RC COVID-19 Response Statement



We at the UCSC Resources Centers want to assure students that we are here for you. The Ethnic Resource Centers, Cantú Queer Center, and Women’s Center will be closed due to the county-wide Shelter in Place order and campus directive until further notice. However, all of our staff members are working remotely and available by phone, email and video conferencing. We recognize that there are many messages coming to your inbox, and the rapid changes at UCSC can be overwhelming during an already stressful time while studying for finals. We want to offer some words of encouragement. 

Community is more than physical proximity and geographic location. 

Community is a feeling, and Resource Center staff seek to keep our community strong. We recognize the challenges that have come with recent UCSC guidelines to finish winter quarter online, return home if possible, take online courses in the spring quarter and to cancel or postpone events and gatherings. However, our work is about creating spaces for students to find community, and the RC team has already begun to think of creative ways to re-envision programs, and meet our mission to provide opportunities for community connection to feel close with one another.

Stay connected. Reach out & ask for help. 

Let’s reframe “social distancing” to “physical distancing”. We encourage you to stay connected virtually. Connect with us by phone, email and video conferencing. Connect with our communities through social media, as we will use those mediums to share information and host virtual events. Mental and physical health is so important during these times of stress, please  reach out. It’s okay to need help, and it’s okay to ask for help. Below are some services that will continue to be operational during this time. We encourage you to utilize them to help combat feelings of isolation. And as collaborative partners, we welcome students to share ideas and feedback on ways to support you and your peers during this time.

During this unprecedented time, the Resource Centers are mindful of university safety measures, and prioritizing the health and safety of our communities. At the same time, staff remain committed to providing you with the things we most need right now: comfort, kindness, laughter and (virtual) time together. 

Our communities are strong. We are resilient. 

We will work through all of these changes together.


Nancy I. Kim, Resource Centers Executive Director nikim@ucsc.edu

Cameron de León, Office Manager, cajdeleo@ucsc.edu

Ethnic Resource Centers

FB: @ucsc.erc

IG: @ucsc.erc

African American Resource and Cultural Center

Shonté Thomas, Director sfthomas@ucsc.edu

Dr. Aaron Jones, Associate Director, ajones10@ucsc.edu

IG: @ucsc_aarcc

FB: @facebook.com/aarcc.ucsc

American Indian Resource Center


Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Director  rhernandez@ucsc.edu

Jemzi Ortiz, Program Coordinator   jortizfr@ucsc.edu

IG: @aircucsc


Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center 


Caz Salamanca, Director  cazs@ucsc.edu

Collette Quach, Program Coordinator, coequach@ucsc.edu

FB: @aapirc

IG: @aapirc_ucsc

Tik Tok: @ucsc_aapirc

EL CENTRO: Chicanx Latinx Resource Center

Dr. Judith Estrada, Director judi@ucsc.edu

Carlos Gutierrez, Program Coordinator caalguti@ucsc.edu 

IG: El Centro: @elcentro_ucsc

Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center

Travis S. Becker, Director trbecker@ucsc.edu

Ky Borunda, He/Him, Trans Education Specialist kborunda@ucsc.edu

IG: @cantuqueercenter
FB: @cantuqueercenter

Women’s Center


Colleen Rice, Director corice@ucsc.edu

Roxanna Diaz, Program Coordinator rdiaz419@ucsc.edu 

IG: @ucsc.women

FB: @UCSCwomen


Student Health Services (including the Medical Services, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Optometry, CAPS, CARE, and SHOP) will remain open for students who will be remaining on campus. 

Medical visits: To speak with a Student Health Center nurse during business hours or during after-hours call: 831-459-2591.

Mental health visits: To speak to Counseling and Psychological Services counselors, psychiatrists, and case managers call 831-459-2628 during business hours. For after hour support, call 831-459-2628, and select option 3 from the automated menu. 

Additional online care options:

LiveHealth Online: Have secure, online video visits with licensed mental health professionals. LiveHealth online has a co-pay and no referral is needed.

Therapy Assistance Online and WellTrack: Use interactive tools and self-care exercises for mental health concerns.