deeper understanding of the society and the need to reimagine strategies for sustaining local livelihood practices and creating global solidarities for social transformation that envisions the ideas of justice and equity. The global dialogues on livelihoods, solidarity, and transformation is an effort in this direction to surface such urgent questions in this arena to build that collective global dialogue towards co-production of ‘knowledges’. Pre-registration is required.

CASFS Lecture Series - October 7th, 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Online Event
We at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) are thrilled to present an online discussion on the topic of agroecology with a diverse set of speakers for the first event in our new Quarterly Lecture Series. With this new series, CASFS aims to build a community of support for our work to advance agroecology and equitable food systems through experiential education, participatory research, agricultural extension, and public service. Over the year, we will feature speakers, films, and discussion forums to share our passion for the work we do, and to draw people to create with us an equitable food system that empowers local communities, builds relationships, and nourishes all people and the environment.

Live Panel Discussion and Q&A with Young Leaders of the Movement - October 14, 12 - 1:00pm
Online Event
Join intersectional environmental activist "Green Girl" Leah Thomas and indigenous climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez for a discussion moderated by CSU Chico AS President Breanna “Bre” Holbert. Leah Thomas is an intersectional environmental activist and eco-communicator based in Southern California. She’s passionate about advocating for and exploring the relationship between social justice and environmentalism and identifying the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 20-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the age of six Xiuhtezcatl began speaking globally, from the United Nations Summit in Rio, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He is currently a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for the government's inaction around the climate crisis and its failure to protect their essential public trust resources.

Fall Welcome- October 15, 4 pm - 6 pm
Online Zoom Event
Join the UCSC American Indian Resource Center for this year's Fall Welcome! To learn more, visit their Facebook, website, Instagram, or email them at airc@ucsc.edu

California: Out Criminal Justice System and Political Possibilities - October 19, 5:30 pm
Online Event
This session connects increased incarceration in the 1980s and 1990s to racist policies and politics at the time, with Black Lives Matter and movements on reform and abolition now, to Prop 16 (affirmative action). The focus of the discussion will be on three of the 12 total California Statewide Voter-initiated Propositions appearing on the November 2020 ballot: Prop 17 which would restore right to vote for people convicted of felonies who are on parole, Prop 20 which restricts parole for nonviolent offenders and authorizes felony sentence for certain offences and is currently treated as a misdemeanor; and Prop 25 a referendum to overturn a 2018 law that replaced money bail system with a system based on public safety with speakers.

Conversations that Matter with Right Livelihood Laureates, Social Transformation - Visions & Mobilizations
- October 20, 8 - 9 am Pacific 
Online Event
For decades, Vandana Shiva and Bill McKibben have used their moral imaginations to envision a better world, articulate a global agenda for sustainable societies, advocate for policy advancements, and support social movements. Join Shiva and McKibben to imagine the future from the perspective of people and the planet, including a look at what Green New Deal & Just Recovery programs could help seed around the world in terms of livelihoods, human rights, and the environment. Pre-registration is required.


September 2020


Virtual Event - NorCal Symposium on Climate and Pandemic Resilience in Health Care - Sept 25, 9 - 5 pm
Online Event
The NorCal Symposium on Climate and Pandemic Resilience in Health Care will be held Friday, Sept. 25 9am to 5pm. Join us for a virtual symposium with experts from health care, sustainability, advocacy, community organizations, and public health to learn practices for sustainable health care that improve resilience, mitigate climate change, and promote equity. Connect with passionate colleagues and walk away with an action plan for change within your institution or community. Each session will present evidence-based asks for decision-makers, including health systems administrators, policymakers, and industry, to better mitigate and enable readiness for pandemics and climate change. This virtual meeting is a collaboration between Stanford Medicine and UCSF.

Save the Date: Friends of the Farm & Garden Annual Meeting- September 26, 4 pm - 6 pm
Online Zoom Event
The Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden annual meeting is going virtual this year! We are delighted to invite you to join together to hear from CASFS Director Stacy Philpott about 2020 Farm & Garden highlights and CASFS’s plans for the upcoming year, and to vote for new Board officers. This year’s meeting will include a virtual apple tasting with delicious fruit grown on the farm to pick up and taste at home. More information to come!



August 2020

Virtual Urban Cycling Workshop - August 19th, 12pm - 1 pm
Online Zoom Event
Ecology Action has teamed up with TAPS to bring you a Virtual Urban Cycling Workshop. Biking is on the rise locally and around the world, with increasing numbers of people rediscovering cycling as exercise, recreation, and a great way to get from point A to B. Ecology Action and TAPS are teaming up to support the UCSC community in riding safely and confidently, and to help those who are interested in picking up the habit. This workshop is a perfect entry for people starting to explore cycling during SIP, or as a refresher for cyclists who want to hone their riding skills during this time. 

Summer Wellness De-stressing with a ZOOMba Moviemiento Series - August 12 & 19, 6 pm
Online Zoom Event
This movement workshop series will guide us in honoring our beautiful bodies with fun and sweaty "Zoomba" dance gatherings con ritmos de Latina-America! We will reflect on the power our physical bodies hold as a home for both trauma and healing. Let's move in gratitude and explore how our relationship with our bodies can be a sustainable practice of stress relief and self love. Register at the link above.

Pivoting to Fall Gardening: Free virtual gardening information and Q&A session with Orin Martin- August 6, 5 pm - 6:30 pm via Zoom
Online Zoom Event
It's time to plan your fall and winter vegetable garden! Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden members and volunteer docents are invited to join Chadwick Garden Manager Orin Martin for a virtual gardening information and Q&A session. Submit any and all gardening questions in advance by filling out the comment box at the registration link, or email them to casfs@ucsc.edu. You may also ask questions during the session.


July 2020

Seymour Center Labside Chat On Nearshore Ecosystems- July 30, 11 am
Online Event
Tune in for the next Labside Chat with Mark Carr, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to explore the structure and dynamics of nearshore marine ecosystems. Join the conversation! Submit your questions in advance for Mark, then watch the conversation to hear the answers during the live chat. Help us put together questions such as: what is a marine heatwave, and how does it affect temperate ecosystems such as kelp forests; do habitat and oceanographic features such as temperature, currents, or waves influence the distribution of juvenile fish; what technology is used to monitor fish populations in nearshore ecosystems? 

Join Audubon Society's: I Saw A Bird!- July 29, 4 pm
Online Event
"You’re invited to the next installment of I Saw a Bird on Zoom and Facebook Live. This month, we’re excited about a special visit from ornithologist, author, and the most soothing bird sketch artist around, David Sibley. Then we’re taking a deep dive into the winning pictures from the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards with guest judges Melissa Groo and Allen Murabayashi followed by a few rounds of Stump the Expert with Purbita Saha and Kenn Kaufman as they try to ID some of your #WorstBirdPics." 

AARCC Open Mic Nights - Every Other Wednesday Starting on July 29, 7 pm - 9 pm PT
Live on AARCC's Instagram Page
Show off your talents or simply express yourself during our summer open mic nights. We welcome singers, rappers, poets, musicians, comedians and any other form of self expression that can be heard. For questions or access needs, contact ssewalt@ucsc.edu.

