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A message from faculty leaders

L.S. Kim
Flora Lu

We are delighted to have the opportunity to be in touch with you!

By way of introduction, L.S. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Digital Media. Her research, writing, and teaching specialties include: television history and theory, race and representation, Asian American cultural production, feminist criticism, and social change in both mainstream Hollywood and alternative media. Flora Lu is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Provost of College Nine and John R. Lewis College. Her areas of scholarly interest include: ecological anthropology, environmental justice, political ecology, and conservation politics.


Together, we have seen several eras of growth at UC Santa Cruz. One significant shift has been an increase in the number of Asian and Asian American students at UCSC. This is a positive and promising change. While faculty are working with dedication and

determination to advise and mentor AAPI and Asian international students, more support is needed to enhance student success and faculty welfare. For example, from 2000 to 2018, Asian students went from 15% of the total undergraduate population to 28%, while AAPI Senate faculty only increased from 11% to 18%. This gap is the most significant of any racial group on campus. We also need to appoint more AAPI and BIPOC in leadership positions in the upper administration to broaden the vision and awareness about racialized experiences of students and faculty. Particularly in the context of Covid-19 and anti-Asian xenophobia, students need and deserve to feel respected and be protected.


Efforts are underway to build community among each other while simultaneously strengthening AAPI community affinity with UCSC. Professor Kim is Chair of the AAPI Faculty Initiative , a new effort to support AAPI students, staff, and faculty at UCSC. The AAPI Faculty Initiative is housed at College Nine, whose theme is International and Global Perspectives. College Nine and John R. Lewis College have the highest percentages of Asian American students (about 45%) and international students (over 9%) at UCSC. The Initiative serves to forge stronger campus and community partnerships, amplify the expertise of faculty and alumni, and support the experiences of members of the AAPI community. We recently celebrated the Lunar New Year with a Zoom event where faculty members introduced themselves to and dialogued with students and parents. Members of the AAPI Faculty Group are very excited to work together to reinforce and celebrate the successes of colleagues and students, to connect with alumni, and to form relationships with community supporters.


If you would like to learn more about the AAPI Faculty Initiative, please reach out! Please let us know your name, graduation year, and if there is a particular topic that you are thinking about as a way to connect back with UC Santa Cruz. We look forward to hearing from you!

Learn more about the AAPI Faculty Initiative!

Special Announcements

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$2.6 million grant funds program to increase diversity of conservation leaders

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded renewed funding for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz with a grant of $2.63 million over the next four years. The program was established with an initial four-year grant in 2015, with the goal of diversifying the conservation field.

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Seeking Applications for Alumni Councilors

Become a UCSC Alumni Association leader. Support the educational calling of UCSC, and guide the university into the future. Help connect 140,000 alumni to each other and to campus, by collaborating with staff, faculty, and administrators to support student success.


Deadline: March 30, 5 p.m. (PST)

Profiles in Excellence

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Graduate Profile: Jinghong Zhang, History Doctoral Student

Jinghong Zhang is a PhD Student in the History Department at UC Santa Cruz whose current project focuses on the history of dentistry in twentieth-century China. Zhang is a scholar of modern Chinese social and cultural history, the history of medicine and public health in China, and gender.

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To Pasadena Human Services Commissioner Jessica Xie, ‘Every Story is Important’

A California native, city Human Services Commission Chair Jessica Xie grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and has always considered Pasadena her safe haven. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Xie went overseas to live and pursue further studies. A cyber strategy expert, Xie also possesses a master of science degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from the University of Edinburgh Business School.

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Professor recognized among the art world’s top influencers for 2020

The London-based magazine ArtReview

recently wrapped up 2020 with the release of their annual Power 100 ranking list celebrating top influencers in the contemporary art world. Feral Atlas: The More Than Human Anthropocene, a project curated by UC Santa Cruz anthropology professor Anna Tsing, was recognized as number 15 on that list.

Listen Up

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UCSC News Roundup Podcast - Stephanie Foo

Wherein we interview visiting alumna Stephanie Foo, a writer and radio producer who spent several years at This American Life, where she produced dozens of radio stories and an Emmy-winning video short. She is currently working on a book about healing from Complex PTSD.

Career Events

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Communities of Color Career Series: [Net]Work It!

With the collaboration of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC) and Alumni Engagement, this webinar is about building community with alumni to practice making connections that align with your cultural values. Alumni of color share their experiences with networking, that provide insight on how to build professional relationships that correspond with your values!

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Leading through challenging times

Uncertain, stressful, draining, and disruptive are terms frequently used to describe the past several months. Join the UC Alumni Career Network for a transparent discussion on the traumatic toll the pandemic has taken on leaders and strategies you can implement to prioritize your needs and those of your team.

Special Events

UCSC Alumni Week

Seeking Banana Slugs to share their passions and expertise with fellow Slugs during UCSC’s first virtual Alumni Week, April 19–25, 2021. Wherever you are, whatever your area of passion or knowledge, consider leading a Banana Slug Share session. Cooking workshop? Yes, chef! Yoga session? Namaste! Brewing breakdown? Two cheers to that! Whatever your expertise, we want to hear from you.

Please apply by March 12!

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 .


College Academic Adviser | Campus Advising Coordination
Application review begins on 3/01/21


Substitute Assistant/Associate Teacher | Early Education Services
Application review begins on 3/01/21


Public Information and Media Relations Officer | Communications & Marketing
Application review begins on 3/18/21

Land Acknowledgment

UC Santa Cruz is located on the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.

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