The ability to effect meaningful social change involves the development of a number of interrelated civic competencies. Some of these, such as regular reflection on the implications of one's choices and an awareness of one's own potential for contribution, are highly individualized. Others, such as empathy, collaboration, and commitment to diversity, affect how one behaves in groups. Still others, such as an understanding of systemic issues of injustice and a commitment to socially responsible action in the face of these, affect how one understands oneself as a citizen.
UCSC programming helps students develop specific competencies in each of these domains, with the goal of supporting all our programs' participants in their holistic development as leaders in their communities and in their fields.