The CoCo offers opportunities for leadership, skill development, and community building in the College Nine community. Learn about our annual events, traditions, clubs and groups, classes, honors, and other opportunities below. 


Events [show]

The CoCo is involved with a variety of large annual events as well as smaller quarterly events. Here is some information on our major events at College Nine:


The mission of the Annual HOPE International Music Festival is to raise awareness about international social justice issues through music, speakers, spoken word, art, tabling and other opportunities to engage with College Nine's theme. The HOPE planning committee, composed of student leaders in College Nine and College Ten, begin planning in Winter for the Spring festival. There's lots of room for students to contribute their creative ideas for artists, topics, arts, music and more! 


The Intercultural Community Weekend (ICW) is an overnight retreat in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains in which College Nine students begin to explore the College Nine theme with the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding of International and Global Perspectives and building connections and leadership skills with other students. Students will be given the opportunity to learn more about themselves and others, as well as develop intercultural awareness through interactive exercises and small group discussions facilitated by staff and student leaders. College Ten students may also apply to participate, but priority will be given to College Nine students. If you are a College Ten student interested in a similar event, please refer to the MCW description on the College Ten site.

Nuestras Raíces  

Formerly the Cesar Chavez Convocation, this large-scale event was renamed Nuestras Raíces, or “our roots.” While the convocation used to honor the memory of Cesar Chavez and his achievements, commitment to social justice/civil rights, and unrelenting efforts to cultivate grassroots leadership, there was conflict between the intention of this event and with the legacy of some of his platforms and their impact on undocumented, migrant workers and activists. This new event reframes the conversation to be about current activists, with a focus on intersectionality, still reflecting the power of grassroots leadership and a commitment to social justice. 

This event has previously featured keynote speakers such as Dolores Huerta, Cesar Cruz, Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, and more. 

Contact for more information on how to get involved in these or other events.

Practical Activism Conference (PAC)

Join us for the 18th Annual Practical Activism Conference on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10:30am - 5pm, either virtually or potentially in the Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room.

The Practical Activism Conference is a daylong, student-led, conference with workshops, speakers, organizations, and hands-on activism sessions all focused on practical ways to promote and create social change. The conference is planned by a group of dedicated College Nine and College Ten students.

For more information or to join the student planning team, check out the main Practical Activism website or contact the Student Lead Coordinators at

Classes  [show]

CLNI 85: Global Action 

This 2-credit, student-taught course meets weekly to foster a small-group learning community that provides opportunities to explore international and global issues, discuss current events, and engage in social change, culminating in a final project. This course is offered every Winter Quarter. Check out the College Nine Course Catalogue to see what classes are available this quarter. Once you have taken this class, you are eligible to teach the course in a future year.

CLNI 191: Teaching Global Action

Upper Division College Nine students are invited to apply to teach Global Action (CLNI 85). Student instructors go through training in November and in Winter Quarter they meet weekly with an instructor to explore materials, techniques and tools to develop curriculum and facilitate their own weekly section of 12-18 students for CLNI 85: Global Action. 

Contact Erin Ramsden at for more information. 


Jobs [show]

Faculty Initiatives Assistant

These student leaders create, develop, and implement events and programs that bring together faculty and College Nine students in meaningful interactions that enhance co-curricular learning related to the college's theme. Previous events include workshops, faculty presentations, field trips, film screenings, social media campaigns, debates, panels and more related to topics or applications of the college theme. Applications for this full-year, hourly position are available in Spring Quarter. 

Special Projects Assistant 

This student leader works closely with professional and student staff to develop informal passive and interactive opportunities that highlight issues related to the themes of both colleges. Through creative interactive opportunities such as pop-up booths, installations, poster campaigns, tabling events, social media campaigns, and other creative initiatives, this student helps support engagement with theme-related issues for all students. Applications for this full-year, hourly position are available in Spring Quarter. 

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship Program

The International and Global Perspectives CUIP position coordinates the planning and teaching of the College Nine 2-credit class (CLNI 85), facilitates a theme-related student group, and develops other programs and events to enhance the college's theme of International and Global Perspectives. This is a year-long, stipend position. Applications are due in Winter. See more on the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program section on the Career Center website.

Office Assistant

CoCo Office Assistants provide administrative, clerical, and publicity support to assist in the production of CoCurricular, theme-related programs at College Nine & College Ten. These hourly positions may be available throughout the year and are a good start for creative students interested in gaining administrative skills and learning about event planning and publicity.

Contact for more information.



Clubs and Student Organizations/Groups [show]

Students For Social Change

Students for Social Change meets weekly throughout Fall Quarter offering an opportunity to make friends, find community, explore your relationship to social justice, and build leadership skills through exploring current events, fun activities, and small group discussions. Participants will plan and implement an event highlighting a social change issue. 

Oxfam Club

Raise awareness about global hunger, poverty, and social injustice and practice taking action locally and globally. Meets throughout the school year.

Check the Get Involved page or the Events Calendar for current meeting times and locations.

Contact for more information on how to get involved in these or other groups.



Awards and Honors [show

Our students have many opportunities to get involved and engaged with our colleges through leadership, internships, classes, volunteering and paid positions. Every year in May, we gather with our amazing student leaders to celebrate, acknowledge, and honor their contributions to our colleges at our Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony. Below are some of the awards and honors presented at this ceremony to both continuing and graduating students. 

College Service Award

College Service Awards recognize graduating Colleges Nine and Ten students who have contributed significantly to our colleges and campus during their time here. Students who receive this award are invited and recognized at the Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony and have this honor read at the graduation ceremony and noted in the commencement program.

College Leadership Certificate

The College Nine International and Global Perspectives Leadership Certificate is the highest honor a student can receive at College Nine. One of the primary goals of College Nine is to help our students actively engage in the college community to build leadership and skills that reflect our theme. To formally recognize leadership contributions and experiences, the College Leadership Certificate is presented upon graduation to qualifying students. This is a tangible honor that can be highlighted in employment and graduate school applications. Click here to download a copy of the Leadership Journal and track your involvement at College Nine.

Jay Johnson Awards

Jay Johnson was a CSO at our colleges starting when College Nine was first founded through Fall of 2006, when he passed away on duty. Jay cared deeply about the students and took time to learn their names, joke and chat with them about their lives, help them out with their questions, and point them in the right direction. He is remembered for his commitment to our colleges and for the positive impact he had in shaping our community. In honor of this amazing individual, the Jay Johnson awards were created.

The Jay Johnson Leadership Award is presented to current student leaders who are in their third year or higher. Recipients are selected by College Nine and College Ten Staff. 

The Jay Johnson Emerging Student Leader Award is intended for first or second year students, affiliated with College Nine or College Ten. Recipients are nominated and selected by a committee of current student leaders. 

Star Award

Previously known as the Alumni Association College Service Award, the Star Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional service to their colleges and the campus as a whole, and who has also displayed strong academic achievements. This award is based on the story of a person who began throwing the starfish back into the ocean one by one, supporting each starfish individually:

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a girl picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the girl, he asked, “What are you doing?” 

The girl replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” 

“Child,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the girl bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, she said, “I made a difference for that one.”

We know our student leaders do this every day. This award recognizes the spirit of social change agents to inspire collective action and do what is right. 

For more information and past winners of these awards, please visit the Student Leadership page.