Welcome to UCSB Academic Initiatives, part of the Division of Student Affairs

Academic Initiatives supports collaborative programs for students and finds opportunities for partnerships with and beyond Student Affairs. A primary objective of Academic Initiatives is to better integrate campus departments and faculty with the work of the Division of Student Affairs, creating a bridge between academics and student support services.

Academic Initiatives facilitates student academic and leadership opportunities, community engagement, support, and research experience, building on strong programs already existing in the Division of Student Affairs. Academic Initiatives’s partners include EOP, CLAS, OSL, Wellness and others.

Directed by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Services, Academic Initiatives is the home of the Gene & Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund and the Michael D. Young Internship program. Academic Initiatives is housed on the 3rd floor of the Student Resource Building.

The Claudine Michel FundDr. Claudine Michel quilt by Dr. Lupe Navarro-Garcia

To recognize Claudine Michel’s numerous local and international efforts to champion the success of generations of scholars and to honor her distinguished service to the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Michel’s colleagues have established The Claudine Michel Fund at UC Santa Barbara.

The Claudine Michel Fund will make awards to diverse faculty, staff and/or students to support collaborative campus efforts and initiatives at UC Santa Barbara that will improve campus climate, generate discourse and action to uplift communities, and build a strong campus community.

To make a gift to the Claudine Michel Fund, please visit http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/giving/ucsbstudentaffairs, download and mail a gift form, or contact Delene Bliss, Student Affairs Grants and Development, Delenebliss@ucsb.edu , (805) 893-6002.