Shakina Nayfack: Creating change

Transgender actress Shakina Nayfack is creating a lot of change these days—not only through her one-woman shows and her theater company, but also through her new role as the transgender Lola in Hulu's hit show Difficult People.

By Peggy Townsend, October 2016
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Rafael López: Commitment to community

Rafael López once protected his mother and siblings from an abusive, alcoholic father. Now he heads a $10 billion federal agency that administers the nation's domestic violence prevention programs.

By Peggy Townsend, October 2016
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Liquid alchemy

UC Santa Cruz is home to the last working metal foundry in the UC system, giving students the opportunity to experience an unusual level of artistic discovery.

By Sean M. Monaghan, October 2016
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Alumni Notes fall 2016

News, notes, updates, and announcements from Slug alumni.

October 2016

Java slugs

UC Santa Cruz alumni perk up the coffee scene

By Dan White, October 2016
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About the Fall 2016 issue

Credits, a new beginning in Silicon Valley, and a retiree giving back.

October 2016
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Alumnus's game aims to build empathy by allowing players to take the role of a poor black American, encountering aggressions from humiliating to lethal

By Leigh Alexander, March 2016
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Building a ladder to a cure

A cancer diagnosis used to be a death sentence for children. Now UC Santa Cruz researchers are opening a new front in the battle against the disease.

By Dan White, March 2016
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Crossing borders

At UC Santa Cruz, the Latin American and Latino Studies Department is breaking boundaries and creating thought leaders

By Peggy Townsend, March 2016
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Slugs on tap

UC Santa Cruz alumni make their mark in the California brewing scene

March 2016