Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity


University of California,
Santa Barbara

Dear Prospective Students:

Thank you for your interest in UC Santa Barbara! This is an exciting time for you to be thinking about your future, and we are glad you are considering our campus as the next step in your education. You will find that the roads to growth and personal fulfillment take you far beyond intellectual pursuits. With that in mind, I invite you to get acquainted with our vibrant campus life.

This LGBTQ Resource Guide provides information on a wonderful variety of programs, organizations, events, activities, and campus services available to you, should you choose to become part of our UCSB family. I encourage you to browse through this guide and familiarize yourself with our community, including our Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2014. This center is one of several academic and personal support systems on our campus for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities.

At UC Santa Barbara, our community encompasses a rich and diverse mix of cultures, backgrounds, talents, and perspectives. This diversity is an essential part of our academic excellence. We hold a five-star ranking by the national nonprofit Campus Pride and made its most recent Top 30 list, with high marks for LGBTQ academic life, student life, residence life, and campus safety. And our Career Services is a 2014 Out for Work LGBTQ Certified SILVER Career Center.

Our campus is also proud to offer a minor in LGBTQ Studies in our Department of Feminist Studies. Beyond the classroom, our vibrant LGBTQ campus organizations, mentorship programs, and educational and social events help create an engaging community. Our Rainbow House and gender-inclusive housing and restrooms offer supportive residential environments. Our campus also offers LGBTQ programming throughout the year, including films, performances, and a Pride Week each spring.

Many exciting opportunities and rewarding experiences lie ahead for you at UC Santa Barbara, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to our beautiful campus in the fall. In the meantime, I offer you my sincerest best wishes for your continued success.

Christine Dolan

CHRISTINE DOLAN Associate Director, Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD)

Pronouns: They, them, theirs

The RCSGD serves LGBTQ students and communities in order to decenter dominance. Cultivating safer and brave spaces for people to learn about allyship and inclusion is an important service we are committed to for UCSB. We know that LGBTQ people are everywhere, at every intersection of identities, and we know that all oppression is connected. Our liberation is collective, and until we can join in solidarity to challenge racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist and other systems of oppression, we cannot be free. We are committed to advocating with you and to supporting and honoring you in your journeys. We welcome your presence and participation, and we are excited to connect with you any time!


Abigail Solazar Rodrigquez


Pronouns: She, her, hers, ella, they, them, theirs

The legacy of the Center represents the importance of LGBTQ students’ existence and history of being in the frontlines of movements on campus and within the larger community. The Center was created through students’ resilience and is designated for you to thrive in the face of adversity. It is the RCSGD’s mission to honor this legacy and to continue to provide support, resources, education and tools for the UCSB community to feel empowered and uplifted. We are excited to witness and to become part of your journey at UCSB.

El legado del centro representa la importancia de la existencia de estudiantes LGBTQ y su historia de estar en la vanguardia del activismo universitario. El centro fue un resultado de su lucha y existe para que podamos prosperar ante las adversidades. Es la misión del RCSGD de honrar este legado y de seguir proporcionando apoyo, recursos, educación, y herramientas para que la comunidad continúe resistiendo y triunfando. Estamos muy contentos de ser testigo y de formar parte de su travesía en UCSB.​​

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