The Student Success Equity Research Center (SSERC) works with campus partners to improve student success by evaluating program practices and outcomes, and conducting original research. We are honored to collaborate with the following campus partners in this work.

  • Black Academy (a program of the African American Resource & Cultural Center)


    The Black Academy is a program of the African American Resource & Cultural Center (AARCC) and was implemented for the first time on the UC Santa Cruz campus in September 2016. This free program is designed to support and guide students in their transition to the university as well as provide a general introduction to the people and resources that will help new students flourish.

  • Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL)

    Created in 2016 to both honor and renew the university’s longstanding tradition of outstanding teaching and bold educational experimentation, the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) supports all who teach at UC Santa Cruz to create effective and inclusive learning environments with the tools available to us now. These tools include a primary commitment to equity and accessibility so that every student can thrive; teaching practices based in the most innovative research on effective teaching and learning in higher education; and a wide range of educational technologies that can enhance student learning in the classroom and beyond. By providing professional development opportunities, sharing teaching resources, and building teaching and learning communities, the CITL aims to support a vibrant culture of teaching and learning at UC Santa Cruz.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides UC Santa Cruz students with a wide range of mental health and wellness services. CAPS staff are clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, registered nurses, doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows. CAPS services include individual and group sessions, workshops, drop-in consultations, crisis intervention, referrals, and educational outreach. CAPS also includes Psychiatry Services (psychotropic medication services), volunteer programs for UC Santa Cruz students (Peer Education Program and Student Advisory Board), and training for masters- and doctoral-level psychology interns and residents.
  • Disability Resource Center (DRC)

    The Disability Resource Center (DRC) leads UC Santa Cruz in its commitment to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity, ensuring equal and meaningful access to campus programs in collaboration with students, staff, and faculty, and promoting more welcoming and inclusively-designed environments.

  • Education Opportunity Programs (EOP)

    The Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) provide academic and professional programs and support designed to improve the academic success of first-generation college students from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. EOP works to support retention and graduate of UC Santa Cruz students preparing them for graduation and beyond. 

  • First Generation Initiative (FGI)

    The First Generation Initiative (FGI) seeks to collaboratively build a network of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who identify as first-generation or as supporters of our first-generation student population. FGI strives to raise the visibility of first-generation students at UC Santa Cruz, and recognize the challenges and strengths they have as well as the unique gifts they bring to the university. FGI programs seek to foster a positive campus climate that welcomes first-generation students and begins to build long-term relationships of support, understanding, and learning between students, faculty, and staff; provide information and encouragement to first-generation students helping them identify and make strategic use of campus support services; create spaces for discussion about how department-, college-, and division-specific policies and practices can best facilitate and support first-generation students’ academic success, belonging, and wellbeing; and build a network of allies with shared interests and a common goal in support of first-generation students.

  • Institute for Social Transformation

    Rooted in the Social Sciences Division at UC Santa Cruz, the institute supports innovative scholarship that changes the world. The institute is a critical intellectual and social hub, connecting scholars across UC Santa Cruz and partners beyond the University, developing research-based solutions to urgent problems in the world.
  • Learning Support Services (LSS)

    At Learning Support Services (LSS), undergraduate students build a strong foundation for success and cultivate a sense of belonging in our Community of Learners. LSS partners with faculty and staff to advance educational equity by designing inclusive learning environments in Modified Supplemental Instruction, Small Group Tutoring, and Writing Support. When students fully engage in LSS programs, they gain transformative experiences that empower them at the university and beyond.
  • Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP)

    The Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE) strives to maintain an environment that stimulates excellence in scholarship and service along with a commitment to diversity through the coordinated efforts and services of the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). MEP is part of the UC systemwide Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program housed in the UC Office of the President. At UC Santa Cruz, MEP is an integral part of the Undergraduate Advising Unit–providing advice in academic, career, social, and cultural engagement for students within BSOE.

  • Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS)

    Services for Transfer And Re-entry Students (STARS) provides culturally-responsive support to transfer, re-entry, veteran students as well as students who do not have traditional family support due to experiences in the foster care system, with homelessness, abuse, parents who have been incarcerated, or other factors impacting their family life. STARS is comprised of professional staff members, peer advisers, and mentors who are readily accessible to guide students on their academic journeys from pre-admission through their transition to UC Santa Cruz, all the way to graduation and beyond. STARS staff provide holistic and humanizing counseling by acknowledging the lived experiences of students. 
  • Slug Support (a program within the Dean of Students office)

    Slug Support, located within the UC Santa Cruz Dean of Students office, was created to promote early intervention for students in need of emergency help. The goal of the Slug Support Program is to identify students early, develop a holistic and comprehensive action plan, and provide rapid response to students' financial, housing, and food insecurity needs. Using a team approach and a wrap-around service model, Slug Support improves retention and graduation of thousands of UC Santa Cruz students annually.