Programs, Workshops & Events

Ongoing Programs

#FirstGen Boost! Program - Summer Session B: August 6- September 14

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Faculty Mentoring Program: Table Talk

Application for Fall 2018: check back soon!

This is an opportunity to develop relationships with professors who help make UCSB a world-class institution. We know that positive faculty-student interactions contribute to student academic success and we want to give you that opportunity with free dinner! We will have two incredible professors who will be our mentors for the Fall quarter.


Faculty Bios:

Dr. Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (History): Evelyne Laurent-Perrault is a historian of the African Diaspora in Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research looks into the subjectivity and intellectual creativity of enslaved and free women of African descent who lived in Caracas-Venezuela, during the eighteenth century.  It also explores the ways in which these subjects conceptualized ideas of rights, freedom(s), and membership in their communities.  Her teaching explores the processes aimed to commodify Africans and their descendants, the strategies these social actors developed to keep a sense of autonomy, dignity, and honor.  She also helps students make connections with current struggles and power dynamics. She is a Venezuelan of Haitian descent, however, by now she is also a person shaped by larger worlds: she has lived years in the Northeast of the United States and, before that, spent two years in Socialist Eastern Europe and West Africa respectively.  Her first profession and interest, conservation biology/behavioral ecology, brought her to the U.S. and took her to Cameroon, where she came across the roots of several Venezuelan and Latin American cultural elements.  

Dr. Tamara Afifi (Communication): Tamara Afifi is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara.  Her research focuses on communication patterns that foster risk and resiliency in families and other interpersonal relationships, with particular emphasis on:  (1) how people communicate when they are stressed and the impact of these communication patterns on personal and relational health and (2) information regulation (privacy, secrets, disclosure, avoidance, stress contagion).  Her work centers on families as communicative systems of stress and resilience.  She examines how environmental factors (e.g., divorce, refugee camps, natural disasters, fast paced families, chronic illness, the Great Recession) interact with family members’ communication patterns (e.g., conflict, stressful disclosures, social support, avoidance, verbal rumination, communal coping) to affect stress, adaptation, growth, and physical/mental/relational health.  Her most recent research explores the influence of parents’ communication patterns on adolescents’ and parents’ biological stress responses (e.g., stress hormones).  She uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods (e.g., quantitative lab and field studies; observational coding; surveys; physiological and biological data; interviews) and data analysis techniques in her research.

Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) Spring 2018 Workshops

Make A Study Plan: Friday April 6th from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Time Management: Thursday April 12th from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Motivation: Monday April 16th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Writing Papers: Thursday April 26th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Confidence: Wednesday May 23rd from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

CLAS Workshops Flyer


We've partnered with Educatonal Opportunity Program's Counselor Natalie Gonzalez to create a space for first-generation college students to connect with peers and allies in an effort to build community, answer your specific questions, and help you navigate your college experience. There's no need to sign up, just drop in when you can!

First Gen Forum, Weeks 3-9, 10am-11am

Course Mentoring with the ONDAS Peer Mentors

Need help in any of these courses? Our peer mentors excelled in them and are ready to help you learn effective note-taking and study strategies. See the Peer Mentoring Hours Calendar on our homepage for times.

Spring 2018 Professor Office Hours

Come to office hours with your professor at the OSC! See the flyer below or the calendar on our home page for the professors and their hours this quarter at the OSC!

List of professors and times at which they will be holding office hours at the OSC for the Spring quarter.

Drop-in Academic Advising With Jack Rivas

Need help choosing courses, understanding pass times, or getting your schedule straight? Come visit our in-house academic advisor, Jack Rivas, for help with any of the above and more. Drop in at any of the itmes listed below. No appointment is necessary!

Jack Rivas will be holding drop in academic advising office hours at the OSC, no appointment necessary!



Workshops & Events

What does resarch look like? Curious about what research projects your peers are involved in?  Attend this series to learn about research topics and student experiences with research.

  1. April 24, 2018 - 12:00pm
  2. May 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
  3. May 22, 2018 - 12:00pm