About the Conference Rooms

In 2006 the Bay Tree conference rooms were named in honor of the Costanoan Indigenous peoples.

The traditional land of the Costanoan people is referred to today as the Monterey Bay. UCSC is honored to acknowledge the presence of the indigenous peoples of this region and to reflect the University’s Principles of Community “Diverse” and “Celebrative”, which state:

Diverse: We embrace diversity in all its forms and we strive for an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment.
Celebrative: We celebrate the heritage, achievements and diversity of the community and the uniqueness and contributions of our members.

The Costanoan people in the Santa Cruz region are made up of three groups: the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of the Santa Cruz area, Esselen Nation of the Monterey area, and the Muwekma Ohlone of the San Francisco area. The first three conference rooms are named in honor of those tribes; the fourth room is named after Ascencion de Cervantes and Josefa Velasquez, the last speakers of the Mutsun language.

View the four conference rooms and information on their namesakes below:

Amah Mutsun (Ah-ma moot-sun) Conference Room
Esselen Nation Conference Room
Muwekma Ohlone (ma-wek-ma oh-lone-e) Conference Room
Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room