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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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).  

Thank you and be well.

Who We Are

The Educational Partnership Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz increases access to higher education for underrepresented students across the Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley, and Silicon Valley.  The EPC helps students in our region reach and succeed in college.

Our Vision

Every student will be prepared to access and succeed in college.

Our Mission

We build educational equity and create 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.

Get Involved. Change Lives.

Become an EPC supporter

When you make a financial gift to the Educational Partnership Center, you are creating pathways and transforming lives. We are committed to building future opportunities for all students.

Students who receive support from the Educational Partnership Center benefit from mentoring, counseling, academic assistance, and most importantly, support in their belief that they can achieve and succeed in college and beyond.  

EPC programs are changing our communities and our world, one student at a time.

Join our prestigious roster of donors by supporting the Educational Partnership Center and making an investment in education for the Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley, and Silicon Valley/San Jose regions. We appreciate gifts of cash, donations of stocks and securities, and in-kind donations. 

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved, please contact:

Christy Halderman Tall
Associate Director of Development
831.459.1801
chtall@ucsc.edu

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Black Lives Matter.

The Educational Partnership Center 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 asBlack Lives Matter, NACCP Legal Defense Fund, American Civil Liberties Union,and others.

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” – Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita