Family Friendly Resources
Policies, programs and Resources that assist faculty and other academic appointees in balancing the demands of work and family.
Academic Writing Project
UC Santa Barbara Writing Program lecturers visit high school classrooms weekly to consult with teachers on academic writing assignments, co-teach lessons, and present workshops on the writing skills necessary for success at the university.
Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program
CSE IGERT is a National Science Foundation funded program to recruit and retain outstanding underrepresented minorities in IGERT-participating science, mathematics and engineering doctoral programs.
Early Academic Outreach (EAO)
Early Academic Outreach assists high-achieving and high-potential first generation, and low-income students to attain high academic standards and provide the necessary academic support to matriculate into the University of California. Through collaborative efforts with other pre-college programs, EAO also provides students, their families, and communities with the necessary resources to increase eligibility, applications, and enrollments in post-secondary education.
Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology (ITST)
ITST is a research unit that focuses on the fundamental properties of complex systems such as superfluid helium, liquid crystals, magnetic nanostructures and semiconductor superlattices and quantum wells. It improves science education in local schools by promoting interaction between undergraduates, high school students, science teachers, and ITST researchers.
Kids Do Ecology
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara has joined with Los Marineros, an education program of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, to create the Kids Do Ecology program. Scientists from NCEAS and UCSB work with fifth grade students and their teachers to provide direct experience with the process of scientific investigation, from hypothesis formation to experimental design, data analysis, and presentation. The program maintains a website that synthesizes data collected during Los Marineros field trips. The Kids Do Ecology website is accessed by students and teachers globally as well as locally.
Kids in Nature (KIN)
The KIN program enriches the learning experiences of underrepresented and underserved youth in North Santa Barbara County. KIN learning is focused on environmental science, botany, ecology and habitat restoration and ecological experiences designed to inspire youth to become good stewards for the environment.
Let's Explore Applied Physical Science (LEAPS)
LEAPS is a joint effort of the Santa Barbara School District and the UCSB Physics Department and California Nanosystems Institute at UCSB. This classroom partnership of local science teachers and UCSB engineering and science students strengthens young students' understanding of science, provides special resources to science teachers, and improves the communication and leadership skill of UCSB graduate and undergraduate students.
Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program
MESA is a system-wide University of California program. At UC Santa Barbara, the MESA Schools Program (MSP) provides academic enrichment, and preparation to K-12 schools in the local area. MSP prepares underrepresented students for UC admission eligibility. The MESA Engineering Program (MEP) is a statewide network of related programs. UC Santa Barbara's MEP maximizes students' academic potential, while preparing students for careers as professional engineers.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country.
Physics Learning Center and the Physics Circus
The Physics Learning Center offers hands-on experience to local students exploring principles of electricity, conservation of momentum, flow of fluids. For the Physics Circus, groups of Physics Department graduate and undergraduate students take a collection of demonstration experiments from the Physics Learning Center on the road to local schools and present an action packed learning experience.
Research Mentorship Program
This innovative summer program allows pre-college students in grades 10-12 to participate in ongoing laboratory and field-based, cutting edge research in the social, physical, and biological sciences. The student researchers learn to write a scientific paper and present their research at a public symposium at the end of the term.
Santa Barbara Pathways
The "Pathways" program provides a comprehensive package of educational services for students and families in the Santa Barbara Elementary and High School District and feeder schools aimed at reducing academic achievement disparities and increasing college-going rates among local youth.
Student-Initiated Outreach Program (SIOP)
Registered UCSB student organizations do various outreach projects for students in K-12 schools including overnight campus visits, college days, classes, workshops, and festivals.
Summer Transition Enrichment Program
The Summer Transition Enrichment Program is a two-week summer-bridge residential program that provides incoming EOP students with an in-depth orientation to university life and campus resources. Students enroll in writing, mathematics, and chemistry courses taught by faculty and graduate students and participate in a seminar course designed to promote their critical thinking in reading and writing and in group discussions. Through collaborative work with staff and faculty, students discover ways to enrich their college experience and cultivate a sense of belonging to a university community. Evening programs and workshops provide opportunities to learn outside the classroom and engage in college life.
