On the Margins @UCSC

Get to Know On the Margins

Our mission is to collaborate with others to design and implement anti-racist, equitable, and affirming programs, practices, initiatives, and policies. We strive to do this through love, commitment, political action, and freedom dreaming.


Collective Care Circle

BIPOC Healing Circle

Individual Coaching

The Collective Care Circle serves as an interactive gathering space where students can center radical imagination and conversations about their political, spiritual, physical, emotional and psychic wellbeing. Visit the On The Margins website and scroll down to register! The BIPOC Healing Circle is a space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to heal in community. Healing circles help us to acknowledge and unpack harm, loss, and violence while supporting one another. Visit the On The Margins website and scroll down to register! Coaching sessions offer a virtual gathering place where a UC Santa Cruz student and a wellness coach can gather for connection, care, and accompaniment. Sessions focus on healing and resiliency practices to deepen and sustain students’ personal, social, and academic well being and goals. Sign up here to speak to a coach!

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How to Sign Up:

  • Visit the On The Margins Website 
  • Click tab “Appointments/Citas”
  • Click “Appointments for UC Santa Cruz” 
  • Information about our services will be listed
  • Scroll down to register for “Individual coaching”, “BIPOC Healing Circle”, and “Collective Care Circle” 
  • Make sure to register as a “New Client” 
  • Select time/day that works best you
  • Fill out personal information

Our Name

Our work centers the struggles of those who lie on the margins of society. Inspired by Dr. Kimberlé Chrenshaw’s article "Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color," we exist at the intersection of feminism and anti-racism to de-marginalize the margins.

Our Vision

We envision a world without prisons and borders; that centers racial, gender, economic and ecological justice; that is pro Black Indigenous Womxn of Color and Trans communities; that cherishes pleasure, creative pedagogy, and imaginative exploration; and that centers community accountability and radical self-care.


daniela portrait “Through On the Margins, I was able to target my struggles of setting boundaries with others and more firmly define time for myself and my own mental health.” - Daniela Obeso (read full testimonial here)
mariad portrait “On the Margins really brought light into my life when I felt as though there wouldn’t be any until much later. They helped me so much that I recommended it to my best friend, and she came out of a session feeling much better and has shared that she too will continue to schedule more appointments.” - María Dolores Castillo (read full testimonial here)