Motherload Film Screening and Q&A by Ecology Action - July 29, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Online Event

Join us for a free community virtual screening in celebration of Ecology Action’s Bike Month, followed by a live panel discussion and Q&A with MOTHERLOAD director Liz Canning and local (cargo) bike luminaries. To view the film and attend the panel, please register. Two days prior to the panel, we will send you a link with a code to view MOTHERLOAD.
MOTHERLOAD is an award-winning crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

Amazing Tidepool Animal Adaptations - July 17, 10 am - 11 am
Online Zoom Meeting
Local California State Parks in Santa Cruz County are offering virtual junior ranger programs for 7 to 12 year old children during the COVID-19 pandemic. These fun, free Zoom webinars are scheduled on Mondays and Fridays at 10am each week in July. Children receive a digital stamp for each program they attend; after receiving a certain number of stamps, they can earn prizes! How is it possible to live in the difficult environment of a tidepool? Discover the superheroes of the intertidal zone with a state park interpreter! This interactive program will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Free event & registration is required. Register HERE. For many more State Park offerings go HERE.


June 2020 Issue

Due to current social distancing measures, most events have been either postponed or canceled. Recurring events may cancel for certain dates, or announce their decision as time progresses. Please click the link of the event to learn more. 


Free Food Bank / Banco de Alimentos Gratis - June 4, 12 pm-1 pm
Inner Light Center
Free Food Bank. Weekly Thursday noon Distribution of fruit, vegetables, and non-perishable food. at Inner Light Center. Please bring a bag and practice social distancing of 6 ft plus while waiting in line.

Strawberry & Justice Festival - June 4, 4pm - 7 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
UCSC's Food Systems Working Group hosts this lively spring festival every year and this year they are excited to be able to host students and community members virtually on June 4th from 4-7pm!

Resource Center for Nonviolence: Beloved Community Cafe Check-In - June 5, 12 pm - 1 pm 
Online Zoom Meeting
What is your response to the murder of George Floyd, more police murders, daily oppressions experienced by People of Color, the Trump administration, white supremacy, the United States history of racism? Join RCNV this Friday, June 5, noon to 1:00 pm, hosted by Silvia Morales. We join in gratitude for all who march, stand, speak, caravan, weep in public and private, and build antiracism in Santa Cruz County and across the U.S.

Frootie Friday Dance Party & PRIDE Pet Parade! - June 5, 7 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
What's better than a virtual dance party? A virtual dance party where you can show off and watch fuzzy, fluffy pets dance across the screen dressed in their Santa Cruz Pride best.

Virtual Climate Film Festival- June 7, 12, 19 & 24 
Join us this month for our virtual climate film festival. Sign up for the festival and you will get access to a new film each week. You can watch all of them or as many as fit into your schedule. You'll watch the film on your own time over the designated weekend, and join us for a discussion the following week. Films include: An Inconvenient Sequel; The Time to Choose; Chasing Ice; Happening; & The Oldest City Underwater.

45th Annual Santa Cruz Pride Celebration - June 7, 11 am
Online Meeting
Stay tuned for more details as the annual Pride parade goes virtual. See the link above for more.

Red Cross 'Farm to Table' Dinner - June 7, 2:30pm
Carmel Valley Ranch. 1 Old Ranch Rd., Carmel, CA 93923
The American Red Cross of the Central Coast will host its 2020 Farm to Table Dinner at Carmel Valley Ranch on Sunday, June 7. The dinner is an opportunity for local residents to celebrate the impact of the local Red Cross chapter while enjoying the finest offerings from local farms and wineries in a beautiful outdoor setting.

UCSC Women’s Center & MINT Program End of Year Celebration - June 7, 5 pm - 8 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
We invite you to attend the Women's Center & M.I.N.T. Program End of Year Celebration taking place on Friday, June 7th from 5-8pm at the Women's Center. We will be celebrating the class of 2019 and honoring our M.I.N.T. Program mentors and mentees for their participation and accomplishments this year. 

Evening Kushethic Yoga - June 11, 4 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
Online Zoom Meeting
Resurrection Of An African Legacy is the ancient Egyptian system of Yoga enlightenment based upon the practices of physical movements combined with controlled deep breathing and meditation. Egyptian Yoga is “an ancient Afrakan form of yoga based on the culture of ancient Egypt; then known as Kemet. The importance of this system, is that it has the power to cultivate the highest aspect of consciousness in Afrakan people and the world.”~ Neter Aunk Aakhu

American Indian Resource Center Year End Ceremony - June 11, 4 pm 
Online Zoom Meeting
If you are a Native student or served as an intern for the AIRC or POCSC, you're welcome to participate in our annual Year End Ceremony! This year, we will host the event on Zoom so folks can watch from anywhere in the world. The first 10 students to register will receive a "Grad Box" that will include a special sash, program, and UCSC swag.

Clase Del 2020 Chicanx Latinx Grad - June 13, 12 pm - 1 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Chicanx Latinx Year-End Ceremony (CLYEC) is a community celebration for students of the University of California, Santa Cruz that self-identify with the Chicanx and Latinx community on campus. For over forty years the Chicanx and Latinx commencement has celebrated the academic and cultural successes of graduating seniors with live music, MC, guest speakers, refreshments, and a 3-5 second acknowledgment from graduating students.

Santa Cruz Community Celebrating Juneteenth - June 13, 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Critical Resistance invites you to "Celebrating Juneteenth! An Abolitionist Perspective on Movements for Black Liberation Past and Present". Critical Resistance (CR) is proud to present "Celebrating Juneteenth! An Abolitionist Perspective on Movements for Black Liberation Past and Present," a virtual event and fundraiser with Charlene Carruthers and Marc Lamont Hill.
Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued ordering states in the confederacy to release their slaves, Black people in Texas achieved their liberation from chattel bondage. On June 19, 1865, General Order Number 3 was read from the Ashton Villa balcony in Galveston, Texas, that demanded that slaveholders free their slaves.

Seymour Center's Labside Chats - June 25, 11 am
Livestream on Youtube
Tune in with Eric Palkovacs, director of the UCSC-NOAA Cooperative Institute and associate professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to explore the unique characteristics of freshwater and coastal watershed ecosystems. Join the conversation! Submit your questions in advance for Eric, then watch the conversation to hear the answers during the live chat. Help us put together questions such as: How are fishes that migrate between fresh and saltwater vulnerable to human disturbances? Are there any conservation strategies to help declining anadromous fish populations? How is climate change impacting freshwater or coastal watershed ecosystems?

Patagonia: Public Trust Documentary Film, An Opportunity for Grassroots Change, Virtual Screening + Live Panel Discussion - June 25, 4:30 pm
RSVP to gain access to Patagonia's new film Public Trust in advance of a live panel discussion about the fight for public lands on June 25th at 4:30 p.m. PDT.
Communities dependent on US public lands are under frequent attack by extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. During these difficult times with the health crisis, join a conversation between conservationists and community leaders to learn about the great opportunities we all have to advance a grassroots-led land and water protection movement.
 A limited number of complimentary spots are available for this special conversation. You will gain exclusive access to preview the full film 48 hours in advance of the event with your RSVP.

