Wishing you the best as you head into the fall quarter break

To:  All UC Santa Cruz Students

Fr:  Dean of Students

Re: Wishing you the best as you head into the fall quarter break

Hello Banana Slugs. 

I wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you and wishing you the best heading into the fall quarter break. I know it’s been and continues to be a hard year, and my team and other partners around campus wanted to do something nice for those of you that live in Santa Cruz, and who wish to safely celebrate the November holiday. We are offering fall break meal kits featuring local foods and meal swipes to UCSC students who are staying in the Santa Cruz area. To request either or both of these offerings, please fill out this form by Monday, November 23rd. 

The November holiday is a time for many to reflect on all that they are grateful for. And yet for others, it comes with complications and it is tied to historical trauma.To learn more about American Indian perspectives on the holiday, I encourage you to attend Indigethanx on Friday, November 20th, hosted by the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC). This year American Indian Chef Crystal Wahpepah will do a cooking demo and share about traditional Native foodways. Everyone is welcome! 

See below for more resources and ways to be in community with other Banana Slugs during the fall quarter break next week. 



On Campus Dining Services: Hours & Locations

Colleges Nine and John R. Lewis College will remain OPEN for service during the fall quarter quarter break, Thursday November 26th through Sunday, November 29th. Dining will not offer Late Night during Wednesday, November 25th through Saturday November, 28th and will close at 8pm on those days. The Market at University Center and the Bay Tree Express Store will be closed during the break. Visit the Dining website for the most up to date information on hours and locations. 

Get app & Holiday Menu

Please continue to use the GET app to order your meals from the dining hall during the fall break. Special menu items will be available in celebration of the holiday. The tentative menu includes turkey, gravy, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash, quinoa, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, garlic kale, roasted vegetables and a seasonal dessert. 

Virtual Events

Please continue adhering to the Slug Strong guidelines, and avoid gathering in person. The  Dean of Students Office, SUA and Global Programming are planning a variety of fun online events to keep you connected during the break. View the fall break info page for all the details!

Grubhub Accepts Flexi Dollars

If you’re craving something special, you may be able to get it delivered to campus or to your home in Santa Cruz, as 150+ merchants in Santa Cruz have partnered with Grubhub. You can use the UCSC Grubhub link for easy set-up, or visit our Flexi Dollar page to learn more. Here’s how to add more Flexi$ to your account.

Staying Safe Over the Fall Quarter Break

The safest way to celebrate the holidays this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend the holidays with people outside your household, take steps to make the celebration safer for everyone. Here are some tips for celebrating safely:

  • Enjoy holiday traditions at home with your household

  • Decorate your home and/or yard

  • Share a virtual meal with family and friends

  • Host online parties and/or contests

  • Prepare meals using traditional recipes and deliver to family and neighbors

  • Attend holiday movie nights at drive-in venues

  • Visit holiday-themed outdoor art installations

  • Participate in drive-by events where everyone stays in their vehicle.

If you are going to gather with friends or family outside of your household, keep in mind the gathering restrictions released by the state department of public health.