Annual Events

    Fall Welcome


    At the beginning of every Fall quarter, the AIRC hosts a welcome event giving new and continuing American Indian students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to engage with each other. The Fall Welcome consists of introducing the AIRC staff, a game of Bingo with prizes to win, and great food. It’s a welcoming, supportive space that will ensure you start off the school year right. Feel free to bring your friends along. Everyone is welcome!  



  • Amah Mutsun Speaker Series


    The Amah Mutsun Speaker Series began in 2009 by the then American Indian Resource Center Director, Dr. Dennis Tibbetts, and Chairman Valentin Lopez of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The purpose of the Amah Mutsun Speaker Series is to raise awareness about the issues that impact Native Americans and California Natives in particular. The speaker series board is composed of Amah Mutsun Tribal Band members, AIRC staff, and UCSC faculty. One goal of the Amah Mutsun Speaker Series is to continue efforts to include the Indigenous peoples of the land as partners. The Amah Mutsun Speaker Series occurs in the Fall quarter and again in the Spring quarter every school year. 

    If you would like to learn more about the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, please click here to be directed to their official website. 



  • Indigethanx


    Indigethanx is the AIRC’s alternative Thanksgiving celebration. The goal of this event is to provide the campus community an opportunity to rethink the Thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, it serves to help educate the UCSC community about traditional Native foodways. The center alternates every year between serving a meal and hosting a speaker. For Indigethanx 2019, we hosted speakers Maya Harjo and Ben Shleffar from the Cultural Conservancy in San Francisco, California who gave a presentation on the meaning of land stewardship and the importance of restoring traditional Indigenous foods to our communities. 



  • Sophia Garcia Robles Memorial Drum Feast


    The AIRC hosted the first Drum Feast on May 24th, 2012 at Oakes Lower Lawn. It was held in honor of Sophia Garcia Robles, a Native woman who served UCSC for 27 years in the Financial Aid office. She was actively involved with the American Indian community in Santa Cruz, and this event is a way to demonstrate our deepest appreciation for her support. At Drum Feast, we celebrate the culture, songs, dances, and arts of Indigenous people in a “pan-tribal” celebration of fellowship, respect, and empowerment. Dance groups from throughout the Americas have participated. Food and merchandise vendors, community groups, and student organizations also participate. 


    NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and the current “Shelter-in-Place” mandate enforced by UC Santa Cruz and the State of California, the Drum Feast has been postponed to October 17, 2020. We will update you if anything changes. 



  • National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls


    On May 6th, 2019, the AIRC hosted our first annual event in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The goal of this event is to raise awareness about MMIWG, an issue plaguing Native communities both in the United States and abroad. The MMIWG event is held every year on or around May 5th, the United States’ National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

    We present information about MMIWG for UCSC students, staff, faculty, and members of the Santa Cruz community. Our presentation highlights MMIWG history, issues of jurisdiction, legislation, advocates, and provides the audience with resources on what they can do to help spread awareness. 

    To watch this year's virtual event, which occurred on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, please go to our MMIWG page under 'Resources'. There you will find the full YouTube video of our event. 


    NOTE: The format of this event continues to evolve as we learn more about MMIWG and the measures being taken to prevent more cases.



  • Year End Ceremony


    The Year End Ceremony is held at the end of every academic year. At this event, AIRC staff, friends, and family members come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our Native graduates in the completion of their degree. 

    Congratulations to the Class of 2020!