The goal of Upward Bound is to assist students who are eligible for the program in their efforts to successfully complete high school and obtain a college education. Upward Bound students participate in a variety of activities designed to help them reach their full academic and personal potential through:
Young Writers Camp
Sponsored by the South Coast Writing Project, this summer camp offers children entering grades 2 through 9 a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities, improve the quality of their stories/poems, and learn special writing techniques.
Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS)
Campus Learning Assistance Services assists students in their mastery of University course material through course-specific tutoring and academic skills development. CLAS services complement University instruction and lead to increased understanding and improved performance. Program coordinators, learning skills counselors, instructors, and graduate and undergraduate tutors and peers assist more than 7000 students each year, offering instructional groups and workshops for a wide range of courses in addition to drop-in tutoring for the following: writing, math, science, statistics, economics, and foreign language.
Disabled Students Program (DSP)
The Disabled Students Program serves as the campus liaison regarding issues and regulations related to students with disabilities. DSP works in an advisory capacity with campus departments to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities. DSP coordinates academic support services for students with temporary and permanent disabilities, including note takers, readers, sign language interpreters and adaptive computing.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
The Educational Opportunity Program offers academic and other support services to low-income and first generation college students. EOP provides guidance through the admission and enrollment process and supports EOP students through graduation with services such as academic and personal advising, cultural programming, academic support groups, orientation and summer bridge programs, peer advising, and career counseling. Also see Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) above.
The MultiCultural Center (MCC)
The MultiCultural Center promotes cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences through a variety of programs. The Center’s performances, lectures, discussions, exhibits, and films are drawn from national and international cultures and foster a multi-ethnic worldview.
Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) serves the needs of international students and scholars as well as the UCSB community who work with this international population. OISS provides administrative assistance, counseling, advising, and programming to the campus community. The staff meet with students and scholars about immigration, employment, housing, health care, financial concerns, academic problems, travel, and personal issues.
Office of Student Life (OSL)
The Office of Student Life serves as a primary campus liaison to students, dealing with issues of all sorts, encouraging involvement in campus life, and promoting leadership development. One primary responsibility of the Office of Student Life is to support registered campus organizations (RCOs). RCOs are typically organized around areas of common interest (e.g., academic discipline, career, community, culture, ethnicity, religion, political party, sport, social or recreational activity, etc.) RCOs help bring groups of students together to participate in activities outside of the classroom, which promotes positive dialogue, helps create a sense of belonging, and provides opportunities for students to socialize and participate in community service, among many other benefits. These organizations help create a campus climate that supports and embraces diversity and inclusion. See "Registered Campus Organizations and Student Government" for examples of currently registered campus organizations.
Women, Gender & Sexual Equity Department
The Women’s Center uses a feminist approach to provide support, advocacy, resources and education to the UCSB community. The Center values and respects all genders, bodies, sexual orientations, and racial and ethnic identities while challenging all forms of oppression. It works towards creating a campus environment that is safe, equitable, and just and envisions a world free of oppression and violence. The Center strives for inclusion and equity through its programs and services and celebrates the richness of our differences while working collectively to create a community of leaders, scholars, and global citizens for the future. The Women’s Center is located in the newly constructed Student Resource Building (SRB). The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (see entry under "Student Resource Centers") and the Re-Entry/Non-Traditional Student Resource Center are both located in the SRB as well. These three physical spaces make up the elements of the UCSB Women’s Center.
African diasporic Cultural Resource Center (AdCRC)
The African diasporic Cultural Resource Center (AdCRC) supports the communities of the African diaspora at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The AdCRC educates, promotes, and encourages the interaction and dialogue among the diverse ethnic groups within the African diasporic communities of UCSB and to promote cross cultural learning and interaction amongst all ethnic groups. The AdCRC strives to assist in the holistic development of students of the African diaspora by focusing on six areas: academic excellence, cultural awareness, leadership development, social involvement, spiritual development, and proactive civic engagement. AdCRC publishes an annual resource book, entitled the "bLACKbOOK." The AdCRC operates under the auspices of the Educational Opportunity Program.