Surf Conservation Partnership Virtual Conference - June 27, 3 pm
The Surf Conservation Partnership (SCP) is a new and innovative partnership between Conservation International (CI) and Save The Waves Coalition (STW) working to harness the passion that surfing communities have for the ocean to achieve significant conservation and community development goals. Over the past several decades, surfing and surfers have been engaged in environmental protection primarily with a focus on improving water quality, limiting development that might affect surf breaks and addressing plastic pollution. SCP’s goal is to conserve over one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of the world’s most intact coral reefs, mangroves, coastlines, and coastal forests surrounding high quality waves. RSVP HERE.

Resource Center for Nonviolence: Virtual “Connections: a Printmaking Exhibit” - through July 31
Online Exhibit
See RCNV’s new virtual art exhibit: “Connections: a Printmaking Exhibit.” 
“Connections” ties us to the healing power of nature, our history and our memories. The art by eleven local printmakers provides a window of hope for the current moment. It helps us to remember the past and to face the future. We hope to present the “real-life” exhibit in person at RCNV at some point in the future. The exhibit was originally scheduled for April – June, 2020 at RCNV. The exhibit has moved online due to Covid-19, since RCNV is temporarily closed to the public. RCNV has offered numerous Art of Nonviolence exhibits since the 612 Ocean St. facility was remodeled in 2017.


May 2020 Issue

Due to current social distancing measures, most events have been either postponed or canceled. Recurring events may cancel for certain dates, or announce their decision as time progresses. Please click the link of the event to learn more. 

THE STORY OF PLASTIC Film (2 - 3:35 pm suggested time) and Q&A (3:45 - 4:30 pm) - May 14
The Sustainability Office invites you to the virtual screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC followed up by a Q & A. Attendance is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite.
This new documentary film by Deia Schlosberg which exposes the local and global environmental, climate, justice, and health impacts of the plastic industry, was released on April 22, in honor of Earth Day 

The Sustainability Office has organized a virtual screening (that you can watch on your own time 24 hours before our event, if the suggested time doesn't work for you. Again, Q&A will be on May 14, 3:45 pm). 48h before the Q&A event, after you already registered on Eventbrite, you will receive the links, for the movie and Q&A event.
Watch the trailer, and please join us by registering ASAP.

Campus Elections! May 11 - 20

The Dean of Students Office is pleased to announce the 2020 Campus Elections process. Elections will be conducted via the world wide web. We anticipate collecting votes electronically between May 11 and 20, 2020. Please check the above-linked website for updates as the campus elections seasons progress. To learn more about how to support the Sustainability Office, click HERE.

Slug Support Pantry - Wednesdays, 9 am - 4:45 pm (Appointment Only)
Cowell Conference Room
Greetings Pantry Patrons! We will be conducting distribution weekly on Wednesdays from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Cowell Coffee Shop. Appointments are required, please sign up below. Be sure to scroll all the way to the right to see all available slots. Each appointment is limited to 8 patrons.
The bags of food will be pre-packed with options to perishables day of. Please be aware that in an effort to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread we will have updated operational procedures. Please visit our Instagram, @slugsupportpantry, and deanofstudents.ucsc.edu for more information. If you have any questions please email Basic Needs Coordinator, Estefania Rodriguez at erodri22@ucsc.edu

Beloved Community Cafe - Every Wednesday, 12 pm
This is an opportunity to join together by computer or phone and build the beloved community. Check-in from your place, hear from one another, share your vision of nonviolent changes we want to see in our lives and society. Register at peter@rcnv.org

MAH Queer Santa Cruz Virtual Exhibit 
Making its debut as our first 100% virtual exhibition, Queer Santa Cruz explores the rich history and diversity of Santa Cruz County’s LGBTQ+ community.
Co-created alongside the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County the stories, collections, and materials found within document important relationship development and poignant change dating back to the first Santa Cruz Pride Parade in 1975. Browse archival photographs, videos, personal stories, flyers, and more as local trailblazers take you through pivotal moments in LGBTQ+ history.

Virtual Watsonville Film Fest - Ongoing
Online Event
In hopes of inspiring and bringing our community together in these challenging times, the Watsonville Film Festival is launching Virtual WFF! 
Each Monday, starting April 13, we will share a short film that was originally scheduled for this year’s festival. On Thursdays at 6pm, directors and talent will participate in conversations about their respective films. These films & discussions are free.
We are also partnering with Digital NEST students to create an online community for Watsonville Film Festival, and make the experience of watching films more interactive. Join us on Facebook & Instagram to participate in activities inspired by the short films. 

Campesinos: Workers of the Land - Through August 2
Online Event
Exhibit will open when shelter-in-place is lifted and be on view in the gallery through August 2, 2020. We have a spectacular exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery, sitting behind locked doors. While our gallery door is closed for the safety of our staff, guests and community, our virtual door is open for you to experience. We are grateful for the dedication of our agricultural workers, and celebrate their contributions through Campesinos: Workers of the Land. Exhibit planning started late in 2019 as collaboration between Consuelo Alba, Watsonville Film Festival; Gabe Medina, Watsonville Artist Meet-up; and Pajaro Valley Arts. Ms. Alba was looking for a venue to show the work of two artists who were to be highlighted during the film festival. Farmworkers are central themes for both artists. Together, we expanded this concept so that regional artists would have the opportunity to show their work.

Project Connect: COVID Impact Meeting - May 12, 5:15 pm - 7 pm
Online Event
Please join us for our next conversation on the subject of The Inequitable Impact of the Virus. We will once again be coming together via Zoom from our own stay at home locations.
Coronavirus. While we're all affected by this pandemic, many who're less fortunate are most impacted. How have pre-existing social and class inequities been deepened in the time of the virus? What most concerns you in the areas of healthcare delivery, mental health, education, racial disparity, and homelessness? This Conversation for Change asks that while sheltering in place, we share and listen to others, explore thoughts and ideas for positive change. The conversation will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 via Zoom beginning at 5:15 PM and ending at 7 PM. Please note the earlier end time. We feel we could manage the conversation easily in ninety minutes.
Reservations are required through the link above.

Current Threats to Democracy - May 13, 8 am - 9 am 
Online Event
About the series, "Inspiring Change in Times of Crisis: Conversations That Matter With Right Livelihood Laureates". The Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz and Right Livelihood Foundation have organized a series of online conversations this spring and summer. Right Livelihood Award laureates are among those who have implemented large-scale solutions to the root causes of global problems. Now, and in the years immediately ahead, we have an unprecedented opportunity to amplify these ecological and social solutions, frameworks, policies, and social movements. 

A Sacred Basket: The Weaving of Identity, Community, Place, Roots & Justice  - May 15th 8 am - 7 pm
Online Event
A day long conference featuring keynotes, workshops, poets, artist, raffles and a virtual poster session. Free & open to everyone. Workshops include: Setting the Table: Cultural Recipes & Stories to Nourish the Body & Spirit, Environmental Racism, Whispering Quarters & Safe Havens: My Journey, Decolonizing Our Responses During the Global Pandemic, Living & Telling Our Stories: Resistance & Healing Through Narrative, and Intersectionality 101. Email commongr@ucsc.edu by May 4th to submit artwork, workshops & your research. Click the link above to register.

