Renaissance Scholars

Navdeep Kaur- Ghana

Building on the knowledge and resiliency of students and staff, we work collectively to support students who have experienced separation or estrangement from family networks. The common thread among our community is strength in navigating significant hardships. Our community includes students who have had experiences as foster youth, orphans, or wards of the court. We also assist those who have experienced any of the following while growing up: homelessness, violence or neglect in their homes, parents or guardians with severe mental illness or substance abuse, or those who have been pushed out of their homes due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. Those who have been impacted by incarceration or forcible separation from family due to deportation will also find community with us.

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If you’d like to learn more about the Renaissance Scholars, please visit the smithsociety.ucsc.edu and stars.ucsc.edu.