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!

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Academic Peer Adviser
3rd Year Genetics and Genomics Major

Study Havens

Have a loud roommate? Can’t seem to stay awake studying in your overly comfortable bed? You might find the solution below!

 

Silence is Golden

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When you study for that big O. Chem, NPB, or Bio test you want to make sure you can concentrate! One way to get a silent study area is to take a walk down to Shields Library. There are a variety of options for all your study needs. If you’re looking for a secluded area where you can cram for your big midterm or final, why not take an adventure to the fourth floor of the library? Walk through the maze of book shelves and find yourself next to a nice desk conveniently located next to an outlet. Feeling a little more adventurous? You may consider taking advantage of the locked study rooms in the library. It can be a retreat from any distractions. Also, you can leave your stuff locked in so that you can go take a quick break outside or find a book!

A Study Atmosphere

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Shields not only caters to those that wish to not be disturbed. Some students find it helpful to be in an upbeat environment filled with other students studying all around them. Some like the motivation! For this, you can go to the second floor of Shields Library and enjoy a few hours at the Reading Room. This place is definitely one of my favorites and perhaps it’s because it reminds me of Hogwarts. With an abundance of outlets and ambient lighting, this place will definitely help you on your quest for the A! The downside of the Reading Room is that it can get quite packed especially during midterm or finals week. To fulfill your thirst for studying, Shields also has a nice area on the first floor right when you enter through the door. There are several desks in front of you and an entire room filled with desks on the left. Many tutors use this area because it is a talk-friendly environment. So if you’re trying to have more of a collaborative study session this may be the place for you.

Campus Hotspots

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Sometimes places get old; you get bored and at that point you have no desire to study. Why not spice it up with some of these great study spots? The Student Community Center (SCC) has a nice computer lab in addition to the abundance of desks downstairs and upstairs. Need some fresh air, SCC has you covered with its second-floor terrace and tables out in front by the coffee shop. The Memorial Union is frequently sought out as a study location as well because of its proximity to caffeine, pizza, and the abundance of other food items. The tables here get filled fast but waiting around for 5 minutes or so may be worth grabbing a seat next to the food and drinks if you get hungry when you study. The MU offers a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the crowds of students rushing to get coffee too. The Griffith Lounge on the first floor, and the Art Lounge on the second floor both offer a quiet and peaceful study area as well. During Finals week, you can even study at the Mondavi Center! Did I mention they offer free coffee and play classical music too?

Caffeine Rush

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Need a place to study next to a spot where you can get refills on your coffee? Starbucks, Peet’s, and Panera Bread all offer this excellent and economical solution for your study needs. The WiFi and ambience also make them great study spots. If you’re looking for something more than just regular coffee places, there are a few other cafés that serve great coffee and provide a comfortable atmosphere for studying. Mishka’s is definitely a favorite of many but can get quite busy. On the other hand, Delta of Venus and Barista Brew are not as busy and offer excellent coffee as well. If you are just looking for a quick coffee and not a study spot, I’d recommend Dutch Bros as they will definitely quench your thirst for caffeine. Don’t forget to grab a stamp card on your way through the drive thru!

One With Nature

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Arboretum. When the weather is great, there is no better choice than the Arboretum. It is a peaceful place to study and it is huge. You can always find a nice patch of grass you can read in. Whenever you need a stretch break, you can take a stroll and sit on the dock by the lake. If the view is too pretty and distracting, then maybe you can visit the Quad. Centered between the Coffee House and the Library, the Quad offers a great study place with backups in case it gets too chilly or you get too hungry!

There are such a great variety of study spots to suit your needs Don’t stay in your room. Explore to make studying a little bit more fun!

Mo Siddiqui
Peer Adviser, Biology Academic Success Center
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Class of 2015