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The Social Sciences philanthropy team works with benefactors to increase opportunities for students, advance socially relevant research, and increase community involvement. In collaboration with foundations, corporations, and individuals, we advance cutting-edge social science teaching and research that benefits people and the planet.

The Social Sciences are the heart of UC Santa Cruz. Our foundation is social justice. Our purview is the whole of human experience. Social scientists ask questions about access, power, justice, and equity. And we find answers.

Our goal now and always is to support faculty in doing high-caliber research, to nurture the critical-thinking skills of our students, and to ensure that our work is useful to society.

We are currently launching the Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation. The new institute will:

  • advance collaborative, problem-solving scholarship
  • bring innovations to teaching and learning
  • bring together thought leaders and community members
  • address the critical social and environmental challenges of our time


How You Can Help

Contribute to the institute. Your gift will advance socially relevant research, community engagement, and public scholarship. Give here.

Support our students. Your gift will provide financial support to undergraduates and graduate students in the Social Sciences. For a complete list of our student awards, see our awards page.

Let us know what’s meaningful to you. Please call or email us if you would like to discuss your interests and aspirations.

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Questions? You can always reach us at socsci@ucsc.edu.