Our Mission, Vision & Values


The Dean of Students Office at UC Santa Cruz promotes personal development and successful navigation of campus life thereby strengthening the student experience. We do this by facilitating partnerships, developing policies, creating meaningful opportunities, and providing direct support to cultivate a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive UCSC community.                                                              

The student is the most important person on campus.Values:

We support our mission by aligning our values to the UCSC Priniciples of Community:

Open: WE offer safe and open space for student voice, student initiatives, and create opportunities for transformative student learning.

Caring: WE create a safety net for students by coordinating responses to immediate situations and developing proactive initiatives for evolving future needs.

Just: WE partner with campus and community resources to assist students experiencing challenging circumstances.

Diverse: WE cultivate engaged world citizens who embrace diversity in all its forms.

Diciplined: WE establish community standards and norms for an inclusive, inter-culturally dynamic campus enviornment.

Purposeful: WE are committed to engaging with people in a professional manner with care and respect, and to provide high quality service that is responsive, supportive, and resolute.

Celebrative: WE initiate campus-wide events that celebrate culture, community, heritage and student talent.


The Dean of Students Office envisions a university where every student has limitless opportunities and support to reach their highest goals for themselves and society.  

The Student is...

...the most important person on campus. Without students there would be no need for the institution.
...not a cold enrollment statistic but a flesh and blood human being with feelings and emotions like our own.
...not someone to be tolerated so that we can do our thing. They are our thing.
...not dependent on us. Rather, we are dependent on them.
...not an interruption of our work, but the purpose of it. We are not doing them a favor by serving them. They are doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.

- Anonymous


Student Volunteer Center Alternative Spring in Memphis, Tennessee (March 2016)

Student Volunteer Center Alternative Spring Break in Memphis, Tennessee (March 2016)