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.


grad-div_MG_6100Shawn Warner-Garcia, Director of Professional Development

Shawn is a linguist by trade who has worked for many years in job training and program management. As the Director, she oversees the development, implementation, and assessment of the career and professional development programming and services for the Graduate Division. Shawn earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at UCSB, where she studied the discourses of sexual ethics among Baptists in ​the United States.

Kate Brody-Adams, Assistant Director of Professional Development & GradPost Editor

As a Santa Barbara local, Kate is delighted to be part of the UCSB community and Graduate Student Resource Center team. She received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture from UCLA and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. After working in a counseling capacity at several community organizations, she spent six years at Fielding Graduate University as the Graduate Program Advisor for Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students. In her current role as Assistant Director, Kate works closely with the graduate student peer advisors, helps coordinate events like Grad Slam and new student orientation, and collaborates with other offices to expand services. She also serves as the GradPost Editor and coordinates all communications about graduate-related programming on campus.

Lana Smith-Hale, 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, call Career Services at 805‑893‑4412.

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

Kaitlyn Ugoretz, 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, 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, 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.