Sustainable Sundays - May 17th 11 am - 2 pm
76 Race St, San Jose, CA
Every 3rd Sunday. Different activities, talks and workshops to promote art, culture, nature, sustainability, community and health. Open and free to everyone. We may charge for specific workshops/activities TBA.

UCSD Sustainability Research Symposium May 18-25, open to all UC students
As the second-ever, cross-disciplinary research symposium at UC San Diego to focus exclusively on issues related to sustainability, the ISC Sustainability Research Symposium will serve to highlight the work of undergraduate researchers while also showcasing ways in which researchers at all levels can conduct research in a more sustainable manner. From poster presentations to Green Labs outreach, the symposium will be packed full of opportunities for students and researchers to learn more about how to get involved in the sustainability community on campus and about current research efforts seeking to address issues like climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and more.

Death on the Nile: A 3D Visit to Egypt's Most Enduring Cemetery May 20, 5:30 pm, Free Admission    
Online Event
Associate Professor Elaine Sullivan takes us on a virtual visit to the site of Saqqara—the ancient Egyptian necropolis that was the burial place of kings, queens, priests, and elite officials for 2,500 years—using a 3D model that digitally "reconstructs" the original appearance of the ancient monuments.

Basic Composting Workshop - May 23, 10 am - 12 pm
Learn to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into rich soil amendments for your garden and house plants. Includes an introduction to worm composting. RSVP required.

9 Sessions on Zoom: Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation - May 23rd, 10 am
The Kingian Nonviolence workshops are transformational experiences that have helped thousands of people from around the world. Now we are bringing it to Zoom in an all-new format for the RCNV.

Sierra Club Conservation Committee Meeting - May 27th
Online Event
The Conservation Committee discusses and reviews conservation issues that are affecting Santa Cruz County, including conservation topics such as forestry, wildlife habitats, water, transportation, pollution, preservation of heritage trees, and more. This Committee provides recommended actions to the Executive Committee regarding how to address these issues, such as writing letters to officials stating the Sierra Club Group's position.

Inequality and Vulnerability in Crisis - May 27th 8 am - 9 am
Online Event
About the series, "Inspiring Change in Times of Crisis: Conversations That Matter With Right Livelihood Laureates". The Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz and Right Livelihood Foundation have organized a series of online conversations this spring and summer. Right Livelihood Award laureates are among those who have implemented large-scale solutions to the root causes of global problems. Now, and in the years immediately ahead, we have an unprecedented opportunity to amplify these ecological and social solutions, frameworks, policies, and social movements. 

Year End Celebration with UCSC American Indian Resource Center - June 11, 4 pm - 6pm
Online Event
2020 UCSC American Indian Graduates? If you are a Native student or served as an intern for the AIRC or POCSC, you’re welcome to participate in our year end ceremony! This year we will host the event on zoom, so folks can watch from anywhere in the world. Register at the above link! The first 10 students that do will receive a “grad box” that will include a special sash, program and UCSC swag. Questions? Email airc@ucsc.edu.


April 2020 Issue

Due to current social distancing measures, most events have been either postponed or canceled. Recurring events may cancel for certain dates, or announce their decision as time progresses. Please click the link of the event to learn more. 

Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market Wednesdays, 1 pm - 5 pm
Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz
Our largest and oldest market is situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, one block off of Pacific Ave. In addition to a large variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and lots of options for lunch and dinner. The market provides a large shaded cafe seating area, operates a supervised veggie valet program and live music is always present. Shopping at the Wednesday market is a wonderful way to support local farms and bring home the best produce available.

The Church Forests of Ethiopia April 16,  11 am - 12 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Join filmmaker Jeremy Seifert to explore the making of The Church Forests of Ethiopia. This short film documents church forests in Ethiopia, which are withstanding environmental destruction. Over the past century, nearly all of Ethiopia's native forests have been cleared for farming and grazing. Now it is up to the Orthodox Churches—who for centuries have safeguarded pockets of primary forest that grow around them—to preserve Ethiopia's quickly shrinking biodiversity and teach people how to live with forests.

Virtual Earth Day 2020 - On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the world had to go online to celebrate. The Sustainability Office has compiled a list of virtual events happening for you to enjoy!
There are classes, webinars, conferences, facebook live on composting, social media challenge fun and much more. Please make sure to celebrate.

Earth Day Santa Cruz - Canceled
San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz
Earth Day Santa Cruz is an annual event to raise environmental awareness; address concerns; showcase solutions; and present balanced modes of living for the well‑being of each individual, the community, and the planet.

Vandana Shiva and Nnimmo Bassey- Crisis and Opportunity: Building Solidarity Economics in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond April 17, 8 am - 9:30 am
Online Zoom Meeting
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation and Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz are organizing a number of online panel discussions this spring and summer. Right Livelihood Award laureates are among those who have implemented large-scale solutions to the root causes of global problems. Now, and in the years immediately ahead, we have an unprecedented opportunity to amplify these ecological and social solutions, frameworks, policies, and social movements.
Join us for a timely panel discussion on how Nnimmo and Vandana's alternative economic frameworks are informing and informed by this moment of the coronavirus crisis. We will consider how these frameworks can inform all of us about positive paths forward, and how we might turn this moment of great tragedy and challenge into a future of opportunities.

Public Beach Cleanup April 19, 9 am - 11 am
Cowell Beach, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
Please meet us at the base of the stairs to Cowell Beach. We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Save Our Shores encourages volunteers to avoid single-use plastics at our cleanups. Learn more about our current campaigns to reduce plastic pollution. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toed shoes are required at all Save Our Shores cleanups. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available onsite. Parking is limited, so please plan accordingly.

Spring Plant Sale - Canceled
Hay Barn,1008 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz
Fill your garden with the highest quality organic vegetable, herb and flower seedlings at the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden’s annual plant sale. This year's event will take place at the Hay Barn on Ranch View Road, Saturday, April 25 from 10am–3pm (9am for Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden members) and Sunday, April 26 from 10am–2pm.

'Best Of Me' Virtual Watsonville Film Fest April 20-26
Online Compilation of Videos and Events
BEST OF ME is a musical collaboration between David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Taj Mahal and the Bay Area's Los Cenzontles. It features portraits of Braceros by local photographer Craig Sherod. The video was edited by prolific Bay Area filmmaker/editor Maureen Gosling (Blossoms of Fire, Chulas Fronteras/Del Mero Corazón, This Ain’t No Mouse Music). [5 min. All Ages]. Join us on Facebook & Instagram to participate in activities inspired by the films. The online community activities are created by DigitalNest students. You'll be entered into a raffle that supports local businesses!

Go Green - Postponed
San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz
We are introducing a running event points series for 2020 - RUN SANTA CRUZ - sponsored by Road iD. There will be three qualifying events - Go Green St. Patrick's Day Run - Santa Cruz Firecracker - Jingle Bell Rock.  Each event has a 1k, 5k, and 10k. Participants will be assigned points based on overall finishing place, in all three races. Top three male and female in each distance will win the series. This is the first race in the RUN SANTA CRUZ Series of three events. The other two events are Santa Cruz Firecracker on July 4 , 2020 and Jingle Bell Rock on Dec 13, 2020. Read more here.

