Annual Report

The Division of Student Affairs Annual Report serves as a snapshot of our student outcomes for the past year. Our staff work tirelessly to deliver a Bearcat-worthy student experience. We are delighted to be on this journey of discovery with our amazing students and we're excited to share the highlights with you. 

Message from the Vice President

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to present the 2020-21 annual report. When I reflect on the 2020-21 academic year, I feel a strong sense of appreciation and pride in our university community. In what historically has been an in-person, hands-on experience, the Division of Student Affairs team rose to the demands of the moment by creating an engaging, robust, and supportive virtual student experiences for the University of Cincinnati community.

Activities that no one would have expected to happen virtually did, and quite successfully. Student leaders hosted a virtual student organizations fair over several days; more than 1,000 students reviewed 251 organizations to join in this new format. All four councils of the fraternity & sorority community participated in a hybrid recruitment and intake process. In fact, membership rates remained consistent with prior years despite the circumstances.

This experience may have tested our resolve. What we’re left with, however, is something much greater. We have learned that through innovation, we can engage more students in new and different ways to offer the same Bearcat experience that met the demands of a very unique time.

Debra Spotts Merchant, JD 
Vice President of Student Affairs  


Mission & Purpose: Student Affairs advocates for and meets students' diverse needs by providing innovative co-curricular experiences that enhance well-being, foster life and academic skill development, engender responsibility and grow leadership capability. 

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Strategic Pillars & Goals

The Division of Student Affairs achieves this mission through its four strategic pillars:

  • Accessible Culture of Academic Success
  • Engaging Relationships and Experiences
  • Holistic Development of Students
  • Intentional Student Advocacy

The strategic pillars are supported through four primary goals:

  • Strategic Student Affairs Presence: Create a vibrant, student centered, on-campus and virtual divisional presence
  • Enhanced Capacity to Serve: Enhance the division's capacity to meet the needs of an evolving and growing student body
  • Inclusive Campus Culture: Lead the development of a culture in which all students are empowered to thrive
  • Student-First Communication: Improve student-centered critical decision making and response protocols, processes and practices

The Division at a Glance

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111 full-time employees

316 student employees

1 in 4 divisional staff hold leadership positions in local, regional, and national professional boards or associations.

More than 35 presentations were conducted by Student Affairs staff at local, regional, and national conferences.

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419 student organizations, 5% increase from the prior year

24 academic intercollegiate competition organizations

43 fraternal organizations

6 active e-sports organizations, with 12 recreation titles, with students participating from from 3 countries

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Students logged 181,105 total hours of community service

$30,392 was allocated to student organizations for virtual programming

106,511 new users on CampusLINK, a 12% increase from the prior year

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Resident Assistants hosted over 7,000 Bearcat Chats with residents during the academic year!

Over 600 floor/community programs were hosted in the residence halls


Points of Pride: Staff Highlights

Awards and Honors

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Dr. Nicole Ausmer, Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development, received the NACA Outstanding Diversity Achievement Award and graduated from the YWCA Rising Star program. 

Lori Bishop-Ley, Assistant Director in the Student Wellness Center, was awarded the Outstanding Peer Education Advisor Award at the NASPA General Assembly. 

Dr. Brandi Elliott, Director of Ethnic Programs & Services, received the YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award.

Deatra Greene-Ndiaye, Program Director in Academic Excellence & Support Services, is the treasurer for the Ohio TRIO Association. 

Meghann Littrell, Director of Accessibility Resources Regional Programs, served as Secretary for the Ohio AHEAD orgranization. 

Dr. Nicole Mayo, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, received the University of Cincinnati Staff Excellence Award.

Dy'Mand Montgomery, Program Manager in Parent & Family Programs, serves on the 2021 AHEPPP (Family Engagement in Higher Education) National Conference Planning Committee. 

Joelle Rollins-Kent, Community Coordinator in Resident Education & Development, received the GLACUHO Outstanding Entry-Level Professional Award. 

Richard Sharp, Assistant Director in Student Conduct & Community Standards, started law school at the University of Cincinnati. 

Traci Steehler, Assistant Director in Student Activities & Leadership Development, serves as the Chair of the ACPA Commission for Student Involvement. 

