Office of Student Life

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.

Bringing Diverse Perspectives to Our Work
We are proud that we, as a staff, represent a wide variety of identities. We strive to provide outstanding support to all UCSB students by being intentional about our consideration of how an individual's identities intersect with educational experiences. We maintain a team environment where we are inclusive of each member's identity and where we are comfortable to challenge each other to grow in terms of our own self-understanding, diversity awareness, and cultural competence. Our professional staff self-identifies as:
  • African American/Black
  • Biracial
  • Female
  • Heterosexual/Straight
  • Jewish
  • Latinx
  • Male
  • Native American
  • Non-U.S. Citizen
  • Not religious
  • Parent
  • Pilipino (Asian/Pacific Islander)
  • Religious
  • Senior (65+)
  • Spanish speaking
  • U.S. Citizen
  • White

    Our intention is to infuse our shared value of diversity into all of our programs, services, and work. Each of our staff members is engaged in professional development and campus initiatives to this end. In addition, OSL offers two programs specific to this value:

    Community Dinners are organized quarterly to bring affinity groups together for dialogue centered around the state of the campus climate and to identify needs. Student leaders are invited to join Student Affairs staff at these events in order to provide a clear line of communication directly from students to campus administration.

    Our staff members are also available to provide customized training for departments and registered campus organizations on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Our curriculum emphasizes a balance of empathy and research-based concepts including definitions of relevant terms, discussion of oppression in contemporary society, self-reflection, and action planning. To discuss training options, contact any of our staff.

    Reporting & Resources
    We strongly encourage students, staff, and faculty who experience and/or observe acts of bias to seek support and to consider filing a report.
    • Concerns about campus climate, especially those related to OSL programs or registered campus organizations (including fraternities and sororities), can be directed to the following staff. These staff can also assist in locating additional support services on campus and in the community.
    • Hate Incidents can be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Reports can be sent directly to the Hate Incident Response Coordinator or filed electronically using the UC Systemwide Intolerance Report Form. This website also includes a number of campus and local resources, including the RCSGD, Title IX, CARE, and CAPS.
    • Student Grievances (PDF) can be reported to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.