“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.

  • 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 Opporunity & Discrimination Prevention Office
  • Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office

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Storke Sunrise
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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.

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Campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Offices

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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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.

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Principles of Community

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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UC Santa Barbara values diversity and embraces inclusion. Our teaching, research and service thrive when all members of the community are welcomed and respected. Our diversity efforts and initiatives continue to fulfill these values.