Stem Diversity Programs at UCSC

Up-to-date information on 10+ programs for grads and undergrads at UCSC that aim to increase diversity in STEM fields

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at UCSC

“The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UCSC exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training. Each year, we select 20 students from around the U.S. and its territories to participate in our two-year conservation leadership program. Our students represent a diverse spectrum of cultures and backgrounds, which helps to cultivate a unique and rewarding experience.”

UCSC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) 

“The overarching goal of UCSC WiSE is to advance women in the STEM fields both in percentage and position, in the face of historical, present, and future challenges. To achieve this goal, WiSE uses a strategy of recruitment and retention: we seek to increase the participation of women in the STEM fields, as well as to enable the advancement and success of women in these fields.”

UCSC African American Culture and Resource Center

“A/BSA consists of UCSC Students committed to the recruitment and retention of African American students here at UCSC, through betterment of the entire African-American community, including but not limited to those in our local Santa Cruz community.”

UCSC Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center

“The Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC) aims to build a stronger sense of community on campus by providing education and dialogue on issues affecting the AA/PI community through a series of events.”

UCSC Women’s Center

“The UCSC Women’s Center affirms the dignity and diversity of all women. The center continues and challenges feminist traditions by creating community space for all women and their allies to achieve individual and social change.”

UCSC Lionel Cantu Queer Center

“The Cantú Queer Center at UC Santa Cruz exists to provide an open, safe, inclusive, intercultural space, promoting education about all genders and sexualities, and empowering self-exploration of these identities. We serve as a resource to LGBTQQIA students by providing opportunities for leadership and personal development by creating programs and services that work to eliminate heterosexism, bi-phobia, and gender-identity oppression. We strive to develop an atmosphere of acceptance and well-being from which the campus community can fulfill the academic mission of the university.”

UCSC American Indian Resource Center 

“The AIRC is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by advocating student centered programs, cultural events, and tools for academic success and well being. The center serves as a vital link between American Indian students, the University, and tribal communities to foster growth through mentoring, leadership opportunities and scholarly development.  The AIRC also serves as a supportive space for students to help ease the transition from home to campus life.”

UCSC El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center

“The Chicano Latino Resource Center was established in 1995 as a response to the educational needs of Chican@ Latin@ students at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Better known as “EL CENTRO” by students and staff, the Center serves as a hub of organized activity and resources that support student transition, retention, graduation and academic advancement. El Centro has had a great legacy of directors, Dr. Larry Trujillo and Rosalee Cabrera, both now retired. Our current director Dr. Judith Estrada was mentored by both of them.”

STARS- Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students

“STARS provides the extra academic and personal support transfer, re-entry and readmitted students may need to benefit fully from their education at UCSC whether they are full-or part-time. STARS is here to assist students with their pre-admissions questions, transition concerns, academic support network, and post graduation planning. Students will find drop-in assistance from professional staff members and other resources.”