Engaging Education Board of Directors

Engaging Education Board

“There is a lot that goes into the allocation of these budgets, and e2 really emphasizes being transparent and purposeful with the money we receive every year. Every person that is making an important decision regarding the e2 budget is a student, and every decision made is one made with the community's interests in mind.”

-Lexi Saelua, e2 Board Representative


The e2 Board of Directors (BOD) is composed entirely of students, each representing a student-initiated outreach or retention program. The e2 BOD has full charge of its budget and is dedicated to developing initiatives that dismantle institutional barriers faced by historically underrepresented communities.

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Engaging Education Program Fee Community and Resource Empowerment Fee
This fee supports programming that addresses the low rates of recruitment, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented communities in the university system.
The portion of this fee that is governed by e2 funds current and future K-12 student-initiated outreach programs such as A Step Forward, ORALE, and Desination Higher Education.

“Student fees are just one area in which students should be having a larger voice in what happens with the money we are giving to the university. I’m proud of e2 for collectively governing student fees”

-Kendra Del Rosario, e2 Board Representative

e2 is a space where students can develop programs and campaigns that improve students’ lives and their communities. The e2 Board of Directors (BOD) works collectively to identify barriers to success and takes action to create positive change.

For example, four e2 retention programs challenge the barriers faced by student from underrepresented communities. These programs survey students each year to listen to their concerns and experiences. Based on this broad student feedback, the e2 retention programs create resources for students such as study jams, professional development workshops, and self-care workshops.

e2 student-initiated outreach (SIO) programs reach out to youth throughout California to encourage and support them in accessing higher education. Five SIO programs host high school and middle school students from underrepresented communities for 3-day on campus programs, with content geared towards their interests and needs. Two SIO programs tour the state, visiting high schools and engaging thousands of students. The SIO Yield programs of e2 are more successful than any other outreach program at UCSC, including those led by career staff: e2 programs recruit and average of 60% of all participating high school students.

COVID-19 Response: The shelter-in-place order was announced just before high school students were to arrive at UCSC for SIO Yield Weekend. Months of planning and hard work by SIO coordinators had to be set aside. Instead of giving up, the SIO coordinators created an online panel for incoming frosh where current students could offer their unique advice and perspectives of higher education and build supportive connections with high school students. Over 120 students engaged in a fruitful dialogue and showed excitement and motivation for the upcoming school year. Even though the program was quickly adapted to be online, e2 was able to successfully recruit over 60% of its participants.

Oct. 29

In 2003, CA Legislators officially recognized Oct. 29 as e2 Day


Percentage of high school students attending e2's 2019 outreach programs who chose to enroll at UCSC


Prospective frosh attendants in SIO online panel


Student participants in e2 programs

Justice Program

Futrure Planning

e2 BOD makes good use of all student fee funds in order to create programs and resources that meet the needs of students. This requires regular reviews of current year expenses as well as saving for future one-time expenses such as replacing computers and equipment in the e2 Center.

e2 BOD is able to respond to student needs because it sets aside funds for pilot programs such as the Community College Program (CCP). This program was developed in a strategic planning retreat where the BOD identified the need to help students reduce student loan debt. Today, the CCP provides UCSC students with accessible knowledge and resources to utilize community college courses for credit and course completion.