Q&A with Professor Paul Ortiz

In fewer than 300 pages, professor Paul Ortiz tries to regain years of African American and Latinx misrepresentation in U.S. history by highlighting the...

A Conversation with Adilah Barnes

Award-winning actress, acclaimed author and one of the most in uential UCSC alumni — Adilah Barnes has returned to the stage to play the...

Prefiguring Justice through Art

Eleven galleries across Santa Cruz County joined a collaborative exhibition series called Spoken/Unspoken, which illustrates many forms of protest art. Each gallery takes a...

Multiverse of Body, Sound, Light

From “imagination” to “transformation” to “multiverse,” the theme of this year’s Random with a Purpose explores the ways different mediums of art can contribute...


Nationwide, transgender people are faced with gender norm policing and oppression by cisgender privilege daily. While visibility around trans oppression has increased socially,  agency...

Queerness, Latinidad and Joy

“I don’t think we allow ourselves to experience joy,” said queer Latinx writer Gabby Rivera. “A lot of our narratives are centered around oppression...

Underrepresented Students Navigate Higher Education

Students of color and first-generation students often find themselves working twice as hard to adapt to university life, though their additional effort is largely...

From School to Prison and Back

Edgar Fuentes* was 10 the first time he smoked meth, 12 the first time he went to juvenile hall, and 13 when he was...

Past and Present

Though underreported and underappreciated, Black people have been present in the territory that is now Santa Cruz County for centuries. In 1995, late professional...

Unlocking Social Constructs

Two teenagers, one black, one white, reflect on their pasts from their prison cell — one shot his neighborhood bully and the other killed...


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