Resource Centers

African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC)

The African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) develops and fosters co-curricular initiatives that promote academic success, leadership training, student development, and social engagement. Since the center’s inception in 1991, the program’s primary mission has been to serve as a key resource to acclimate students to general campus life and academic culture. In addition, the program provides advocacy and support in helping to monitor students’ academic progress and subsequent achievement of their educational goals. AARCC works closely with overall campus outreach efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of students who self-identify within the African diaspora.

AARCC works directly with numerous (student) organizations, which include, but are not limited to, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), African/Black Student Alliance (A/BSA), African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT), African Student Union (ASU), Black Sistas United, (BSU) Black Men’s Alliance (BMA), Destination Higher Education (DHE), Rainbow Theatre, Rosa Parks African American Theme House (R.PAATH), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), Black And Queer Questioning (BLAQQ), Black Campus Ministries (BCM), and UMOJA.

AARCC works collaboratively with various campus units/departments and in the surrounding community to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity initiatives on the UCSC campus. AARCC is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building in Quarry Plaza. For more information, visit the AARCC website.

American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)

The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) works in collaboration with other resource centers, faculty, staff, students, and organizations such as the Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI), the University of California American Indian Counselors/Recruiters Association, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of California Indians, as well as the indigenous tribal community leaders of the region to develop co-curricular programming, cultural activities, and events that assist public understanding of native peoples. Invested in creating a campus climate that supports all students, the center provides leadership development, internship opportunities, mentoring, and personal and academic advising. The AIRC is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building in Quarry Plaza. For more information, visit the AIRC website.

Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC)

The Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC), established in 1999, provides and enhances opportunities for developing leadership, building a stronger sense of community on campus, and linking students to community service opportunities. AA/PIRC offers education and dialogue on issues affecting Asian American/Pacific Islanders with the goal of addressing students’ multiple and diverse academic, social, cultural, and other co‐curricular needs. Students can also gain leadership experience through the AA/PIRC Internship, volunteering, and/or participating in student programs.

AA/PIRC is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Building at the Ethnic Resource Centers. Add your email address to AA/PIRC’s listserv to receive campus and community announcements. For more information, visit the AA/PIRC website.

Chicano Latino Resource Center (El Centro)

The Chicano Latino Resource Center (El Centro) is a hub of organized activities and resources that support Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x student transition, retention, and academic advancement at the university. Through collaborative efforts with campus partners, students can participate in a host of activities that encourage intellectual growth, leadership development, preparation for graduate or professional school, and career options. El Centro encourages and supports student and community development through cultural and educational programming. Annual programs include the following: Bienvenida—New Student Welcome Program; Día de los Muertos; Pachanga; Cesar Chavez Convocation; dialogue on academic, social, cultural, and personal issues that affect the Chicanx and Latinx communities; and a weekly online newsletter; CHISME E-News. El Centro offers student internships that support leadership-skills development, while students help to organize events and activities. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit El Centro.

Cantú Queer Center

The Cantú Queer Center at UC Santa Cruz provides an open, inclusive, intersectional, and welcoming 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 and through 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.

Besides the Cantú Queer Center, there are two queer spaces on campus tucked within McHenry Library: the GLBTI Reading Room on the 4th Floor, and the Gloria Anzaldua Reading Room on the 3rd Floor. Both spaces have beautiful displays that will make you feel at home. You can drop by and use these rooms if they are available or reserve them for individual or group use.

The Cantú Queer Center website provides an overview and contact information.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center is devoted to helping students maximize their academic and personal success at UCSC. The center is a student-run resource center that creates and sponsors student-oriented programs, workshops, writing collectives, film screenings, and discussions throughout the academic year. Topics addressed include women’s leadership and empowerment, gender and sexuality, race and culture, health and wellness, reproductive rights, advocacy to end sexual violence, and much more. Center staff are available as a resource for on- or off-campus referrals and informal advising.

All students are encouraged to get involved in the center's annual events, which include Sister Solidarity: Women's Heritage Month, Take Back The Night, and more. Other opportunities for involvement include volunteering and work-study paid internships. The center is the ideal space to study, take a break from classes, check out a book from the lending library, and connect with the women's community.

The Women's Center is located at the Cardiff House, an historic farmhouse near the Carriage House in the lower campus. For more information, please visit the Women's Center website.

The Student Union

The Student Union is a student-governed facility where students can study, take a break and lounge, meet friends, play pool, use computers, or watch television. Located in the Quarry Plaza across from the Bay Tree Bookstore, the Student Union complements college facilities by providing a centrally located place for social, recreational, and educational gatherings for all students and members of the campus community.

The Student Union is also home to the campuswide student governing body (Student Union Assembly) and to student organizations, the Bike Co-op, Engaging Education, and Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR).

For more information, call (831) 459-3167.