University of California Student Association (UCSA)
The University of California Student Association (UCSA) is a coalition of students and student governments that helps to provide a collective voice for all students through advocacy and direct action. The UCSA participates in the shared governance of the UC system by seeking to advance higher education by empowering current and future students to advocate on their own behalf for the accessibility, affordability, and quality of the University of California system. This organization has been noticed by many for its opposition to cuts on education funding and for its support of affirmative action in enrollment policies.
Since its founding in 1971, the UCSA, originally the UC Student Lobby, has been fighting for increased access, affordability, and quality of UC education. It has succeeded in freezing and rolling back student fees, increasing UC diversity, protecting crucial student services, and expanding financial aid. Today, it still continues to gain many victories, using a range of tactics to win issue-based campaigns and build student electoral power.