Student Organizations & Communities

Student Organization Advising & Resources (SOAR), Student Media and Cultural Arts & Diversity (SOMeCA) is dedicated to the success of UC Santa Cruz's campus-wide student organizations and government. You can find resources available for your organization including constitution and financial forms, funding sources, a financial timeline, and reservable spaces. Contact your SOAR advisor if you have any questions.

 

UCSC Students

Organization/Community

Purpose/Contact 

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. 

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 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 

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. 

Beautiful Black Queers (BBQ) 

Black Campus Ministries (BCM)

BCM is a small group of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz. We aim to make the 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 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 Student Union (BSU)

 

The purpose of BSU is to mobilize Black students on campus to provide our community with safe, educational, healing and overall space dedicated to black bodies and well-being.

  • Leadership: Shania Anderson
  • Meetings: Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m. - Redwood Lounge
  • Contact BSU, email bsu.slugs@gmail.com  

Black Womxn’s Alliance (BWA)

The purpose is to create community and navigate the university collectively with those who identify and are in support of Black Womxn

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

Destination Higher Education

 

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 are interested in attending, or if you have any questions e-mail ucscdhe@gmail.com.

 

Hip Hop Congress Chapter 

Hip Hop Congress is a network of individuals and organizations that are taking the necessary transformation of the world by uplifting culture for the creative development of artists and young people through education, civic engagement, and equitable resource exchange. 

  • Contact SOAR for more information.

Minorities in Anthropology (MIA)

Facilitate the participation of minority and underrepresented groups within the Anthropology Department. 

  • Contact SOAR for more information.

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
  • Contact: nsbe.ucsc@gmail.com

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.