Community Relations

Our network of Community Support Groups provides a variety of opportunities for community members to be part of UC Santa Barbara. Each group offers an array of events and activities to bring the educational and cultural resources of the campus to our friends and neighbors.

UCSB Affiliates attending the Chancellor's Breakfast

UCSB Affiliates

Friends linking campus and community.

UCSB Affiliates

History Associates group photo at the Getty Museum

UCSB History Associates

Local history buffs join faculty for lunches, lectures, and graduate student support.

History Associates

Group shot of PWA members

UCSB Professional Women’s Association

Campus-affiliated opportunities for professional development and networking.

UCSB Professional Women’s Association

ECCES group seated outside under oak trees at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

The Parent Council, Early Childhood Care & Education Services

The Parent Council is a group of parents who volunteer for the Children’s Center.

Early Childhood Care & Education Services

Middle Eastern Music Association dancers and musicians on stage

Friends of Middle Eastern Music Association

The Friends of Middle Eastern Music Association (FOMEMA) unites the community with the ensemble, supports Middle Eastern culture, and advocates for the study and research of Middle Eastern music and culture.

Friends of Middle Eastern Music Association

 

 

 

Community Resources

From the UCSB Rec Cen to the UCSB Library, check out which campus resources are available for community members.

View Community Resources

 

Community Events

Join us at events on and off campus

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Reef Sharks in Decline

Global survey reveals sharks are functionally extinct on many of the world’s reefs, but hope lies in key conservation measures

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A New Tune

Nicole Lamartine ready to do the heavy lifting as UC Santa Barbara’s new choir director

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Key Contacts

Vanessa Alvarez

Vanessa Alvarez

Associate Director of Development
University Support Groups
Phone: 805-893-2801
Email: vanessaalvarez@ucsb.edu

Chris Pizzinat

Chris Pizzinat

Support Groups Compliance Officer
Phone: 805-893-5126
Email: chris.pizzinat@ucsb.edu

Points of Pride

#1

Green School

Princeton Review ranked UC Santa Barbara as the No. 1 Green School among public universities in their 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges. Bren Hall, which houses the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, is among the “greenest” buildings in the nation, earning triple LEED Platinum certification — the highest sustainability rating possible — from the U.S. Green Building Council. In fact, our campus has the largest portfolio of LEED-certified buildings in the UC system.

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Nobel Laureates

UCSB’s renowned faculty includes six winners of Nobel Prizes for landmark research in chemistry, physics and economics. An alumna of our College of Creative Studies won the 2009 Nobel in Physiology or Medicine. 

#6

Public University

UCSB ranks number 6 among all public universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2021 “Best Colleges” guide, the most widely read college guide in the country.