American Indian Cultural Resource Center (AICRC)
The American Indian Cultural Resource Center promotes the development of cultural identity and leadership thus enhancing academic studies and empowering American Indian undergraduate and graduate students through their college careers. By providing resources, activities, events and ongoing development the AICRC encourages the sharing of ideas and experiences, which imparts a greater understanding of our culture(s) to one another and the campus community. Through collaboration and networking; students, staff, faculty, and the community learn from one another important aspects of our culture(s). The AICRC operates under the auspices of the Educational Opportunity Program.
Asian Resource Center (ARC)
The Asian Resource Center educates, promotes, and encourages the interaction and dialogue among the diverse ethnic groups within the Asian American community at UCSB. The Center provides a supportive environment for students, staff, faculty, and community members to develop an appreciation for one's identity and to affirm an institutional commitment that recognizes one's community. The ARC operates under the auspices of the Educational Opportunity Program.
Chican@/Latin@ Cultural Resource Center (CLCRC)
The Chican@/Latin@ Cultural Resource Center provides a culturally enriched environment where students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can come and learn about diverse cultures. Our objective is to educate and unify the Chican@/Latin@ community through the mediums of art, language, people, food, traditions and history. The CLCRC has two locations, Student Resource Building and the historic El Centro in Building 406. The CLCRC operates under the auspices of the Educational Opportunity Program.
Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)
The Graduate Student Resource Center is a resource, referral and information center for graduate students. The GSRC sponsors events to build community with faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students. Its mission is to assure UCSB's intellectual vitality by attracting the brightest, most talented, and diversity community of scholars to our graduate programs. It provides a comfortable space where students can seek assistance and learn about campus and community resources. Aside from hosting workshops and sponsoring events, GSRC staff help students navigate the graduate student experience. GSRC is committed to creating an environment that is intellectually challenging, socially supportive, and acknowledges students of all ages, genders, races/ethnicities, socioeconomic class backgrounds, and physical abilities.
Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC)
The Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC) promotes awareness and education of Middle Eastern heritage through dialogue and programs in the arts, music and culture. It aims to integrate Middle Eastern students into the campus community and support their academic success. The MERC operates under the auspices of the Educational Opportunity Program.
Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD)
The Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity at UCSB is designed to be a safe and supportive environment for all students, staff, and faculty, emphasizing resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) community, as well as allies and those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The Resource Center welcomes a diversity of racial, ethic, religious, political and cultural values while advocating for the welfare of those who have historically been marginalized because of their sexual and/or gender identity. The Resource Center staff is committed to serving the campus and larger community with professionalism and respect. The Resource Center provides educational programming, social activities, advocacy and consultation with the goal of enhancing safety, tolerance and quality of life in the UCSB community. The RCSGD operates under the auspices of the Women's Center.
Registered campus organizations are formed around similar interests (e.g., academic, career, sports, and recreational interests; cultural, ethnic, religious, and political commonalities; Greek affiliations, etc.). RCOs bring students together to participate in activities outside of the classroom that promote dialogue and provide opportunities to socialize, participate in community service, and create a sense of belonging. These organizations help create a campus climate that supports and embraces diversity and inclusion. Listed below are descriptions and web-sites for UCSB's student government as well as a sample of student and campus organizations registered through the Office of Student Life (http://osl.sa.ucsb.edu). A complete list of registered student and campus organizations is located at http://www.osl.sa.ucsb.edu/OrgList; organizations that have websites can be found at http://www.osl.sa.ucsb.edu/OrgList.
