• Ranked #14 among public universities for "Best Ethnic Diversity" by US News & World
  • College Access Index published by NYT ranked the campus #2 for its commitment to economic diversity
  • Chronicle of Higher Education recognized UCSB for having hired faculty with the greatest diversity among tenure-track on the instructional staff for fall 2015 (reported on April 2017)

As part of our longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we have incorporated these values into our efforts across campus which include:


  • Academic Affairs and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Faculty Equity Advisors
  • Graduate Division
  • The Office of Educational Partnerships
  • Student Affairs
  • Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention Office
  • Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office
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Minority Serving Institution

In 2015, UCSB was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and it was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities to become an HSI. HSIs are defined as colleges or universities in which Hispanic enrollment comprises a minimum of 25 percent of the total undergraduate enrollment. It is also an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), indicating an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10 percent Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander. With these designations, UCSB faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply for Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) grants, internships, and partnerships.

What does it mean to be a Minority Serving Institution?

In 2015, UCSB was designated both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), by the US Department of Education, reflecting our undergraduate enrollment of Latinx/Chicanx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students. UCSB was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) to become an HSI.

These designations make UCSB faculty, staff and students eligible to apply for Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) grants, internships and partnerships:

Learn more about Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Minority Serving Institution Resources

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Principles of Community

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. Because teaching and research go hand in hand at UC Santa Barbara, our students are full participants in an educational journey of discovery that stimulates independent thought, critical reasoning, and creativity. Our community of faculty, students, and staff are involved in a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that is responsive to the needs of our multicultural and global society. Through the creation and distribution of knowledge that advances the well-being of our state, nation, and world, we demonstrate our commitment to public service.

To fulfill our mission, faculty, staff, and students are engaged in a process that begins with cultivating a sense of mutual respect and understanding amongst our community's diverse components. Towards this end, we acknowledge that the success of this University depends on each student, staff, and faculty member's thoughtful adherence to the following principles of community:


  • We affirm the intrinsic dignity in each of us.
  • We seek to cultivate understanding among the diverse parts of our whole.
  • We believe in every individual's right to freedom of expression, including the ability to disagree with and/or counter another's point of view, limited only by University regulations governing time, place, and manner.
  • We hold one another accountable to the highest standards of civility, respect, and decency in all of our interactions.
  • We do not tolerate acts of bigotry, harassment, or other harm to individuals by anyone in our community on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, gender, age, physical or mental ability, size, language, religious beliefs, political affiliation, gender identity, service in the uniformed services, citizenship, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, or national origin among other personal characteristics. We affirm that the responsibility for opposing such behavior lies with all members of the community whenever they encounter such behavior.
  • We celebrate our differences and recognize and honor diversity as vital to the excellence of our University.
  • We strive individually and collectively to make UC Santa Barbara an inclusive environment in which to live, work and learn.
  • We affirm that UC Santa Barbara, as a public institution, extends these Principles of Community through public service work.
  • We affirm our individual and collective responsibility to uphold in words and actions the highest values of Scholarship, Leadership and Citizenship.


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The Principles of Community were established throughout the 10 UC campuses in order to affirm each campus’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The UC Santa Barbara "Principles of Community" were developed in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students serving on the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion and issued by the Chancellor in February 2011. For UCSB, these Principles articulate a resolve to provide the best campus climate possible, by establishing and promoting an open and welcoming space for everybody and ensuring the freedom to learn and interact in a positive environment.

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Campus Contacts for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As part of UCSB’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, many administrative offices incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts into their strategic planning, as well as their day-to-day work. UCSB is deeply committed to diversity, and the lasting contributions of champions, advocates, and allies across the institution have been invaluable.

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Message from the Chancellor

Henry T. Yang was appointed Chancellor of the UC Santa Barbara campus in 1994. He has served in this position with distinction and dedication since he arrived and has been a committed and strong “champion of diversity” during his 26 year tenure as Chancellor of this campus.

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
Martin Luther King Jr.