General Meetings

When we meet

We meet on a Wednesday of each month from October through May, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm unless otherwise stated below or on the calendar. These general membership meetings typically feature a speaker or program, as well as a light lunch. Our programs are open to members and guests. Scroll down to view the full academic year program.

Where we meet

Meetings are held at the beautiful UCSC Arboretum, Horticulture Building II Classroom. Detailed directions to the Arboretum can be found on the UCSC Arboretum website. After entering the Arboretum, drive past the small kiosk on your left. The road will curve uphill. Follow the road to the right and park in the gravel parking lot. The Horticultural Building II Classroom and gardens are to your left. Park and walk toward the gardens where there are two nondescript entrance ways to gravel paths. Take the lower path with the wrought iron arbor, closest to the entrance to the parking lot. The path runs along another road that leads to two redwood buildings on your right. The larger building is the Horticulture II Classroom.


  • May 10, 2023 - Spring Scholarship Luncheon and General Meeting, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room

    Seymour CenterThe annual scholarship luncheon in the Seymour Marine Discovery Center La Feliz Room honors UCSC Community Connections scholarship recipients. This is our opportunity to celebrate the students, enjoy lunch together, and hear from these scholars about their studies and experiences at UC Santa Cruz. 

    View the May 10th meeting here


  • Fall 2023

  • October 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Fall Gathering with Fiat Musica

    Meet and greet with Community Connections members as we join together in the large classroom of the Horticultural Building II at the UCSC Arboretum for our first General Meeting. Learn about our interest groups and hear from our group participants. Fiat Musica, one of our Community Connections Interest Groups, will entertain us.
    Arboretum Hebe



  • November 1 , 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - General Meeting with speakers from the UCSC Basic Needs Program

    Speakers:  Kednel Jean and Brooks Schmitt from the Basic Needs Program for Needy Students

    Attendees may bring baskets or bags of toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gift cards, etc.) to decorate the luncheon tables. Items will be donated to the Basic Needs Program.

    UCSC Basic Needs LogoBaxic Needs Program at UCSC 

    UCSC Basic Needs Programs: Campus Food Insecurity Efforts
    Basic Needs is defined as an ecosystem that supports financial stability by ensuring equitable access to nutritious and sufficient food; safe, secure, and adequate housing to sleep, study, cook, and shower; healthcare to promote sustained mental and physical well-being; affordable transportation; resources for personal hygiene care; and emergency needs for students with dependents.

    With the support of on-campus and off-campus partnerships, UCSC has developed programs to fight food insecurity on campus.
    The Center for Agroecology and Colleges, Housing and Educational Services have partnered to transform the Cowell Coffee Shop ino a non-transactional cafe and choice-based pantry. It serves as a cafe designed to increase student food access and support with basic needs resources. The Center's basic needs collaborations seek to put together online curriculum, workshops, conversations around food insecurity, and cooking classes designed specifically around the UCSC food system.

    The Redwood Free Market is a choice-based pantry and a basic needs hub. Through the partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and the UCSC Farm, students receive fresh produce and pantry staples for free. Furthermore, CalFresh Application Assistance is provided for students who are eligible along with a Diaper Assistance Program for parenting students.



  • Winter 2024

  • January 10, 2024, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - General Meeting with Speaker UCSC Police Chief Kevin Domby

    domby-tn.jpegKevin Domby, newly appointed UCSC Chief of Police, will speak.

    Domby spent almost a decade teaching art, first as a high school art instructor and department chair in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. He later became an adjunct instructor and then a full-time instructor at the Baltimore County Community College. He made a career change, joining the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)