Ways to volunteer

College Engagement Volunteer

Alumni College Engagement Volunteers serve as the alumni ambassador for their college on campus. They work closely with college leadership to provide support and programming for students, host events for alumni and encourage alumni engagement and support.

Each college has a unique ethos and plan for alumni engagement. The college ambassadors collaborate with the alumni team staff member and college administration to support their mission and goals. Opportunities for involvement include mentorship of students, speaking to a class or group, or serving in an advisory role for the administration.

Regional Volunteer

Alumni Regional Volunteers are highly valued as they serve as hubs for alumni engagement around the country and the world. With the dedication, energy and skills of volunteers, alumni everywhere can enjoy opportunities to connect with the campus and each other at events like happy hours, faculty talks, career activities, and more. The primary role of a lead regional volunteer is to plan events, which typically involves selecting a program format, finding a venue, working with vendors, helping promote the event, and managing logistics at the event itself. Volunteers will receive event support from Alumni Engagement staff, including creating and sending out email invitations, and collecting RSVPs, attending and staffing the events whenever possible, and providing supplies such as name tags, signage, and giveaways.

Sammy at the City CouncilLegislative Advocacy Volunteer

UC Santa Cruz Legislative Advocates are volunteers (alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters) who believe in the power of higher education and the educational experience and opportunities available at UC Santa Cruz. By partnering with the Government & Community Relations staff, they take their unique story and message to local, state and federal elected officials, government agencies and community leaders and demonstrate for our elected leaders the importance of higher education and the need to make investment in higher education a top priority. 

The UC Advocacy Network (UCAN) is a community of committed people who lend their voices to shape state and federal policies promoting the university’s mission of education, research and public service. Take a stand. Become an advocate: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/support-uc/ucan/join

Admissions Ambassador Volunteer

Admissions Ambassadors not only help students make informed decisions about their university choices, they also plant seeds of inspiration through their shared stories and professional achievements. In particular, our ambassadors help with outreach at college fairs in their region, tabling at information nights with prospective students, attending events for admitted students with our Regional Representatives, answering questions for future UC Santa Cruz students in their region and speaking to student groups about their college experience.

Event Volunteer

Event volunteers can help support UC Santa Cruz in varying ways and time commitments both on campus at UC Santa Cruz and regionally throughout California, the US and London. 

From outreach to hosting, volunteers support events by participating in the following ways: 

  • Planning Committee/Outreach - Volunteers who want to be involved from the beginning stages of planning an event to marketing and outreach are encouraged to join a planning committee.

  • Host - Do you love entertaining? As an event host, you will work directly with the alumni staff to plan an event and serve as the main host. 

  • Onsite/Event Logistics (set-up, greet guests, registration, etc.) - Be apart of the action during the event by volunteering to be an onsite volunteer. You can help with registration, welcome guests or give brief remarks on behalf of UC Santa Cruz Alumni.
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Student VolunteersStudent Support

Student Support volunteers commit to help UC Santa Cruz students through programs and activities that bring alumni and students together for community, conversation and connection. Alumni mentors provide valuable insight and prepare students for a successful future by sharing their professional and personal experiences and expertise.

  • Mentor - give back to students on campus by signing up to give advice to students. Our Career Advice Network allows alumni to create a profile, and students can look through to find alumni they are interested in connecting with and book a time to connect over a secure conference line.

  • Multicultural Career Converence Alumni Participant (MCC) - MCC provides students of color and low-income students an opportunity to bridge the gap between the university and careers by connected with alumni of color who have successfully made it through UC Santa Cruz and into the workplace or graduate school.
  • Class Guest Speaker/Panelists - Ocassionally the alumni engagement team is asked to find alumni to speak to a class or student organization and share their experiences at UC Santa Cruz and beyond.

  • Webinar Week Featured Speaker - Each year, we host Webinar Week for graduating seniors to help them prepare for life after graduation. Past topics have included: manageing student loans; financing grad school; marketing yourself; adventure and travel; and tips for first generation graduates.

  • Do you have an idea of how you can support students on campus? Let us know if you are interested in being a part of specific student groups, or if you have any ideas of how you'd like to engage with students.

Leadership Volunteer

Leadership Volunteers work closely with UC Santa Cruz administration to support the university’s mission and set strategic goals. Serving in a leadership role requires a multi-year commitment as well as ongoing and consistent participation.

  • Alumni Council - UC Santa Cruz Alumni is governed by an elected board of alumni volunteers called the Alumni Council. The council is comprised of elected alumni.

  • Recent Grad Advisory Board - This board is a volunteer leadership group that contributes to our young alumni programs. The goal of the Recent Grad Advisory Board is to continue to foster the Banana Slug spirit for alumni after they graduate, and to bring the young alumni voice into everything that the alumni program offers. 

UC Santa Cruz Alumni post for photo with Instagram frameBanana Slug Ambassadors (Online Ambassadors)

Banana Slug Ambassadors support UC Santa Cruz by promoting the university to their networks through social media, email, and word of mouth. These volunteers extend the reach of UC Santa Cruz and serve as advocates by sharing content and connecting their networks to UC Santa Cruz in a grassroots online manner. Each year, Ambassadors have an opportunity to extend their impact by promoting Giving Day.

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Friends Groups

Friends groups provide support and valuable assistance in fundraising, public outreach, and other support for the University’s mission. These groups have volunteer boards and committees that support specific campus units and programs.


Do you have any questions about volunteering with UC Santa Cruz? Are you interested in volunteering but aren't sure where to start or what to do? Do you currently volunteer on campus and want to let us know? Contact Sam Li at sakli@ucsc.edu or (831) 459–4631.

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