Pathways to Thriving Communities

Necessary Trouble: Thinking with the Legacy of John R. Lewis

“These young people are saying we all have a right to know what is in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and the food we eat. It is our responsibility to leave this planet cleaner and greener. That must be our legacy.” ― John Lewis

Ready for some Necessary Trouble? In anticipation and in honor of the dedication of John R. Lewis College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Division of Social Sciences, Colleges Nine and Ten, the Institute for Social Transformation, and the Center for Racial Justice are organizing five events centered on topics exemplified by the life of Representative John Lewis.

At UC Santa Cruz, we believe that the real change is us. This series will highlight the efforts of faculty, students, staff, community leaders, and alumni in their commitments to social and racial justice, civic engagement and democracy. It is an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we can help carry John R. Lewis’ legacy forward in the future.

Featured Speakers:

Alicia Riley

Nancy N. Chen

James Doucet-Battle

Cristina Gamboa

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Join us in-person or virtually!

This is a hybrid event, presented both in-person and virtually. Seating is limited, so please register early if you want to attend in-person. Event starts promptly at 4 p.m. in the University Center, College Nine Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (above the College Nine/Ten Dining Hall).

*Please note that UC Santa Cruz has COVID-19 guidelines for in-person events and masks are still required. If attending in-person, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (must be a lab PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid).


April 13, 2022: Students as Agents of Transformative Change

Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00pm

University Center
University Center , Santa Cruz, California 95064

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