Sponsored Events

Below is the list of events that the GSA has co-sponsored or organized:

Annual Events

  • Tax Seminar
  • Friday Forum for Graduate Students
  • Solidarity Orientation
  • New Graduate Student Orientation Social


  • Nov 17, 5pm: This is NOT Hollywood! Screening of short films from around the world. Studio C, Communications Building
  • Winter 2018: FDM Cinema Society, "Limits and Transgressions: Cinemas of the Middle East"


  • New Music! DMA Ensemble-in-Residence Program
  • Unlocking Your Ways of Knowing: A Day with Sofia Rose Smith
  • 18th Annual Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium
  • Santa Cruz Retreat for Analog Play
  • WiSE python Coffee Hour Tutorial
  • International Grad Student Committee Mixer
  • Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness Mixer hosted by AAPIRC


2015-2016 (partial list)

  • Women of Color in Collaboration and Conflict Graduate Working Group
  • Travel to University of California Afrikan Black Coalition Conference in Santa Barbara
  • Take Back the Night
  • International Graduate Student Committee TA training
  • Students for Justice in Palestine hosted speaker "Legacies of Ethnic Cleansing"
  • Anthropology Graduate Student Conference

UCSC Graduates Demand Equal Pay for Equal Work! 


Our monthly wage is $2434 before tax. This monthly wage is only for the 9 months of the year for which we are employed, totaling $21,906 before tax. Santa Cruz is one of the least affordable counties for renters in the country.


We demand a Cost of Living Adjustment for every* graduate student to bring us out of rent burden. 

At current rates, this amounts to an additonal $1,412 per month.** The COLA must be adjusted annually to keep up with the rental market. 


Adjusting salaries for the cost of living is common in private and public sector jobs in California.s. 


COLA is also a demand to recognize the precarity of our seasonal unemployment as graduate student workers, who make a monthly wage of $2434 but an annual wage of $21,906, because the UC Boss only employs us for 9 months out of the year. 


*Regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status

 **Sharing a two- or three-bedroom apartment, based on median rental figures from April 2018 - August 2019 (source: Zillow Rental Index)