In light of the campus response to COVID-19, the Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) staff members and peer advisors are working remotely. We will be providing all of our regular services and support virtually. See here for information on how to connect with us!

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.


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 schedule an appointment with Lana, visit Handshake and select "Career Center," then "Appointments."


Robby Nadler
Pronouns: he/him
Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director

Robby joins the GSRC team as our first-ever Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director, 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.


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

Ranjani Atur
Pronouns: she/her
Funding Peer Advisor

Ranjani is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies whose research focuses on the Ancient Mediterranean world, specifically Greek and Roman religions and early Christianity. She received her BA in Classical Studies and Languages from Georgetown University and an MA in Religious Studies from UCSB. As the Graduate Division’s Funding Peer and a veteran graduate student herself, Ranjani helps fellow grad students search for funding opportunities in all stages of their career and improve their financial literacy. In her free time, Ranjani enjoys reading all kinds of fiction, watching British murder mysteries, playing the violin, and cooking elaborate vegetarian recipes (with varying degrees of success). 

Chava Nerenberg
Graduate Programming Assistant

Chava is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology program who researches how people can recover from trauma and build their psychological resilience. She received a B.A. from Cornell University in Government and Asian Studies and an M.A. in International Development Management from American University. Before returning to graduate school, Chava managed foreign aid programs for nonprofits in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and also served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in two countries. In her free time, Chava enjoys cooking and traveling. She also loves cats and promises to appreciate all of your cute cat photos. In her role as Graduate Programming Assistant, she works closely with Graduate Division staff to support programs for graduate students across UCSB.

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 an anthropology 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. from Global College and worked for several years in multiple industries before returning to school to pursue a graduate education. She loves dogs.


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.