CUIP Intern – Millie Angulo
CUSN, pronounced “cousin”, is a peer program dedicated, but not exclusive to the Asian-American/ Pacific Islander (AA/PI) community at the Universtiy of California, Santa Cruz. As the enrollment rates of AA/PI students increase at UCSC, their presence and voices, needs and concerns increasingly impact the larger campus community.
CUSN offers AA/PI students opportunities to become involved in the community, resources to enhance academic performance, and a venue in which to create student networks. CUSN is dedicated to creating a safe space for academic excellence and leadership development by building long and lasting communiteis of diverse AA/PI students.
CUSN strives to serve the cultural needs of this community in hopes of educating members, non-member, and allies of the AA/PI community regarding cultural awareness and its significance.
February 4, 2017
CUSN is a tight knit community that has and needs to have a strong bond amongst each other. The CUSN retreat was a space for the core members to come in and reveal who they are as individuals through bonding activities, reflections, and presenting the e2 history and Student Agency Toolkit. Through all these activities, we got to learn as a community what it means to work with each other and how important it is to stay grounded in who we are and what we can be, for the sake of being leaders for ourselves and greater community.
CUSN Trivia Night
February 17, 2017
CUSN tries to implement a cultural aspect of the retention program for the Asian American and Pacific Islander students on campus. Through this event, we got to invite the general community of UC Santa Cruz to come in and learn about who we are and about real facts about the Asians and Pacific islanders. This was a space where CUSN got to show off and tell the community about things that are typically overlooked or aren't reflective in the history books. The best way to reveal our culture and where we come from is by appropriately educating others. And who better to educate others on AA/PI history and facts than AA/PI students themselves.