UCSC Students Make Impact
If you’re passionate about changing the world, then your time at UCSC should be spent not just preparing to do that, but actively working towards social justice in solidarity with communities. The Everett Program will guide you through the process of forming a partnership with amazing orgs working in your area of interest while incubating your passion project.
Everett connects UCSC students with orgs locally and around the world to co-create a project that will build their tech capacity or server their communities directly. For 20 years, UCSC students have been doing good in the world by building the capacity with community-based organizations. Do you believe in:
- Environmental Sustainability?
- Racial Justice?
- Economic Equality?
- LGBT and Gender Rights?
We can help you make a project a reality!
What can a group of passionate students do for local orgs in a day or weekend? Quite a lot as it turns out! Groups of Everett students work with local organizations to produce as much as they can of whatever they need and it is so much fun. What kinds of things do Everett students do?
- Digital storytelling with youth at the RYSE Center in Richmond, CA
- Graphic design for UCSC professors fighting the housing crisis
- Video production for the Survivors Healing Center
- Created materials for the #SchoolsNotPrisons campaign with the MILPA Collective
Join the Everett Program and participate in an Impactathon!
Everett is the home for UCSC students who want a quality, student-centric education at a major research university. Our style of engaged lecture, near-to-peer teaching and leadership, and unique brand of service learning all coalesce into a learning experience that doesn’t exist anywhere else in world.
Our methods are predicated on community engaged activism and appropriate use of technology to work in solidarity to create social change and promote sustainability. Through projects and impactathons, Everett students at UCSC take the fight for social justice into their own hands.
Hearts on Change. Minds on Justice.
The Everett Program rejects the traditional model of striking out on your own to “make a difference” and “fix” the problems in the world.
Decades of failed development projects have taught us that change in the world must begin by consulting the true stakeholders and working in earnest solidarity with communities. No one understands a problem as well as the community that experiences it.
Our entire model is based on community-based project design, working in partnership, and never going where we’re not wanted.
When I was looking for schools to transfer too for Sociology, I was unsure about where to go. But when I found Everett I knew that I had to come to UCSC so I could pursue social and environmental justice projects.
Hands on Tech.
The tools of the information age have tremendous power to advance the causes of social justice and sustainability and have never been more accessible, so why doesn’t civil society use them?
The great myth of our time is that tech is only for the “techies”. At Everett we treat technology as simply one more tool in activist’s toolkit. It is not a panacea, not something to be fetishized, just something to use.
90% of our students come from Social Science or Humanities at UCSC and all of them learn to use tech to aid in their struggles for justice.
The Everett Program provided me with a platform to take my ideas, passions, and connections and transform them into a project. The opportunities that opened up for me from this project would not have been possible without the support of passionate Everett staff!
Joining The Everett Program
Join Everett by Enrolling in SOCY 30A in the Fall
Your journey with the Everett Program begins in the SOCY 30 Series, a year-long series of classes designed to guide you to a new understanding of social problems as solvable, workable issues rather than gloomy theoretical certitudes. The class environment is highly collaborative, with lots of facilitated group discussion and leadership activities.
SOCY 30A – Intro to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies
Sociology 30A provides the introductory theory and methods training for students participating in the Everett Program and/or the Sociology Department’s intensive major and minor, Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES). It is the first of a three quarter sequence. The mission of the Everett Program is to use the technical, educational, and research resources of the University to work directly with communities, empowering people to design practical and enduring solutions to persistent problems.
SOCY 30A Fulfills the PE-T General Ed Requirement!
Students with a sincere desire to put in the work and create something amazing continue on with SOCY 30B. Students are encouraged to form teams and are introduced to possible community partners from across the county and around the globe from Gilroy to Ghana. Everett Fellows and Staff facilitate needs assessment meetings and help you and your team write a knockout project proposal to address the stated needs of your partner org.
SOCY 30C — Funding and Field Methods
Now that you have a killer project, how do you pay for it? And once you’ve done it, how do you know if what you did worked? Everett will introduce you to a diverse world of project funding opportunities ranging from crowdfunding to UCSC college grants, to the Everett Project Fund which is funded by student fees. SOCY 30C also arms you with tools to evaluate the impact of your project while you’re doing it and after you’ve left. Both these skills are in high demand after graduation.
UCSC students who wish to further integrate their baccalaureate with the amazing things they’re doing with the Everett Program are encouraged to talk with us about their GISES degree options.
GISES (pronounced, guy-seas), is challenging and designed for highly motivated, self-directed and enterprising students who have demonstrated the capacity to design and complete an honors-quality project in partnership with a civil society group.
Requirements for the Major and Minor can be found on the GISES Website, but the central features are:
- Project Practicum: an honors quality examination of your project
- Electives: your upper division electives can be anything you like as long as they contribute to your project and your growth as a technology activist and/or technology linked social change advocate after graduation.