Ethnic Resource Centers

Advising and Referrals: Students may drop-in to the Resource Centers to get support from Center staff for any academic, personal, or psychological issues. The Resource Centers are 'safe spaces' for all students and a first stop for referrals to other campus services.

Facility Use: The Resource Centers are available to campus and community groups for meetings and other gatherings. The ERCs has a lounge area, a student workroom with computers, and a kitchen. If you are interested in reserving the ERCs Lounge for a meeting or gathering, please contact the front desk to make a reservation and schedule a walk-through of the facilities.

Student/Staff Panel and/or Tour Requests: The Ethnic Resouce Centers would like to provide student and staff panels and tours of our RC spaces to all community organizations and school groups. Please contact the Resource Center Reception to request this service. We recommend contacting us 3-4 weeks in advance and provide the following information for a smooth process: Request Date, Main Contact & Info, Time, Estimated Attendees and any special requests. After calling or emailing us for a request, await an email confirmation. 

Art Gallery: Twice a year, the Ethnic Resource Centers ask for submissions from students and the community to display 2D art in the space. If you are interested in having your work displayed or in purchasing the art, contact us at

Snack Pantry: The Ethnic Resource Centers are dedicated to combating food insecurity and are proud to host a pantry with healthy snacks and dry goods for UCSC students. It is open Mon-Fri from 9 AM-4 PM, just check in with the front desk!

Lionel Cantú Queer Center

The center is there for you in many ways. Whether you are a veteran, part of a family, a transfer student or living off-campus, we offer specialized services to anyone.

Just come in and ask!

Advising and Referrals: Students may drop-in to the Cantú Queer Center to get support from Center staff for any academic, personal, or psychological issues. The Center is a 'safe space' for queer, transgender and allied students and a first stop for referrals to other campus services.

Campus Collaborations: The Lionel Cantú GLBTI Center works in close collaboration with a range of groups including the Ethnic Resource Centers; Women's Center; Judicial Affairs Office; EOP; SOAR; student government; the Graduate Student Association; SHOP; Hillel; HIV Prevention; all ten Colleges; the Alumni Association, and many others. These active working relationships create a web of support for GLBTI students campus wide.

Community Collaborations: Center staff does outreach to the off-campus community and works particularly closely with GLBT community organizations such as Triangle Speakers, the Diversity Center, the Queer Youth Leadership Awards, and Family Services Rainbow Program.

Facility Use: The Center is available to campus and community groups for meetings and other gatherings. The space has a comfortable lounge area, an all gender restroom, and a kitchen.

Families: The Center is a child and family friendly space! We welcome student parents and children. Both of the Center’s professional staff members are queer parents; we've got expertise to share with queer UCSC families.

GALA Gallery: The Center welcomes student and community artists to exhibit their work in the Center's gallery. The center's student curator will work with artists to hang their artwork, and will help with publicity. The center sponsors a reception for all exhibits.

Information Hub: Qconnect is the center's weekly e-newsletter. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members may self-subscribe here. (go to: The Center posts activities on its Facebook account ‘Cantú Queer Center’.

Library: The Center's library has more than 2,500 GLBTI books and over 250 DVD's in its collection. Library holdings are now searchable from the Center's web site. Books may be checked out; DVD’s may be viewed on the Center’s big screen TV.

Study Center: The Cantú Queer Center has computers for student use as well as a WiFi connection. So, bring your laptop, make yourself a cup of tea, and settle in to one of our comfy couches or work stations and start studying.

Training and Lectures: Center staff are available to give guest lectures and trainings on GLBT topics to classrooms, residential halls, other campus units, and as well as community groups.

Women's Center

Time is one of the greatest gifts one can give. The Women’s Center in an ideal place to get connected with an extensive network of students, staff, faculty, and community members. The Women’s Center has a wide array of opportunities and offers both short-term/long-term time commitments for students to get involved. Volunteer opportunities are on an as needed basis and during annual events, such as Fall Open House, Sister Solidarity, and Take Back the Night. 

Benefits of volunteering at the UCSC Women’s Center are:

    •    Developing new skills and perspectives
    •    Networking with students, staff, faculty, and community members
    •    Learn and engage in women's and gender related issues and topics
    •    Making new friends and community at the Women’s Center
    •    Spending time in a tranquil and supportive environment
    •    Working on fun, educational, creative events and programs

    •    Room for developing your own ideas/projects/events

We’re always open to working with students, staff, and faculty to develop ideas and projects - we’re only limited by our imaginations. The Women's Center Lending Library is also available to campus community to check-out! The Library catalogue and check-out policy is available online. The Women's Center at the Cardiff House at Lower Campus offers a wonderful space to study or read (WiFi is available), create or find community, or enjoy some coffee/tea and the kitchen facility over some food! 

Call or email the Women's Center for more information about getting involved: (831) 459-2072