UCSB Women Gather
The UCSB Professional Women’s Association (PWA) held its 21st Annual Professional Development Conference on campus in May. Hundreds of participants heard from speakers on the theme, “Elevate and Empower.” Chancellor Yang shared that 40 percent of faculty and 53 percent of staff are women. “You bring diversity and inspire new ideas. When you are elevated and empowered, we have a stronger community.” Founded in 1993, the PWA promotes the advancement of women on campus and gives back to the community through service.
All UCSB Cadets competing for the challenging German Armed Forces Badge passed with Dominique Chan ’18, earning first place for females and fifth place overall. Zachary Joseph ’20, placed second overall. Only one-third of competitors complete the challenge which includes a 100-meter swim, 11x10 meter sprint, chin-up, 1,000-meter run, 33-pound load ruck march and marksmanship challenge.
UCSB’s ROTC Surfrider Battalion commissioned eight cadets as second lieutenants in the United States Army in a ceremony held at Goleta Beach Park on June 16.
New Endeavor Aids Students in Urgent Need
To assist students experiencing financial crisis, the university has established the UCSB Financial Crisis Response Team. The Team, in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, is streamlining the financial aid process and providing emergency funds for one-time grant awards when needed.
Incubator Coming to Mosher Alumni House
UC Santa Barbara Alumni and the Technology Management Program (TMP) are opening a space in Mosher Alumni House for student entrepreneurs to launch business ideas. Teams will be mentored by business executives, investors and attorneys. Dubbed the “Accelerator,” the project is an extension of TMP’s annual New Venture Competition and will be funded in part by the state and alumni. Read more here.
Black Student Outreach
UC Santa Barbara held its first-ever Black Summit Research Colloquium in May as part of the 2017 Black Summit, a day-long, community building event. Presented by the Black Graduate Student Association in collaboration with the Center for Black Studies Research and Chicano Studies Institute, the event featured graduate students sharing their UCSB experiences and paths to graduate school.