Fall 2009:

n/a

Spring 2009 Archive:

Flyers:

Hunger Strike v1 – May 26

Hunger Strike v2 – Continues

Agreements & Demands – May 26

Hunger Strike v3 – May 26

Hunger Strike v4 – May 26

Petition Side 1 revised – Spring 09

Petition Side 2 – Spring 09

Hunger Strike – Continues #2 Qtr Sheet

Agreements and Demands Qtr Sheets

Hunger Strike 5 – Continues #3 Full

Solidarity Sites:

newUC

FSA

Letters:

Sample 1:

Dear Professors,

We, the Student of Color Collective, began a hunger strike on Tuesday May 26th at noon at the base of campus. We are taking this courageous step because the budget cuts disproportionately target already marginalized students on this campus and we must fight for the resources and services that benefit our communities.

In examining and working against these budget cuts, we want to spread awareness about the fact that these cuts are not random or unbiased. These cuts disproportionately affect students, staff and faculty that are already marginalized on this campus, specifically this includes students of color, low-income students and AB 540 students. We hope that you read through our mission statement and demands and find ways that we are all concerned with and fighting for many similar objectives. We reach out to you and hope for your support in our further actions.

As a first step to getting our demands met we sent a letter to Chancellor Blumenthal explaining why we are particularly concerned with and need the positions of directors of the AIRC (American Indian Resource Center) and Women’s Center to be filled. As of right now the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students, Alma Sifuentes has started a dialogue about filling the AIRC director position and also has expressed interest in beginning a conversation about filling the Women’s Center director position. Although this is exciting news, this is all tentative and we have gotten nothing in writing stating that these positions will in fact be filled. Right now we are in the process of scheduling meetings with various administrators who have the power to fulfill our demands regarding the rest of the demands on our list.

Much thought has gone into what kind of action we want to puruse in demanding that the needs of our communities be recognized. Through many conversations we decided to do a Hunger Strike for our Demands starting at noon on Tuesday, May 26th. We will be inhabiting the base of campus twenty four hours a day. We are also holding events and inviting people to join from 6am to 8pm every day this week to spread awareness about what we are doing and why we are doing it. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us at the base and show solidarity. This action requires a lot of support from the larger UCSC community in order for it to be effective.

Please support us and show solidarity for our Demands and our Hunger Strike by:

1)      Holding your class at the base of campus at any time next week beginning at noon on Tuesday, May 26th.

2)      Come share your thoughts or speak about these Demands during one of the rallies or community events we will be having next week. If you are interested in this please email Becca at rrozomar@ucsc.edu

3)      Write a letter of support of this action and of these Demands. And CC that letter to ucsc.soc.collective@gmail.edu

4)      Spread the word! Spread this email around your department. Send this information to your students. Tell your classes, fellow faculty and friends and join us at the base sometime this week!

5) Help us out with Outreach! If you have any connections to reporters or media contacts that could cover our story please email us at ucsc.soc.collective@gmail.edu

In Solidarity, Student of Color Collective

Student of Color Collective Demands

Short Term:

•       Hire full-time AIRC (American Indian Resource Center) and WC (Women’s Center) directors with student voice in 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.

•       Retain two LALS professors Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas

•       Make UCSC a sanctuary campus

•       UCSC publicly support the Dream Act (state/federal)

•       Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts

•       RC (Resource Center) rep as liaison to between local tribes and UCSC. Maintain respectable relationships with local tribes.

•       Equitable rent for family student housing. No rent increase for year of 09-10

•       Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation

•       No layoffs!

•       No worker deportations by ICE

•       Freeze on cuts over the summer

Long Term:

•       Chancellor support/funding of SIO programs for  Students of Color

•       Institutionalized scholarships and other resources for under-resourced immigrant students

•       Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!

•       Outreach and retention of faculty and staff of color (CPS)

•       Fill Asian American “specialist” position for American Studies

•       Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program

•       Affordable and quality housing for under sourced immigrant students

•       No cuts to D resources

•       No cuts to rape awareness

Student of Color Collective Mission Statement

The Student of Color Collective (SOCC) is a coalition 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 collective works to take back ownership over the system of higher education that has historically excluded/exploited communities of color. The collective 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 collective 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 collective 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 Collective 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 collective 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 collective reclaims the university as a taskforce for creating a strong, diverse, and educated generation of leaders.

