Student Organizations

African/Black Student Alliance (A/BSA) 

A/BSA is one of the oldest and largest student organizations on the UCSC campus, predating even the AARCC. It is comprised of a multitude of scholars, leaders, artists and community oriented students who view the organization as an opportunity to develop a safe space, to communicate and network, and to come together in unity. 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.

Leadership: Imari Reynolds & Saron Kifle
Meetings: Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m. - Cowell Community Room
Contact A/BSA, email absa.slugs@gmail.com or go to their Facebook

Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC)

As one of the only system-wide collectives for Black students, the Afrikan Black Coalition is a vital tool in promoting networking amongst peers, generating positive images of Black students and staff to their campus communities, inspiring innovation, and providing an environment where the Black cultural experience is valued. ABC is designed to unify Black students across the UC system in order to discuss and resolve issues concerning academic policy, campus climate, matriculation from the University, and more. ABC presents the opportunity for unity in spite of geographical boundaries. For more information, visit afrikanblackcoalition.org.

African Student Union (ASU)

ASU is a student organization open to all students who are of African descent or are interested in learning more about the African cultures. ASU is a nonpartisan and non-exclusive organization. We strive to increase awareness about the multiple African cultures/identities, eliminate stereotypical discernment of Africa, and unite the African community through educational, cultural, and social service events. ASU seeks to educate its members as well as the general community about issues pertinent to the African continent. 

Leadership: 
Rama Betelhem "Bae-T"Tarekegn
Meetings: Wednesdays @ 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Muwekma Ohlone
Contacts: 
asuucsc1@gmail.com

African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT)

AATAT is a student-based organization that came together under the leadership and direction of Donald Williams in 1991. AATAT was formed as a vehicle to create unity, higher visibility, and understanding of the African American culture here at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the greater Santa Cruz community. The Theater Troupe not only casts UCSC students from different educational backgrounds, but also casts students that have little or no experience with acting, technical, and administrative work so as to allow anyone the opportunity to get involved with the program.The troupe is the only one of its kind in the UC System.

Leadership:Maimouna Camara
Contact: mcamara@ucsc.edu 

Beautiful Black Queers (BBQ) 

Leadership: Ezra El-Alton and Shmar Williams
Meetings: Tuesdays @ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., location TBD
Contact: eelaton@ucsc.edu or shwillia@ucsc.edu

Black Sistahs United (BSU) 

BSU is a student organization that retains and inspires change through volunteerism, sisterhood and education of Black women. 

Leadership: Jessica Jones
Meetings: Tuesdays @ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., location Stevenson 175
Contact: blacksistahs@gmail.com

Black Men’s Alliance (BMA) 

BMA supports and strengthens the community of African/Black males on campus. Each year, the group hosts a variety of events and activities, including Jazz and Blues Night and the annual spring barbeque.

Leadership: Brandon Lake and Asante Nkosi

Meetings: Tuesdays @ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., location Cowell 236

Contact: bma.ucsc.edu@gmail.com

Black Campus Ministries (BCM)

BCM is a small group of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz. We aim to make Christian community more accessible to the black community at UCSC and to develop quality Christian leaders. We often ask the question of how our faith intersects and defines our ethnic identity, community, academics, and life.

Black Queer & Questioning (BLAQQ)

Contact: Shonte Thomas - sfthomas@ucsc.edu 

Destination Higher Education (DHE)

The African/Black Student Alliance’s program, DHE, introduces newly admitted students to the African/Black community and student life on the UCSC. DHE provides personal, social, and academic workshops that focus on the Black Experience at UCSC and are presented by African/Black students at UCSC. If you interested in attending, or if you have any questions e-mail ucscdhe@gmail.com.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Leadership: Jourdyn Calhoun (President) and Selam Gebremedhin (VP)
Meetings: Mondays @ 7:00 p.m. at Baskin Engineering Rm 330

Rosa Parks African-American Themed House (R.PAATH)

Rosa Parks African American Theme House is a student-initiated themed living option for all students whose interests span historical, present-day, and future experiences of predominantly Black/African American peoples.

R.PAATH fosters Cultural Competency/Cultural Intelligence and ally development through organizing, living, studying, and socializing with peers passionate about political, cultural, popular, social and economic issues of the African Diaspora. R.PAATH is located at Stevenson College. Incoming freshmen who wish to live in this theme house must be affiliated with Stevenson College.

Santa Cruz Steppas

Contact Founder, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, ctgordon@ucsc.edu