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Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Student Resources

RCSGD Resources

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.


The RCSGD LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Newsletter

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Graduate Assistant For Education Initiatives

This position works closely with the undergraduate Education Coordinator, Associate Director, and Direct of the RCSGD to facilitate various components of the center's education portfolio. This position is primarily responsible for scheduling, designing, updating, co-facilitating, and assessing the RCSGD's Queer Trans Identities and Experiences Seminars (QTies).



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.


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 LGBTQ+ students before they enter the classroom, inside the classroom, and ways to cultivate students holistically. 

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 graduate 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. APIGSA 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.

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.

American Indian Graduate Student Alliance (AIGSA)

Members of the American Indian Graduate Student Alliance work to connect self-identified American Indian and Indigenous graduate students within and beyond the UCSB community, provide professional development opportunities, and develop interdisciplinary and relational approaches to American Indian and Indigenous (AII) studies.

WOMXN in Science & Engineering (WiSE)

Womxn in Science & Engineering (WiSE) is a graduate student led, non-profit UCSB campus organization founded in 2001. WiSE aims to intersectionally promote equal opportunity and inclusion for all members of our campus community, support the scientific and career advancement of traditionally underserved people in academia, and create community for women and girls in science and engineering fields.

Iranian Graduate Student Association UCSB

This is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, voluntary student organization serving the interests of the Iranian graduate students and post-doctoral researchers/lecturers at UCSB.


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. WGSE is located in the Student Resource Building on the first floor. 

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. The GSRC is located in the Student Resource Building on the first floor.

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Lounge

The GSA Lounge is open to all graduate students and campus-registered student groups or organizations that directly work with or benefit the graduate student body.

Graduate Student Career Services

Graduate students area a unique and highly trained student population at UCSB. As members of the most educated constituents within the workforce, graduate students' career needs are often vast, nuanced, and advanced. We support you in seeking out any career that fits your skills and intersects to actualize your goals. Through a suite of specialized resources, tools, and information, we can help you to get to where you want to go.

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 (typically at San Clemente Villages) 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.

Family Student Housing provides a limited number of one- and two- bedroom single-family units for full-time UCSB students. Student Family Housing is inclusive to LGBTQ+ couples and families. Priority is given to families with children, then married couples; otherwise, vacancies are filled in order by the date of application and desired move-in date.

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. 

Giana Galindo, Psychologist

Specializes in graduate students; feminist and multicultural theories; trauma and resilience, LGBTQIA+ affirming care, identity exploration and development, Latinx students, survivors of interpersonal violence, family of origin concerns, anxiety, depression, and transitional processes.


This support space is for LGBTQIA+ graduate students who want to explore their sense of self, receive and provide support, build resilience and community, and address the impact of oppressive systems.

Administration to Know

Walter Boggan (he.him)

Admissions, Outreach, and Diversity Initiatives Director

Carlos Nash (he.him)

Director, Diversity Programs

Lana Smith-Hale (she.her)

Graduate Career Counselor

Robby Nadler (he.him)

Director of Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director

Ryan Sims (he.him)

Associate Director/Academic Counselor

Enn Burke (they.them)

Coordinator, Student Affairs Equity & Inclusion

Dr. Shawn Warner (she.they)

Director of Professional Development, Graduate Student Resource Center

Felicia Rutland (she.her)

Diversity Peer Advisor