About the Resource Centers

The Resource Centers (RCs) comprise of the four Ethnic Resource Centers: African American Resource and Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American / Pacific Islander Resource Center, and “El Centro” the Chicano Latino Resource Center; the Cantú Queer Center, and the Women's Center. Each of the 6 resource centers offer students various services through academic, cultural and community support activities. Throughout the year, the RCs host programs and events that connect students, staff, faculty and community members in both social and professional, academic settings. Students have ample opportunities to network and create community spaces, to engage in stimulating and critical dialogue, and to find connections in hope of building a positive and empowering space for all communities.

African American Resource and Cultural Center:

The mission of the African American Resource and Cultural Center is to provide support for the students in the African/Black community at UC Santa Cruz. The history of the Center is steeped in UCSC tradition; we were the first ethnic resource center on campus after determined and dedicated students of color formed a circle around Hahn Student Services in peaceful protest and demanded that the administration recognize their need for support.

American Indian Resource Center:

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

Asian American / Pacific Islander Resource Center:

The Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC) provides and enhances opportunities for developing leadership, building a stronger sense of community on campus, and linking students to community service opportunities. Ultimately, AA/PIRC offers education and dialogue on issues affecting Asian American/Pacific Islanders by 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.

Lionel Cantú Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Resource 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 support all Queer and Transgender students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as families, friends, and the entire campus community. We serve as a resource to LGBTQQIA students by providing opportunities for leadership and personal development, and by creating programs and services that work to eliminate heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and gender-identity oppression. We strive to develop an atmosphere of acceptance and well-being in which the campus community can fulfill the academic mission of the university.

Chicano Latino Resource Center:

Through campus and community partnerships the mission of EL CENTRO is to promote a critical understanding of Chicana/os and Latina/os within the United States and internationally. We accomplish this mission by offering workshops as well as an extensive programming calendar. Our efforts promote cultural affirmation, social justice values and community service. Students attending our activities gain insight into cultural dynamics, social and political processes and the historical significance of the contributions that Chicana/os and Latina/os have made to the U.S and to the broader world community. 

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, including transwomen, and their allies to achieve individual and social change. The Women’s Center offers a variety of services including: internship, research, and volunteer opportunities; student programming and educational workshops; guest speakers and social events. The center strives to create a safe space for all genders to be present, get involved and/or seek support for any issues they may face.