ENVS Undergraduate Advising

Drop-in Advising Hours

Fall 2019 

 Appointment Advising

Appointment advising can be scheduled through Slug Success and is reserved for students who need confidential assistance and/or approval signatures on various official forms (Academic Plans, Major Declaration Petition, Major Adviser Verification, Part-Time Approval, EAP Planning Form, etc.).

If you have general questions (that are not listed on the above reasons) or plan to schedule an appointment, please meet with our peer advisers first during drop-in advising or email us at envsadvi@ucsc.edu. We want to make sure to leave appointment advising availabilities for students needing the above requests. 

ENVS UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING

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. 

 Advising Office: ISB 4th Floor, room 405
Email:  ENVSAdvi@ucsc.edu
Undergraduate Advisor: Riri Shibata
Peer Advisors: Felix Vazquez & Gabriella Contreras

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

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Gabriella Contreras
Hello all! I am a second year student pursuing the ENVS single major and Education minor. I am from Stockton, CA, a very diverse town in the Central Valley. My favorite things to do are watch cooking shows, bake, and cuddle with my cat. I am also a vegetarian. I chose to pursue ENVS because I have always loved being in natural spaces. I am looking forward to assisting and getting to know you all as you come in for advising! 

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 journies. 

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 & Gabriella Contreras

 


 

We are hiring Peer Advisers! 

The Environmental Studies Undergraduate Department is looking for an enthusiastic, detail-oriented and compassionate individual to join our peer advising team! Please use this application to apply by Monday, November 4th. 

The Environmental Studies (ENVS) advising office works with over 635 declared students as well as prospective students to provide academic advising in individual and group settings on ENVS academic policies, major qualification and declaration requirements, course selection, and other student success related topics, referring to college and other department advisors as needed.

Reporting to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, the peer adviser will be working in a team-oriented setting to ensure the holistic success of all students in the ENVS department and at UCSC. The Peer Adviser will develop strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills, deepen their understanding of departmental and institutional policies and procedures, and establish positive working relationships with students, staff, faculty and campus partners.

Our peer advising program includes a quarter-long training program where the peer adviser will enroll in ENVS 83 and earn 5-units in course credit. To receive credit, the peer adviser must work a minimum of 12 hours in the ENVS Advising office during regular office hours throughout the quarter, complete a project, and write a 8-10 page reflection paper on their experience as a peer advisor. After the initial training period, there will be opportunity for the peer adviser to continue and transition into a paid position starting spring quarter.

Please consider applying if you are:
- An ENVS major or combined major within ENVS
- Able to work a minimum of 12 hours per week
- Able to commit to the position through the 2019-2020 academic year
- Possess excellent communication and organization skills
- Have a strong attention to detail, and ability to follow-through on projects
- See a future working with people, talking with people, and providing stellar customer service
- Have demonstrated experience using sound judgement and problem-solving skills
- Have knowledge of campus resources and services

Please direct all questions to envsugpc@ucsc.edu.