Do you support continued funding of $2.37* (of which $0.59 is for return to aid) per AS/UCSB Membership per quarter (fall, winter, spring) and $2.37* (of which $0.59 is for return to aid) for summer quarter for Office of Student Life?
I support the Office of Student Life lock-in fee of $3.95 because it is such a small price to pay so that students can continue to be involved in extracurricular activities and leadership development. Involvement outside of the traditional classroom is an extremely important component to the college experience, and the OSL makes sure that students can continue to run, or create, organizations that cater to their interests and necessities. The OSL peer advisors guide students through the requirements and procedures that are particular to maintaining successful organizations. Without the lock-in fee, and therefore without the staff’s guidance at OSL, it would be so much more difficult for students to continue to successfully host student-led events and conferences. This small fee, which will not increase our current student fees, also helps support first-year, transfer student initiatives, and student employment opportunities. It is not hard to understand that for $3.95, the OSL will be able to continue to serve the student community become successful individuals. The OSL is here as another one of the many resources available to students, and for that reason I support this lock-in fee.
Angelina Garcia Nevarez, M.U.J.E.R. (Mujeres Unidas por Justicia, Educación y Revolución)
I am writing to show my support for the reaffirmation of the Office of Student Life. As a student who utilizes the services provided by OSL, I have seen firsthand the benefits of participating in organizations and being a member of a community. My academic and social development in college has been substantially impacted by my sorority and by the various organizations that I am a part of. Without funding provided by the Office of Student Life, many organizations that promote inclusion, diversity, and so on would be unable to hold events at the expense of the student community. Since there will be no increase in the fee and the fee is minimal despite how widespread the Office of Student Life is, I believe wholeheartedly that the Office of Student Life should be reaffirmed.
Kierston Cannon, Kappa Alpha Theta
I support to reaffirm the Office of Student Life for its services that significantly benefit our student community. The Office of Student Life provides students with the opportunity to join an organization and/or start a new organizations to build community. Getting involved is important as it allows for students to gain hands-on experience, meet Gauchos with similar interests, and boost their CV/resume. Furthermore, the Office of Student Life provides students with opportunities in Leadership Development. My freshman year, I was presented with a certificate of completion for the Leadership Challenge Seminar. This workshop equipped me with the tools and knowledge on how to be a better leader in all held leadership positions in organizations. Furthermore, OSL oversees Greek Life which is about 15% of the student community. Not only is Greek Life another approach for building community but also fostering philanthropic efforts that help our Gaucho community and other communities. OSL staffs interns and advisors to provide students in Greek Life the opportunity to attend educational workshops on upholding the core values of Scholarship, Leadership and Citizenship, which is OSL’s commitment to providing students the highest quality experience in Greek Life. In conclusion, I support the reaffirmation fee of $3.95 per student per quarter. Yearly, OSL thrives in building and fostering community by providing these services and resources for students to demonstrate excellence at our university.
Destiny Clara, third-year undergraduate, Gaucho Tours