Michelle Sujka, Assistant Director in Resident Education & Development, received the GLACUHO Service Award.

Arthur Walton, Coordinator for the Cincinnati Pride Grant, serves as President of the African American Black Male Staff Employee Resource Group. 

Lauren White, Program Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement, received the Women's Center Woman of the Year Award and the Village Keeper of the Year Award from the African American Cultural & Resource Center.

Whitney White, Director of Parent & Family Programs, was appointed Region 5 Chair of AHEPPP: Family Engagement in HIgher Education. She leads members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. 

Publications

Dr. Nicole Mayo published a white paper with other higher education colleagues:

  • Bureau, D., Hopson, S., Mayo, N. Stephens-Jackson, P., & Whittier, C. (2020). CAS Functional Area Resource Paper: Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs. Washington, DC: Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

Brandy Reeves, Director of the Student Wellness Center, published an article in the Journal of American College Health: Attitudes towards health care needs and utilization of a university health center among LGBT and non-LGBT college students". 

Staff Senate

The Division of Student Affairs is well-represented in the University of Cincinnati Staff Senate. Heidi Pettyjohn currently serves as Chair. Staff Senators from Student Affairs include:

  • Daniel Cummins
  • Stephanie Davis
  • Dr. Brandi Elliott
  • Brandon Elliott

Departmental Updates

The African American Cultural & Resource Center's signature programs and services create well-rounded individuals who are culturally aware and ready to become leaders in the community and beyond.

The Center celebrated 30 years of excellence in September 2021. Over 1,000 people attended a month of events including an opening ceremony, Young, Gifted, and Black, and the AACRC Choir Reunion. 

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Virtual learning provided the AACRC with opportunities to creatively connect students. The team collected information from students, like interests and majors, and then connected students based on the information provided to create relationships and connections. 

 

Brother 2 Brother engaged over 50 Black-identified males through educational, professional, and social programs throughout the year. Topics included navigating online courses, financial wellness, and mentorship. 

The Bearcat Bands provide educational opportunities, artistic expression, and leadership development programs to students through music.

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The Bearcat Bands invested significant time and resources that expanded their online presence. As people were not able to watch performances in-person, Bearcats Bands wanted to be sure people around the world could enjoy their music.  

The Marching Band was over 220 students strong during the 2020 - 2021 academic year. The leadership team created pandemic-related protocols that were then used in Marching Bands around the country.

Thank you for working so hard to make Band happen this year. Having something to look forward to made a world of difference for morale, especially when it feels like we were living the same day over and over. It was great to make music with other people again!

Emily K.

The Center for Community Engagement inspires students to make a positive impact on their communities through voluntary service based on mutually-beneficial and reciprocal partnerships.

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The Center for Community Engagement partnered with UC's Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation to prepare the next generation of strategic leaders and thinkers to break down racial hierarchies and dismantle the belief in the hierarchy of human value. 

Students contributed 181,104 hours of service to our local community.

Lead Tutors from the Bearcat Buddies Tutoring Program participated in discussions about educational equity with Cincinnati Public Schools Board Member Mike Moroski, Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman, and President of the John Dewey Society, Dr. Sarah Stitzlein. These conversations broadened the viewpoint of UC students in how to create educational access for underserved students.

The Cincinnati Pride Grant (CPG) team supports students from Cincinnati Public Schools through academic advising and holistic student development.

The CPG team has a strong focus on post-degree attainment success. Throughout the year, CPG hosts  resume critique sessions in partnership with global employers Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, and Eli Lilly & Company; Financial Literacy Workshops in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences; and mock interviews with a variety of employers. 

72% of the CPG students completed 3 or more of the five required academic coaching sessions offered by the Learning Commons. 

The Commencement Office recognizes graduating students’ achievements by celebrating those successes at the University of Cincinnati Commencement ceremony.

As a result of the pandemic, the Commencement Office had to think differently about how to individually recognize students during the Commencement ceremonies. The team created the "Bearcat Walk", a safe, physically distant way for students to walk across the graduation stage and receive a recording of their name being called. Over 2,500 students have participated in the Walk since its inception. 

In addition, all students received a commemorative graduation tassel. 

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The institution celebrated over 10,500 graduates during the 2020 - 2021 academic year. 

