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RCO and Student Government

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 ( A complete list of registered student and campus organizations is located at; organizations that have websites can be found at

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 ( 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.