Resource Spotlight: Student Community Center

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The UC Davis campus has a vast variety of campus resources readily available to students. One such resource is the Student Community Center (SCC) which provides academic services and other diverse organizations that create an all-inclusive environment for our students. Located in the center of the main UCD campus, the SCC is home to organizations such as: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center (LGBTQIARC), Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC), Cross Cultural Center (CCC), McNair Scholars Program, Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC), AB540 and Undocumented Student Center, and Undergraduate Research Center (URC). The SCC also has a few meeting and study rooms available for reservations.

A little on what each of these centers is about:

LGBTQIA Resource Center– The LQBTQIA Resource Center is open to all students. One of the center’s main focuses is to provide students with resources in the areas of programming, advising, and education. There are many resources and programs available for student involvement as well as events throughout the year that anyone can attend. For example: LGBTQIARC hosts Wii Wednesdays and Crafternoons so stop by for some fun! The center is open Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; drop by for questions or if you simply need a place to study.

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Student Recruitment and Retention Center- The SRCC is a student resource center that stands for educational equity. Some services include peer mentoring, academic support, transfer student support, leadership development, and more. The SRCC also has great opportunities for students to get involved whether through their programs, events, volunteer and internship programs, or jobs. For example, are you a transfer student? If so you may wish to attend the SRRC’s weekly Transfer Hour every Wednesday from 2-4pm in their SCC conference room.

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Cross Cultural Center- Interested in learning about people? How about cultures other than your own? If so, pay a visit to the CCC. Like all other centers the CCC has programs and volunteer and job opportunities for students to get involved. The CCC has a goal of creating a campus community in which all individuals share a harmonious environment free of sexism, racism, xenophobia, or any other form of oppression. One unique aspect of the CCC is the Culture Days that it puts together for communities within our campus. This is a time for students to express their culture to others and in turn learn about others’ culture as well.

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McNair Scholars Program- The McNair Scholar Program serves to encourage students in graduate programs from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue doctoral degrees. For more information visit the McNair Scholar Program website.

Women’s Resources and Research Center- The WRRC works to promote gender equality through intersectional feminist approaches. This center welcomes people of all genders and provides all with a variety of involvement opportunities ranging from leadership program positions to gender research. The WRRC also provides students with an extensive list of resources that are essential for any situation in need of advise or involving distress.  One unique aspect of the WRRC is their Joy Fergoda Library. Located in North Hall, the Joy Fergoda Library houses over 12,000 books and films promoting feminist research and scholarship at UC Davis; a Forum on Disabilities Collection is also available.

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The WRRC extends to both North Hall and the SCC. Available at the SCC is the WRRC Community Office

AB540 and Undocumented Student Center-  This center seeks to help students reach their academic goals while helping students overcome any legal and financial obstacles. The goal of this center is to create a safe and welcoming environment in which resources like mentoring are available, and also academic guidance and financial opportunities.

Undergraduate Research Center- Looking for research experience but do not know where to begin? Visiting the Undergraduate Research Center may be a good start. The URC works to help students develop skills necessary for research positions. It also provides students with resources needed to find research opportunities. Every year, the URC hosts an annual Undergraduate Research Conference where students are given the opportunity for present their research. For more information about programs, their Genius 5K run/walk, conference, and awards visit the Undergraduate Research Center website or visit the center on the second floor of the SCC.

With its bright colors, murals, and lively environment, the SCC is an inviting place for students. Even studying becomes appealing with the comfortable chairs in the study lounge. The SCC is a convenient center which hosts what seems to be a plethora of resources located all in one area. Connected to the SCC there is also the CoHo South Cafe. Coffee + Resources + Study Area = Happy Students. Pay the SCC a visit; it is a great campus resource!

SCC study loungeAlejandra Villa
Academic Peer Adviser
3rd Year Genetics and Genomics Major

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Picnic Day

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Complementing the sunnier days, campus events are abundant during spring quarter. Already, the most heavily attended campus event is coming up on Saturday, April 12 – our 100th annual Picnic Day!

Why Picnic Day?

Historically,  Picnic Day began as an actual picnic. In 1909, the University Farm provided, coffee, cream, and sugar to the community while presenting their new dairy barn. About 2,000 people attended the event, bringing picnics along with them to complement the coffee they would be receiving. Now, this event is student-run and is a great way to showcase the diversity of the achievements, staff, students, and faculty here on our campus. Over 50,000 people from our campus, the community, and other campuses attend.

What Happens on Picnic Day?

There are over 200 events Picnic Day goers can choose to participate in. There is a complete schedule of those events on the Picnic Day website, but a few of those include:

  • Hand Cow Milking at the Cole Facility from 10 AM – 3 PM. This event is just what it sounds like: you get to milk a cow and learn about dairy!
  • Goat Milking at the Cole Facility from 10 AM – 3 PM. Similar to the cow milking, this one involves goats.
  • Petting Zoo at the Cole Facility from 10 AM – 3 PM. This involves calves, lambs, and goats for petting.
  • Optical Illusions and the Human Brain at the Sciences Laboratory Building from 10 AM – 3 PM. Hosted by the NPB department, during this time you can trick your brain and learn why that’s possible.
  • Chemistry Magic Show from 10 AM – 2:30 PM at Rock Hall. This show involves explosions and usually has a long line throughout the day. Be sure to show up early if you want to see it!
  • Biomedical House of Horrors from 12 PM – 2:30 PM at Kemper Hall. Hosted by Biomedical Engineering, the ticket distribution for these health horrors begins at 11 AM.
  • Cockroach Races from 9:30 AM – 4 PM at Briggs Hall. You’ve probably never seen cockroaches race before. Here’s your chance to do so!

Personally, one my favorite events is Exotic Food Tasting at the Plant and Environmental Sciences courtyard, where I was introduced to starfruit and soursop. In addition, I was able to give durian another chance and have mango to look forward to if it didn’t pan out. In the nearby vicinity is another one of my favorites: a plant giveaway! In the past these seedlings have run out quickly, so if you’re interested be sure to show up early!

One of my fellow advisers here at the Biology Academic Success Center has stated that her favorite event is the Doxie Derby, where dachshunds race at the ARC Pavilion.

Whichever events you choose to attend, keep in mind that lines may be long and be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated! Represent our campus by attending Picnic Day and remember: Go Ags!