Black Lives Matter in Higher Education April 28, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Colleges and universities have a history of exclusion of particular groups. Equity and inclusion efforts are much more recent projects. Presenters will provide attendees with an overview of the history of higher education and the experiences of African/Black & Caribbean (ABC) students. They will also share national, system-wide, and institutional data (quantitative and qualitative) for this student population and recommendations based on the research on how best to make the institution a place where ABC folks can thrive. Register at the link above.

Red & Black on Turtle Island: Community Dialogue on Afro-Native Identities April 28, 5 pm - 7 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
The African American Resource & Culture Center and the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz will co-host this virtual event titled “Red and Black on Turtle Island: Community Dialogue on Afro-Native Identities and Solidarities” via Zoom. The graduate student interns of both Resource Centers will facilitate discussion on historic and ongoing Red and Black intertwinement, and call on the embodied and academic expertise of renowned Afro-Native scholars, Drs John Brown Childs and Robert Keith Collins, for guidance. We hope this event builds on pre-existing efforts to shine light on the nuance, structural negation, and necessity of Red and Black relationship-building here in what is called the United States.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races Wednesdays, 5:30pm
Santa Cruz Harbor, 135 5th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Harbor restaurants & the beach are great viewing areas to watch the sailboat races against the setting sun. 

Sketching in the Garden - Canceled
Alan Chadwick Garden, 239 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz
Cultivate your observational skills and artistic talent with inspiration from the Alan Chadwick Garden. Starting with a short presentation about a variety of approaches to field sketching and journaling, the class will explore several different examples of how to create a successful sketchbook page composition. After an overview of materials, techniques, and a quick demo, head out into the garden to draw! Instructor will be on hand to help guide our garden artists when needed with composition, technique, or direction.


March 2020 Issue

A Film Screening Of Growing People March 5th at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ERC Lounge on the 3rd Floor of the Bay Tree Building
The American Indian Resource Center in collaboration with the Asian American/ Pacific Islander Resource Center wish to host a film screening and discussion of the film Growing People. Growing People is short documentary made by a UCSC alum about the Ma’O Organic Farms located in a historically marginalized community in O`ahu, where a youth leadership program between the farm and the University of Hawaii has impacted the lives of 3 sisters, Miki, U`ilani, and Sheila Arasota. Each sister never had a healthy relationship with food and faced struggles as indigenous Hawaiians from low expectations, health issues, and negative stereotypes. In this program they had “grown” as leaders and farmers. They are taking back their ancestral roots and heritage as Hawaiians as the program educated them about pre-colonial Hawaiian food practices.  

Styrofoam Collection and Recycling Guide March 5th at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
UCSC, PBSci Loading Dock
You can leave your Styrofoam and cardboard boxes in the hallways and Thimann Receiving will collect it for you. At our quarterly styrofoam collection we fill large bins of styrofoam to send to the Grey Bears recycling center. Because it is a mass collection, we need everyone’s help to make sure that the styrofoam fits the guidelines that Grey Bears has. 

Grad Slam March 6th at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Ten to twelve graduate student finalists will each have three minutes to share their research with a live, non-expert audience. Between presentations, Quentin Williams, interim vice provost and dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, interviews the contestants. Complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages! Kuumbwa's bar open for alcoholic beverage sales!

Natural History Symposium March 6th at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UCSC Arboretum, Horticulture 2
Mark your calendars: we will hold our third natural history symposium on Friday March 6! We'll have exhibits, short presentations from several undergraduates involved in a diversity of projects that incorporate natural history, an alumni panel that will discuss how they incorporate natural history into their jobs, and a keynote speaker. All are welcome! Please RSVP here if you plan to come for dinner. 

Beyond The World's End Exhibition Opening March 6th at 7:00 pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Six different artists take you on a journey through our current climate crisis and begin to imagine what a better social and ecological future could look like. Part of Beyond the End of the World, which comprises a year-long research and exhibition project and public lecture series. From a proposal for a Cross-Border Environmental Commons and time machines to queer indigenous hauntings and Afrofuturist montages, the artworks in this exhibition draw out the intersectional roots of our crisis and seek to think through and visualize, struggle against and overcome the social and environmental injustices we face. This exhibition and its associated programming addresses competing urgencies and future threats that are a result of past and present injustices. It brings into focus various proposals for imagining emancipatory futures informed by cultivating worlds of justice and equality.

Pachanga 2020 March 6th at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Stevenson Event Center
Pachanga is an annual dance event that celebrates Afro-Latinidad, Blackness, and Latinidad. Hosted by the African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) and the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center (El Centro), this year's theme is “Black and Brown Love” ! Our goal is to promote coalition building between our Latinx and Black communities on campus. There will be aguas frescas and amazing music all night long!  

Growing Medicinal Herbs in the Home Garden March 7th at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
UCSC Alan Chadwick Gardens
Come learn how to get started growing your own medicine cabinet in the home garden! This course will cover a range of basics about starting, growing, harvesting and using medicinal herbs that grow well in our coastal climate. We will go for a garden walk to see, touch, smell, and taste herbs and learn about what they need in order to thrive from your garden to your kitchen. We will look at dried herbs, discuss drying methods and storage of your harvest, and experience the feel of mixing up a bulk batch of herbal tea by hand (you'll get to take some home with you!) We will talk about how growing and using herbs with the seasons can empower each of us to cultivate the healer within for ourselves and our families. Participants will leave with cuttings and seeds of easy to grow herbs, as well as a 12 oz bag of tea.  

Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Open House March 7, 10 am – 1 pm
Beach Flats Community Park, 150 Raymond St.
Slowly, but surely, climate change and sea level rise are affecting our daily lives. Rising tides, intensifying coastal storms, and erosion are posing continuous threats to our beaches, roads and infrastructure located near our beloved coastline. Damages to infrastructure and property alone are estimated to reach over $1 billion by the end of the century. Santa Cruz City is hosting open house events to review maps of the predicted hazards, information on the adaptation options we are evaluating, the costs of our adaptation choices, and the secondary impacts that come along with those alternatives. Drop in anytime between 10 am and 1 pm to this second Open House Community Meeting to see the progress on the Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Initiative. This will be an opportunity for community members to learn about coastal change and adaptation planning, as well as offer feedback and input. All materials will be in Spanish and interpreters will be present. 

Tony Rinaudo in Discussion March 9th at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Coastal Biology Building, Lecture Hall 130 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Join the Right Livelihood College and Coastal Science & Policy Program for an evening discussion with Tony Rinaudo (Right Livelihood Laureatte and Commandeur de Merite, Agricole, Rep. du Niger). Tony will share information about Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). Discussion from 7:00 - 8:45 pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets: Free for students, $10 for non-students (registration link coming soon).

