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The Division of Student Affairs
Spring quarter 2019 news
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Celebrating achievement

The end of the academic year is upon us with the much-anticipated Commencement Ceremonies just around the corner. We have experienced a year with many successes and some challenges, and have come through as a stronger Student Affairs division utilizing campus and community partnerships to build upon our foundation of creating a meaningful campus life experience for the students we serve. I am excited to welcome our new Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Willie Banks Jr., Ph.D. who will begin on July 15, 2019. We are anticipating many more successes under his leadership as we continue to be collaborative partners within the UCI community.

– Edgar J. Dormitorio, Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
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Student Affairs Conference
a rousing success

UCI’s Division of Student Affairs hosted its inaugural conference The Present & Future of UCI Student Affairs at the Student Center in March. Chancellor Gillman addressed the crowd, affirming and motivating more than 200 Student Affairs staff members from across the campus. Participants were able to choose from 16 workshops by external and internal presenters on topics related to the conference theme while interacting and learning together.

Afterward the conference was highly rated by those who attended:
  • “Valuable information on Latinx students and the challenges and opportunities of being a Minority Serving Institution (MSI)”
  • “Great communication, structure and overall great program planning... diverse staff presentations and commitment from leadership”
  • “[An] opportunity to connect with others and learn from our leaders... an inclusive and dynamic learning environment!”
To view the speakers, presentations and workshop materials visit the conference website »

Conference highlights video »

Conference photo album »
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New spaces and faces
in Student Life & Leadership

The W-Hub Womxn’s Center
Relocated this year in the Cross-Cultural Center, the W-Hub is a vibrant, welcoming space that provides workshops and trainings which focus on personal empowerment – including success in the classroom, resume building, creating one’s brand, dressing for success and life skills – and womxn-specific needs. “Things to Consider”, a podcast gathering faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, is the W-Hub’s newest creative endeavor and further expands their reach as a powerful resource where students can come hone their genius. The W-Hub invites you to stop by, say hello and enjoy a cup of tea, a bite of chocolate and connect with allies.
W-Hub Welcome video »
W-Hub overview video »

New Latinx Resource Center
Student Life & Leadership (SLL) is excited to welcome the development of the Latinx Resource Center (LRC) set to open in Fall 2019. Given UCI’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, SLL is excited about the opportunities that will exist to collaborate and further support our Latinx students in purposeful ways through the development of the LRC.

Jeff Pagano, Program ManagerVeteran collaborative finds a home in Student Affairs
The Orange County Veteran & Military Family Collaborative (OCVMFC) and UCI Student Affairs welcome Jeff Pagano to campus as Convener Program Manager. His responsibilities include overseeing the OCVMFC and the Veteran Talent Reintegration Conference Series (VTRCS), strategic outreach to veterans in Orange County, and ascertaining their specific needs in order to design and plan the collaborative efforts of the OCVMFC and VTRCS.

Initiative engages men in ending power-based personal violence

In collaboration with campus partners from the UCI Coordinated Community Review Team, the CARE office is launching a new Engaging Men Initiative. UCI menCARE is based on the notion that the solution to the widespread problem of power-based personal violence should engage everyone. Its goal is to provide ongoing conversations and events that redefine masculinity, and uplift the unique and diverse voices of male-identified students.

Spotlight: Student Affairs presents Commencement 2019 at the Bren Events Center
Commencement: 4 days, 10 ceremonies, 8,000 graduates, 50,000 guests - volunteer at one or all ceremonies
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Anteaters get out the vote!

UC I Decide, a nonpartisan student commission under ASUCI’s Office of the External Vice President, was recognized in March by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California Students Vote Project. UCI claimed a top spot in the University and College Ballot Bowl by registering a high proportion of the student body.

“This is an honor and we hope to see an advancement of empowering students to vote in future elections.” — Azniv Derdzakyan, UC I Decide commissioner

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