Housing Themes


This housing option allows those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and other identities within the LGBTQQIA+ community as well as allies to live together in an open and supportive environment.

ABC Themed Housing 

A living-learning space for students whose interests span historical, present-day, and future experiences of predominantly African American, Black, and Caribbean peoples. 

Men Promoting Positive Masculinity

This community is meant to provide a space for those interested in exploring and challenging harmful aspects of traditional masculinity and/or wish to embrace their role as allies with women in fostering healthy relationships and gender equality. Members of this community will be encouraged to further their involvement within the Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) and UCSC community in order to develop their leadership skills and create spaces that promote positive masculinity, healthy relationships,  and gender equality.

Multicultural Leadership

The Multicultural Leadership community provides a space for students with diverse experiences and perspectives to learn from each other and grow as leaders. Through themed programming, quarterly leadership development seminars, and group discussions students are exposed to different ways of thinking about leadership and are better equipped to lead in our diverse society.

Service Learning

The Service Learning community provides residents with exciting opportunities to explore the value of civic engagement while contributing locally and more globally through volunteer and service activities. Students will receive guidance and encouragement to become more aware and engaged citizens while forging strong bonds with each other and the larger community.

Social Justice

The Social Justice community is intended for students who are interested in issues related to diversity, social justice, equality, and environmental justice. Living closely with others who share their interest, students will be able to engage in dialogue around social justice issues and attend programs offered by the residential staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a quarterly seminar co-facilitated by professional staff members and students to explore various topics related to social justice more in depth. In addition, students will also be encouraged to participate in campus events related to social justice including the Practical Activism and Social Fiction conferences.


The Sustainability community is intended for students who are interested in issues related to sustainability and environmental consciousness. This community allows students to further demonstrate their commitment to the Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) theme. Students will engage in dialogue around sustainability through programs offered by the residential staff as well as well as develop community standards around sustainability in the Residence Hall. Students will also have the opportunity to develop new ideas for sustainable practices within the Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) community. In addition, students are also encouraged to attend or assist in planning campus events around sustainability including Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight)’s contribution to the campus' Earth Day celebration.

Women in Science & Engineering

The WISE community fosters success for women in the sciences, engineering, and math. This is a great opportunity to be surrounded by students who share your interests, accomplishments, and challenges. WISE offers themed programming, guest speakers, peer support, and partners with the Biko Science Community at our sister college, Oakes College, to provide events designed for WISE students.

Women's Hall

The women's residential community provides an environment in which women can explore issues of gender and engage in dialogue around their specific needs through programming offered by the residential staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in campus events including Sister Solidarity, which is sponsored by the UCSC Women’s Center.