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Student Service Departments

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.