Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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Help defend DACA

Help defend DACA

Please consider calling the White House today at 202-456-1414 and urge the president to keep DACA until there is a permanent solution.

Here is a sample script:

“Hello my name is _____________ and I am calling on the president to keep DACA in place until there is a permanent solution. If terminated, nearly 1 million young people could lose their work permit, and could be vulnerable to enforcement. Please do the right thing and keep DACA in place.”

Here are other things you can do to save DACA:

1. Post a 1 minute video on social media on how DACA benefitted you and your community

2. Elevate the message on Facebook and Twitter with Hashtag #RiseUp4DACA and #DefendDACA

Our families, our neighbors, our children’s friends, our community’s children and young adults — they hold such promise for America – please call members of the Congress and the Senate:

“There is talk that Trump plans to end DACA, which provides protection for more than 800,000 immigrants, many of whom are my students and their families. These are bright young people who are doing important things in and for America.” – Local Teacher & Counselor

Please call your senators and representatives and ask them to uphold protections for our DREAMers living in the US and to save DACA.

Ask them to support the bipartisan DREAM Act and the American Hope Act instead.

You can also call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at (202) 225-3031.

Additionally, you can call CA Congressmember Jimmy Panetta at (202) 225-2861, CA Senator Kamala Harris at (202) 224-3553 and CA Senator Diane Feinstein at (202) 224-3841.


Message From the UCSC Cantu Queer Center to Undocumented Students at UC Santa Cruz.


In anticipation of the White House administration’s announcement regarding changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the UCSC Resource Centers reaffirm our commitment and full support of and to all undocumented students. 

We strongly condemn any action or policy that further strips already limited protections from undocumented youth, as this is in direct conflict with the values and mission of our work. Our message and steadfast commitment to undocumented students remain the same:

The UCSC Resource Centers reiterate that we move in solidarity with, and will continue to advocate for Muslims, refugees and undocumented citizens, queer and trans folk, people with disabilities, people of color, Indigenous communities, women and all of the people at the various intersections of these identities.  We recognize that students and campus community members may feel that our initial fears of hateful rhetoric during the elections, are becoming a disturbing reality in policy and practice. This is not normal. And the community response, the voice and power of everyday people organizing, has been extraordinary.

We are strong. We are resilient. We are here for you. We are moving forward together.

The Resource Centers will continue to hold space for folks to process, to breathe, and to come together as a community. We will support students in overcoming any barriers they encounter as a result of these and future unjust and oppressive actions. We encourage students to take advantage of support services, and invite students to contact staff members by phone or email if you don’t feel comfortable coming into the office.

Ethnic Resource Centers’ Front Desk: call 831-459-2427
Managing Director: Nancy I. Kim nikim@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-3790

African American Resource and Cultural Center: aarcc.ucsc.edu
Director: Shonté Thomas fthomas@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-3561

American Indian Resource Center: airc.ucsc.edu
Director: Dr. Rebecca H. Rosser rrosser@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-2881

Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center: aapirc.ucsc.edu
Director: Nancy I. Kim nikim@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-3790

El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center: elcentro.ucsc.edu
Director: Dr. Judith Estrada judi@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-5608

Women’s Center: womenscenter.ucsc.edu or call 831-459-2169
Interim Director: Dr. Rebecca H Rosser rrosser@ucsc.edu
or call 831-459-2881

Lionel Cantú Queer Center: queer.ucsc.edu
Front Desk: 831-459-2468
Director: Travis Becker 831-459-4385 or trbecker@ucsc.edu

Educational Opportunity Programs: eop.ucsc.edu
Undocumented Student Services located at Educational Opportunity Programs: Undocumented Student Services
Contact: Anna Campos at alcampos@ucsc.edu or call 831-459-3048
Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC): e4fc.org

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 831-459-2628.
For after hours crisis services: (831) 459-2628 and follow menu prompts
Text the Crisis Text Line by texting START to 741741

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