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Administrative Offices

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.

Graduate Division
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.