Student Life

  • Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI)

    SANAI is an organization whose purpose is to increase the awareness of both the university and community environments about issues affecting North American Indians. SANAI also provides academic and moral support for Native American students. Major activities over the years have included Red Rocks- a Spring Music Festival with prominent Native American Bands, Pow-Wows, a Tribal Elders Conference and Native American Graduation Ceremonies. SANAI has a rich history of collaborating with other student organizations, non-Native Students and all volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information contact, soar@ucsc.edu 

  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

    The mission of SACNAS is to encourage Chicano, Latino, and Native American students to pursue graduate education in order to obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels. The SACNAS office can provide information on many opportunities for minority students and professionals in the sciences.

    The annual national conference provides scientific symposia, keynote speakers who are at the forefront of scientific research, professional development sessions, and student poster and oral presentations. This conference, usually held in mid-October, provides a forum for students, faculty, and professionals in science and education to share research, address the unique accomplishments and challenges of minorities in science, form networks of mentors and colleagues, and gain access to educational and career opportunities. For more information, contact SACNAS at 459-0170, info@sacnas.org; or visit the SACNAS web site.

  • Engaging Education (E²)

    E² is a student-initiated outreach and retention center for student engagement and academic excellence. It is a supportive and dynamic space for programming that addresses the low rates of recruitment, retention, and graduation of historically underserved students on the path to higher education. E² provides the foundation for students to engage, learn, and organize around issues of social justice, student power, community, and new paradigms. e² stands as a home for student power and energy where students can find a voice for themselves through organizing by providing an inclusive, equitable, and diversified space within the University.

  • Rainbow Theater

    Rainbow Theater was established in 1994 with a mission to create unity, higher visibility and understanding of various cultures within our communities. The goal is to foster the spirit of unity by breaking down cultural walls, providing an outlet for creative talents of various ethnic communities by giving voice, promoting dialogue as well as celebrating diversity and fostering communities. Proceeds from Rainbow Theaters Fall performances and other sponsors are used to fund the Rainbow Professional Series, which provides performances from professional performers and shows free to the public.