News & Updates

RESOURCE CENTERS JOINT STATEMENT ON FORCIBLE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AND DETENTION OF CHILDREN- July 6, 2018

The Resource Centers at UC Santa Cruz call for immediate reunification of families and their children impacted by the “zero tolerance” policy at the US-Mexico border. The current administration’s inhumane practice of taking children from their families is an act of terrorism and we call on others to speak out. Forced family separations are not far removed from the historical practices of the US government, and they were unjust practices then as they remain now. Family separations contribute to intergenerational trauma that continues to affect many of our communities. Today, these practices continue to impact the most vulnerable among us, and many are hurting. Our children are hurting. The damage done to children and their families will unequivocally haunt them for their entire life and will have a long lasting imprint that cannot be undone.

The UCSC Resource Centers reiterate that we move in solidarity with, and will continue to advocate for immigrant families, Indigenous communities, Muslims, refugees and undocumented citizens, queer and trans folk, people with disabilities, people of color, women and all people at the various intersections of these identities.  We recognize that students and campus community members may feel that our initial fears of hateful rhetoric during the elections have and continue to become a disturbing reality in policy and practice. We refuse to accept that these conditions are the new normal. We support community responses, and are heartened by the voice and power of everyday people organizing.

Resiliency has been an underlying force that has assured our existence. We are strong. We are resilient. We are here for you. We are moving forward together.

The Resource Centers will continue to hold space for folks to process, to breathe, and to come together as a community. We will support students in overcoming any barriers they encounter as a result of these and future unjust and oppressive actions. We encourage students to take advantage of support services, and invite students to contact staff members by phone or email if they don’t feel comfortable coming into the office.

RESOURCE CENTERS http://resourcecenters.ucsc.edu/

African American Resource and Cultural Center http://aarcc.ucsc.edu/

American Indian Resource Center http://airc.ucsc.edu/

Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center http://aapirc.ucsc.edu/

El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center http://elcentro.ucsc.edu/

Lionel Cantú Queer Center http://queer.ucsc.edu/

Women’s Center http://womenscenter.ucsc.edu/


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Past News

Town Hall with LGBTQIA+ Students and Chancellor Blumenthal | Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 5:30-7pm
at the College 9 Namaste Lounge

We invite LGBTQIA+ students to join us on Tuesday, November 22nd at the College 9 Namaste Lounge for a Town Hall with Chancellor Blumenthal from 5:30-7:00PM.

LGBTQIA students, this Town Hall will be an opportunity for dialogue and for the Chancellor to address your concerns.
Our communities know violence, our communities know discrimination, and yet our communities know resilience and the strength of chosen family. Our queer and trans communities know that despite anyobstacles put in our way we will always rise and as our queer and trans elders taught us, we will stay strong in who we are, what we believe, and in holding each other with love, dignity, and the respect that we deserve.

Should you need support in these trying times, feel free to reach out to us, any of our fellow resource centers, or CAPS:

Lionel Cantú Queer Center: http://queer.ucsc.edu/ 
Front Desk/Tracy Garcia: 831-459-2468
Travis Becker, Director: 831-459-4385 or trbecker@ucsc.edu
Tracy Garcia, Programs Coordinator: trlgarci@ucsc.edu
Sy Simms, Transgender Educator: ssimms@ucsc.edu
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 831-459-2628.
For after hours crisis services: (831) 459-2628 and follow menu prompts.

Text the Crisis Text Line by texting START to 741741.
Report Hate Bias: http://reporthate.ucsc.edu
Resource Centers: http://resourcecenters.ucsc.edu/
Ethnic Resource Centers' Front Desk: call 831-459-2427
African American Resource and Cultural Center: http://aarcc.ucsc.edu/
American Indian Resource Center: http://airc.ucsc.edu/
Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center: http://aapirc.ucsc.edu/
El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center: http://elcentro.ucsc.edu/
Women's Center: http://womenscenter.ucsc.edu/ or call 831-459-2169


Cantú Queer Center's statement on recent hate crime on campus
Thursday, November 17th, 2016

In light of the news of this past week’s hate crime in the quarry, we- the staff of the Cantú Queer Center- would like to let students, staff, and faculty know that we are here to provide support around anything that might be coming up for you.

Without a doubt it has been a stressful time for queer and trans communities, as we heal from last summer's profound loss in Orlando, ongoing violence against trans women and trans women of color, and the recent election results. Please know that our center will continue to be here for our community as we rise and move forward.

This act of violence directed at a member of our UCSC family is in direct conflict with our values as an institution and our principles of community.

In the spirit of queer and trans resilience, we invite folks to join us from 3:00-5:00pm tomorrow, (Friday, November 18) for Don’t Stop Dancing, taking place here at the Cantú Queer Center (located near crown and Merrill colleges). Don’t Stop Dancing is a space for folks to celebrate our community and our roots through dance. There will be an opportunity to come together and make tangible plans for how we’d like to move forward as a campus.


(The image we are using for this monthly program was used with permission and was originally published on June 16th in the wake of the Pulse, Orlando shooting by bay area undocuqueer artist, Julio Salgado, with the following statement: "Con el corazon roto, pero agradecidos por tener a mi familia LGBTQ de color, con quienes he compartido tantas noches de triunfos, lios, tristezas y nadamas celebrando l@s seres hermos@s que son. Gracias por estar en mi vida. With a broken heart, but thankful for my QTPOC family with whom I've enjoyed so many nights of triumphs, messes, sadness and just celebrating the beautiful beings that you are. Thank you for being in my life." Julio Salgado, 6-16-16.)

Our communities know violence, our communities know discrimination, and yet our communities know resilience and the strength of chosen family. Our queer and trans communities know that despite any obstacles put in our way we will always rise and as our queer and trans elders taught us, we will stay strong in who we are, what we believe, and in holding each other with love, dignity, and the respect that we deserve.

Should you need support in these trying times, feel free to reach out to us, any of our fellow resource centers, or CAPS:

Lionel Cantú Queer Centerhttp://queer.ucsc.edu/ 
Front Desk: 831-459-2468
Travis Becker, Director: 831-459-4385 or trbecker@ucsc.edu
Tracy Garcia, Programs Coordinator: trlgarci@ucsc.edu
Sy Simms, Transgender Educator: ssimms@ucsc.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 831-459-2628.
For after hours crisis services: (831) 459-2628 and follow menu prompts.
Text the Crisis Text Line by texting START to 741741.

Resource Centershttp://resourcecenters.ucsc.edu/
Ethnic Resource Centers' Front Desk: call 831-459-2427
African American Resource and Cultural Center: http://aarcc.ucsc.edu/
American Indian Resource Center: http://airc.ucsc.edu/
Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center: http://aapirc.ucsc.edu/
El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center: http://elcentro.ucsc.edu/
Women's Center: http://womenscenter.ucsc.edu/ or call 831-459-2169