UC Santa Cruz Demands

UCSC Students
Santa Cruz, California

The following statement by UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) students was issued on campus as they occupied Hahn Students Service Building, November 6. After a 12-hour occupation, Chancellor Greenwood conceded to several demands, including $10,000 for student-run retention and outreach programs, the creation of a Native Amencan Outreach position, the consideration of expanding ethnic and gender studies programs, and the inclusion of students in the process of implementing Proposition 209. The statement was made available to In Motion Magazine by the University of California Student Association.

We, the students of UCSC, are appalled that Proposition 209 has passed in the state of California. In light of this attack on men and women of color, white women, and other marginalized communities, we feel it incumbent upon us to make structural changes on this campus that will ensure that these communities are supported here. The only way that we feel we can make these changes is through direct action. For this reason, we are seizing the Hahn Student Services Building until these structural changes are made. Our demands follow.

1. We demand that UCSC officially reject Proposition 209.

2. We demand that UCSC hire a full-time Native American recruiter in Student Admissions.

3. We demand that UCSC restore autonomy to the Espanol para Hispanohablantes program

4 . We demand that UCSC establish the following courses, under the following Boards:

  • Third World Political Thought -- in Politics
  • Southeast Asuan Immigration to/Experience in the U.S. -- in American Studies
  • The African American Family -- in Psychology
  • The Asian American Family -- in Psychology
  • The Chicano/a and Latino/a Family -- in Psychology
  • The Native North American Family -- in Psychology
  • The Native North American Religious Studies -- in Philosophy or History of Consciousness
  • Contemporary Native North American Literature -- in Literature
  • Historical Resistance of Native North Americans -- in History
  • Historical Resistance of Asian Pacific Americans -- in History & in American Studies
  • Queers of Color in the U.S.
  • Three-quarter Japanese experience in the U.S.
    i. Historical narrative
    ii. Internement
    iii. Reparations and the Present -- in American Studies or History
  • Chicanas and Latinas in Chicano/Latino Movements -- in American Studies or History
  • Three-quarter America and Americans -- in American Studies or History

5 . We demand that UCSC establish Ethnic Studies Programs, institutionalized as "Programs" within three years.

6 . We demand that UCSC expand both the number of Early Academic Outreach Student Programs and the wages of students and staff who hold positions within that particular department.

7. We demand that UCSC establish a Gender Studies (G) graduation requirement.

8 . We demand that UCSC students comprise at least half of the people working to establish the new logistics of Summer Bridge and any other SAA/EOP program threatened by the passage of Proposition 209.

9 . We demand that UCSC establish a cross-cultural center in the space soon to be constructed at the Baytree Bookstore.

10. We demand that UCSC establish a fully-staffed and fully funded Retention Office, overseeing student retention.

11. We demand that UCSC make concrete commitments to recruit students from the local community, especially within Santa Cruz and Monterrey counties.

12. We demand that UCSC provide the Big Five with computers, faxes, and copy machines.

13. We demand that UCSC establish set-aside funds for recruitment and retention events sponsored annually by Big Five organizations.

14. We demand that UCSC expand funds allocated to African-American Student Life and the Chicano/Latino Research Center, as well as establish a similar program to service the Asian-Pacific Islander and Native American student communities.

15. We demand that UCSC work to contextualize the eligibility requirements to realistically reflect the achievements of its applicants. To expand diversity of the student population, UCSC must acknowledge achievements of its applicants that the current criteria overlook.

All of this work must incorporate majority student voice.