SOCC Petition (online at unionvoice)

By signing this petition, I stand in solidarity with all of the demands presented by the Student Of Color Collective. We know that the University of California Santa Cruz has the means to meet these demands by the end of spring quarter of 2008-2009 and we expect these demands to be enacted immediately:

-Maintain academic integrity and current structure of Community Studies Dept. by keeping field study coordinators Mike Rotkin and Flor Marchetti and Department Manager Penny Stinson and not merging the department into Sociology.
-Retain both Latin American and Latino Studies lecturers Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
-Make UCSC a sanctuary campus for undocumented communities
-UCSC openly and publicly support the state and Federal DREAM Act
-Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
-Support Family Student Housing in receiving equitable rent for next year 09-10 funding (no rent increase)
-Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation
-No layoffs!
-No worker deportations by ICE
-Freeze on Budget Cuts over the summer, while students are not present

(special thanks to Shaun and the rest of USAS)

For Immediate Release

UC SANTA CRUZ HUNGER STRIKE ENDS
May 31st, 2009

•    After nearly one week of hunger striking, the two dozen strikers from the Student of Color Collective (SOCC) have ended their strike partly due to health concerns as well as to allow students to retain themselves during the upcoming finals week. Students have vacated the base of campus and have re-located. This is due to the aforementioned reasons. The primary reason for ending the strike is the emerging progress in negotiations with administrators.

•    The collective has been in negotiations with administrators since Tuesday and since then has successfully attained two of its demands. The collective has been working with administrators through negotiations and has seen progress in obtaining the rest of its demands since the beginning of the hunger strike on Tuesday.

•    The collective has seen strong support within the last week from workers, students, faculty, and community members statewide. Supporters include:

•    University of California, Berkeley Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alumni Association
•    University of California, Los Angeles  Democratic Society
•    Southern California Immigration Coalition

•    The collective will escalate tactics if short-term demands are not met within the upcoming week.

•    Student of Color Collective Demands
Short Term ( by the end of this quarter 09-10)
•Hire full-time American Indian Resource Center and Women’s Center directors with student voice in open hiring process
•Maintain academic integrity and current structure of Community Studies Dept. by keeping field study
coordinators Mike Rotkin and Flor Marchetti and Department Manager Penny Stinson and not merging the department into Sociology.
•Retain both Latin American and Latino Studies professors Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
•Makes UCSC a sanctuary campus for undocumented communities
•UCSC openly and publicly support the state and Federal DREAM Act
•Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
•Resource Center representative as liaison between local tribes and UCSC in order to maintain respectable relationships with local tribes
•Support Family Student Housing in receiving equitable rent for next year 09-10 funding (no rent increase)
•Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation
•No layoffs!
•No worker deportations by ICE
•Freeze on Budget Cuts over the summer, while students are not present

Long Term:
•Institutionalize scholarships and other resources for AB540 students
•Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!
•Outreach and retention of faculty and staff of color (including hiring a full-time Counseling & Psychological Services staff of color)
•Fill Asian American “specialist” position for American Studies
•Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program
•Affordable and quality housing for under resourced immigrant students
•No cuts to Disability student resources
•No cuts to Rape Awareness Programs

Signed,

UCSC STUDENTS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE

KZSC

May 29, 2009

We were on KZSC talking about how this isn’t just about budget cuts.

Brief Updates

May 28, 2009

A media page, with press coverage, has been added and will be updated continuously. Also, a Solidarity page has been added for those who wish to help out!

Interviews

May 26, 2009

Check out the new “Video” page on our site to see videos of members speaking out! Don’t forget to join us at the rally tomorrow a noon!

UC SANTA CRUZ STUDENTS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE HOLD HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST CUTS TO RESOURCES FOR UNDER-SERVED COMMUNITIES

MAY 22th, 2009

The Students of Color Collective (SOCC) brings together organizers from various campus minority organizations to address the disparities at UC Santa Cruz and the higher education system. The collective has formed in response to the massive education budget cuts that have adversely affected people of color who have historically faced and continue to face inequalities in higher education achievement.

Members of the SOCC will be conducting a HUNGER STRIKE Beginning Tuesday May 26th at the Base of Campus at 12:00PM that will be accompanied by a large student rally in support of the hunger strikers and the SOCC demands. This action will is being conducted to draw attention to cut backs in resources for students of color and for the UCSC administration to recognize and meet these demands.