Sample List of Registered Campus Organizations
Examples of currently registered campus organizations include, but are not limited to, the following: American Indian Student Mentor Association, American Students for Israel, Armenian Student Association, Asian American Christian Fellowship, Black Pioneer Renaissance Organization, Black Student Union, Buddhism - The Zen Center, Campus Democrats, Chinese Student Association, College Republicans, East African Student Union, El Congreso, Hermanas Unidas and Hermanos Unidos, , Indian Association, Indus, Iranian Graduate Student Association, Japanese Student Association, Kapatirang Pilipino, Korean American Student Association, Latino Business Association, Lebanese Club, Los Curanderos, Los Ingenieros, Mixed Student Union, Multicultural Drama Company, Muslim Student Association, NAACP, Nikkei Student Union, Olive Tree Initiative at UCSB, Persian Student Group, Queer Student Union, Russian Club, Santa Barbara Hillel, Students for Justice in Palestine, Taiwanese Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Women in Science and Engineering, Women of Color Graduate Students-VOICES.
Associated Students (AS)
Associated Students is UCSB's undergraduate student government (non-profit organization funded through undergraduate student fees). Through elected positions (http://www.as.ucsb.edu/government) and appointments, student leaders and representatives voice student concerns and express student opinion to the UCSB administration, UC system, state and local governments, and surrounding communities. AS has dozens of boards, committees, and commissions that enrich student life and provide services and opportunities to students not offered by the administration. AS's mission is to help students uphold high academic standards and provide them leadership, employment, cultural, and growth opportunities to serve the campus community.
Graduate Students Association (GSA)
The Graduate Students Association is the elected representative government for UCSB graduate students. GSA works to: (1) ensure that graduate student concerns are addressed in campus and off-campus policy decisions, (2) provide graduate students with information concerning decisions that are relevant to student life and (3) provide social activities for UCSB graduate students. GSA leadership articulates graduate student concerns to the campus administration and to campuswide committees that deal with topics ranging from parking to long-range academic planning. GSA represents graduate students of all race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, and physical ability. It is currently partnering with the Chicano Studies Institute to host a computer and print station for under-represented minority students' use.
Following is a sampling of committees related to diversity efforts:
Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity
The Committee promotes campus diversity and equity, ensuring the equal treatment of women, ethnic minorities, individuals of diverse sexual orientations, individuals with disabilities, and other members of the campus community. In meeting this charge, the committee may initiate studies on campus diversity and equity, using data collected from all campus sources; formulate and disseminate recommendations on any matter influencing campus diversity and equity; and address matters involving the hiring, employment, educational, and social circumstances of faculty, staff, and students.
Chancellor's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion
UC President Mark Yudof recently formed a systemwide Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion to address challenges in enhancing and sustaining a tolerant, inclusive environment on all UC campuses. The Council's first meeting was held June 30, 2010. UCSB also has a Campus Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion. It is chaired by Chancellor Yang and composed of faculty, students, staff, administrative personnel, community representation, and ex-officio members, which includes academic deans. The purpose of the advisory council is to:
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women is an administrative committee that has existed on campus since the mid 1970s. It draws its membership from faculty, staff, and students on campus with standing members including the director of the Women's Center, our Title IX Coordinator and Sexual Harassment Officer, chair(s) from the Senior Women's Council and chair(s) from the Professional Women's Association. The charge of CACSW is to advise and consult with the Chancellor about concerns and issues regarding the status of women at UCSB. The committee engages in the review of drafts of campus and system wide policies pertaining to campus women (e.g., parental leaves, sexual harassment, gender equity in sports). The CACSW along with the Women's Center organizes a panel discussion "Demystifying the Tenure Process" for junior faculty women on a yearly basis. The CACSW conducts meetings and investigations on issues including leadership, governance, representation of women in faculty and key administrative positions, pay equity, career equity review, work/life, staff-student ratio, Title IX, safety, student parent registration, diversity training, and female graduate student representation, employment, and mentorship. Since 1997, CACSW has met annually with the Chancellor and his Vice-Chancellors to discuss a yearly report on the status of women.
