The Educational Partnership Center (EPC) at UC Santa Cruz builds educational equity and creates opportunities for underrepresented students in the communities we serve, by forging partnerships and empowering students with knowledge, tools, and support systems to access and succeed in college. Recent events, most notably the murder of George Floyd, have caused the EPC leadership team and staff to reflect on and deepen our commitment to providing programs and educational opportunities that are inclusive and anti-racist. 

The EPC stands in solidarity with those who are protesting systemic racism and police brutality and taking actions to address them.  Education is vitally important in our fight against systemic racism. 

This is a historic moment and opportunity to learn about ourselves, about racism that we may or may not have experienced directly, and about what we are capable of doing about racism in the future. By understanding that racism and injustices threaten the communities we serve, we must speak out, stand up, and take action to fight for a better future for our students and families. We invite you to join us in this important work.

Here are just a few things that we ALL can do:

  1. Don’t be silent. Talk to your kids, your friends, and your family about this moment—and why change must happen.

  2. Show up to a protest. Wear a mask and social distance. And if you can’t, there are ways to express solidarity without leaving your home.

  3. Sign a petition. Reach out to your congressperson.

  4. Show solidarity on social media. State your position and share resources.

  5. Educate yourself. Learn about our country’s history of structural racism and ways you can contribute to its dismantling. 

  6. Listen. Seek to understand the black community and other communities of color. Let their voices be your guide.

  7. Donate to causes that fight against racism, such as Black Lives Matter, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, American Civil Liberties Union, and others.



The EPC holds the health & well being of all our staff, program participants and their families, and our partners as our highest priority. 

We are following UC Santa Cruz campus protocol in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

For questions about specific programs, please contact the appropriate EPC program manager or director.

Thank you and be well.


Welcome to the Educational Partnership Center! 

We are the first point of contact for K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, businesses, and community-based organizations interested in creating educational partnerships with UC Santa Cruz. Together, we build college-bound communities that improve student learning and increase college-going rates among traditionally non-college-going students and families.


Executive Director of EPC wins Winston Doby Impact Award

Maria Rocha-Ruiz, executive director of the UC Santa Cruz Educational Partnership Center, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Winston Doby Impact Award.

The award is given to two exceptional UC professionals who are chosen by colleagues in recognition of their individual commitment to improving educational opportunities for California students.

For more information, please click here.

EPC raised $1,000 on Giving Day.

See the Giving Day Video in English and/or Spanish:

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