Student of Color Collective Demands

Short Term ( by the end of this quarter 09-10)
•Hire full-time American Indian Resource Center and Women’s Center directors with student voice in open hiring process
•Maintain academic integrity and current structure of Community Studies Dept. by keeping field study
coordinators Mike Rotkin and Flor Marchetti and Department Manager Penny Stinson and not merging the department into Sociology.

•Retain both Latin American and Latino Studies lecturers Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
•Makes UCSC a sanctuary campus for undocumented communities
•UCSC openly and publicly support the state and Federal DREAM Act
•Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
•Resource Center representative as liaison between local tribes and UCSC in order to maintain respectable relationships with local tribes
•Support Family Student Housing in receiving equitable rent for next year 09-10 funding (no rent increase)

•Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation
•No layoffs!
•No worker deportations by ICE
•Freeze on Budget Cuts over the summer, while students are not present

Long Term:

•Institutionalize scholarships and other resources for AB540 students
•Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!
•Outreach and retention of faculty and staff of color (including hiring a full-time Counseling & Psychological Services staff of color)
•Fill Asian American “specialist” position for American Studies
•Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program
•Affordable and quality housing for under resourced immigrant students
•No cuts to Disability student resources
•No cuts to Rape Awareness Programs

Signed,
UCSC STUDENTS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE

RALLY- May 26- UCSC BASE @ Noon
SOC Coalition will be rallying in solidarity with all students to raise awareness about several issues and resources that are being stripped from students.
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS ACTION>>>>MORE TO COME!


  • Hire full time AIRC (American Indian Resource Center) and WC (Women’s Center) directors with student voice in hiring process
  • Permanent Chancellor funding for Engaging Education (e^2)
  • Maintain the integrity and current structure of the Community Studies program by keeping the field study coordinators and staff
  • Retain two LALS professors Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
  • Institutionalized Scholarships and other resources for AB 540 students
  • Make UCSC a Sanctuary Campus
  • Pass the Federal DREAM Act
  • Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!
  • Permanent funding for Ethnic Year -End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
  • Outreach and Retention of Faculty and Staff of color
  • Fill Asian American ‘Specialist’ Position for American Studies
  • Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program
  • Ethnic representation in administrative positions that reflect the demographics of California
  • Maintain respectable relationships with Local Tribes
  • Equitable rent prices for Family Student Housing
  • Affordable and quality housing for students of color and AB540 students

Mission Statement

May 19, 2009

Student of Color Coalition Mission Statement


The Student of Color Coalition (SOCC) is a collective of student of color organizers actively working for an equitable, more accessible higher education for all students. Comprised of student leaders, ethnic organizations, and concerned students of color, the coalition works to take back ownership over the system of higher education that has historically excluded/exploited communities of color. The coalition recognizes the particular struggle of students of color to access, engage, and retain themselves in an institution that has, through the use of institutionalized racism, undervalued, underutilized, and overlooked the importance of a diverse student body. The coalition asserts that as a public institution, it is the duty of the university to serve the public justly by reflecting the demographics of California.


Following a long legacy of student of color activism, and a thirty year long fight to maintain vital resources for students of color on this campus, the coalition asserts that students of color are valuable assets to the UCSC campus and must be treated by the university as such. During times of budget cuts and economic uncertainty, it is the duty of the university to prioritize those who are most immediately impacted, students of color from historically marginalized communities. It is the duty of the university to therefore, adequately fund, promote, and support resources for these students of color in order to maintain a healthy, diverse campus.


The Student of Color Coalition maintains the needs of students of color include but are not limited to access to effective outreach and retention programs which work to target marginalized communities, access to effective resource centers that work to address the needs of students of color as stated by students of color, people of color representation on all levels of administration, retention of faculty of color, decision making power in all proposed or actual budget cuts which effect student of color resources, and accountability and transparency by all UCSC administrators over all budget decisions.

The coalition holds the university accountable to its claim “To serve society as a center of higher learning, providing long-term societal benefits through transmitting advanced knowledge to all California students” (University of California Mission Statement). As active stakeholders in this institution of higher learning the Student of Color Coalition reclaims the university as a taskforce for creating a strong, diverse, and educated generation of leaders.