The University of California is a public university system in the US state of California. Founded in 1868, the UC family includes more than 234,000 students and more than 207,000 faculty and staff. The University of California is widely regarded as one of the top public university systems in the world.
Located south of San Francisco, the University of California campus at Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a campus on rolling, forested hills overlooking the Monterey Bay. UCSC’s commitment to environmental stewardship dates back to the founding of the campus in 1965, and it has since been recognized as a leader in advancing global sustainability, recently being dubbed “the Harvard of Organic Farming” by US Congressman Sam Farr.
UCSC has roughly 16,000 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students, offering 63 undergraduate majors and 37 minors, with graduate programs in 33 fields. UCSC is differentiated into ten Colleges in an effort to provide a liberal arts education in the context of a large research institution. Kresge College, where the Common Ground Center is located, is distinguished by a long tradition of activism for social and environmental justice.
The Common Ground Center at Kresge College became an RLC partner campus in November 2013. The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. Common Ground acts as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement.
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