How to Get Involved

The Student Union Assembly (SUA) offers a wide varity of opportunities for students to get involved at many different leadership levels. We encourage you to contribute ideas, share your unique perspective and opinions, gain valuable experience, and take part in making a difference on campus. Learn more about how the SUA and campus student organizations are structured, and see where you could fit!

Our weekly meetings are held on Tuesdays at 8pm. Our Fall 2017 meetings will be at the Cervantes Velasquez Conference Room. Come out to hear the latest happenings at UC Santa Cruz. Meetings are open and all students are encouraged to attend. If you would like to speak to the Assembly, there are times during the meeting when you may share.

Join the Student Union Housing Working Group

The Student Union Housing Working Group (SUHWG) fights for students to be better-represented tenants of UCSC and to share their experiences as renters both on and off campus. Members work to inform students about their placement within the Santa Cruz Housing crisis and to let them know what actions they can take. Our goal is to raise awareness about the University being a landlord and the students being tenants.

Apply to Attend a Conference

The Assembly sponsors students the cost of travel and lodge to attend the following educational conferences every year:

Summer - UC Student Association Congress 

Fall - Students of Color Conference 

Winter - National Student Power Summit (Leg Con) 

Spring - Student Lobby Conference

Be an Assembly Representative

In addition to the six student body officers, the Assembly is comprised of 40 (forty) Representatives.  While 10 (ten) Representatives were elected in the previous Spring Quarter, you can become an appointed representative for your college or student organization. Such representatives are chosen in a manner determined by their respective college government and student organizations.

Join a Committee or Commission

The Student Union Assembly (SUA) offers students a great opportunity to play an integral part of the decision-making process at UC Santa Cruz. Students have the chance to be appointed to committees and help to make a difference on the campus. This can be a great way to meet new people and enhance your leadership skills.

You can join an SUA standing committee and take part in decisions that affect changes and logistics in the SUA directly. Also, consider a campus-wide or systemwide committee. The Student Committee on Committee appoints students to committees consisting of students, University faculty, staff, and/or administration. These committees deal with campus-wide issues and make recommendations for the University regarding issues such as academic policies, budget, sustainability, campus services and more.

Find or Start a Student Organization

Student Organization Advising Resources (SOAR)
SOAR’s Mission: SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts and Diversity (SOMeCA) is dedicated to the success of UCSC's campus-wide student organizations and government.

Student organizations and government are unique learning environments, vital to the educational mission of the university. They offer students a place to explore the links between their life experiences, their academic work, and their hopes for the future. They create programs for the university that build community, campus-wide discourse, and inspiration.

SOAR helps student organizations and government reach this potential. SOAR's professional and experienced staff offers mentorship, leadership training, organizational development advising, and event management services to all students. SOAR services are designed through a process of continual assessment and improvement. SOAR staff actively seeks out the ideas of students and colleagues in the field of student affairs to ensure that SOAR services meet the changing needs of the UCSC student body.