Asian American Pacific Islander alumni news from UCSC
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Alumni Voices

April Yee

Hi fellow alums!

I'm April Yee (Oakes '02, American studies & psychology), and I'm the current VP of Finance for the UCSC Alumni Council. I'm also the Council liaison for the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC). In the coming months, I plan to work with Caz Salamanca, director of AAPIRC, to determine the best ways for AA/PI alumni to plug into programming that serves students in a meaningful way.

As an alumna, giving back to the UC Santa Cruz Community has been a fun and fulfilling part of my life. My time at UCSC created a strong foundation for my future endeavors, so I aspire to sustain the space for future students to thrive at UCSC. Being involved in the Alumni Council provides the opportunity for me to do just that, because I get to work with other dedicated alumni and UCSC staff to create programming that benefits students and alumni. Earlier this year in February, I co-facilitated a workshop at the Communities of Color Career Conference called "Workplace Well-Being and Self Care for Students of Color." As a holistic life coach focusing on self-care, I enjoyed the opportunity to combine my passions for sharing self-care practices and connecting with students.

While I've got your attention, I want to encourage you as valued alumni to connect with UCSC in a meaningful way. This being an election year, I'd also like to remind you how important your vote is. I encourage you to find out more about Prop 16 if you live in California. It'll be on the ballot in November, and it supports reinstating affirmative action by repealing Prop 209. I know that within the AA/PI community this can be a divisive issue, but I believe that the benefit of equal opportunity for all outweighs arguments against it. I'll personally be voting YES on Prop 16.


Learn more about Prop 16

Special Announcements

Michael V. Drake

A message to the UC community from President Michael V. Drake, MD


As Michael V. Drake, MD assumes his new role as UC’s 21st president, he sends his greetings and gratitude to the entire university community.


Prop. 209's affirmative action ban drove down Black and Latino UC enrollment and wages, study finds


In June, the UC Board of Regents unanimously supported a repeal of Proposition 209, amplifying the sweeping support within the university system to restore affirmative action.

Profiles in Excellence

Raynier Ramos

Raynier Ramos, College Nine '20
Legal studies, and history of art and visual culture


“My four years at UCSC have been some of the most valuable years of my life,” Raynier Ramos said, “not just academically—I learned a lot from my peers and who I am as a person, as well. It allowed me to evolve as a person.”

Upasna Sharma

Biologist Upasna Sharma wins prestigious Searle Scholars grant


The Searle Scholars Program has awarded a $300,000 research grant to Upasna Sharma, assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at UC Santa Cruz. Sharma, who studies the mechanisms behind “epigenetic” inheritance, is one of 15 young scientists to receive the prestigious award this year.

Maria Theresa Imperia

Supervisors approve three reappointments to the Planning Commission


Maria Theresa Imperial (College Nine '08, politics) was unanimously reappointed to the San Francisco Planning Commission. Imperial co-founded the Bill Sorro Housing Program in 2009 which is dedicated to ensuring vulnerable folks in SF have housing.

Cross-Cultural Community Building


Black Lives Matter: Perspectives from the AA/PI community

Solidari-Tea, a podcast from the Resource Centers at UC Santa Cruz, aims to build community by providing a space to hold important conversations.

Rainbow Theater Podcast

Rainbow Theater Podcast: Remote alumni reunion (part 1)

Join Rainbow Theater students as they interview alumni Antonio Glass (Rachel Carson College '10, theater arts), Nicole Meñez (Porter '15, theater arts), and Tiffany D. Loftin (Oakes '11, American studies) about life during and after UC Santa Cruz.

Fundraising Events

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Get ready to give on September 30th!

The UC Santa Cruz community is coming together on Giving Day, September 30, to ensure the programs that make the student experience so unique remain resilient during these challenging times. This 24-hour crowdfunding campaign with 140+ areas of campus participating, starts at midnight on September 30.

Career and Network Support

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Leveraging your experience in today's job market

September 23, 4:30 p.m. PDT

This event will include a presentation from LinkedIn about how to strengthen your professional network from home, and an alumni panel discussion for recent graduates preparing to enter the job market with a focus on alumni of color.

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Career Pivots: Changing industries + realigning your brand


October 23, 12 p.m. PDT

Considering a career change? You’re not alone! Join our experienced panel of UC alumni for tangible tips for changing careers, identifying opportunities, and leveraging your strengths to successfully pivot to a new industry.

Work at UC Santa Cruz!

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UC Santa Cruz wants to see an increase in Asian and Pacific Islander representation at all levels of the university. Please consider applying, and pass along these job announcements to other Asian and Pacific Islander folks in your networks. You'll find a comprehensive list of all open positions here.

SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts & Diversity Program Manager | SOMeCA
Application review begins 9/21/2020

PBSci Divisional Liaison | ITS Division
Application review begins on 9/22/2020

Admissions Freshman Reviewer | Admissions
Application review begins on 9/23/2020

This newsletter was produced by the Alumni Engagement office at UC Santa Cruz. If you have suggestions for content you'd like to see featured, please contact Rhonda Kinard at



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