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UC Student Association (UCSA) The University of California Student Association (UCSA) is a coalition of UC students and student governments aimed at increasing the accessibility, affordability and quality of the UC system through advocacy and direct action organizing.
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UCSA is a student-run, membership-based organization, with a Board of Directors made up entirely of students and a full-time staff led by an Executive Director.

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03/20/2021
Our Legacy: Exploring the History and Accomplishments of Student Activism

SLC '21's first panel will focus on the history of the student movement, including the accomplishments of student leaders past and present. From the fight for equitable curriculum, to stopping tuition hikes, to passing legislation, student activists have been at the heart of some of the most important movements that have come from our campuses. Panelists will share their reflections on their time as student leaders, their perspectives on the accomplishments of student advocacy, and lessons they learned that we can use to carry on the legacy of success.

UC students continue to struggle from severe digital equity gaps that this pandemic has only exacerbated. It is crucial ...
01/11/2021
Broadband Relief Coming For Some College Students Under Federal Relief Plans

UC students continue to struggle from severe digital equity gaps that this pandemic has only exacerbated. It is crucial for our state and federal elected officials to act quickly in order to guarantee access to technology grants and broadband support for our vulnerable students. We are heartened to see our federal advocacy succeed in pushing for broadband funding in the newly passed federal relief bill, and will work to ensure students can access these funds as soon as possible.

https://laist.com/2021/01/11/state_federal_progams_broadband_internet_college_students.php

Low-income college students could get $50 broadband reimbursement from federal COVID relief bill.

With the Associated Press confirming the election of Joseph Biden, Jr. to President of the United States, UC Student Ass...
11/07/2020

With the Associated Press confirming the election of Joseph Biden, Jr. to President of the United States, UC Student Association President Aidan Arasasingham released the following statement:

“On behalf of more than 285,000 UC students, I congratulate Joe Biden on his election as the next President of the United States.”

UCSA President Aidan Arasasingham:This morning, UC students woke up to uncertainty over the outcome of the Presidential ...
11/04/2020

UCSA President Aidan Arasasingham:

This morning, UC students woke up to uncertainty over the outcome of the Presidential election and increasing certainty over the outcome of California propositions. On behalf of more than 285,000 UC students, I am deeply disappointed to see the failure of Prop. 16.

Voters had a chance to end California’s failed experiment in race-blindness and usher in a new era of opportunity for students and workers in this state. Unfortunately, Californians did not live up to our ideals of equity and justice today.

The passage of Prop. 16 would have allowed California to join 41 other states in using affirmative action as a tool to fight discrimination and advance opportunity. The fight for affirmative action at UC has spanned generations, and we stand on the shoulders of the UC students who have remained on the front lines of this battle since the 1960s. Thousands of students poured their hearts into marching, rallying, and organizing in support of this top UC student priority — and the movement for equity, justice, and fairness that started before us will continue.

I want to thank all of our campus Vote Coalitions, our election partners throughout the state, and our tireless student volunteers for registering and turning out historic numbers of students in an election like no other. In just a few months, student leaders reinvented the playbook for student voter engagement, empowering new voters in new, innovative ways.

At the national level, officials continue to diligently count votes. In a state that has lowered barriers to voting by allowing same-day registration, provisional voting, and universal mail-in voting, counting votes and calling races will take time. Elsewhere in the country, UCSA coalition partners are working hard to safeguard ballot counting and ensure all student voices are heard.

I also know that this election is weighing heavily on student health and hearts. You can visit the following resources for guidance on mental health resilience, safely protesting, and requesting academic accommodations.

This will be a difficult time for campus communities, but I have never doubted the ability of students to step up in times of challenge with courage, compassion, and conviction.”

UCSA knows that this election is weighing heavily on student health and hearts. We produced a campus-by-campus list for ...
11/04/2020
Campus By Campus Resources After The 2020 Election - UCSA

UCSA knows that this election is weighing heavily on student health and hearts.

We produced a campus-by-campus list for guidance on mental health resilience, safely protesting, and requesting academic accommodations; find it at https://ucsa.org/post-election/. We're also hosting an election debrief session today 1-3PM; register at tinyurl.com/debrief-11-4 by 12PM.

Past elections have impacted the landscape of UC campuses in significant ways. The toll on students processing what results mean for them and their families can overwhelm academic demands, producing the need for mental health intervention or academic accommodation. As students deal with the already....

!!!Must Read!!!Check out this powerful op-ed by high schooler Arta Khosravi at UCSA’s latest issue of “State of UC”:“If ...
11/02/2020
In a moment of educational uncertainty, we need Proposition 16 - UCSA

!!!Must Read!!!

Check out this powerful op-ed by high schooler Arta Khosravi at UCSA’s latest issue of “State of UC”:

“If we’re serious about delivering on our Californian values of equal opportunity for all who call our diverse and dynamic state home, it’s absolutely critical we pass Proposition 16.”

Today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders of our state are asking us to vote #YesOnProp16. It is up to all of us to make it happen!

https://ucsa.org/need-16/

November 2, 2020 | Arta Khosravi | Corona Del Mar High School Arta Khosravi is a senior at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, CA. She is passionate about cultural and religious awareness, and is a proud member of the Zoroastrian community. Arta wants to study international relations and pu...

