Student Groups

College Nine recognizes the importance of providing opportunities for our students to shape their environment and develop leadership skills. Student-driven groups, advised and supported by staff, have a primary role in planning and programming student activities.
Find the group that is right for you and explore international and global perspectives, contribute to your community, and develop leadership skills.

    Fall Quarter

  • Students for Social Change

    Slugs 4 Self-Care

    Slugs 4 Self-Care meets weekly to discuss and implement self-care practices for students. Join us for this weekly series in-person or via Zoom on Wednesdays from 6-7pm PDT! 

    MEETS: Wednesdays from 6-7pm PDT

    LOCATION: in-person at the Rec Lounge (located under the MPR, between the College Nine and John R. Lewis College Dining Hall and Terry Freitas Cafe) and via Zoom (register at


  • Year-Long

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    Community Garden Class and Club

    The College Nine & John R. Lewis College community garden class and group allow students to engage in a collaborative design process, learn hands-on skills and community gardening best practices, coordinate garden work days, strategize outreach, and build regenerative social and ecological systems. 

    CLUB MEETS: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm

    LOCATION: College Nine & John R. Lewis College Garden



    CONTACT: or 

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    College Nine Student Senate

    Student Senate is the College's governing body.  It appoints students to campus and college-wide committees advises College administration on policy development, and provides monetary support to student organizations.

    MEETS: Thursdays, 7:00pm - 8:00pm 

    LOCATION: Social Sciences 1. Rm 261


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    PRAXIS: Student Volunteer Community

    PRAXIS is an organization geared toward community building and social justice. By participating in PRAXIS, students gain exposure to a variety of Santa Cruz community organizations, meet a diversity of people, and explore what it means to be agents of social change.

    MEETS: Meetings are on Tuesdays from 7-8PM PDT and will be held on Zoom for the first few weeks before transitioning to in-person meetings. Sign up at:


  • Winter Quarter

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    Intercultural Community Weekend (ICW)

    ICW is on hiatus until 2021, C9 and John R. Lewis College students will be welcome to participate in MCW.


    ICW is an overnight retreat where College Nine students deepen their awareness and connection to College Nine's theme of International and Global Perspectives.  Through interactive exercises and small group discussions, students are given the opportunity to learn more about themselves and others and develop intercultural sensitivity and awareness.

  • Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

    Make a difference this spring break in the city of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County.  Join a team of dedicated UCSC students working together for social justice and stronger communities.

    DATES: March 21 - 25th, 2020


    CONTACT: Linnea Beckett,

  • Spring Quarter

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    19th Annual Practical Activism Conference

    The Practical Activism Conference is a daylong, student-led conference with speakers, organizations, and hands-on activism sessions. The conference is planned by a group of dedicated College Nine and John R. Lewis College students

    DATE: February 26th, 2022