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University of California, Santa Cruz

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-4008
Email address
School Information
“UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university” (Source: Founded in 1965, UCSC has an undergraduate enrollment of over 17,000 students, with 65 majors offered to undergraduates (
General Information
The University of California, Santa Cruz has several DEI and anti-racist initiatives. For example, a Diversity and Inclusion certificate is offered. Other initiatives include the Student Diversity & Inclusion Internship Program and the Equity & Inclusion in Hiring workgroup. No critical race training is currently required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, UC Santa Cruz's Chancellor and Provost issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "We are disheartened by today's U.S. Supreme Court decision...Taken together with other federal and state actions across the country, today’s decision is not simply about admissions, but the latest attempt to dismantle evidence-based efforts aimed at reducing systemic barriers to opportunity experienced by historically marginalized populations, including communities of color...The decision today will thwart efforts by public and private institutions across the country to educate a diverse population of students. That is harmful to higher education and ultimately our nation... While today’s court decision requires universities across the country to follow this new interpretation of the law, it also requires campus administrators, faculty, and staff to continue our efforts to expand outreach and opportunity in whatever ways we can."  
  • The Black Experience Team at UC Santa Cruz partners with the Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Council in order to "advise the Chancellor and Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor (CP/EVC) on ongoing recruitment, retention and campus climate strategies surrounding African-American, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) students."
  • One of the goals UC Santa Cruz's 2023 Strategic Plan is to "[i]ncrease the successful recruitment and retention of a diverse community of excellent faculty, staff, and students."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Department of Human Resources offers a training module titled "Managing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process" for "UC People Managers and those involved in the selection process for an open recruitment."
  • UC Santa Cruz's 2023 Strategic Plan states, "At present, students are the only group with mandatory DEI training."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The UC Santa Cruz 2023-2024 General Catalog states that for the General Film and Digital Media Major, "At least one of the upper-division courses must meet the department's diversity requirement."
  • As part of the 2023-2024 General Catalog, the Art Department at UC Santa Cruz states, "DEI is woven throughout our curriculum to deepen the educational experience and broaden the artistic environment preparing students for creative participation in a multicultural world."
Disciplinary Measures
  • UC Santa Cruz outlines its bias incident reporting protocols and states that it is "committed to maintaining an objective, civil, diverse and supportive community, free of coercion, bias, hate, intimidation, dehumanization or exploitation."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • UC Santa Cruz's 2023 Strategic Plan states that "hiring search committee members are required to complete the online Managing Implicit Bias series required of faculty members serving on search committees."
Program and Research Funding
  • Students who major in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies "develop a deep understanding of how race and other modalities of power have structured human life and have informed the imagination of social transformation and justice in the past and the present." 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Diversity Research Programs at UC Santa Cruz "support[s] students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds to achieve their educational and career goals by providing them with hands-on research experience and fostering a sense of inclusion, acceptance, and community."
  • On October 6, 2023, UC Santa Cruz News announced that a "one year, $100,000 grant from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation will support a University of California, Santa Cruz-led project to recruit and retain underrepresented students in agroecology and sustainable food systems programming at UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley."
  • The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.
  • The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosts the Student-led Campus Climate Organization for Research and Equity which is working towards the Hate/Bias Response Program.
  • The school has an initiative for the Envisioning Student Community, Advocacy, Leadership, and Access internship program known as ESCALA, which “supports the success of undocumented undergraduate and newly graduated students through personal, academic, and career development.”
  • The Equity & Inclusion in Hiring workgroup “is a new campus initiative with the purpose of creating a comprehensive, actionable plan for instituting an equitable, inclusive hiring process that ensures UC Santa Cruz recruits a diverse workforce.”
  • The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning has projects known as “Keep Teaching - Antiracist Teaching Practices” and “Keep Teaching - Equity & Inclusion in the Remote Classroom.”
  • The Teaching & Learning Center “uses research and equity-minded practices to strengthen the culture of teaching, promote student success and equitable outcomes, and support teacher-leaders at UC Santa Cruz, a thriving minority-serving research institution.” The TLC offers workshops and resources for inclusive teaching.
  • UCSC’s Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning has a page for “Ideas for Implementing Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The school has what is known as the Student Diversity & Inclusion Internship Program which “is dedicated to promoting and developing culturally aware and humble student interns who have a critical analysis of systemic power and privilege and who will serve as role models in support of equity, diversity and inclusion efforts at UC Santa Cruz.”
Last updated April 17th, 2024
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