Fail Fest/ Life Happens: Challenging Notions of Failure through Stories of Resilience

Alumni are welcome! Please join the First Generation Initiative as we seek to: (1) reflect on shared experiences through the power of storytelling; (2) complicate our notions of failure by examining historical and ongoing systemic barriers that undermine success; (3) affirm our shared strengths in resilience and resourcefulness; and (4) build and strengthen community ties.

Network with faculty, staff, and students over dinner through activities and learn about campus resources. Performance by Kadence Keys, a UC Santa Cruz band inspired by funk, R&B, and neo soul. See full program for the evening's events.

This event would not be possible without a generous gift from the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation.

Keynote storyteller: Adilah Barnes (Cowell ’72)

A heartfelt thank you to our cosponsors! Alumni of UCSC; CADrc/Rainbow Theater; Baskin School of Engineering Undergraduate Affairs; Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning; Division of Student Success; Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Slug Stories/College 10; Student Health Center

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Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Merrill Cultural Center
200 McLaughlin Dr, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Invited Audience

Alumni, Students



Free Admission

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