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.

Guiding Principles

Our work is guided by three fundamental principles:

  • Educational equity: student outcomes should be the same regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, family income, or first-generation status.
  • Institutional responsibility: there is much that campus leadership, faculty, and staff can and should do to improve student success and educational equity.
  • Whole student: what happens inside and outside of the academic setting is connected, and we should address student success holistically.

The Student Success Outcomes

Our goal 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.