Annual Events

Welcome Black BBQ

The Welcome Black BBQ is the annual Fall Welcome event AARCC hosts at the beginning of each academic year. It serves as a chance for incoming students to get acquainted with one another, with the resources on campus, and to bond while eating some good barbecue.

Black Love Gala

The Black Love Gala is our Black Prom event! Its purpose is to hold a space for the celebration of our ABC community, to dress up in our finest attire, eat good food, and be united on a grand occasion.

ABC Outings

AARCC's ABC Outings are an opportunity for ABC students to explore the larger community around Santa Cruz. Each quarter, AARCC invites students on a field trip into town or outside of Santa Cruz to help develop a deeper sense of belonging to this area. 


Pachanga is an annual collaborative event between AARCC and El Centro. It is a celebration of Afro-Latine music, and heritage. Pachanga consists of a week of educational programs that bring together many elements of various cultures such as food, music, dance, and wellness. We end the week with a baile and celebrate unity in community. Pachanga has been hosted by AARCC and El Centro for over 15 years! 


Black Grad

AARCC ends each year with our Black Grad Ceremony. This cultural commencement allows students to invite all of their family members, friends, and supporters to come celebrate the amazing achievement of graduating from UCSC. Black Grad always features a Senegalese drumming and dance performance, as well as student speeches and so much joy.