Student Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Wellness

The IGPMS community is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within the marine science community and at UCSB. We want to stress that everyone is welcome here and deserves to be here. As a community, we are working to identify and combat systemic and institutional anti-Black racism and the oppression of marginalized groups. Updates on these activities will be posted on this page. 

Campus Resources

Numerous campus organizations exist to prompt the health, wellness, mental well-being, and academic success of graduate students at UCSB, all of whom have valuable and unique lived experiences.

Graduate Division

GradDiv provides support, services, and programming for the graduate student community.

  • Academic Couseling
    Academic support (goal setting, time management), campus services referrals
  • Graduate Student Resource Center
    The primary resource for graduate student career and professional development. GSRC offers a variety of workshops and events, individual advising, and referrals to other campus resources that serve graduate students.
  • Diversity Resources & Initiatives
    • Graduate Scholars Program 
      Provides support, mentoring, and services for incoming graduate students from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in the academy
    • Departmental Diversity Officers
      Diversity Officers serve as departmental contact to receive information from the Graduate Division regarding diversity; take a leading role within the department in strategizing, developing, and deploying diversity initiatives affecting graduate education; reach out and provide support to students in the department who may be experiencing issues regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity. The IGPMS Diversity Officer is Nick Nidzieko
Student Affairs

Student Affairs advances the education, research, and service mission of the University by providing programs and services that contribute to students’ academic achievement, personal development, well-being and success.

  • Counseling & Psychological Services
    CAPS provides culturally responsive mental health services and a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment to ensure that all students remain psychologically healthy in pursuit of their goals.
  • Disabled Students Program
    DSP’s mission is to ensure full participation and equal access to all educational activities and classes at UCSB, and to facilitate student success for students with disabilities.
  • Educational Opportunity Program
    EOP provides 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. Several Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs or RCs) operate out of EOP.
  • Equity & Inclusion
    In collaboration with other organizations on campus, the E&I team addresses campus climate, equity, inclusion and diversity issues through department/unit consulting, training, and strategic planning.
  • Multicultural Center (MCC)
    The MCC (located within UCen) provides a hospitable and safe space for marginalized populations on campus. The MCC also offers a broad spectrum of events, including educational programming and performances, with the intent to facilitate the retention of students of color and combat institutional racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia. They have links to a number of on-campus resources.
  • Office of Black Student Development
    OBSD advances the experiences of Black students at UCSB and fosters their personal and academic achievement.
  • Office of International Students and Scholars
    OISS cultivates an inclusive environment that supports international students academically, professionally and personally by providing holistic advising on immigration, employment and cultural matters.
  • Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity
    The RCSGD works with students, staff and faculty to ensure that LGBTQ identities, experiences and concerns are represented and addressed at UCSB
  • Student Health Services
    SHS provides inclusive, compassionate, comprehensive, and integrated healthcare services. 
  • Women, Gender & Sexual Equity Department
    WGSE uses a feminist approach to provide support, advocacy, resources and education to the UCSB community. 
    • Women’s Center Programs
      The Women’s Center is the primary organization on campus dedicated to providing education on women’s issues, feminism, healthy masculinities, and gender and social equity.
    • Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE)
      CARE’s mission is to provide professionally designed services for the prevention and intervention of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment.
    • Non-Traditional Student Resource Center
      The Non-Traditional Student Resource Center provides a community space for students whose life experiences may differ from traditional students.


Student Organizations
Basic Needs Resources
    Provides a centralized source of Basic Needs resources for UCSB students including food, housing, financial wellbeing, mental health, technology access and other forms of support for students.

Other resources


Nick Nidzieko
IGPMS Graduate Diversity Officer