UC Santa Barbara welcomes two classes on campus for the first time | Local News
UC Santa Barbara is welcoming two classes of students to campus for the first time since in-person teaching closed in March 2020.
In anticipation of two classes roaming the campus in person for the first time, the university has put in place several activities and programs to ease the transition, according to Shelly Leachman, deputy news director at UCSB.
The fall term officially begins next week and the first day of class is Thursday, September 23.
Starting Saturday, the university, with the help of Student Affairs staff, is setting up kiosks on campus called “Ask Me: I’m Here to Help You!” “
The kiosks will be staffed until October 1 to guide anyone needing help. In addition, the university will offer guided tours of the campus by students next week.
The university is also specifically targeting second-graders by hosting a welcome lunch on September 20 at Storke Plaza from noon to 2 p.m.
Lunch will be hosted by Chancellor Henry Yang and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Margaret Klawuun. The event will include a lunch, tours of campus and Isla Vista, information about campus resources and social interaction with other sophomores, Leachman said.
The university has also created a new program for second-year students who need to be grouped together and mentored by academic staff and other more experienced students.
The goal of these groups is to help second year students make the transition to in-person teaching and to provide an environment conducive to social relationships. Over 400 students have registered for this program.
The UCSB also sent out information this week on move-in activities on campus and in neighboring neighborhoods, including Isla Vista.
Traffic will be noticeably high from Wednesday through the weekend due to the high volume of vehicles bringing students to campus, university officials said.
Several parking lots will be closed and reserved for move-in activities, and one lane on the westbound El Colegio road will be closed for curbside loading and unloading at the Santa Catalina Residence.
Click here for more information on closures and affected areas Wednesday through Sunday.
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