Introducing Shira Minerd: Work-Life Resource Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara

by Graduate Division Staff
Thursday, January 09, 2020 9:00 AM

Shira Minerd was recently hired as the Work-Life Resource Coordinator for all campus employees, working in Employee Services. 

The Work-Life Resource Coordinator is a new position on our campus who serves as the first point of contact for employees regarding policies, resources, referrals, education, and tools that support work-life at UC Santa Barbara. 


I grew up in Isla Vista, and all over Santa Barbara County. I did not pursue the traditional education path initially, but instead completed two years of AmeriCorps across the country, before realizing I wanted to work in Health Education. On my winding path, I became an Emergency Medical Technician, moved back to California to become the full-time caregiver for my grandparents, and obtained a Master of Arts in Education from Antioch University, where I focused my thesis on the study of wellness as it relates to university faculty, staff and students. I then worked in Student Services for many years before coming to the UCSB Employee Services team. I now live in Goleta with my partner, our one-year-old, my inlaws and two dogs. 

Work-Life integration is truly a nonstop pursuit for all of us, whether we’re providing elder care, searching for child care, trying to find time to write a thesis and teach a class, or trying to juggle it all. I look forward to working with you on your journey at UC Santa Barbara. 


The Work-Life Resource Coordinator can assist in connecting graduate student employees with key services that you may need in order to pursue work-life integration and harmony. Shira coordinates the Lactation Support Program, the My Family Resources webpage, and can assist in developing plans tailored to help you succeed. This might include defining your goals, helping to understand your own strengths, challenges and needs, and identifying your support systems on campus and in the community. 

Welcome, ​​​Shira!