The Office of Student Life (OSL) also supports a variety of special projects and initiatives that contribute to the overall quality of student and community life at UCSB. For more information about OSL staff member participation on campus committees, see About OSL
Commencement Stage Pass Distribution
Each year, OSL supports the send-off of new graduates by distributing more than 5,000 stage passes to undergraduate students participating in the Commencement Exercises for the Colleges of Letters & Science and Engineering. After confirming degree candidacy and Commencement participation on GOLD by the published deadlines, students can pick up their stage passes during finals week of the spring quarter in the UCen Lobby.
This national holiday, observed annually on September 17, commemorates the drafting of the Constitution of the United States. OSL assists in fulfilling UCSB's federal obligation to provide educational programming about the United States Constitution by publicizing the UC Constitution Day website and informing student leaders of Constitution Day at the annual Student Leader Retreat
Deltopia & Halloween
The Dean of Student Life, in collaboration with student and staff colleagues, leads annual efforts to minimize the negative repercussions of informal, unsanctioned events on the Isla Vista and campus communities. Primary efforts are directed to risk reduction and providing alternative social events for UCSB students.
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity is one of OSL's core values; individual staff members are cognizant of the benefits and justice of recognizing and including all individuals in our campus community. In OSL, diversity is defined broadly to include identity characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability) and intellectual perspectives (e.g. fields of study and political ideologies). OSL strives to incorporate its value of diversity into all of its programs and services, and staff are involved in a variety of related initiatives across campus.
At the start of each summer, the Isla Vista Liaison works with several community and campus partners to put on a sale to promote reuse, provide students and community members with access to affordable goods, and raise money for local non-profit organizations and programs. There are three ways to get involved: volunteer, drop-off your used goods, and shop! Volunteers earn a portion of sale proceeds for the non-profit of their choice. www.sa.ucsb.edu/GiveIV/
Student-Initiated Outreach Program (SIOP)
As a champion of student-led programs, OSL is proud to administer UCSB's State-funded SIOP funding program, which makes grants available to registered campus organizations that are hosting outreach programs to promote college awareness and attendance among under-served K-12 and transfer student populations. Applications are solicited each fall.
UC Student Regent Recruitment
Working on behalf of the Chancellor and in conjunction with the Associated Students External Vice President for Statewide Affairs (EVPSA), OSL coordinates campus visits by the Student Regent and Student Regent-designate, as well as the annual campus-based recruitment process. All UC students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs are eligible to apply. Applications are generally due in late February. www.gaucho4regent.com
These awards, given to selected graduating seniors and graduate students, are the most prestigious form of recognition of co-curricular involvement and achievement granted by UCSB. Nominations are solicited every spring. Awards are conferred by the Chancellor and the Division of Student Affairs at a ceremony shortly before Commencement weekend.
Veterans Resource Center (VRC)
The VRC, located in Building 434, Room 123 is dedicated to supporting student veterans, active duty service members, reservists, national guardsmen/women, and military dependents. The VRC is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to registered users. Together with the Veterans Resource Team (VRT), the center provides comprehensive, relevant and tailored information about admissions, financial aid, VA benefits, housing, and more. www.sa.ucsb.edu/veterans/veteran-resource-center
Voter Registration Volunteer Coalition (VRVC)
The VRVC is a group of students and staff that engages in intensive, non-partisan voter registration efforts with the goal of informing every eligible student of voter registration deadlines and procedures, as well as election dates and procedures. OSL works alongside Associated Students (AS), the Residence Halls Association (RHA), and the Office of the Registrar to distribute voter information through a wide variety of avenues. www.sa.ucsb.edu/voterreg/
Week of Welcome (WOW)
Working closely with the Residence Halls Association (RHA) and Associated Students (AS), OSL compiles and publicizes the annual WOW Calendar of Events designed to welcome new freshmen and transfer students to the campus, and to reconnect continuing students to our vibrant campus community. The calendar is updated each September and includes events between move-in weekend and the first weekend of the fall quarter. www.ucsb.edu/welcome