Alcohol and Drug Program
UCSB’s Alcohol & Drug Program uses a comprehensive research-based approach to prevention on campus and in the surrounding community. UCSB’s efforts to reduce high-risk drinking and drug use among students include strategies such as education, early intervention and referral, changes to the environment on campus and in Isla Vista, and strict policies and enforcement. The Alcohol & Drug Program works in partnership with many campus departments, students, and the community to promote a healthy and safe campus environment. Using science and evaluation-based prevention models, the Alcohol and Other Drug Work Group and Taskforce make recommendations for all program, policy, and enforcement issues related to alcohol and other drugs. This comprehensive effort works to reduce high-risk drinking by:
- Educating students about responsible alcohol use
- Providing early intervention and confidential counseling for those who need help
- Altering the environment to limit access to alcohol by underage students and providing alcohol-free social options
- Ensuring compliance with substance abuse policies and laws, and consequences for policy violation
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing timely, effective, and culturally-appropriate mental health services to our diverse UCSB student body, as well as consultations to faculty, staff, and families. When help is needed for personal concerns, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options. CAPS offers individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, & outreach to the campus community.
All registered UCSB students are eligible for services and services are covered by your student fees. CAPS offers several services for students including therapy focused on healing utilizing different modalities as well as healing groups. Some healing groups include Healing After Sexual Assault, Healing After Childhood Abuse, Support after Intimate Partner Abuse, Yoga as Healing, Healing with Yoga and Sound and Men's Survivor group. CAPS also houses the Mental Health Peers program which is composed of student peers who are trained to help their UCSB peers to develop tools to better manage stressors related to school as well as relationships to family, friends, romantic partners, and roommates. Peers can also help you get connected to other appropriate resources around campus.
Disabled Student Program
Each year temporarily and permanently disabled students attend classes at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They are attracted by the university's academic reputation, moderate weather conditions, and excellent physical accessibility offered here. The lay of the land is flat and free from environmental barriers and most physical structures are accessible. In addition, the UCSB campus provides excellent barrier free, modified, residential facilities to those students seeking to live on campus. Providing academic accommodations to students with disabilities is a shared responsibility of the campus. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the Disabled Students Program (DSP) is aware of their disabilities and for providing DSP with appropriate documentation. DSP is located at 2120 Student Resource Building and serves as the campus liaison regarding issues and regulations related to students with disabilities. The DSP staff works in an advisory capacity with a variety of campus departments to ensure that equal access is provided to all disabled students. Students with disabilities attending UCSB can be assured of receiving the same core support academic services offered throughout the University of California's System-wide chain of campuses.
Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is committed to providing a support and information base that validates each student's experience and nurtures a sense of participation, belonging and empowerment. Through mentorship, academic programs, one-to-one counseling/advising, campus student support service referrals and social/cultural programming, we strive to maximize a student's involvement and success in the campus academic community. In addition to assisting students through to graduation, EOP helps motivate and inform students to utilize services to enhance their preparation for the job market and/or graduate/professional school admission. EOP focuses on serving those who are income eligible and first-generation undergraduates.
The UC Santa Barbara Guardian Scholars Program supports the academic and personal success of students who have been part of the foster care system. Program services include academic support, enrichment services, student advocacy, career guidance, peer networking, housing assistance and financial aid advising.
Health and Wellness
The Department of Health & Wellness supports the flourishing of students as they navigate the University experience for academic success and a fulfilling life. Some of their popular events include Pet Therapy Week and weekly meditation sessions. In addition to these events, Health and Wellness oversees the Body Project, Wellness Wednesdays, UCSB Cooks, and many more opportunities to engage in health lifestyle learning.
Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD)
The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD) at UC Santa Barbara facilitates the intersectional inclusion and representation of the identities, experiences, and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. RCSGD staff and volunteers, in collaboration with campus partners, promote the celebration, development, scholarship, and success of the LGBTQIA+ community through advocacy, education, programming, and resource creation and referral. The RCSGD uses intersectional and social justice lenses to work toward trans justice, queer justice, racial justice, and other forms of justice by examining and combating oppressive systems, including white supremacy, heterosexism, misogyny, patriarchy, and xenophobia.
Undocumented Student Services
At UC Santa Barbara, Undocumented Student Services (USS) is committed to fostering a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment for prospective and current undocumented students, students with mixed-immigration status families, and students from refugee backgrounds. USS practices a solution-focused, intercultural, intersectional, and social justice approach that provides personalized support, programs, services, and resources. USS offers general counseling, programming, legal services, support groups such as Empowerment Circle, UndocuQueer, and UndocuTrans. They also offer a Dream Lending Library to provide an opportunity for undocumented students to borrow books they may need, free of charge.
Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)
Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides confidential counseling and support services to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. STESA is committed to empowering survivors and eliminating all forms of sexual violence in our community. Through education and awareness, STESA aims to change the cultural norms that enable sexual assault to proliferate. Our service area extends from Carpinteria to the Santa Ynez Valley, with our office located in downtown Santa Barbara.