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UC Santa Barbara

Undergraduate School

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UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106
(805) 893-8000
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School Information
"The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. Teaching and research go hand-in-hand at UC Santa Barbara. Our students are full participants in an educational journey of discovery that stimulates independent thought, critical reasoning, and creativity. Our academic community of faculty, students, and staff is characterized by a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that is responsive to the needs of our multicultural and global society. All of this takes place within a living and learning environment like no other, as we draw inspiration from the beauty and resources of our extraordinary location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean." The university enrolls over 26,300 students and has 200 majors, degree, and credentials programs. (Source: (Source:
General Information
UC Santa Barbara has provided financial support to scholars studying racial justice. The university has announced its Racial justice fellowships, which will provide recipients $8,000 in summer funding for three years on top of a five-year package of full funding. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's "Anti-Racism Workshops" include: "(Racial) Microaggressions," "Power & (White) Privilege," and "What Does it mean to be an Anti-Racist?"
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers several workshops for faculty to better incorporate DEI principles into their departments including "Developing a Departmental DEI Strategic Plan" and "Faculty Search Briefings from a DEI-Lens."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers "various confidential and reporting resources" and states, "If you have witnessed or experienced issues related to discrimination and/or harassment, please know you are not alone in the process."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university had an exhibition titled "A Call to Action: Documenting Santa Barbara’s Art & Activism." The description partially reads, "Since March of 2020, we have been challenged and reshaped -- as a community and individuals -- by our experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic and renewal of abolitionist and anti-racist activist movements. Amidst the shift to remote learning and working, UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections initiated two ongoing projects: the Santa Barbara Black Lives Matter Community Archives and the COVID-19 Community Archives."
Program and Research Funding
  • Racial justice fellowships will provide recipients $8,000 in summer funding for three years on top of a five-year package of full funding.
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outlines the process for several of its "DEI Funding Opportunities" and states that the Office "partners with several campus departments to provide grants and co-sponsorships for your innovative and creative programs."
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion "Social Justice Grants" are open to "all UCSB senate ladder-rank faculty members," Grant proposals must focus on "research questions or department/unit-specific projects that tackle the deep and pervasive systemic injustices that are driven by racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, anti-indigeneity, anti-Semitism, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, genderism, and many other exclusionary beliefs as they manifest through daily institutionalized practices."
  • UCSB is hosting a reading of "When They Call You a Terrorist", a book which "provides an intersectional analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement..."
  • As part of its "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources," the university also has "ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES, To support you on your journey to becoming anti-racist."
  • The introduction to a UC Santa Barbara article announcing a Critical Race Theory event states the following: "Critical Race Theory (CRT) seeks to understand why inequality persists in a society that has explicitly condemned racism and has repeatedly adopted laws and policies intended to eliminate it. Drawing on research in history, social sciences, and the humanities, CRT demonstrates how laws and policies can reproduce racial inequality—even when they are adopted without explicit racial bias. CRT is thus an important tool to support our nation’s ongoing efforts to achieve a robust multiracial democracy."
  • In 2020, UC Santa Barbara's Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning announced a seminar entitled "But is it really 'just' science? Engaging critical race theory to unpack racial oppression with implications for Black student science engagement" which took place on October 21, 2020. The description of the seminar states, "In noting the distinct, racialized experiences of Black students in science, this seminar introduces Critical Race Theory as a framework for attending to the prevalence, permeance, and impact of structural racism embedded within and manifesting through the culture of science, while also detailing the implications of structural racism in and through science on Black student science engagement."
  • The school's Department of English features a book titled "Critical Race Narratives A Study of Race, Rhetoric and Injury" by Carl Gutiérrez-Jones.
  • The school announced an April 2018 event entitled "Using the Critical Race Tool of Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism in Academic and Social Spaces" and featured a lecture by Dr. Daniel G. Solorzano, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.
  • In 2022, the school's Department of English announced an event titled "Un-disciplining Premodern Histories of Race and Gender Research Group" and stated, "We’ll be meeting to discuss David Sterling Brown’s recently published 'Hood feminism: Whiteness and segregated (premodern) scholarly discourse in the post-postracial era' and the accompanying 'Teaching guide for: Hood feminism: Whiteness and segregated (premodern) scholarly discourse in the post-postracial era.'”
  • The school's Department of History announced a 2017 event titled "Critical Race Theory and The Health Sciences" and stated, "This symposium, organized in part by UCSB History and Black Studies Professor Terence Keel, will explore the embedded nature of race in the health sciences and identify opportunities to disrupt and rethink these arrangements in pursuit of racial justice and health equity."
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion links to many "Anti-Racism Resources" including: "1619 Project," "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," and "White Fragility. Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism."
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lists and links to its many campus-wide, undergraduate, graduate/post-doctoral, faculty, and staff initiatives/resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • The University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outlines its "Thriving in the Academy Initiative" which it describes as embracing "the core principles of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion that guide our vision and, more importantly, our actions." Initiative programs include: "Diversity Education Certificate Program," "DEI Best Practices Program," and "Thriving in the Academy Faculty Program and Faculty Ally Program."
Symbolic Actions
  • On January 27, 2023, the school shared a message from President Joe Biden on the death of Tyre Nichols which stated, "It is yet another painful reminder of the profound fear and trauma, the pain, and the exhaustion that Black and Brown Americans experience every single day."
  • On April 27, 2022, the University of California Academic Senate issued an "Academic Council Statement on Critical Race Theory and Academic Freedom" and stated that the Senate has "watched with growing alarm the state legislative proposals that have been introduced across the United States targeting academic discussions of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges and universities." The Council, along with UC Santa Barbra, joins with over "seventy organizations" that issued a "Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism and American History (June 16, 2021) stating their 'firm opposition to a spate of legislative proposals being introduced across the country that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussions of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges and universities'".
  • On March 10, 2022, the Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity sent its resolution titled "Defending Academic Freedom to Teach About Race and Gender Justice and Critical Race Theory" to the U.C Santa Barbara Academic Senate. The Resolution states, "WHEREAS in a nation that has for centuries struggled with issues of racial inequity and injustice, many students do not have adequate or accurate knowledge of gender/women’s, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ histories, nor the policies that contributed to inequities, the University of California, Santa Barbara has a responsibility and opportunity to help educate in ways that address these knowledge gaps."
Last updated March 29th, 2024
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