The ceremonies highlighted a wide range of students:

  • 15% first-generation college students
  • 4% veteran status
  • 48% of degrees were awarded in STEM fields
  • The youngest graduate was 17 years old and the oldest graduate was 72years old
  • 20% of graduates were distance learning students
I wanted to extend a HUGE thank you for putting the extra time, energy, effort, and love into planning the Commencement ceremonies. I am so thankful for the special touches you made to keep us safe while being recognized during this challenging time.

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Counseling & Psychological Services promotes students’ growth psychologically, relationally, and intellectually, as well as supports their wellness and academic success within an inclusive environment.

CAPS continued to focus on increased access in the 2020-2021 academic year. The department saw a 41% increase in access appointments from the prior year, attributed to the access model, specialized training, and the tele-mental health delivery of services. 

There was a 68% increase in students attending Virtual Let's Talk sessions from the prior year. Let's Talk is a highly accessible support opportunity for students as it exists outside clinical services. 

The Mental Health Champions program prepares faculty and staff to better understand the mental health needs of students. In 2020-21, 100 new Mental Health Champions attended three trainings, including QPR Suicide Prevention, and graduated in April 2021 as the new cohort of Mental Health Champions. We now have 230 faculty and staff who have completed the program.

The Embedded Counselor initiative was strengthened in 2021 by a collaboration with Student Government. In May of 2021, CAPS and student leaders brought the Embedded Counselor Conference to UC. Over 135 people from the UC Community attended the conference. Faculty and Student Affairs professionals from Ohio State University and University of Michigan provided key insights about the program. This event sparked a commitment from the Provost's office to begin building the embedded model throughout UC's Colleges over the next five years.

The Dean of Students Office serves students and their families as they navigate the collegiate experience through support services and resources committed to student advocacy, safety, and well-being.

The Dean of Students Office continued to serve as a critical student support during this academic year.

  • The team made daily calls to students in Covid-19 isolation/quarantine to be sure they had everything they needed and to check on their health and mental well-being. 
  • Over $150,000 in emergency funds from the federally funded CARES Act was dispersed to students in need. 

The Dean of Students team created policies to support students in a time of crisis. The policies include:

  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Involuntary Withdrawal
  • Medical Leave of Absence 

Ethnic Programs & Services provides a culturally-inclusive environment by enhancing the growth and development of underrepresented students through intentional programming, academic and community engagement, and access to resources.

EPS worked with Enrollment Management to increase the number of Cincinnati Public School students in the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program. Removing the standardized test score helped yield a talented, holistically diverse pool of 126 students; 90 students accepted, which was one of the largest first-year classes to date.

The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Ambassadors were trained to lead in new spaces this year.  Turner Ambassadors had the capacity to lead all workshops/meetings for the incoming scholars.  The curriculum for the Turner Scholars deepened as they were able to dive into conversations about privilege, mental health, intersectionality, race, and gender. 

Through the PR1ZE mentorship program, 42 students received faculty/staff mentors in order to help them navigate challenges and barriers within and outside of the classroom. Students met with their mentors virtually. 

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life engages students and chapters through intellectual development, philanthropy and service, social responsibility and citizenship, leadership development, and values integration and personal growth.

Fraternity & Sorority Life worked collaboratively with students to address challenges related to racial inequality in our society. The team formalized equity and inclusion trainings, expanded dialogues on how students can support one another, and consistently discussed the intersections of race and privilege. These conversations led to several changes in the community, including more inclusive scholarships, fee waivers for financial hardship, updated policies to be inclusive of all councils, and new recruitment dates. 

Training and education are cornerstones of the fraternal experience at UC. This year, 100% of chapters were trained in Bystander Intervention and 3 members from each chapter participated in gender-based violence prevention training. 

Joining the Fraternity & Sorority Community was a decision I made not understanding how much it would change my life. I have grown into a person I am proud to be; a confident, decisive, empathetic servant leader. I took on roles that were out of my comfort zone because of the support and dedication of those around me, pushing me each day to be the best version of myself.

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The Gen-1 Living-Learning Community supports Pell-eligible, first-generation college students through high-intensity advising, academic courses, and co-curricular experiences to ensure their academic success.

