ENVS Undergraduate Advising

Spring 2020 ENVS Advising

    1. Email: Although we may take 2-3 business days to respond, we will be super available to advise you over email at envsadvi@ucsc.edu. (Please do not email rshibata@ucsc.edu; it is a personal email. If you do not email envsadvi@ucsc.edu we will not respond.)
    2. By appointment via Zoom Call/Video Call: 
      1. Schedule a 30 min appointment using this link. Fill out the form as best as you can, it’ll help us prepare (if we have time) for your appointment. *You can schedule up to 1 hour in advance.*
      2. The appointment will be via Zoom. The meeting information will be available in the event description, confirmation email, and reminder email. 
      3. For privacy reasons, you may be designated into a waiting room at the time of your appointment. Once you click the link, a message will appear until your adviser lets you into the meeting. We apologize if there are any delays to your appointment, please hang tight and we will be with you as soon as we can. 
      4. How to prepare for your appointment: Have ready your ID number and myUCSC pulled up on your computer, tablet, or phone. 
      5. Cancelling your appointment: Nothing we appreciate more than people who let us know in advance if they are cancelling!! Not only you are being considerate of our time but you are also letting other students take your spot! Super cool to do! Please cancel by following the prompts on your reminder emails or email us at envsadvi@ucsc.edu.

FAQ's about Spring Advising:

How do I Zoom?  What is this?

Zoom is software we can use to connect virtually.  It can be audio only or audio and video, and the program also has screen-sharing capabilities.  You can use a computer or your phone for Zoom advising; we just ask that you please be somewhere you can hear us and can talk out loud.  UCSC provides Zoom to all students, staff, and faculty for free. Instructions and login here: https://its.ucsc.edu/zoom/index.html

 

I need to get a form signed - how does that work?

Most forms are available online, fill it out electronically as best as you can or scan it, and email it to envsadvi@ucsc.edu. As always, form review takes 3-4 business days. Make sure you plan accordingly. 

 

I already have an advising appointment scheduled - how will that meeting happen?

Depending on when you scheduled your appointment, you will be getting a reminder  email with a link to the meeting 3 separate times (lovely): 2 days before, 24hours before, and 4 hours before! The link will bring you to the adviser’s “waiting room” - they’ll add you to their meeting room once they’re finished talking with the person ahead of you. Thank you thank you for your patience if there are delays to your appointment. Just hang tight, or reschedule with us. 

 

All the appointments are full, or I have something I need to discuss right away - are you still doing drop-in advising?

We wish we could do drop-in advising...we seriously wish. Due to our staff availability, resources, etc, we can only meet by appointment. BUT! That does not mean we will not get to you if things are urgent. Email us, and we will do our best in getting back to you ASAP. However, please make sure you do your part in planning accordingly; deadlines are deadlines!

 

My internet connection is unreliable or I don’t want to use Zoom - can I do my appointment on the phone instead?

You bet!  Please email us at envsadvi@ucsc.edu or dial the phone number and enter the meeting ID below when you are prompted. Alllll of this information will be available in your appointment description via email. 

 

ENVS APPOINTMENT ZOOM INFORMATION: 

https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/4876338684

Meeting ID: 487 633 8684

Dial by your location

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 253 215 8782 US

        +1 301 715 8592 US

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

(“meeting is on hold” - when you use a phone to call a zoom with a waiting room)

ENVS UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING TEAM

Advising is one way to make the most of your university experience. The advising system at UC Santa Cruz is amazing, and we encourage you to use it often. Ask questions, seek advice, and make decisions that work best for you.

Our office is staffed by Peer Advisors and a Department Advisor. Our Peer Advisors are ENVS majors trained to advise students in all things ENVS. They speak from their own experience, are super friendly, and are an excellent resource. Peer advisors are available during our drop-in advising times (see below). The Department Advisor is also available for one-on-one appointments to discuss and clarify any ENVS program policy, signatures and approvals, and advise students who need confidential assistance. 

For all petitions, forms, and signatures, please allow 2-4 weeks for review. For all emails, please allow 2-3 business days for response. Please plan accordingly. 

 Advising Office: ISB 4th Floor, room 405
Email:  ENVSAdvi@ucsc.edu
Undergraduate Advisor: Riri Shibata
Peer Advisors: Felix Vazquez, Kathy Cardoza, and Halle Sunabe

Peer Advisors 

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Felix Vazquez

I’m a 4th year undergraduate pursuing the ENVS single major with a concentration in GIS. I spent my Summer in Japan working on various GIS projects which led to the development of my thesis, which is focused on urban development and sprawl in Tokyo. I am interested in art, architecture, and design and their relationships to modern concepts of the environment. In addition to being the lead ENVS peer advisor, I have also been the MSI tutor and learning assistant for ENVS 24 and 25. I love helping people, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about the department, college, or what it is like to be a metropolitan LA boy living in this much smaller city :P

Kathy Cardoza
Hey y’all! Im Kathy and I’m a 3rd year double majoring in ENVS and Sociology! I grew up in the Central Valley and the Bay Area where I learned a lot about food systems and food insecurity. I’m interested in the intersections of food justice and environmental racism and hope to someday work with the USDA. I’m also involved in greek life and student life on campus so if y'all ever have any questions feel free to ask me about anything :).
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Halle Sunabe
I’m a second year ENVS single major with a concentration in Global Environmental Justice, as of right now. I’m also considering a politics minor or double major, and I’m interested in agroecology, too-- I’m still definitely in the ‘figuring it out’ stage of my academic career! I’m excited to help others through the same and to meet some of my ENVS peers.
My academic interests include food sovereignty and food security, environmental justice in terms of economic inequality, and alternative forms of government (among other things!). My non-academic interests include hiking, baking, music, and watching tiktoks. 

Undergraduate Advisor
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Riri Shibata

I joined the ENVS department after graduating from UCSC in Environmental Studies and Legal Studies. As a fellow Banana Slug and with my previous experience as a peer advisor, I am excited to share opportunities and experiences, and learn more from current students through their academic journeys. 

As the Department Advisor, I'm ready to help students with degree planning, career exploration, and approval signatures on various official forms (Academic Plans, Major Declaration Petition, Major Adviser Verification, Part-Time Approval, EAP Planning Form, etc.). 

 Advising Office: ISB 4th Floor, room 405
Email:  ENVSAdvi@ucsc.edu
Undergraduate Advisor: Riri Shibata
Peer Advisors: Felix Vazquez, Kathy Cardoza, and Halle Sunabe