8th Annual Watsonville Film Festival March 12th - 15th
Watsonville Women’s Club
Join the annual celebration of film & community in the heart of Watsonville!  Under the theme #StoriesMatter, the 8th Annual Watsonville Film Festival will present: 20 great films, Q/A with Award-winning directors, DJ Dance Parties on Thursday & Friday nights, free talks on filmmaking, art exhibits, and WFF Beyond.  Purchase tickets and see full program tickets at the link above.

Tribal Justice Symposium: Protecting Families Through Tribal Courts March 13th at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
UC Davis School of Law
Join the Tribal Justice Project as they lead serious discussions about Domestic Violence Jurisdiction, Child Welfare in Indian Country, and Joint Jurisdiction Courts. Panels are open to tribal court judges, court personnel, practitioners, community members, and interested students. Taking place at the UC Davis School of Law.

35th Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference 2020 March 14th
Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
The SUA Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to present you with the opportunity to attend the 35th Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC), hosted by UC Berkeley. EWOCC is a conference for womxn of color that grants attendees the opportunity to learn practical skills, to have important conversations, and to engage in community building and healing. The theme for this year's conference is "Metamorphosis: Casting Off Oppressive Paradigms to Live the Life We've Been Fighting For."

Go Green 10K, 5K and Kid’s 1K March 15 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Avenue
Go Green is moving to Santa Cruz in 2020! We will be hosting a 10K, 5K and a Kid’s 1K (10 yrs and younger) at San Lorenzo Park and the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. The start and finish will be located at the Benchlands area located adjacent to the Santa Cruz County Courthouse. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged! We will have a special prize for the best theme costumes this year. Parking is free at this location and there is ample overflow parking available for a nominal fee in city owned garages adjacent to the park.

Sustainability Office Lunch & Learn - Winter 2020 March 17th at 12:00 - 1:00 pm
9/10 Namaste Lounge
Come join us in our quarterly Lunch & Learn!  This quarter’s theme is Sustainable Transportation.  Learn about the multiple sustainable accomplishments and initiatives coming out of UCSC’s TAPS department!

Kraw Lecture with Anne Kapunscinski March 19th at 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Silicon Valley Campus, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Anne Kapuscinski, professor of environmental studies,  will speak about the new Coastal Science and Policy graduate program which has attracted a highly diverse student body. She will also talk about her team's research on ecological aquaculture, applying circular economy principles to shift the world's fastest growing food sector to sustainability. This graduate program and her research both pursue scalable solutions to benefit people and coasts from land to sea. Both also emphasize systems thinking, interdisciplinary approaches, and science-practice collaborations.

UCSC Hummingbird Day March 21 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, 1156 High Street
Bring the whole family and explore the breathtaking gardens of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Meet up with a docent to learn about plants that attract one of the Garden’s most celebrated birds, the Hummingbird. You’ll likely spot Anna’s and Allen’s hummingbirds, the two most common species in Northern California. It’s a great opportunity to see some pretty amazing hummingbird biology. No early access, gates open at 9:00 am. We will not have children’s activities this year. No scheduled tours or lectures. No special pricing, just regular admission.

Tour of the Jean H. Langenheim Rooftop Greenhouses April 4th departing 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, & 2:30 pm
Jean H. Lagenheim Greenhouses at the rooftop of Thimann Labs
The newly dedicated Jean H. Langenheim Greenhouses are an active hub for ecological learning at UC Santa Cruz. Located on the rooftop of the Thimann Labs building on Science Hill, these greenhouses have been used for over 50 years of plant research and education. Come see how our programs and internships are supporting student learning in the fields of ecological restoration, plant disease, biodiversity conservation, plant ecology, coevolution, agroecology, and more! We will have displays of current plant research taking place in our facilities, and will showcase the active learning opportunities available to students through their coursework, restoration-based internships, and faculty-led research. With over 500 diverse species from across the globe (including some highlighted California native plants) in our instructional collections, visitors are sure to have their attention piqued by this tour! Tours will begin at 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30 on Saturday, April 4th. Beverages and snacks will be served. Register now.

Earth Day Santa Cruz April 18th at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Lorenzo Park
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!  It’s more important than ever to come together as a community and commemorate our beautiful planet.  Join for music, games, speakers, and a recycled fashion show all surrounding sustainability and a love of nature!  Be sure to say hello at the Sustainability Office’s booth where our wonderful Student Sustainability Advisors will be hosting a workshop on DIY cosmetics.  If you would like to volunteer and help celebrate and promote environmentalism, you can sign up here.


February 2020 Issue

Romance in the Redwoods February 15th at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
On this easy 2 hour walk you will learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park’s most fascinating plants and animals. Join us and discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Free event. Day-use parking $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Horacio Amezquita - From the Front Line of Water Justice Activism February 18th 3:20 pm - 4:55 pm 
Horacio Amezquita, General Manager for the Jerardo Housing Cooperative, will be discussing the struggles of farm-worker communities fighting for clean water across California.  Taking place at the 9/10 Namaste Lounge.  

Sea Level Rise Explorer thru February 19th
The Sea Level Rise Explorer is a virtual reality experience designed to immerse users in modeled representations of how sea level rise impacts, such as coastal flooding and coastal erosion, might affect the beaches and bluffs in Santa Cruz. The experience will be available in both English and Spanish. This project was funded by a grant from the American Geophysicist's Union and supplements a Coastal Commission grant supporting community engagement for the Resilient Coast Santa Cruz Initiative.  The project is a collaboration between Santa Cruz Public Libraries, City of Santa Cruz, Virtual Planet Technologies, with support from Swan Dive Media. Visit the downtown library's information desk and inquire about participation.  Please Note: The Oculus Quest equipment used for this project requires users to be at least 13 years of age. A valid photo ID or library card is also required to participate.  Minors ages 13-17 years of age will need a parent's signature for the liability waiver.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival 2020 Starting February 21st at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre, February 20 – 23rd at 7 pm (4 shows, 2 programs). Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. Benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund.

Festival of Arts & Solidarity February 22nd at 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Across all cultures there is one common tradition of coming together in order to celebrate, and this event is intended to celebrate POC artists across all mediums. There are not enough spaces on this campus set up for POC artists to come together and appreciate each other's work so we are providing a space for all of us to come together and share our experiences through art. This is a safe space for you to express your experience of being a POC and know that you will be accepted and welcome. Taking place at the College 9/10 Multipurpose room.

Writing the Lives of Plants and Animals with Gary Nabhan February 23rd at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join award-winning author, ecologist, and activist Gary Nabhan for an afternoon of hands-on exercises of observing, tasting, smelling, and writing to get us closer to how plants and animals themselves communicate. In addition mark you calendars and come to Gary's public talk at the UCSC Hay Barn on Monday February 24th at 7pm. Entitled "Food from the Radical Center: How Collaborative Conservation Is Healing Wounds & Creating Green Livelihoods in the Rural West", Gary will outline the 'radical center' approach to solving environmental problems that has emerged in the rural West.

Food from the Radical Center: How Collaborative Conservation is Healing Wounds and Creating Green Livelihoods in the Rural West February 24th at 7:00 pm
In response to an environmental movement plagued by division and elitism, a movement - variously called the radical center - has emerged in the rural West that takes a non-dualistic approach to jobs vs environmental protection, science vs faith, urban vs rural values, and ecosystem health vs inclusive community well-being. Examples from shoreline fisheries, mesquite grasslands, and UNESCO cities of gastronomy and national heritage areas will be offered as parables of hope. Book signing to follow. Taking place at the Cowell Ranch Haybarn.

