ABC Student Success Initiatives

Office for ABC Student Success:
The Division of Student Affairs and Success has established an Office for ABC Student Success. The activities and work of the Office for ABC Student Success spans all areas of the student experience, and is housed in the Division of Student Affairs and Success. The Executive Director for ABC Student Success reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Equity.
ABC Student Success Model 
Pan African Research Fellowship:
Eight students were accepted to eight paid undergraduate fellowships, the Pan-African Research Fellowship, designed for students to conduct research into barrier identification in the areas of ABC student wellness, learning, engagement and career preparation. This pilot program was co-created with ABC students and guided by student research and advocacy goals to achieve more coalition-building between the student body and administrators.

The eight research project titles in 2021 were:
  • Black Space in Formation: Queer and Trans Modes of Survival, Resistance, and Self-Making at UC Santa Cruz
  • ABC Voices and the UCPD: Black Students’ Perceptions, Experiences and Needs Regarding On-Campus Police at UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Resource Centers and the Black Student Experience
  • Understanding Burnout in the UC: A Comparative Analysis of Retention and Graduation Rates Between Black and Non-Black Students
  • Higher Education’s “Black Agenda” in 2020 and Beyond
  • No Place to Call Home, No Space to Find Solace: The Relationship Between the Santa Cruz Housing Crisis and Academic Achievement for Black UC Santa Cruz Students
  • Safe Spaces for Black Muslim Students:  An Analysis of the Black Muslim Student Experience at UC Santa Cruz
  • Hate Bias Reporting Systems: The Impact of Microaggressions on ABC Student Wellness and Sense of Belonging at UC Santa Cruz  
The goal is for students, faculty and staff to work collaboratively with a spirit of creative problem-solving and an openness to change. If you would like to learn more, please contact Lenora Willis [].