The 1MPACT House team created new programs for students to come together and focus on their well-being. Be Well, a 15 week fitness challenge, provided space for students to focus on their health while engaging in friendly competition. Students posted their weekly fitness goals and each entry was placed into a drawing for fun prizes. Students said the program contributed to maintaining and improving physical and mental well-being during a challenging time. 

Being a fourth year student, I can reflect on my time at UC and would have to say the Gen-1 Program has contributed to my growth personally and professionally. Through community service, campus engagement, and financial support, Gen-1 provided opportunities to build a legacy and blaze a trail.

Xiyanna Kellogg

Insitutional Accessibility serves students with disabilities by fostering an environment that places independence, inclusion, and success at its core. 

Approximately 4.5% of UC students have self-identified as having a disability. Students will disabilities had an 89% first-year retention rate and a 82.8% second-year retention rate during the 20-21 academic year.

During the pandemic, Accessibility Resources at Blue Ash was one of the early initiators of student well-check calls to monitor their academic, social, and emotional well-being. This practice was then adopted across Blue Ash College, and many students remarked that these calls were vital to their persistence and completion of courses during a very challengeing time. 

Accessibility Resources at Clermont received donations from a private donor and Duke Energy that will be used to enhance services by purchasing items needed to outfit a new sensory and meditation room on campus for students. The sensory room will support neurodiverse students allowing them to utilize coping skills in a safe environment. The room will provide a quiet, dark area with indirect lighting where students with anxiety, autism, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder or sensory challenges can decompress. 

The LGBTQ Center enhances the campus community for LGBTQ students and their allies through intentional advocacy, providing a safe space, intersectional programming, and access to culturally-relevant resources.

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The LGBTQ Center facilitated many SafeZone trainings throughout the year. 55% of participants strongly agreed that their participation contributed to confidently supporting LGBTQ students in the classroom or work environment. 

The LGBTQ Center was able to successfully partner with the Alumni Association and the UC Foundation to create the June Pride Program, An Evening with Jim Obergefell. This event focused on time with UC Alum Jim Obergefell and his participation in the supreme court ruling for marriage equality in 2015. The event highlighted the contributions of a UC Bearcat to the LGBTQ+ rights movements.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares global scholars for graduate education.

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The McNair Scholars Program historically hosts a study abroad tour. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, students weren't able to travel. That didn't stop the learning, however! The Ecuador Cultural Series provided students an opportunity to learn more about a different culture virtually. Students participated in: 

  • Ecuadorian Music Class where students received handmade flutes at the end of the session
  • Ecuadorian Traditional Dress and Culture class, which ended with a bracelet making session
  • Ecuadorian Cooking Class, which was held in-person for 7 students and two staff members

16 students continued their research through the summer internship program.

37 McNair Scholars attained the Dean's List designation during the 20-21 academic year, obtaining a 3.4 GPA or better.

The Office of the University Ombuds provides neutral, informal, and confidential (except in cases of Title IX) conflict resolution for the UC community, and a space to talk about campus concerns, disputes, or problems to generate realistic options.

This year, the Ombuds Office provided outreach and educational workshops to various campus partners. Some examples include a conflict resolution workshop with the Yates Scholars, outreach and education to the Darwin T. Turner Scholars and the Black Professional and Graduate Student Organization.

The Ombuds Office saw a 34% increase in cases this year, including 38 mediations, a significant increase from the year prior. 

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for being a listening ear and a wonderful resource as I learn more about myself, how to navigate situations, and hold others accountable. UC is luck to have you!

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Parent and Family Programs provides families with information about student services and resources, campus engagement opportunities, and a dedicated place to receive support in helping their students successfully navigate the UC experience.

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This year, Parent & Family Programs found new ways to create engagement touchpoints with families throughout the academic year. The PFP team hosted 7 webinars during the 20 - 21 academic year. Over 1,875 participants participated in the webinars about topics ranging from accessibility, financial matters, and supporting students' mental health. 

In addition, the team hosted several Coffee Chats as a way to engage families throughout the semester. These chats provided families opportunities to learn how to support their students make the most of their Bearcat experience. Topics included student engagement, health and well-being, and career education. 

