Current Initiatives

Mrak Hall is where the Student Affairs vice chancellor's office is located.

The Division of Student Affairs constantly strives to provide UC Davis students a fulfilling university experience through divisional initiatives, including renovation and construction of student facilities, and providing student services that support and enrich academic learning.

African-American Initiative

UC Davis’ recent hiring of a director of African-American strategic retention initiatives enables us to take a more holistic approach in addressing students’ needs and supporting their entire journey, from prospective student through college graduate.

First-Year Aggie Connections

First-Year Aggie Connections is a collaboration between Student Affairs and Undergraduate Education. Through the First-Year Aggie Connections, new UC Davis freshman and transfer students are mentored within small communities formed around a common purpose, shared interest or theme.

Final Report Blue Ribbon Committee for Enhancing the Student Experience

Blue Ribbon Committee for Enhancing the Undergraduate Student Experience

Blue Ribbon Committee Final Report (pdf)

In December 2012, at the request of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Adela de la Torre established the Blue Ribbon Committee for Enhancing the Undergraduate Student Experience (BRC). This report presents the BRC's recommendations for enhancing the experience of undergraduates as they pursue the timely completion of the baccalaureate degree. The recommendations address four key areas that frame the undergraduate experience:

  1. Advising
  2. First-Year Experience
  3. Academic and Career Experiences
  4. Student Life and Co-Curricular Experiences

The report proposes corresponding recommendations for programmatic support within these four areas to fulfill the following targeted aims:

  1. Identify challenges and opportunities to improve the student experience.
  2. Propose approaches to address the challenges and opportunities.
  3. Develop recommendations for implementation of these approaches.
  4. Provide metrics to ensure we serve students as effectively and efficiently as possible.