General Meetings & 2022 Events

In July 2022, we merged with the former Affiliates to create Community Connections. Attend upcoming events and engage with us by visiting the Community Connections website. We look forward to seeing you soon!


When we meet:

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from October through May, 11:30 am to 1:00PM. These general membership meetings typically feature a speaker or program, as well as light snacks. Our programs are open to members and guests.

Where we meet:

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, virtual meetings will be held. Members will receive a Zoom invitation with an identification number to attend the meeting.

When life returns to normal, meetings are held at the beautiful  UCSC Arboretum, Horticulture Building II. Detailed  directions can be found on the UCSC Arboretum web site.

We support carbon neutrality:

In support of our own campus and systemwide goals of carbon neutrality by 2025, our Board decided we could do our part by reducing the waste resulting from our own meetings. So, we are asking everyone to bring their own lunch service (plates, silverware, cups, napkin). Let's make a difference!

50th Anniversary Slide Show

    Fall 2021

  • October 6 - Virtual Fall Gathering, 11:30 am - 1 pm

    Virtual Fall Gathering - Due to the Corona Virus, our first two meetings of the school year will be held virtually. Members will receive an invitation to attend a Zoom meeting.

    Learn about our interest groups and hear from our group participants.

    Watch a recording of the October 6 Zoom meeting


  • November 3 - Virtual General Meeting,11:30 am - 1 pm with Our Student Scholars

    Meet our Student Scholars - Many of our student scholars spent the summer pursuing their studies. They'll share their stories and go into depth about their work. This will be an opportunity for members to ask them questions and get to know them better.

    View scholar presentations at our May 2022 luncheon

    View scholar presentations at our May 2021 luncheon

  • November 3 - Giving Day

    Giving Day Logo 2021UCSC friends and supporters exemplify the meaning of community at UCSC. Giving Day offers an opportunity to contribute to the important work the Women's Club does to provide educational opportunities for UCSC re-entry students through scholarships and academic support.



  • Winter 2022

  • January 5 - No General Meeting



  • February 2 - General Meeting via Zoom at 12 noon - 1 pm

    Rick Flores Speaker - Rick Flores  - Director of Horticulture and Steward, Amah Mutsun Relearning Program

    Research Associate, Amah Mutsun Land Trust
    Board Member, Pie Ranch

    Rick Flores, Director of Horticulture at UCSC Arboretum, will be speaking about the Amah Mutsun Tribe's efforts to revitalize their culture through the relearning of traditional ecological knowledge and how the Arboretum has assisted these efforts since 2009.

     View Rick Flores' presentation

  • March 2 - General Meeting via Zoom, Noon-1:30 p.m.

    Maya Khosla Speaker - Maya Khosla, wildlife biologist, videographer and poet laureate emerita of Sonoma County. She studies and documents forest rejuvenation after wildfires and the wildlife that returns. She has recorded fire scientists and firefighters talking about ways to be wise about wildfire. Her work has taken her across India, Kenya, and the United States.

    In 2016, Maya completed a film about woodpeckers - Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild after Wildfire and screened the film all over the US. Since that time, Maya has been documenting bears, foxes, Pacific fishers, bobcats and mountain lions - all utilizing the beautiful post fire forests (that are intact, not logged). Maya will share slides of rare Black-backed Woodpeckers, Goshawks, Spotted Owls, their young, and many other animals using forests soon after wildfire - a surprise and a new sense of hope for all.

    Maya Khosla's work focuses on forest biodiversity. A member of the Sierra Club's Redwood Chapter, she served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate (2018-2020), bringing Sonoma’s communities together through poetry gatherings and field walks after the 2017 wildfires. Sonoma County Conservation Council (SCCC) selected her as one of the 2020 Environmentalists of the Year. Her poetry books include “All the Fires of Wind and Light” from Sixteen Rivers Press (2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award), “Keel Bone” from Bear Star Press (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize), and “Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek”. Her writing has been featured in award-winning documentary films including “Village of Dust, City of Water,” about the water crises in rural India.

    The following link provides a sample of the power of Maya's work in video and poetry. Rejuvenation: a poem-

    View Maya Khosla's presentation at the March 2 meeting


  • Spring 2022

  • InterCampus Exchange - Wednesday, March 30 - 10 - 11 a.m.

    UC Berkeley CampanileThe University Section Club at UC Berkeley invites Women's Club members to a virtual Intercampus Day presentation on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 10-11 am.

    Entitled "150 Years of Women: Breaking Barriers," this program will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the University's decision to admit women and will highlight women students and faculty as they have faced obstacles and broken barriers at Cal over the last 152 years.

    Zoom invitation for March 30 at 10 a.m.

    The InterCampus Exchange Day is a yearly spring event attended by groups similar to the UCSC Women's Club. Participating campuses are UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz.

    From the past - Watch the video of the March 2019 presentation at UCSC which included a panel discussion:

    "Women Leaders in Higher Education: Moving the Needle," with CP/EVC Marlene Tromp, Provost Elizabeth Abrams, Dean Lori Kletzer and Dean Kathryne Mitchell, and moderated by Chief Campus Counsel Lorena Peñaloza.


  • April 6 - General Meeting via Zoom, Noon-1:30 p.m.

    Dr. Michael M. Chemers Speaker - Dr. Michael Chemers, Chair of the newly formed UCSC Department of Performance, Play & Design

    Dr. Chemers will explore the collisions and collusions that have given rise to a new field of aesthetic inquiry.

    In 2021 the Department of Theater Arts at UCSC merged with the Games & Playable Media program to form an entirely new department: the Department of Performance, Play & Design. What are the connections, both artistic and intellectual, that make this unique combination a viable platform for enriching the student experience at UCSC?  


  • April 6 - May 18

  • Prepare for the Women's Club vote for a possible merger of the UCSC Women's Club and the University Affiliates.

    The vote was held at the virtual Women's Club meeting on Wednesday, May 18.

    Report on the vote to merge with the University Affiliates and change of name

  • May 18

    blue flowersScholarship Recipients Recognition: A Virtual Luncheon Beginning at Noon

    This will be our last meeting of the school year. We'll be giving $20,000 in scholarships to UCSC students working with STARS (Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students). Scholarship recipients will share their life stories and explain how they will use their granted money to help them further their studies.

    View the 2022 scholars and their May presentations here.

    View the 2021 scholars and their May presentations here.


  • Fall 2022

  • October 12 - General Meeting at the UCSC Arboretum, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Chancellor Cynthia Larive Meet with Chancellor Cynthia Larive; sign up for Interest Groups.

  • 2020-2021 General Meeting Presentations

  • If you missed presentation by last school year's speakers, view them below:

    Chris Johnson Lyons and Stephanie Rios of Watsonville Wetlands Watch 11/2020

    Melani Amaris - “Let’s get Motivated to Move - Creating Habits for Positive Change  1/21

    Dr. Douglas Smith - "Another Dam Talk: A Review of San Clemente Dam Removal and Carmel River Response" 3/21

    Dr. Bruce Lyon - "Sparrows in the Mist: Complex Winter Social Behavior in a Little Brown Bird"   4/21

    Fiat Musica Presents Songs of Music and Spring at its virtual spring concert - 5/21

Easily add these dates to your google calendar by visiting this Calendar page.