Chancellor's Outreach Advisory Committee (COAB)
COAB is the policy and governing body for all campus outreach programs. COAB provides overall guidance on policy, budget and evaluation issues regarding UC Santa Barbara's K-12, community college and graduate academic preparation and educational partnership programs. COAB also advises the chancellor and other staff on these matters, and monitors outreach programs via evaluation efforts. COAB is committed to strengthening campus academic preparation and educational partnership programs. The Board will provide consultation and direction to the campus in the development and oversight of campus initiatives supported by university outreach funds. In collaboration with the Academic Senate, the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Student Affairs, COAB and the Office of Outreach Initiatives coordinates the Faculty Outreach Grant (FOG) Program.
Eucalyptus is the campus Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. This university-wide committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. It meets periodically to discuss LGBT related issued and concerns.
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Professional Women's Association
The Professional Women's Association (PWA) at UC Santa Barbara promotes a sense of community through networking and community service, and focuses on the advancement and accomplishments of UCSB Women. PWA provides opportunities to develop one's professional and personal self as well as network on campus, through activities that include brown bag lunch sessions, networking luncheons, a holiday party for IV children, and an annual professional development conference.
Senior Women's Council
The Senior Women's Council was founded in 1993 to create a forum for defining and actively addressing issues that promote gender equity and diversity at UC Santa Barbara. All tenured women faculty and lecturers with SOE are automatically members. The steering committee, comprised of 15-20 members, specifies several well-defined programmatic goals that the Council will accomplish each academic year. The direction of SWC's program is based on input from all tenured women.
UCSB's many administrative offices generally incorporate diversity efforts into their short- and long-term planning and their everyday work. The following are examples of offices or departments that provide programs and services for specific populations or whose work is focused particularly on diversity efforts.
The Graduate Division's mission is to ensure UCSB's intellectual vitality by attracting the brightest, most talented and diverse community of scholars to our graduate programs. The division works to retain these students by promoting academic excellence in graduate degree programs, fostering a diverse and inclusive graduate community, and cultivating a campus environment that is intellectually challenging and socially supportive.
In support of this mission, Graduate Division staff members attend, and the division sponsors, recruitment events designed for populations who are underrepresented in graduate education. Graduate Division staff also administer the Summer Doctoral Research Institute (SDRI) where recently admitted students receive hands-on mentoring and research or lab experience and attend workshops on writing, funding resources, academics, and campus community. Graduate Division staff also monitors the performance and progress of students, following up as necessary to connect them with appropriate support resources. The Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) acts as the hub of the various units and activities within the Graduate Division, including housing graduate peer advisors who conduct workshops, provide written communications, and hold office hours for students in four distinct areas: diversity and outreach, academic services, funding support, and academic writing.
Additionally, the Graduate Division administers a National Science Foundation-AGEP grant that provides funding to support recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition to partnering with other campus academic preparation and support units, the Graduate Division collaborates with the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (part of the California NanoSystems Institute) in both the administration of the University of California Leadership and Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program and in support of the Professional Development for Graduate Students (PDGS) program. UC LEADS is designed to identify undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in the STEM disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study. PDGS, particularly supportive of those who are underrepresented in the STEM disciplines, provides a series of workshops designed to enhance students' proficiency in personal and professional skills critical for academic and career success.
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy
This office has oversight of all academic policies and campus review processes for new academic programs, academic units, research units and new degree programs. It oversees the campus Program Review process. It is responsible for the administration of campus faculty enrichment programs, including diversity incentive recruitment funding, the President's Postdoctoral Recruitment Program; the Faculty Career Development Awards; The UC Regents' Humanities and Junior Faculty Awards; and the Faculty Fellows Program. The office has oversight of the Career Equity Review process and survey process to identify and rectify inequities in faculty compensation.
Office of Academic Preparation
The Office of Academic Preparation connects students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the UCSB community with educational programs, services and activities to build college-going communities. The goal is to improve student learning, increase college-going rates, and provide equal access to higher education to California's diverse students.