UC Student Association (UCSA)'s cover photo
11/01/2020

UC Student Association (UCSA)'s cover photo

While we might not yet know results, we're holding space to discuss what happens on election night. Join our UCSA & UCwe...
10/28/2020

While we might not yet know results, we're holding space to discuss what happens on election night. Join our UCSA & UCweVOTE Open Office Hours on November 4, 1-3pm.

Register at: tinyurl.com/debrief-11-4

Topics include:
- Federal implications of the Presidential election for students & UC
- California proposition results
- Know Your Rights when protesting
- Resources if your academics are interrupted post-election
- Open Q&A with professional staff

UCSA opposes a new proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security that would severely restrict international stude...
10/22/2020

UCSA opposes a new proposed rule by the Department of Homeland Security that would severely restrict international students' visa duration. You can make a public comment (which can be anonymous) by the end of Oct 26th to express your concerns here: https://tinyurl.com/yyptpr7m

10/16/2020
Coming up shortly!!! Join us for the Student Town Hall on Prop 16: http://bit.do/prop16-townhallFeaturing our wonderful ...
10/16/2020

Coming up shortly!!! Join us for the Student Town Hall on Prop 16: http://bit.do/prop16-townhall
Featuring our wonderful panel moderator, Regent
Laphonza Butler!

URGENT: The Supreme Court ruled this week that Census count efforts can end early! Please fill out the Census RIGHT NOW ...
10/15/2020

URGENT: The Supreme Court ruled this week that Census count efforts can end early! Please fill out the Census RIGHT NOW at https://my2020census.gov/. Undercounting students and our wider communities will affect resources for a decade!

URGENT: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Census count efforts can end early on October 15. Please share the new de...
10/14/2020

URGENT: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Census count efforts can end early on October 15. Please share the new deadline widely and fill out the Census at https://my2020census.gov/. Undercounting students and our wider communities will affect resources for a decade!

Join UCSA, @csustudents, and @ssccc_official on Friday at 1pm in our student town hall on #Prop16. Register here: http:/...
10/14/2020

Join UCSA, @csustudents, and @ssccc_official on Friday at 1pm in our student town hall on #Prop16. Register here: http://bit.do/prop16-townhall

Ballots started going out today in CA. Learn about the propositions and how we are voting for student interests in this ...
10/06/2020

Ballots started going out today in CA. Learn about the propositions and how we are voting for student interests in this election. #UCweVOTE

Will you join us in taking the next step in this election to get other students to vote? Just a few hours of your time c...
09/30/2020

Will you join us in taking the next step in this election to get other students to vote? Just a few hours of your time could make a huge difference when it comes to voter turnout, accessibility to the polls, and issues like affirmative action. Sign up at:

http://bit.do/wevoteweekend

Today we break down the questions on the census form! Source: US Census Bureau
08/19/2020

Today we break down the questions on the census form! Source: US Census Bureau

The clock is ticking. On August 1, rent was due. Now, we are 10 days away from the start of mass evictions across Califo...
08/04/2020

The clock is ticking. On August 1, rent was due. Now, we are 10 days away from the start of mass evictions across California. This could mean millions being pushed into homelessness and being needlessly exposed to COVID-19. Governor @GavinNewsom and the state Senate must ACT NOW to avert this disaster by passing #AB1436 and keeping Californians in their homes! #StopCOVIDEvictions #TenantTuesday

UC Student Association (UCSA)'s cover photo
08/03/2020

UC Student Association (UCSA)'s cover photo

We are officially recruiting new student leaders for several prominent leadership roles in 2020-21. Open positions and t...
07/29/2020

We are officially recruiting new student leaders for several prominent leadership roles in 2020-21. Open positions and their applications can be found here: https://ucsa.org/get-involved/.

In “Underrepresentation and the 2020 Census,” UC Riverside student Gabriel Pineda emphasizes that the Census will fund s...
07/15/2020

In “Underrepresentation and the 2020 Census,” UC Riverside student Gabriel Pineda emphasizes that the Census will fund social services that can support low-income and system-impacted families. Read their full story at: www.ucsa.org/underrep

We are still taking submissions for our blog! Email [email protected] with either a 500 word max. written submission or a 1 minute max. video testimony on why the census matters to you!

From California Census 2020! It is more important than ever for all communities to be represented in the census! Make su...
07/09/2020

From California Census 2020!

It is more important than ever for all communities to be represented in the census!

Make sure you fill it out at my2020census.gov!

Reminder: if you lived on-campus, you were already counted!

Email [email protected] if you have any census-related questions!

The UC has confirmed its next President, Dr. Michael V. Drake.UCSA President Varsha Sarveshwar commented: "In a conversa...
07/07/2020

The UC has confirmed its next President, Dr. Michael V. Drake.

