History of Kresge College

One of the most dynamic and iconic institutions at UC Santa Cruz, Kresge College has long been recognized for its support of experiential and interdisciplinary education and for its architectural heritage. Kresge College was founded in 1971 and built in 1973 as the sixth college at UC Santa Cruz, encompassing approximately eight acres of varied topography and redwood forest.

Architects of Kresge College
Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker in front of Sea Ranch

Designed by architect Charles Moore of Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull and Whitaker (MLTW) with landscape architect Dan Kiley, the college is designed as a cluster of residential and social buildings clustered around a pedestrian street.

Kresge College was designed with the concept of participatory democracy as a means of encouraging a strong sense of community. The vision was for the college to be a place where students enjoyed a sense of creativity, community, and individuality.

Power and Representation, the Kresge core course that is required for all first-year students, examines the many ways people constitute themselves as individuals in relation to communities, focusing on representations of class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and race. 

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