Getting Started at the DSI
To use the equipment in the DSI, you must first go through a safety and basic use training workshop. Each equipment type has it's own training path, as shown below. Training is offered online via Canvas or through in person workshops. Once you've completed the safety training, you will have limited access to the equipment to practice for the in person assessment. While the specifics of each assessment is dependent on the equipment, the process typically includes making a pre-designed file and answering some questions about safety and space protocols. Our current training paths are displayed below.
The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.
The land acknowledgement used at UC Santa Cruz was developed in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman and the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the UCSC Arboretum.