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Assistant Director

Office:
2nd Floor SRB, EOP Suite

Email: Patricia.Garcia@sa.ucsb.edu

Patricia Garcia

 
About Me & Fun Facts
 
Hello! Thanks for visiting the EOP website and learning more about the services we offer. Many students call us their "Home away from home." - I hope you will visit our office and connect with us while at UCSB so we can offer you support.

My name is Patricia Garcia and I'm an Assistant Director in EOP. Some fun facts about me are that I was born and raised in Chicago with my 5 brothers and I've been a proud Californian for over a decade now! I love the sun and outdoor activities!
 
Hometown
 
I'm originally from Chicago and I live in Santa Barbara. 
 
Education
 
I have a B.S. in Sociology and Women's Studies. I also earned my Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Texas A&M University.
 
Interests & Specialties
 
Some of my areas of interest are working with first-gen, income-eligible, and historically underrepresented students. Some of my favorite conversations with students are about financial literacy, persisting to graduation and post grad planning, taking gap year(s), how to have conversations with parents, choosing their own or an alternative path, and how to navigate the university.
 
Approach to working with students?
 
Listening to their story and meeting them where they're at on their journey. Celebrating their successes, counsel and advise them on any challenges they may be having and connecting them to resources. Helping them re-frame, understand the world around them based on their values, and encouraging them to find their own path.
 
Languages
 
English
 
Why do you love working at EOP?
 
Our students! Getting to meet and talk to students about their journey, dreams and goals is one of the most rewarding parts of my work in EOP. Our students are so inspiring!
 
What I can do for students!
 
Counsel and advise them on whatever challenges they may be having and connecting them to resources. Helping them re-frame, understand the world around them, and encourage them to find their own path.