College Nine

International and Global Perspectives

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Your College

Founded in 2000, College Nine was the newest addition to UCSC since 1972. The college’s theme of “International and Global Perspectives” provides exciting co-curricular opportunities and is represented in many of the college courses, student groups, and extra-curricular programming available to you. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about yourself, your community, and the world in which we live.

College Nine Student Life

College Nine is a vibrant community with many opportunities for students to get involved, enrich their college experience and develop leadership skills. Student-led groups, advised and supported by staff, have a primary role in planning co-curricular programming and student activities.

To enhance the exploration of “International and Global Perspectives”, College Nine offers theme programming focusing on different topics related to global and international issues. Festivals of food and dance, hands-on art programs, faculty presentations, field trips, film series and other programs are offered. Some past programs have included a HOPE benefit concert raising funds to combat violence against women, a Dia de los Muertos crafts workshop, an Invisible Children program, a hunger banquet, and a panel discussion addressing immigration reform.

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College Nine Programs

In addition to participating in College Nine’s theme-related programming, examples of other activities students may become involved with include:

CREATE offers a community at College Nine for students of color to find support and empowerment through mentorship and friendship. CREATE also hosts a variety of outreach programs throughout the academic year.

GLAD provides a wide range of exercises, guest speakers and programs designed to foster and develop participants’ efficacy as world citizens and leaders at College Nine.

ICW is an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and their global environment, build cultural competency and develop intercultural leadership skills in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect. Through a series of interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by College Nine staff and student leaders, participants explore intercultural communication skills and issues impacting our world. This weekend retreat, held in a beautiful redwood setting, is one of the cornerstones of College Nine programming.

Practical Activism is a day-long conference planned by a group of students working with staff and faculty advisors. The planning group forms in spring, and works through fall to produce the annual event. Offering interactive workshops, speakers, arts and music, this is a dynamic day of learning, inspiration and action. More information can be found at

Praxis is College Nine and College Ten’s service learning organization, geared toward community building and social justice. Members participating in Praxis gain exposure to a variety of agencies within the Santa Cruz community by volunteering each month. Praxis is the first step for students seeking engagement in the local community. Students can explore what it means to be agents of social change.

The College Nine Student Senate is the governing body of the college. The Senate appoints students to campus and college-wide committees, advises College Nine administration on policy development and provides monetary support to College Nine and university wide student organizations..

The café is a hot spot for community interaction; a great place to study, visit, and enjoy programs put on by the café staff. On any given evening, the cafe may host an open mic, a pool tournament, a live performance by students, or group discussion around current events. Always a friendly place to meet up with friends, Terry Freitas Café has something for everyone.

College Nine College Map

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Student study group
Students in College Nine lounge
Students enjoying a meal at Colleges Nine & Ten Dining Hall