What Guides Our Work


With a commitment to promoting equity, inclusion, and a sense of wellbeing 
for all of our students, our mission is to support the development of the ‘whole’ 
student, using research-based, 
innovative best practices that enable UC Santa Cruz 
students to thrive academically, professionally, and personally.


We support our mission by aligning our values to the UC Santa Cruz Principles of Community:

Open: We offer safe and open space for student voice, student initiatives, and create opportunities for transformative student learning.

Caring: We create a safety net for students by coordinating responses to immediate situations and developing proactive initiatives for evolving future needs.

Just: We partner with campus and community resources to assist students experiencing challenging circumstances.

Diverse: We cultivate engaged world citizens who embrace diversity in all its forms.

Disciplined: We establish community standards and norms for an inclusive, inter-culturally dynamic campus environment.

Purposeful: We are committed to engaging in individuals in a professional manner with care and respect, and to provide high quality service that is responsive, supportive, and resolute.

Celebrative: We initiate campus-wide events that celebrate culture, community, heritage and student talent.


Our vision is to create an environment where students...

  • Feel they belong, and are welcome and supported at a campus with a positive climate;

  • Experience the same student success outcomes, including graduation rates and GPAs, whatever their identity, family income, or life background;

  • Are engaged and challenged by instructors who are intentional about pedagogy and focused on student learning;

  • Are healthy socially, emotionally, and physically;

  • Are engaged in communities and networks;

  • Have excellent and equitable access to educational opportunities and services;

  • Have transformative educational experiences, including co-curricular activities and community engagement;

  • Have a voice in shaping and defining how the campus understands and supports student success; and

  • Are prepared for opportunities after graduation that they find fulfilling, including employment, graduate or professional school, and civic engagement.