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 Principles 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.

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

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.  


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

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