Student Groups

John R. Lewis College recognizes the importance of providing opportunities for our students to shape their environment and develop leadership skills. Student-driven groups, advised and supported by staff, have a primary role in planning and programming student activities.

Find the group that is right for you and explore social justice and community, contribute to your community, and develop leadership skills!


    Fall Quarter

  • Slugs 4 Self-Care

    Slugs 4 Self-Care meets weekly to discuss and implement self-care practices for students. Join us for this weekly series in-person or via Zoom on Wednesdays from 6-7pm PDT! 

    MEETS: Wednesdays from 6-7pm PDT

    LOCATION: in-person at the Rec Lounge (located under the MPR, between the Colleges Nine and Ten Dining Hall and Terry Freitas Cafe) and via Zoom (register at


  • Year-long

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    Community Garden Class and Group

    The College Nine and John R. Lewis College community garden class and group allow students to engage in a collaborative design process, learn hands-on skills and community gardening best practices, coordinate garden work days, strategize outreach, and build regenerative social and ecological systems. 

    CLUB MEETS: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm

    LOCATION: Colleges Nine & Ten Garden



    CONTACT: or 

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    PRAXIS: Student Volunteer Community

    PRAXIS is a student-led organization geared toward community building and social justice. Each month PRAXIS members engage in a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities.

    MEETS: Meetings are on Tuesdays from 7-8PM PDT and will be held on Zoom for the first few weeks before transitioning to in-person meetings. Sign up at:


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    John R. Lewis College Student Senate

    Student Senate is the College's governing body.  It appoints students to campus and college-wide committees advises College administration on policy development, and provides monetary support to student organizations.

    MEETS: Thursdays, 8:00pm

    LOCATION: Rec Lounge


  • Winter Quarter

  • Multicultural Community Weekend (MCW)

    MCW is for those interested in being more involved in the multicultural community of our college.  The goal of the weekend retreat is to learn more about our community and ourselves and to develop leadership skills.  Through a series of structured exercises and discussions, we will explore areas impacting our individual identities (e.g. race, class, sexual orientation, gender), the College Ten community and our society as a whole.



    CONTACT: Erin Ramsden,


  • Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

    Make a difference this spring break in the city of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County.  Join a team of dedicated UCSC students working together for social justice and stronger communities.

    DATES: March 21 - 25th, 2020


    CONTACT: Linnea Beckett,

  • Spring Quarter

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    19th Annual Practical Activism Conference

    The Practical Activism Conference is a daylong, student-led conference with speakers, organizations, and hands-on activism sessions. The conference is planned by a group of dedicated College Nine and John R. Lewis College students

    DATE: February 26th, 2022