WHO WE ARE

The Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) is part of the Graduate Division and is located in the Student Resource Building (Room 1215). In collaboration with Student Affairs, the GSRC houses 4 ​full-time staff members and 6 part-time graduate student peer advisors who serve UCSB's graduate students and postdocs in a variety of areas.

STAFF

shawn headshot croppedShawn Warner
Pronouns: she/her, they/them
Director of Professional Development

Shawn is a linguist by trade who has worked for many years in job training and program management in both university and nonprofit settings. She began working in the Graduate Division in 2014 while finishing up her PhD in Linguistics at UCSB. As the Director, she oversees the development, implementation, and assessment of career and professional development programming and services for UCSB's graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She also serves as our campus' Fulbright Fellowship Advisor and as the staff advisor for the Beyond Academia graduate student organization. She is involved in the UCSB Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and is the southwest regional director for the Graduate Career Consortium. In her spare time, Shawn enjoys consuming way too much pop culture, trying her hand at different sports and dancing activities, and going hiking with her son around Santa Barbara.



Hannah Lawrence
Pronouns: she/her
Assistant Director of Professional Development & GradPost Editor

Hannah comes to UCSB from the east coast and the world of nonprofit program management, and she is delighted to be working with the GSRC team. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire and her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. Working with students in a variety of capacities over the years has been deeply rewarding for Hannah and inspired her to seek out an opportunity where she could support students on their academic and professional paths full-time. In her current role as Assistant Director, Hannah works closely with the GSRC's graduate student peer advisors, helps coordinate events like Grad Slam and new student orientation, and collaborates with other offices to expand services for graduate students. She also serves as the GradPost Editor and coordinates all communications about graduate-related programming on campus. In her spare time, you can find Hannah attending a social justice event in town, sampling all of the local ice cream shops, practicing yoga, and exploring the beautiful state of California.

 

Lana Smith-Hale
Pronouns: she/her
Graduate Student Career Counselor

Lana is very pleased to be working as a career counselor with graduate students through a partnership with ​UCSB's Graduate Division and Career Services. Lana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Lana’s career began in the nonprofit world and involved direct service to a variety of populations for the past 9 years. Lana’s passions and interest have culminated in a desire to work with UCSB graduate students to help them find a career that is fulfilling and fits their needs. Lana is available to discuss anything career-related with graduate students, including career exploration, the job search process, CV/resume help, interviewing, and negotiation strategies. Lana cares deeply about making sure students can find happiness in their work and is excited to be a part of the Graduate Division’s efforts to support students. To make an appointment with Lana, ​click here.

Robby Nadler
Pronouns: he/him
Graduate ​Writing Specialist

Robby joins the GSRC team as our first-ever Graduate Writing Specialist, a full-time position devoted to expanding and improving graduate writing support on our campus. ​He holds terminal degrees from the University of Montana (M.F.A.) and the University of Georgia (Ph.D.). At the latter, he directed the campus’ ​5 writing centers and was responsible for developing the university’s dissertation/thesis boot camps, creating and teaching the university’s graduate writing courses, and transforming the campus writing centers in research units. His research fields focus on nontraditional sites of basic writing, including graduate writing, STEM composition, and writing centers. When not writing, Robby can be found in the gym or engaging his side pursuits as a classically trained pastry chef and baker. To read more about Robby's service, visit our Writing Resources page.



GRADUATE STUDENT PEER ADVISORS

To make an appointment with a peer advisor, please email them directly


Kaitlyn Ugoretz
Pronouns: she/her
Funding Peer Advisor

Kaitlyn is a doctoral student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural studies, researching how Japanese religion is spreading around the world through popular culture and over the Internet. She received her BA and MA in Chinese and Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania as a QuestBridge Scholar and worked in academic editing and screenwriting for television in China as a Fox Leadership International US-China PEACE Fellow. As the Graduate Division’s Funding Peer, she helps fellow grad students search for funding opportunities and improve their financial literacy. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys writing fiction, playing video games, and reading comic books. She is always looking for the next cool hack, gadget, or killer app to make grad life easier.

Daina Tagavi
Pronouns: she/her
Professional Development Peer Advisor

Daina is a doctoral student in the Clinical Counseling program whose research interests lie in early identification and intervention for youth with autism spectrum disorders. She earned a BA in psychology and conflict resolution from Pepperdine University and received an MA in research-focused psychology. Outside of work or school, you can find ​Daina doing yoga, dancing, obsessing over the latest Broadway musical, or caring for ​her French Bulldog Churro. She is excited to work closely with the staff and students of the G​SRC to support programming and initiatives that help our campus' graduate students.


Vash Doshi
Pronouns: he/him
Career Peer Advisor 

Vash is a doctoral student in the Political Science department. He researches the politics of sovereign debt and politics of the informal economy in India. He seeks to assist his peers on the full spectrum of career help from resume and cover letter assistance, to navigating Handshake (our very own, and very resourceful, Job Board), to seeking out other resources that can guide students toward their desired career goals. When not at the university, you can find him passionately talking about vegetarian food from around the world and taking photos of the beautiful landscape of Santa Barbara. You can also find him engaged in long tangential rants about the world! He looks forward to meeting and helping each of his peers. 

Julia McClenon
International Peer Advisor

Julia is a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies focusing on Chinese religions and philosophy. As the International Peer, Julia works with the Graduate Division and the Division of Student Affairs to develop and implement programs and resources of interest to UCSB’s international students. She also provides workshops, presentations, articles, and one-on-one meetings for faculty, students, and staff on the best practices for international student success. She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Global College and worked for several years in editing, international education, and diplomacy before returning to school to pursue her Ph.D. She is an auto enthusiast and enjoys riding her motorcycle, learning about dogs, poetry, and doing almost anything outdoors.

Sam del Castillo
Pronouns: they/them
​Diversity Peer Advisor

Sam is a graduate student in the Department of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology who is interested in Queer and Trans Latinx mental health. As the Diversity Peer, ​​Sam ​works with staff and students all across campus to make UCSB's graduate student body even more diverse, representative, and ​supportive. They received their B.A. from the University of Houston and worked at various jobs including a nonprofit organization serving the Latinx community and as a Center Coordinator at a cancer prevention research center before returning to graduate school. Sam loves being outdoors, going camping, going to the beach, watching terrible reality television, eating ice cream, and spending time with friends. They are also the current President and Co-Founder of the Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union (QTGSU) and enjoys planning fun events for the QTGSU like trivia, drag brunch, and tea parties.