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

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    Slugs 4 Self-Care

    Slugs 4 Self-Care meets weekly to discuss and implement self-care practices for students. Learn more about weekly activities and join the interest form here!

    MEETS: Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm

    LOCATION: in-person at the Rec Lounge (located under the MPR, between the College Nine and John R. Lewis College Dining Hall and Terry Freitas Cafe).


  • Fall and Winter Quarters

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    20th 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 students who meet weekly in Fall and Winter Quarters. Student planners receive 2-units that fulfill the PR GE-Requirement for each quarter they participate.

    DATE: Saturday, February 25th, 2023

    LOCATION: College Nine and John R. Lewis College MPR

    CONTACT: or @practicalactivism on Instagram

  • Winter Quarter

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    Social Justice and Community Weekend (SJCW)

    Please note that SJCW is currently on hiatus. College Nine and John R. Lewis College students will be welcome to participate in Intercultural Community Weekend (ICW) in Fall 2022.

    SJCW (formerly known as Multicultural Community Weekend or MCW) is an overnight retreat for students interested in diving into our college's themes to discover what social justice and community mean to them. The goal of the weekend retreat is to learn more about our community and ourselves, as participants 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 John R. Lewis College community, and our society as a whole.



    CONTACT: Erin Ramsden,


  • Spring Break

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    Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

    Make a difference during 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: Friday, March 25th, 2023 - Wednesday, March 29th, 2023


    CONTACT: Linnea Beckett,

  • Year-Long

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    Community Garden Class and Group

    The College Nine & 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: Fridays from 3:30-4:40pm

    LOCATION: College Nine & John R. Lewis College Garden (across from the Rec Lounge and Terry Freitas Cafe)



    CONTACT: or @ourgarden9.jrl on Instagram

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    John R. Lewis College Governing Cooperative

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



    CONTACT: or @jrlgoco on Instagram

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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: Thursdays at 5pm (sign up for the mailing list)

    LOCATION: Social Sciences 1, Room 213

    CONTACT: or @ucscpraxis on Instagram

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    Lavender Club

    Come celebrate and strengthen the queer community at C9/JRLC with this group open to all LGBTQ+ students and allies!

    MEETS: Bi-Weekly (odd weeks of the quarter) on Wednesdays at 3-4pm

    LOCATION: TBA (join the mailing list for meeting updates)