Office of Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention
The Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention (EODP) Office is the campus office responsible for the University's compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding affirmative action, non-discrimination, and retaliation for staff and faculty. EODP works to promote and integrate the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, non-discrimination, and excellence through diversity on campus.
UCSB's academic departments and units generally incorporate diversity topics and efforts into their short- and long-term planning, their research, and their teaching as appropriate. Below are examples particularly focused on these topics. In addition, several departments offer language and cultural studies from a perspective that may include inquiry and study of historical, literary, linguistic, musical and visual arts aspects of rich and diverse cultures.
Department of Asian American Studies
UCSB's Department of Asian American Studies was one of the very first autonomous academic departments in the United States completely devoted to the study of Asian Americans. Over the years, the Department has consistently offered students the opportunity to study and understand the experiences of Asian Americans, particularly their histories, communities, and cultures. Students learn to evaluate the existing literature on Asian American communities, to analyze a variety of data on Asian Americans, and to conduct original research. Professors in the Department offer courses informed by approaches from the traditional disciplines, including sociology, law, education, psychology, and literature, as well as from interdisciplinary scholarship in women's studies, law and society, public policy, global studies, cultural studies, and film and media studies.
Department of Black Studies
Established in 1968, the Department of Black Studies assumes a matrix model, bringing together scholars from an array of disciplines that are concerned with the Diaspora and Africa. The faculty ground their students in history, literature, the arts, and the social sciences, with particular concentrations in the achievement of moral ideals like democracy and equality, cultural theory, and the social, aesthetic, and political ideas emerging from historical and contemporary societies. In both their research and teaching, the faculty seeks to determine the influences and intersections of Africa and the African Diaspora on the formation and future of the modern world.
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Established in 1969, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on gender, culture, and institutions. Courses probe the roots of a cultural tradition beginning with the pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico and extending into the many areas of contemporary American society, including politics, education, literature, the arts, and religion. Chicana and Chicano Studies majors gain insight into cultural issues and knowledge of the historical significance of Chicanos as a group. Students also develop the necessary analytical and methodological skills to better understand the emerging multicultural character of the Southwest and the key role Chicanos will increasingly play in the future, given the rapidly changing demographics of both the Southwest and the nation.
Department of Feminist Studies
Feminist Studies was recently recognized with departmental status, after a twenty-year history as the Women's Studies Program. Feminist Studies is an "interdisciplinary discipline" that produces cutting-edge research and fosters innovative teaching. The subject matter of feminist studies is more than women: research and teaching focus on the ways that relations of gender, intersecting with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, ability, and other differences, affect every aspect of society.
Department of Religious Studies
The Department of Religious Studies covers a wide range of traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American Religions, Shinto, and Taoism. Faculty and students draw on methodological insights from anthropology, cognitive science, folklore studies, history, philology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, the study of race and ethnicity, sociology, theology, and the study of gender and sexuality. Faculty also research and teach about many different areas of the world, with special strength in East and South Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and North America. The department is home to many languages not offered elsewhere in the University: Arabic, Aramaic, Coptic, Hebrew, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Syriac, Tibetan, and Turkish, and it encourages comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary work
UCSB's academic departments and units generally incorporate diversity topics and efforts into their short- and long-term planning, their research, and their teaching as appropriate. The following are examples of research centers that are particularly focused on these topics.
Center for Black Studies Research
The Center for Black Studies Research has a general research platform that is uniquely positioned to provide a critical synthesis of issues of race, social equality, and justice; these narratives and approaches are present in all its projects and are a central part of our effort to merge theoretical findings with social change. Research areas include the Haiti Projects, the Race and Technology Initiative; and the Urban Studies Projects. Outreach efforts include Project Excel and community outreach efforts, both on campus and within the community.
