Three UCSB students recently completed the first Isla Vista Community Services District (CSD) internship offered through a partnership between the UCSB Department of Political Science, the Office of the Special Assistant for Isla Vista and the CSD. Will Graswich, Steven Poroj and Kelsey Reed were chosen from 45 applicants to provide support to the local government agency. The trio assisted the CSD Board of Directors. Graswich ’17, a political science major, and Reed ’17, a communication and sociology double major, graduated. Poroj ’19, a philosophy and political science double major, is continuing in the internship. The program is designed to provide students with opportunities for community engagement, field research and political problem solving.
In a joint effort of UCSB Alumni Affairs and the Office of the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Isla Vista, an interfaith initiative has been established through support from Diane Dodds ’68 to bring I.V. faith leaders together to organize community faith-based programs. More than a dozen leaders were invited to Mosher Alumni House in April for their first luncheon meeting.
Student safety on the UC Santa Barbara campus and adjacent Isla Vista has been expanded thanks to a generous donation from Diane Dodds ’68. The UC Santa Barbara Police Department has obtained 12 new bicycles for its Campus Service Officers (CSO). The patrol group, made up of students, provides free personal safety escort services throughout campus and I.V. The bikes allow the CSO to move quickly between calls for escort service and to accompany callers who have bicycles themselves. The bicycles are one of a number of projects being underwritten by Dodds to improve the safety and quality of life on campus and in Isla Vista.