Admissions & Outreach

FOSTERING A DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS AT UCSB

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UC Santa Barbara is deeply committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse graduate student cohort and to developing scholarship, leadership, and professionalism of graduate students from all backgrounds.

The campus recognizes that many students, especially those from segments of the population that have not traditionally been represented in the academy, are unfamiliar with graduate education and will benefit from resources that will acquaint them with academic culture and support their success and development into career professionals. 

These groups include underrepresented minorities, first generation college students, students who identify as LGBTQ, women who are in departments with less than 20 percent female enrollments, veterans, disabled students, or any other students from non-traditional backgrounds.

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Guidelines and Resources
For Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at UCSB

A MESSAGE FROM THE GRADUATE DEAN

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Dear Graduate Students,

I was disappointed and dismayed by the recent announcement by the Trump administration to rescind the DACA program. This decision directly conflicts with the core values of the University of California, which emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chancellor Henry T. Yang and the entire UCSB community are committed to working with other universities and members of Congress to advocate for our students. Please read Chancellor Yang’s message of support at http://bit.ly/2xbsz6P

I am concerned for all members of our community that may be impacted by this and I urge any graduate students whom this touches to reach out to the Graduate Division, as well as to the resources referred to below, for assistance and support.

Dr. Carol Genetti
Anne and Michael Towbes Graduate Dean

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF RESOURCES for DACA recipients at UCSB.

Learn more about how Dream Scholars can apply for graduate programs at UCSB.

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DIVERSITY HIGHLIGHTS AT UCSB

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2016 Graduate Student Cohort


16%
are First Generation College Students


22.4% identify as an Underrepresented Minority




grad-div-icons_grad-postIn the third annual College Access Index published by The New York Times, ​UCSB ranked No. 2 for its commitment to economic diversity, affordability, and financial assistance



grad-div-icons_globe​UCSB is the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities to be designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution, recognizing that Hispanic enrollment comprises at least 25 percent of total enrollment 



grad-div-icons_booksThe UC-HBCU Initiative, a faculty grant program ​investing in the pipeline for HBCU students into the UC system ​invests in the pipeline for HBCU students to enter the UC system



grad-div-icons_personAll applicants to UCSB can choose from six gender identities listed on admissions forms, and all current UC students are able to update their preferred gender and sexual identity through the UCSB Registrar 


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Diversity here at UCSB isn’t a one-dimensional discussion. It isn’t just about the community you come from, or your racial background, where your parents and ancestors came from, or your sexual orientation or gender expression. Diversity could also be about the subject matter that you’re into and the types of activities you like to engage in. At UCSB, we try to discuss diversity as it relates to ALL aspects of ourselves as human beings.



DANNY MEZA
Graduate Student Resource Center Diversity Peer
Ph.D. Student, UCSB Department of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology (CCSP)
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THE GRADUATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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The Graduate Scholars Program provides first-year and second-year doctoral students from diverse backgrounds with an advanced doctoral student mentor, one-on-one mentoring opportunities with faculty mentors of their choice, career information, targeted orientation to resources on campus, professional development from the Graduate Student Resource Center, networking events across campus and with visiting scholars, and access to other campus resources

FIND OUT ABOUT SERVICES, RESOURCES AND EVENTS
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Graduate Scholars Program​

DOWNLOAD THE GSP FLYER
Program Overview PDF

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ACADEMIC COUNSELING AND FACULTY MENTORSHIP TRAINING

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The UCSB Graduate Division employs a full-time, on-campus Academic Counselor, who provides our graduate students with academic support, time management strategies, one-on-one counseling and referrals to other campus services. Students can call or email to set up an appointment. Our Academic Counselor also facilitates faculty mentorship training sessions and provides departments with support and training for their diversity personnel.

FIND OUT ABOUT SERVICES, RESOURCES AND EVENTS
CLICK HERE to ​learn more about our Academic Counseling services at the UCSB Graduate Division.

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GRADUATE STUDENT GROUPS: BUILDING COMMUNITIES

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Our graduate students value communities and bringing people together for social and academic dialogues. Across the UCSB campus, graduate students have the opportunity to engage in groups like the Graduate Student Association, Black Graduate Student Association, Graduate Students for Diversity in Science, the International Student Association, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and the Non-Traditional Students Group.

FIND OUT ABOUT THE DIVERSITY COMMUNITY AND RESOURCES AT UCSB 
CLICK HERE to find out about the diversity resources at UC Santa Barbara 

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THE GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER

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Located on the first floor of the Student Resource Building (Room 1215), the GSRC is a resource for graduate students seeking help with many aspects of graduate student life. Students can meet with two dedicated Diversity Peers as well as other specialists providing help for career placement, writing and editing, and funding graduate school.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ​GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER 
CLICK HERE to access the UCSB GradPost, the official website of the GSRC


Our graduate students value communities and bringing people together for social and academic dialogues. Across the UCSB campus, graduate students have the opportunity to engage in groups like the Graduate Student Association, Black Graduate Student Association, Graduate Students for Diversity in Science, the International Student Association, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and the Non-Traditional Students Group

Graduate Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity
2017-18 Membership

Carol Genetti (Chair), Dean of the Graduate Division
Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Faculty Director for Graduate Diversity Initiatives 
Margaret Klawunn, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Faculty

Elizabeth Belding, Department of Computer Science
Tamsin German, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Terence Keel, Department of Black Studies and History
Jeffrey Milem, Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education 
Karen Myers, Department of Communication
Javier Read de Alaniz, Department of Chemistry
Scott Shell, Department of Chemical Engineering
Ines Talamantez, Department of Religious Studies

Students

Daniel Meza, Graduate Diversity and Outreach Peer
Ana Romero, Graduate Diversity and Outreach Peer

Graduate Division Staff

Mary Hegarty, Associate Dean
Bruce Kendall, Associate Dean
Christian Villaseñor, Assistant Dean
Walter Boggan, Director of Admissions, Outreach, and Diversity
Robert Hamm, Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Michele Johnson, Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives
Mallarie Stevens, Assistant Director of Admissions
Ethny Stewart, Assistant Director of Outreach
Ryan Sims, Graduate Academic Counselor 

CLICK HERE FOR UCSB GRADUATE DIVISION CONTACT INFORMATION