Sample 2:

Dear Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students,

We, the Student of Color Collective, began a hunger strike on Tuesday May 26th at noon at the base of campus. We are taking this courageous step because the budget cuts disproportionately target already marginalized students on this campus and we must fight for the resources and services that benefit our communities.

In examining and working against these budget cuts, we want to spread awareness about the fact that these cuts are not random or unbiased. These cuts disproportionately affect students, staff and faculty that are already marginalized on this campus, specifically this includes students of color, low-income students and AB 540 students. We hope that you read through our mission statement and demands and find ways that we are all concerned with and fighting for many similar objectives. We reach out to you and hope for your support in our further actions.

As a first step to getting our demands met we sent a letter to Chancellor Blumenthal explaining why we are particularly concerned with and need the positions of directors of the AIRC (American Indian Resource Center) and Women’s Center to be filled. As of right now the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students, Alma Sifuentes has started a dialogue about filling the AIRC director position and also has expressed interest in beginning a conversation about filling the Women’s Center director position. Although this is exciting news, this is all tentative and we have gotten nothing in writing stating that these positions will in fact be filled. Right now we are in the process of scheduling meetings with various administrators who have the power to fulfill our demands regarding the rest of the demands on our list.

Much thought has gone into what kind of action we want to puruse in demanding that the needs of our communities be recognized. Through many conversations we decided to do a Hunger Strike for our Demands starting at noon on Tuesday, May 26th. We will be inhabiting the base of campus twenty four hours a day. We are also holding events and inviting people to join from 6am to 8pm every day this week to spread awareness about what we are doing and why we are doing it. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us at the base and show solidarity. This action requires a lot of support from the larger UCSC community in order for it to be effective.

Please support us and show solidarity for our Demands and our Hunger Strike by:

1)      Holding your class/section at the base of campus at any time next week beginning at noon on Tuesday, May 26th.

2)      Come share your thoughts or speak about these Demands during one of the rallies or community events we will be having next week. If you are interested in this please email Becca at rrozomar@ucsc.edu

3)      Write a letter of support of this action and of these Demands. And CC that letter to ucsc.soc.collective@gmail.edu

4)      Spread the word! Spread this email around your department. Send this information to your students. Tell your classes, fellow faculty and friends and join us at the base sometime this week!

5) Help us out with Outreach! If you have any connections to reporters or media contacts that could cover our story please email us at ucsc.soc.collective@gmail.edu

In Solidarity, Student of Color Collective

Student of Color Collective Demands

Short Term:

•       Hire full-time AIRC (American Indian Resource Center) and WC (Women’s Center) directors with student voice in 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.

•       Retain two LALS professors Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas

•       Make UCSC a sanctuary campus

•       UCSC publicly support the Dream Act (state/federal)

•       Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts

•       RC (Resource Center) rep as liaison to between local tribes and UCSC. Maintain respectable relationships with local tribes.

•       Equitable rent for family student housing. No rent increase for year of 09-10

•       Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation

•       No layoffs!

•       No worker deportations by ICE

•       Freeze on cuts over the summer

Long Term:

•       Chancellor support/funding of SIO programs for  Students of Color

•       Institutionalized scholarships and other resources for under-resourced immigrant students

•       Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!

•       Outreach and retention of faculty and staff of color (CPS)

•       Fill Asian American “specialist” position for American Studies

•       Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program

•       Affordable and quality housing for under sourced immigrant students

•       No cuts to D resources

•       No cuts to rape awareness

Student of Color Collective Mission Statement

The Student of Color Collective (SOCC) is a coalition 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 collective works to take back ownership over the system of higher education that has historically excluded/exploited communities of color. The collective 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 collective 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 collective 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 Collective 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 collective 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 collective reclaims the university as a taskforce for creating a strong, diverse, and educated generation of leaders.

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