Indigenizing Our Land and Food with Lyla June February 27th at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Indigenous land management practices and food systems were more sophisticated and advanced than commonly understood. Join UCSC American Indian Resource Center for an opportunity to learn more about indigenous foodways. Lyla June will share about her doctoral research into the vast and beautiful world of regional scale foodscapes cultivated by First Nations and the ways in which these impact our lives today. Cervantes & Vellasquez Conference room, Bay Tree bld. 3rd Floor.

State of the San Lorenzo Symposium 2020 February 29 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join the Coastal Watershed Council, City of Santa Cruz Water Department, County of Santa Cruz, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District on Saturday, February 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for presentations on a wide range of topics ranging from fire ecology to local fisheries restoration efforts. Our keynote speaker this year is the honorable Senator Bill Monning.
A tour of a recently completed fisheries habitat restoration project will follow the symposium. Field trip attendance requires an RSVP.

Mushrooms: The Key to the Kingdom of Fungi Exhibition goes until March 1st
The story of fungi is integral to the story of life. Wherever there is life, there are fungi. Fungi are not plants and they are not animals, they are their own category of living organism. Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi explores the variety of fruiting bodies produced by fungi from the edible to the outrageous. This is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy developed by Jennifer Jewell and John Whittlesey will be at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum from January 11th to March 1st.

Film Screening Puerto Rico: Filming Resistance and Survival March 3rd at 6:30 pm
For the last four years, Puerto Ricans have experienced challenges that will leave an indelible mark on their collective memory and history. In 2016, the U.S. government started to implement extreme austerity measures on the island and in 2017, the island experienced one of the most devastating hurricanes from the past 100 years. In 2019, weeks of massive street protests resulted in the successful ouster of former governor Ricardo Rosselló, the first governor to ever resign in Puerto Rico’s history. Over the course of this period, filmmaker Juan C. Dávila has been traveling back-and-forth to Puerto Rico to film these historic moments in Puerto Rican history. This event will showcase his most important work from this time.  Taking place at the DNA's Comedy Lab located at 155 South River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

December 2019 Issue 

Sustainability Office Roasts & Researchers: December 4th at 10:00am
Join the UCSC Green Labs Team for coffee, bagels and discussion. We want to hear your suggestions for how we can improve our existing programs and your thoughts on what initiatives we should focus on throughout 2020. Smart strips, timers, signage and other conservation materials will be available. Come help us help you!

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours: December 5th at 10:30am 
This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.

Sustainability Office Lunch & Learn: December 5th at 11:30am
The Sustainability Office invites you to join us for our Fall Quarter Lunch & Learn on Thursday, December 5th to hear an update on the status of UC Santa Cruz recycling, learn about exciting campus progress, and test your recycling knowledge! This Quarter's Lunch & Learn is co-hosted by Sustainability Programs Manager, Kristen Lee, and the student-led Student Sustainability Advisers. We'll have interactive games, food and more! 

Free First Saturday Garden Tour at the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden: December 7th at 11:00am
Join us for a free (with paid admission) docent-led tour of the UCSC Arboretum's extensive gardens on the First Saturday of every month, around the World in 60-90 Minutes! Tours leave from Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum at 11:00 am. Admissions: $5 for adults, $2 dollars for kids (6-17), under 6 FREE, Members & UCSC Students FREE! UCSC Arboretum offers guided docent-led tours to meet your educational goals. Private tours are offered year-round. 

Community Science: Fall Phenology Walks: December 14th at 11:00am
Phenology is nature’s calendar - the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch. Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years. You can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network’s database for use in research, policy and land management.

Redwoods and The Changing Climate: December 29th at 2:00pm
How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can coast redwoods adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a saunter on the first and last Sunday of the month. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more info, call 335-7077.

Tribal Court Administrator Training: January 23rd - 24th, 2020
Interested in becoming a tribal court administrator? The Tribal Justice Project invites you to attend their Tribal Court Administrator Training this winter. Learn about federal Indian Law, administration evaluation, and strategic planning. Hurry, registration opens soon!

Sustainability & Social Justice Inter-Organizational Retreat 2020: January 24th - 26th, 2020
Come join us! More than 100 UCSC students, staff, alumni, and faculty will spend the weekend sharing meals, learning leadership skills, participating in visioning activities around the past, present, and future of UCSC sustainability, making new friends, and strengthening existing relationships. Our theme this year is Power of Community: Stories, Activism, and Honoring Our Earth’s Warriors. We invite guest speakers to present on sustainability and social justice issues. Students lead workshops about projects on campus with opportunities to collaborate! We hope you'll join us. Food insecurity and injustice is at the heart of the debate on how to create a more sustainable world.

Vandana Shiva In ConversationSaturday, January 25th at 7 pm
Annual Right Livelihood Laureate Lecture. Advance registration required. $10 general admission tickets. Free tickets for students. Email rightlivelihood@ucsc.edu to get your ticket.

Poison-Free, Fossil-Free Food & AgricultureSunday, January 26th, 10 am
All-Day workshop with Vandana Shiva. Advanced registration required. $10 student tickets. $40 and $80 general admission tickets. Please pay what you can to help cover the costs of the event.  

Marisa Duarte: Connective Engagement: Indigenous Consciousness-Raising through Digital Infrastructures : January 30, 2020 at 3:30pm 
Join us to welcome Marisa Duarte (Assistant Professor of justice and social inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University) to learn about her research with focuses on Native American and Indigenous peoples approaches to information and communication technologies, specifically for the purpose of advancing sovereignty and resisting colonialism.

Communities of Color Career Conference: February 8th 
The Communities of Color Career Conference (4C) provides a brave space for students and alumni of color to engage in honest dialogues and networking opportunities. UCSC alumni from a variety of careers, professional fields, and graduate school programs are invited, and many return to the conference year after year. It is not uncommon for students to develop lasting relationships and discover job and internship leads at this event. If you want to participate mark your calendars: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Porter Dining Hall. 

November 2019 Issue 

Open letter to our Undocumented Student Community: November 7th at 5:15pm
@Namaste Lounge, Colleges 9 & 10
A dialogue with students about UCSC services and on the issues we face as a campus community. At the October 18th meeting of the Undocumented Students Campus Planning Team, members of our community arrived to passionately share their view that UC Santa Cruz must increase its efforts to support the undocumented student community. The group expressed concern that financial support for undocumented student programs, services, and aid would decrease. We're writing to reaffirm that will not happen, and to express our continued strong support for the safety and wellbeing of our UC Santa Cruz undocumented student community.

Save The Waves Film Festival: November 7th at 7pm
Over the past decade, the Save The Waves Film Festival has screened some of the most beautiful and inspiring environmental surf films, focusing on surf adventure, ocean conservation, activism, plastic pollution, women’s empowerment, climate change and so much more. Save The Waves Film Festival is an international film tour and fundraiser for Save The Waves’ environmental programs and campaigns. We aim to educate and inspire our audiences to protect their coastlines and oceans. At Patagonia, 415 River St.