UCSA President Varsha Sarveshwar commented: "In a conversation with student leaders earlier today, Dr. Drake discussed his approach to many of these challenges and affirmed his commitment to equity and inclusion, to accessibility and affordability, to rethinking public safety, and to student consultation. I am hopeful that Dr. Drake will work in partnership with UCSA to follow through on these principles, and I challenge him to boldly pursue a vision for the University of California that is grounded in economic, social, and racial justice."

Say it loud so everyone in the back can hear: YES on #Prop16. #YesToAffirmativeAction #OpportunityForAll
07/02/2020

Say it loud so everyone in the back can hear: YES on #Prop16. #YesToAffirmativeAction #OpportunityForAll

In lieu of a UCSA statement, we are sharing the powerful words of the systemwide UC Undocumented Coalition on the Suprem...
06/19/2020

In lieu of a UCSA statement, we are sharing the powerful words of the systemwide UC Undocumented Coalition on the Supreme Court's DACA decision.

06/17/2020

Thank you to Chair Jerry Hill and members of the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement committee for standing with students today and voting #YesOnACA5. Also a shoutout to Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson for being a champion of her constituents at UCSB. UCSA and Associated Students - UCSB thank you for always hearing our students! On to the Senate Appropriations!

#Opporunity4All #ACA5

News like this can't wait till the morning!!!The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus is calling on...
06/09/2020

News like this can't wait till the morning!!!

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus is calling on our state leaders to support efforts to reinstate affirmative action.

Now is the time for our state leaders to do just that by supporting #Opportunity4All and voting YES on #ACA5

IN SUPPORT OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus urges legislators to take action to restore affirmative action in California. Allowing race and gender to be considered in college admissions, hiring, and government contracting levels the playing field for those who lack personal connections or face discrimination, including API students, employees, and businesses.

After Prop 209 banned affirmative action in 1996, Asian American and Pacific Islander admission rates to the University of California, including Berkeley and UCLA, went down. While the total number of API students has increased, it is at a slower rate than the increase in California's API population. Other states that continue to use affirmative action have seen faster increases.

We understand that college admissions is a sensitive issue for many immigrant communities. Being new to the country, without the connections to grow businesses, education is seen as the primary path to success. Affirmative action - especially if using disaggregated data (the API population is made up of many ethnicities and communities with very different incomes, histories, and challenges) - gives these communities a boost. It also opens additional doors through government contracting and hiring.

For these reasons, the California Democratic Party's current platform calls for the following:

- Support the re-establishment and implementation of equitable affirmative action in admissions processes at California's public universities and colleges

- Encourage, support,and defend voluntary and mandatory affirmative action measures aimed at enhancing equality in employment, education, and business opportunities

- Support review of affirmative action programs and goals that ensures the implementation and results are carefully nuanced and uses disaggregated data, particularly for the large category of Asian American and Pacific Islander (“API”)

- Support affirmative action, the rights accorded to women in Title IX, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution

Apply to serve on the 2020-21 UCSA Board at:https://ucsa.org/get-involved/appointed/Positions include:Academic Affairs O...
06/09/2020

Apply to serve on the 2020-21 UCSA Board at:
https://ucsa.org/get-involved/appointed/

Positions include:
Academic Affairs Officer
Alumni Relations Officer
Campus Climate Officer
Environmental Sustainability Officer
Financial Aid Advocacy Officer
Labor Relations Officer
Underrepresented Student Officer
Basic Needs Security Officer
International Students Affairs Officer
Transfer Student Affairs Officer

UCSA applauds Governor Newsom for endorsing ACA 5!
06/05/2020

UCSA applauds Governor Newsom for endorsing ACA 5!

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The California Student Engagement Collaborative (comprised of Student Affairs professionals from several UC, CSU, and CCC campuses) is sponsoring an exciting virtual conference focused on leadership, social justice, and advocacy education. The California Student Leadership Conference will be October 16 & 17, 2020 and registration is now open https://cslc.csudh.edu/registration/ . There is no cost for UC students to attend. Registration will close on October 16th but there a limited number of tickets. The Inaugural California Student Leadership Conference is the first two-day virtual conference that gathers college students from the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and California Community College (CCC) campuses for an opportunity to collectively explore and examine critical and multi-faceted topics on campus and nationally. This gathering aims to be a catalyst of dialogue, inspiration, connection and action. The theme “Rise Up” embodies the resilience and hope sewn in the fabric of higher education. “Rise Up” also captures the community spirit and commitment to transform and co-create solutions for the overwhelming challenges we currently face. We will have Alicia Garza (Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter) and Dellara Gorjian (Student Declarant, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California) as Keynote speakers and over 35 program sessions with topics on Leadership, Social Justice, Advocacy, and much more. Alicia is offering 600 free copies of her book “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart” to students that register, attend, and participate through the conference. These are advance copies before the book goes on sale October 20th, 2020. Our goal is to have 3000 students attend the conference and sponsoring campuses have tickets available. There will be an additional 700 Open Registration tickets that will be available to all students from the UC, CSU, and CCC campuses. Please help us spread the word to other students on your campus or other UCs about this great opportunity. For more information please visit https://cslc.csudh.edu/ or email [email protected]
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We need involvement an activism. Please help get out the vote.
Where is the board meeting taking place tonight?
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