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PFP created Family Weekend at Home, a take home family weekend event that sold out in less than 48 hours. 300 families participated in the event, which included multiple activities to do as a family, branded cooler bag, and branded picnic blanket.

 

Resident Education & Development creates a residential program for our students that is focused on learning, leadership, inclusion, and community.

Resident Education & Development (RED) enhanced its student touch points during the 2020 - 2021 in an effort to support students through the virtual college experience. Residents Assistants conducted over 7,200 Bearcat Chats, guided one-on-one conversations between residents and RAs. 

In a collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and several other campus departments, RED supported The UC VOTES initiative by providing voter registration in the residence halls and voter engagement materials during nationally televised debates. 

RED and the Student Wellness Center partnered by providing students ways to reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption. Free board games were provided to all residence halls as a way for students to engage in healthy activities with their peers. Over 200 students responded to a survey about the initiative, and:

  • 89% of respondents agreed that the board games provided them with something to do other than drink alcohol, and; 
  • 91% of respondents agreed that the board games helped with their mental well-being

Student Activities & Leadership Development supports a vibrant Bearcat community through advocacy, engagement, education, and inclusion.

Student Activities & Leadership Development (SALD) hosted more than 140 virtual and hybrid students experiences during the 2020 - 2021 academic year. This included 180 students who participated in the virtual Camp Bearcats leadership development program, where 89% of participants shared they discovered more about their own strengths as leaders. 

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The SALD team hosted three new dialogue programs including Soup with Substance, Disruptive Dialogue, and Dismantling Racism. Each of these programs included a Social Change Leadership framework and broadened students thinking when it comes to leading diverse organizations.

In addition, the Student Activities Board hosted 4 townhalls in an effort to support inclusivity and belonging within our student organizations. Townhalls included topics related to accessibility, racial equity, and creating change within organizations.  

I am constantly reflecting on the amazing opportunities that I have been given and the students who played a part in helping me get to where I am; I want to build up and welcome as many students as possible with my leadership and allow others to develop personally and professionally.

RSO Leader

Student Conduct & Community Standards promotes a safe and scholarly community by protecting student rights, providing students and organizations opportunities for growth and reflection when they act in a manner inconsistent with community standards, and fostering a happy and healthy community through education on the Student Code of Conduct and the Bearcat Bond.

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Student Conduct and Community Standards added reflection meetings to the conduct process this year. This option helped students who were identified by professional staff as needing additional, guided reflection beyond or instead of a written reflection paper. This dialogue connected students with campus resources and helped students consider how different decisions would have led to different outcomes. 

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SCCS utilized a free educational course from the World Health Organization to provide education to students on respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. This program helped ensure the health and well-being of our campus community by supporting students who violated campus guidelines related to pandemic and campus safety. 

I am truly grateful for the Student Conduct team. Throughout every meeting, they reiterated that while I'm a good person, I need to learn from my mistakes. I promise to you that I'm learning from them and will continue to learn from them. You have given me another chance and that in itself is enough to motivate me.

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The Student Wellness Center empowers students to make informed decisions regarding their health and wellness by providing evidence-based education, inclusive resources, and non-judgmental support.

In partnership with Resident Education and Development, the SWC launched the Bearcats Wellness Living Learning Community. The community supports students in maintaining high levels of academic success, personal development, well-being, and sense of belonging. As a result of participating, students noted an increase in their physical well-being and general knowledge about and approaches to improve mental health.  

 

The SWC applied for a received CARES Funding in Fall 2020. The Center was able to provide various student leaders a 1-year subscription to the Headspace App. The app allowed students to engage with and support their mental well-being. As a result of using the app:

  • 92% of respondents said they felt less stressed while using Headspace
  • 86% of respondents said they learned new strategies for coping with stress
  • 86% of respondents they slept better
Working in the SWC was the most formative experience during my undergraduate career. I was encouraged to take risks and lean into my creativity without fear of failure. The three years as a peer educator caused me to develop a passion for public health and I'm now pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Health.

Marisa P.

Testing Services provides the UC and greater Cincinnati community access to convenient, secure, and professional testing services, contributing to the pursuit of educational and professional goals.