Monarch Butterfly Tour: November 9th at 11am
Stroll through the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve on a 1-hour guided tour. Monarch migration is variable, so be on the lookout for every splash of orange on the walk! To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more, please visit http://www.thatsmypark.org. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. 

Basic composting workshop with Jeffrey Smedberg: November 10th at 1pm
Learn to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into rich soil amendment for your garden and house plants. Includes an introduction to worm composting. Sponsor: Santa Cruz County Public Works Dept. At Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, Felton. Free! Contact: Jeffrey Smedberg, 824-6484.

American Indians 101: November 14th at 7pm
Explore the complex mosaic of American Indian culture and history during this overview of Indian Country. Through exploring five general regions of the United States, Dr. Rebecca Hernandez will share information about the history and culture of Native Americans as well as US policies that shape the contemporary lived experiences of tribal communities.  She has been the Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UCSC since 2014. Her academic research focuses on American Indian identity constructs in the United States and the Representation(s) of Native American People and Cultures in public space. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration highly recommended. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Self Care, Earth Care: November 14th at 3pm
Take care of the earth while taking care of yourself! Self Care, Earth Care will have zero waste cold remedies for you to make, take home, and enjoy! Stop by at Rachel Carson’s Red Room on Nov 14th from 3-4:30 to get well soon!

Climate Justice Presentation: November 15th at 5pm
The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. We act as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement. This evening’s speaker profiles and more coming soon. We will bring faculty, student orgs, and outside speakers to engage on the topic! 

Impactathon: Green Code: November 16th at 10am
The Everett Program looking for students to join their November 16 on-campus event focused on Storytelling for Climate Justice. If you are passionate about climate justice and learn how to create a code for your own interactive story game. Sign up now since space is limited. 

Community Science Fall Phenology Walks: November 16th at 11am 
Phenology is nature’s calendar - the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch. Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.
How Does An Earth-like Planet Get Made?: November 18th at 7pm
Featuring planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Earth is the only planet we know of––so far––that supports life. Why is that? How was Earth made, and why is it different from Venus and Mars? Though many things may help to make a habitable planet, only one thing is indispensable: liquid water. Tracking water through planet formation requires information not just from the Earth and other planets in our solar system, but from meteorites, observations of exoplanetary systems, and from theory. Together with new data from missions including Lindy’s own exciting Psyche mission, more of these questions are being answered. 

Are you Gender Awesome? : November 21st at 6pm
Women's Center @ Cardiff House
Is your gender identity wrapped with a sense of warm pride? Does the gender binary feel like a cold, restrictive box? or are you treading water somewhere in the vast space between? Grab a floaty or two and expand your language to include you and your gender awesome friends while building community at the Women's Center For info or accessibility needs contact the womxn's center. 

INDIGETHANX - Friday November 22nd at 7pm 
@Namaste lounge 
INDIGETHANX is an alternative celebration to Thanksgiving. It provides the America Indian Resource Center the opportunity to share traditional native foods and tribal foods traditions. Everyone is welcome to this special event. This year we will bo hosting a dinner so come hungry! Guest Speakers Maya Harjo & Ben Shleffar from the Cultural Conservancy. By UCSC American Indian Resource center

Quail Hollow Ranch History Tour: November 24th at 11am
Do you enjoy looking through old buildings and learning about their stories? Join history docent, Richard James, on a tour of the Quail Hollow Ranch House and learn about the history of Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and the pioneer families who made the ranch their business, home, and vacation haven. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Chat with Linda:  November 26th at 8am - 5 pm
Women’s Center - Cardiff House
Chat with the interim assistant vice chancellor of Diversity & inclusion. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz will be available to all. Dr. Scholz is first generation USAmerican and was a first-generation college student, raised in Guatemala and the United States. She positions herself as a Critical Latina/Latin American Transnational Feminist Scholar in Communication Studies, who is interested in understanding culturally situated theories of counterhegemonic enactments of rhetorical agency. As a scholar and Campus Diversity Officer, she is interested in identifying discursive and material counter hegemonic practices in social justice education, the connection between voice, victimhood, and agency, and the role that we all play in challenging, preventing, and resisting different forms of oppression while also co-creating and co-sustaining a healthy campus climateTake advantage of this great opportunity. Email odei@ucsc.edu for an appointment!

Sustainability Office Fall Lunch & Learn - Zero Waste: Thursday, Dec. 5th 11:30 am - 12:45pm
Namaste Lounge
The Sustainability Office invites you to join us for our Fall Quarter Lunch & Learn to hear an update on the status of UC Santa Cruz recycling, learn about exciting campus progress, and test your recycling knowledge! 
Lunch (veggie and vegan burritos) is first come first serve to the first 70 people.


October 2019 Issue

17th Annual Practical Activism Conference: October 19th at 10:30am
A day-long student-run conference featuring dynamic keynote speakers, provocative spoken word artists, 2 back-to-back sets of engaging workshops, creative activism opportunities, and tabling from organizations on campus and around the Santa Cruz community.

Veggie Voices: October 21st at 4pm 
A focus group for plant-based eating at UCSC Dining Halls.
Come discuss plant-based offerings on campus with our dining hall managers and executive chef Josh Martin!
Vegan desserts will be provided!

Growing People Film Screening: October 21st at 3pm 
This beautiful and inspiring short film by a UCSC alumna celebrates the significance of caring for the land through an intimate look inside the experiences of three Native Hawaiian youth at the MA'O organic farm in Oahu.Join us afterwards for a discussion with the film maker, Dana Forsberg; Kamula Enos, director of social enterprise from MA'O; and Albie Miles, partnering faculty at University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

Beyond Debate: Moving the Climate Conversation Forward: Thursday, Oct 24th at 4pm
Confused about Climate Change? Join us for an overview of the science of climate change, a clarification of myths and misconceptions, and a discussion on better communication strategies. Dr. Shahir Masri, ScD, co-founded a project called "On the Road for Climate Action," an effort to raise awareness about climate change by organizing educational climate events and giving public presentations across all 50 states. Learn more about Dr. Masri here

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective: Thursday, October 24 at 7:15pm
Right Livelihood Film Series
At the Cowell Fireside Lounge.
With special guest Stuart Muir Wilson
Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Future-Proof your Vegetable Garden: Improve Soil Health for Drought Resiliency: Nov 3rd, 9:30am
Healthy soil is the foundation of a productive, thriving garden. Fall is the perfect time to improve soil fertility for next year's harvest using thoughtful soil management to improve drought resiliency, reduce weed pressure and sequester carbon.
UC Master Gardener Delise Weir will discuss how to improve soil health in your vegetable beds through a deep dive on cover crops: why they are important, which to use for your particular needs and how to deal with them once they're grown. Learn basic low-till gardening techniques that provide optimal conditions for enhancing and sustaining biotic life in the soil, making essential nutrients more biologically available to plants. The class will conclude with Q&A from some CASFS surprise guests. All attendees will leave with some cover crop seed to plant at home. 
Online registration is free for all. Please reserve your seat, as space is limited.

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours: November 7, 10am to 12pm
This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.