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Students are our first priority

…and we play an important role in shaping and transforming the life of every student that pursues their degree at University of California, Irvine.

– Willie L. Banks Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

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Raising Antleaders:
Student Life & Leadership

Leadership can be cultivated through experiences, interactions and a receptiveness to lifelong learning. At Student Life & Leadership (SLL), we work with intention to mentor and activate student leaders. We know that students learn from their peers so we hire, advise and teach students the skills that support and challenge them as they spark leadership in a variety of settings.

Student leaders that interact with SLL departments and staff receive ongoing training and feedback to assist them in reaching their potential. Those going through Orientation (SPOP) learn about what it means to be an Anteater and an informed community member from our over 140+ student staff Orientation volunteers. Some students work on campus while others volunteer and do community service, but all of them are growing their leadership through their involvements.

Many of our students join or start campus organizations, taking an active role in leading a group or being part of a community that's centered around specific passions or interests. Students apply themselves at the All University Leadership Conference hoping to improve the campus community while others seek to nurture a student’s identity development in departments like the Cross-Cultural Center, Center for Black Cultures or the LGBT Resource Center. Students in the Student Outreach and Retention Center are committed to creating a pipeline for underserved communities with outreach. Ultimately, we rely on students to make this campus community come to life through their contributions, their community-building and their passion.

We witness UCI graduates becoming alumni who go on to be civic and community leaders, contributing as a family member, a worker, a neighbor, an advocate, an entrepreneur or a graduate student seeking an advanced degree. That is why we take great pride in recognizing students’ personal growth in their journey from being Anteaters to amazing Antleaders!

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Campus Rec keeps students moving

Campus Recreation hosted over 4,000 new Anteaters during Late Night at the ARC, a Welcome Week event where students got to experience firsthand all the great ways to stay active and fit. The event featured black light wallyball, inflatables, a hip hop dance class for 200, aerial silks demos, and an epic dance battle with UCI’s top crews!

Building on that excitement, Campus Recreation is introducing Year of Yoga, a full year of programs designed to grow and expand the UCI yoga community. Year of Yoga will combine free traditional yoga classes in the park with quarterly signature yoga days on the first Saturday of each quarter. Self-Compassion Yoga Day kicked off Year of Yoga on Oct. 5 and encouraged participants to be gentle on themselves and enjoy their yoga journeys.

The fall quarter also brings the return of Campus Recreation’s incredibly popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) class, F45. In addition, Campus Recreation is continuing to expand its culinary collaboration with the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, both units will be offering cooking classes at both their campus kitchens this year.

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Auxiliary Services sets Welcome Week records

Through cross-campus collaborations, Student Affairs Auxiliary Services connected with students in important ways:

  • Housing helped more than 6,500 students move into their on-campus homes on Move-In Weekend, including the very first residents of Middle Earth Towers and the Plaza Verde Apartments
  • With the opening of the new Brandywine dining facility, Dining Services served more than 74,000 meals during Welcome Week, the most ever in one week!
  • Student Government Student Media hit their capacity with 7,200 students attending Aldrich Park After Dark concert, a new record
  • Student Center & Events Services collaborated with Student Life & Leadership to organize the Anteater Involvement fair, with a record-breaking 439 organizations
  • The Hill hosted over 800 students at their Welcome Night

Auxiliary Services is a self-funded unit within Student Affairs that provides best-in-class service to UCI students and the campus in the areas of housing, dining, retail, shuttle and event management.

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