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Testing Services started a new partnership with International Admissions to deliver math placement exams virtually around the world. During the inaugural year, 695 exams were administered virtually. 

Credit by Exam Online, is a new partner for Prior Learning Assessment. Students can utilize these tests to earn credit for knowledge learned outside the classroom. This year, 35 students utilized this new service. 

Testing Services partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools to offer the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which helps students receive college credit for what they learned in high school and provides significant cost-savings to students coming low-income homes. This new partnership was invaluable during the pandemic, as students faced many challenges with remote learning. 

Veterans Programs & Services provides educational benefit certifications and outreach programs designed to provide student support services for military veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors.

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In February 2021, the office of Veterans Programs & Services and the AACRC co-hosted the virtual edition of Red, White & Soul. This event was designed to highlight the contributions and struggles of our African-American student veterans. Our guest host was Mr. Byron Stallworth (LCB ’94), and our panel was made up of current student veterans, alumni, and ROTC cadre.

Veterans Programs & Services (VPS) hosted the 7th edition of Sisters-in-Arms. The scholarship recipients were undergraduates and graduate students; including a recipient who was deployed to the Middle East and was able to join the ceremony virtually. The guest speaker was Nicole Dowdell (LCB ’99), Vice President of IT at Fifth Third Bank. Each winner received a $500.00 scholarship, courtesy of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Foundation.

The University of Cincinnati is now a testing location for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. A partnership spearheaded by VPS and Testing Services allowed potential entrants to the United States Military to take the exam at UC, and learn how to use the GI Bill at UC.

The Women’s Center is committed to the personal, political, professional, and intellectual growth of women-identified and gender-minority students by facilitating action, promoting intersectional justice, and fostering connections for all.

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The Women's Center hosted the 5th Annual Black Feminist Symposium, an educational and developmental conference dedicated to guiding personal value recognition and goal-setting while discussing social, health, and economic issues related to intersectional feminist ideals. The event happened over 6 weeks with a variety of virtual engagements and concluded with an in-person self-care space. 

Anna Smith was the 2021 C-Ring Women's Leadership Award recipient. Smith, a student leader across campus, was an advocate for menstrual equity on campus.


The Assessment Council meets bi-weekly and provides a forum for council members and divisional staff to discuss assessment projects, assessment needs, capacity-building, and data-driven decision-making. The council identifies common needs in the division and offers professional development for staff; serves as an advisory board for offices around specific assessment projects; and serves as an advisory board to divisional leadership around issues of assessment and program evaluation.

2020-2021 Highlights

  • Utilized the Student Response System to obtain feedback from students about return to campus plans, the student experience during virtual learning, and programming interests
  • Increased the use of Baseline for assessment purposes by 40% from the prior academic year
  • Developed and recorded training sessions for divisional staff about Closing the Assessment Loop, Analyzing and Reporting Data, and Writing Student Learning Outcomes

The Communications Council meets monthly to ensure regular and timely communication within the Division of Student Affairs and with external stakeholders through relevant channels, including print, web, social media, and emerging platforms aligned with division priorities. The council acts as an advisory board to SA offices and divisional leadership around communication needs.

2020-2021 Highlights

  • Launched the Communications Certificate, designed to encourage staff in the Division to utilize best practices in communications
  • Finalized the SA Marketing Plan 2.0, which included an increase in use of digital signage across campus and the oversight of a new Instagram account

The Equity and Inclusion Council works to create a thriving community where all students and staff are provided with programs and services that reflect and encourage the greatest degree of learning opportunities and life-enriching experiences free of any limitations based on difference.

2020-2021 Highlights

  • Presented with Dr. Fedoria Rugless to the university community about the history of vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy in communities of color and the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Professional Development Council meets monthly to enhance divisional relationships, promote intellectual dialogue, stimulate professional growth, and create cross-departmental and institutional collaboration.

2020-2021 Highlights

  • Hosted a training session Say What? Inclusive, Effective, and Intentional Communication, which focused on building effective communication skills from a disability perspective.
  • Hosted bi-weekly So You Want to Be an Ally discussions about meaningful allyship and anti-racism work.
  • In collaboration with Divisional colleagues, hosted monthly Student Affairs Show and Tell sessions, where staff could showcase skills and talents outside of the workplace.