Student Success Steering Committee

The UC Santa Cruz Student Success Steering Committee (SSSC) provides leadership and guidance to improve outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students on our campus. We recognize that systematic disparities in these outcomes are rooted in lack of opportunity, poverty, and racism. Our approach to student success rests on three broad principles. First, we are committed to educational equity, addressing the needs of low- to middle-income students from historically underserved and under-resourced communities, students of color, and those who are the first in their family to attend college. Second, our focus is on the whole student, recognizing that success in the classroom depends on academic achievement as well as wellbeing and a sense of belonging both inside and outside of the classroom. Finally, we understand student success as a joint responsibility of the student and the institution, and we work to create institutional structures and conditions that support all students on their educational journey.

Read more about the committee's vision and commitment.

Names and positions of Student Success Steering Committee members
Sarah Arantza Amador Academic Management Professionals and Administrative Manager, Community Studies Program
Lawrence Andrews Associate Dean, Arts Division
Brian Arao Associate Dean of Students and Chief of Staff
Dani Barker Special Assistant, Division of Students Affairs and Success
Jennifer Baszile Chair and Interim Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Affairs and Success
Alex Belisario Executive Director, College Student Life
Greg Careaga Head of Assessment and Planning, and Head of the Undergraduate Experience Team, University Library
Rebecca Covarrubias Faculty Director, Student Success Evaluation and Research Center, and Assistant Professor, Sociology
Gary Dunn Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Health and Wellness, and Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Julian Fernald Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Policy Studies
Ben Fisher Academic Advisor, Mathematics
Sam Foster Managing Director, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning
Jody Greene Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Director, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Literature and Feminist Studies
Charis Herzon Director, Learning Support Services and Director, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
Riana Howard Interim Director, African American Resource & Cultural Center
Richard Hughey Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Galen Jarvinen Special Assistant, Chancellor’s Office
Aaron Jones Interim Director, Equal Opportunity Programs
Sid Masuda Undergraduate Student Representative, Student Union Assembly
Garrett Naiman Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement, and Dean of Students
Ursula Oberg CODA Representative and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Latin American & Latino Studies
Marcia  Ochoa Interim Provost, Oakes College, and Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Documentation
Rosa Plaza Director, Orientation
Lauren Reed Lead Preceptor, Rachel Carson College
Gwendelyn Rivera Director of Equity Assessment & Evaluation
Tchad Sanger University Registrar, Office of the Registrar
Stacey Sketo-Rosener Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Advising
Lisa Swaim Director, Global Programming, Division of Global Engagement
Phyllis Treige Chief Experience Officer, ITS
Lenora Willis Executive Director, Office for ABC Student Success
Emily White Executive Director, Career Success
Michelle Whittingham Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management