University of California Students Association
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|Founded||February 11, 1971|
|Employees||7 staff members|
|Members||Over 220,000 UC Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students|
|Formerly called||The UC Student Lobby|
|References: Member of United States Student Association and National Association of Graduate-Professional Students|
The University of California Students Association (UCSA) is a higher education student advocacy group organized to voice the interests of students attending the University of California system. It has been noted for its opposition to education funding cuts and increases in student fees and for its support of affirmative action in enrollment policies. The association mobilizes students via voter registration campaigns; it recorded 26,000 new voter registrations in 2006, and added 12,300 new registrations in 2008 for the California Democratic and Republican primaries.
The University of California Student Association (UCSA) is a coalition of students and student governments that aims to provide a collective voice for all students through advocacy and direct action. UCSA participates in the shared governance of the University of California system, and seeks to advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability, and quality of the University of California system.
In 1960, the California Master Plan for Higher Education mandated that the University of California should be free and its population should reflect the diversity of the state of California. Throughout the 1960s, UC students developed a culture of organizing by engaging in the Free Speech Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Anti-Vietnam War Movement that were sweeping the nation. In response, administrators, UC Regents, and elected officials tried to find any way they could to crack down on students’ freedom to organize.
In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan dealt a heavy blow by creating tuition in what was supposed to be the “free” UC system, and calling it a “student fee.” Students responded by mobilizing more than 3,000 to the state capitol in protest of the cuts. But this was only the first in a series of attacks on students. Soon, UC students realized they needed a permanent organization to provide a voice in the California State Capitol and organize students on campuses, and the Student Body Presidents Council created the UC Student Lobby, which would later become UCSA.
Throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, UCSA fought for the access, affordability, and quality of UC education, winning battles to freeze and roll back student fees, to increase UC diversity, to protect crucial student services, and to expand financial aid. UCSA has won many victories for students, including creating a student voting position on the UC Board of Regents, getting the Regents to repeal SP1 and SP2, and winning fee freezes or rollbacks in 8 of the last 15 years.
Today, UCSA continues to fight for students, using a range of tactics to win our issue-based campaigns and build student electoral power. It is going to take many students working collectively to restore the promise of a free education and a truly diverse University. Together, through grassroots organizing and direct advocacy, we can win victories that change students’ lives. The first step is to join in.
Student Association Membership
UCSA is a student-run, student-led organization with a Board of Directors composed of students elected or appointed by our member student governments. UCSA's Board consists of one voting member per association, usually the Executive or External Vice President (EVP). Additionally, each voting member may appoint two non-voting board members, a Campus Organizing Director (COD) and Legislative Liaison (LL).
UCSA was founded on the principle that, together, UC students have the power to make change. As a membership-based coalition of undergraduate and graduate student governments of UC campuses, UCSA strives to invest and engage many students in our work.
- University of California, Berkeley - Associated Students of the University of California
- University of California, Berkeley - Graduate Assembly
- University of California, Irvine - Associated Students of UCI
- University of California, Irvine - Associated Graduate Students
- University of California, Los Angeles - Undergraduate Students Association Council
- University of California, Merced- Associated Students of UCM
- University of California, Merced- Graduate Students Association
- University of California, Riverside - Associated Students of UCR
- University of California, Riverside - Graduate Student Association
- University of California, San Diego - Associated Students of UCSD
- University of California, San Diego - Graduate Student Association
- University of California, San Francisco - Associated Students of UCSF
- University of California, San Francisco - Graduate Students Association
- University of California, Santa Barbara - Associated Students of UCSB
- University of California, Santa Barbara - Graduate Students Association
- University of California, Santa Cruz - Student Union Assembly
- University of California, Santa Cruz - Graduate Students Association
- University of California, Hastings College of Law - Associated Students of UCH
- African Black Coalition
- California State Student Association
- Student Senate for California Community Colleges
- United States Student Association
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