Center for New Racial Studies (CNRS)
Working together since 2003, a diverse group of UCSB faculty, based both in traditional social science and humanities departments and in various ethnic studies departments, has developed and organized the Center for New Racial Studies (CNRS). Graduate students, undergraduates, and university staff are also involved in the effort. The New Racial Studies endeavor is at once an educational undertaking, a research initiative, and a movement project. The New Racial Studies Project seeks both to draw attention to this burgeoning field of inquiry, and to contribute to that synthesis. Its ultimate goals involve networking widely; in hopes ultimately to influence the research agenda, pedagogy, and public discourse about race and racism on a national level. The CNRS deeply committed to ongoing inquiry to foster both "micro-level" approaches (that address racialized experience and identities) and "macro-level" work.
Center for Research on Women and Social Justice
The Center for Research on Women and Social Justice approaches the study of women in culture and society from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective, inquiring into the lives of women and men, the impact of cultural notions of gender on society, and the ways that race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, and other factors impact on work, family, and democracy. This approach is necessary both to ensure collaborative and individual scholarly investigation and to empower the public through a greater knowledge of the ways that public policies and cultural representations have advanced or impeded women's social and economic progress in terms of ethnicity, class, sexuality, and globalization. Drawing upon diverse methodologies and approaches (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, textual, historical, applied), the Center initiates and sponsors projects on topics crucial to women's lives in appropriate local, regional, national, and global contexts in law and equality; education and training; work and family; wealth and poverty; war and violence; artistic and creative expression; health and well-being; sexuality and psyche; natural and built environments; and Women's movements and feminism.
Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships
The Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) builds on a record of innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at the California NanoSystems Institue (CNSI), to create a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration. The Center's mission is to strengthen UCSB's capacity to play a leading role in the education and professional development of current and future scientists and engineers. SEP specialists are available to collaborate with UCSB scientists and engineers on:
Chicano Studies Institute
The purpose of the Institute, as articulated in El Plan de Santa Bárbara, is to undertake, promote and disseminate research regarding the Chicano/Latino experience in California and the United States. The Institute's research activities serve the intellectual interests of Chicana/o Studies students, researchers and faculty from all departments and units on the UCSB campus. Together with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, the Institute supports research that promotes the growing national and international stature of the field and assists in the recruitment and retention of Chicano/Latino faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara. The Institute also promotes cultural education for the campus and community by sponsoring events and programs that draw from Chicana/o, Mexican and Latin American music, dance, theatre, film and art traditions.
California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA)
The California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, also known as CEMA, is a division of the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries. CEMA is a permanent program that advances scholarship in ethnic studies through its varied collections of primary research materials. These unique collections document the lives and activities of African Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans in California. The collections represent the cultural, artistic, ethnic, and racial diversity that characterizes the state's population. Its materials are widely used not only by scholars, but also in K-12 classrooms and museum exhibitions. Organizations and individuals have committed to establishing their personal papers and archival materials for preservation and to be made accessible for research and study.
Ethnic and Gender Studies Library
The Ethnic and Gender Studies Library, a unit of Davidson Library, supports collections in the following areas: Andelson Collection (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies); Asian-American Studies Collection; Black Studies Collection; Colección Toque Nahuaque (Chicano Studies Collection); Native American Studies Collection; Feminist Studies Collection.
Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE)
The Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence (CADE) is a standing commission of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. CADE is comprised of individuals representing a cross-section of APLU member institutions including presidents and chancellors, vice presidents, deans, and other campus constituents. The Commission's primary focus is to develop a comprehensive agenda regarding the relationships between public higher education and the issues of human resources and social change. The Commission focuses on such major issues as the broadening of access and opportunity; utilizing the diversity of the undergraduate experience to prepare graduates for the 21st century; enhancing diversity within student and faculty populations; and creating partnerships between universities and local and world communities to bring about beneficial social change.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. Today, HACU represents nearly 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic success in higher education. HACU fulfills it mission by promoting the development of member colleges and universities; improving access to, and the quality of, post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).