Non-Traditional Student Resource Center



Brenda Bowen, Non-Traditional Student Resource Center Intern

Brenda Bowen arrived in the fall of 2016 to UCSB as a transfer student from College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA. She is majoring in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Policy and Law. As a single mother to a bright, active five year old, she is excited to be a peer advisor at the Non-traditional Student Resource Center to not only connect with other non-traditional undergraduate students like herself but also to create a space that readily supports and validates the experiences of being a student that isn’t considered “traditional.” As a single student parent, she has various challenging responsibilities and different needs, balancing the life as a student and finding mommy time. She looks forward to creating positive experiences for single mothers like herself as well as other non-traditional students, in order to continue building a strong support system in which we can all work together and thrive.

Shannon Smith, Non-Traditional Student Resource Center Intern

I am a new transfer student from Long Beach City College majoring in Psychology and pursing a double minor in Educational Studies and Applied Psychology. I would like to become a school psychologist and help create supportive environments at schools for students with defiant behavior and/or with disabilities. As a single mother of a seven and eight-year-old, I understand the extra life stressors students likely face while completing school as a non-traditional student. I hope to relieve any academic, emotional, or financial stressors people come into the center with, by offering encouraging words, providing them with useful resources, or connecting them with other people who have similar life experiences. I have prior work experience with children and families and embrace families to come into the center with welcoming arms.