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University of California, Santa Cruz

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Phone
(831) 459-4008
Email address
admissions@ucsc.edu
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: https://www.ucsc.edu/about/). Founded in 1965, UCSC has an undergraduate enrollment of over 17,000 students, with 65 majors offered to undergraduates (https://www.ucsc.edu/about/facts-figures.html).
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

Resources
  • 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 Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
Last updated June 4th, 2023
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