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Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Resources

Student Organizations

Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union (QTGSU)

The Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union (QT GSU) at the University of California, Santa Barbara provides a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identified UCSB students to socialize, organize, and seek support. We advocate for the rights and well-being of LGBTQIA+ identified students on campus and work to foster ties with the greater Santa Barbara community.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an interdisciplinary graduate student organization designed to provide academic support and social resources support that meet the needs of Black (of the African Diaspora) graduate students at the University of California Santa Barbara. BGSA supports and participates in scholarly activities that are intellectually stimulating and contribute to building the academic resources of its members. The BGSA also offers a valuable social network that builds on the organization's commitment to mentorship, research, and service.

Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Student Alliance (APIGSA)

The Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Student Alliance at UC Santa Barbara is an organization that strives to create and maintain spaces of support for graduate students of Asian panethnicity, while advocating for a more critically accurate representation of Asian American students. API-GSA aims to carry forward critical conversations that are frequently read illegible and absorbed into the background. The Asian panethnic community’s plurality of experiences contributes to a rich archive of shared knowledge that networks across ostensibly separate incidents of social injustice. We welcome opportunities to critically engage notions of community in our development as students, individuals, and community members.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the elected representative government for the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) graduate students which works to ensure that graduate student concerns are addressed in campus and off-campus policy decisions through representations on campus-wide and system-wide committees, provide graduate students with information concerning decisions that are relevant to student life, provide social activities for UCSB graduate students, inform graduate students of additional campus resources and services and provide graduate students with a physical space to use as for both academic and social programming.

On Campus Resources

Multicultural Center (MCC)

The MCC and concerned students, faculty, and staff continue to resist and confront these persistent forms of group oppression. In addition to continuing to provide a safe space for students of color, international students, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, the MCC serves as a bridge to the entire campus community.

Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE)

The CARE: Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education office at UCSB provides confidential advocacy and support to students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. CARE also works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to educate the campus community about the vital role that each of us has in ending interpersonal violence at UCSB.

Women, Gender, & Sexual Equity (WGSE)

The Women, Gender & Sexual Equity (WGSE) department exists at UCSB to support students, faculty and staff who may face challenges due to their identity. We celebrate all identities and encourage people from all identities to be involved.

Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

The GSRC is the primary resource for graduate students at UCSB for career and professional development support. We offer a variety of workshops and events, individual advising, and referrals to other campus resources that serve graduate students.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter at the University of California, Santa Barbara was established more than 10 years ago to serve as a support group for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). We proudly represent the National SACNAS Organization, which encourages Chicano, Hispanic, and Native American students, along with students of other ethnic backgrounds, to pursue higher education and assists them in obtaining the advanced degrees necessary for scientific research, industry, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.

Campus Support Lines

Bias Incident Reporting

If you are a victim of a bias incident or hate crime, the Bias Incident Response Team will present you with a variety of options over which you will have decision-making authority. Reporting a possible hate crime or bias incident does not "lock" you into a chain of events over which you are powerless. You will have input throughout the process, and the Bias Incident Response Team will support you in organizing whatever response you choose. You will be treated with respect and sensitivity, and your report will be considered confidential.

LGBTQ+ & Gender Inclusive Housing

LGBTQ+ Themed Housing are options specifically designated for LGBTQ+ students and their allies. Residential & Community Living staff work closely with the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity on educational and social programming that promotes a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Gender Inclusive Housing is intended to provide trans and non-binary students with comfortable living options. Students who choose this option will work one-on-one with housing staff to find a living arrangement that is best for them. If interested in this option, please contact Mario Muñoz.

Associated Students Food Bank and Calfresh

The AS Food Bank is available for registered Undergraduate and Graduate students only. If you are not a registered student, please click on the off-campus link found in the Resources tab for resources off campus. To receive food from the AS Food Bank, there are two requirements:

1) Being a registered UCSB Student, undergraduate or graduate. This is verified with your Access Card. Please bring it in each time you come in. 

2) Completing a Self-Declaration of Income form when you come in or via our website, to apply, please click here. This needs to be filled out every new academic school year.

In order to use the Food Bank, you must make under $14,484 per year. This excludes family income, spousal income, financial aid, scholarships, TA-ship, and fellowships. If you have any questions regarding the income requirement, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to our diverse UCSB student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty, staff, and families. 

All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options. 

Karen Dias, Psychologist

Specializes in graduate students; relationships; identity issues; trauma; LGBTQ, sexuality, and gender identity issues; cultural and social justice concerns; first-generation college students; eating-related concerns.

Administration to Know

Carlos Nash (he/him)

Director, Diversity Programs

Lana Smith-Hale (she/her)

Graduate Career Counselor

Robby Nadler (he/him)

Graduate Writing Specialist

Ryan Sims (he/him)

Associate Director/Academic Counselor

Enn Burke (they/them)

Coordinator, Student Affairs Equity & Inclusion

Shawn Warner-Garcia (she/her)

Director of Professional Development, Graduate Student Resource Center

RCSGD Resources

Supporting LGBTQ Students in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants

The RCSGD has created a guide with suggestions on how to create inclusive classrooms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) students before they enter the classroom, inside the classroom, and ways to cultivate students holistically. 

Eugene Riordan (He/Him/His), Graduate Assistant

This position contributes to the RCSGD mission of ensuring that LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty are supported and affirmed at UCSB. This position works with undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff across campus to build support systems for and increase visibility of LGBTQ students and their needs.

Craig Leets (He/Him/His), Director

The RCSGD Director can support LGBTQ graduate students in navigating the university. The Director can provide support on connecting to resources, addressing bias and discrimination in the classroom, and advocating for department and campus-wide policy change.

Legal Name and Gender Change Drop In Hours

Fridays, 1:30PM to 2:30PM or by appointment.

The RCSGD is offering assistance in filling out legal name and gender change forms. We will provide the paperwork and walk you through the process! You can contact, Quinn Solis, our Associate Director at for more information or to set up an appointment.

**The RCSGD does not provide any legal advice. If you have legal questions, please contact the Associated Students' Legal Resource Center at (805) 893-4246**