Isla Vista, CA – October 17, 2016 – Beginning the weekend of October 22th, UCIV, a student-initiated, volunteer program established by Associated Students (A.S.) Public Safety Commission at UCSB to facilitate public safety and well-being and to impact culture change in Isla Vista, will expand, sending volunteers to the streets of Isla Vista on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the academic year.
As part of its ongoing “Keep it Local, Keep it Safe” campaign, A.S., in collaboration with campus and community entities, has for many years spearheaded efforts to keep Isla Vista safe during major events like Deltopia and Halloween. In Spring 2015, the A.S. Public Safety Commission expanded these efforts by launching the UCIV Volunteer Program during the weekend of Deltopia. Volunteers served as mediators to help prevent conflict, promote peaceful interactions between public safety officers, Isla Vista residents and visitors to the community, all while supporting culture change.
UCIV leaders met frequently with law enforcement to coordinate efforts during Deltopia and actively participated in briefings. Volunteers provided information, staffed hydration stations, assisted those in need, and encouraged students to comply with noise regulations to avoid citations. The UCIV program also worked in close coordination with Take Back The Night (TBTN), an A.S. committee dedicated to raising awareness about issues surrounding sexual violence through activism, advocacy, and survivor empowerment. During Deltopia, TBTN opened a “Safe Space” at the A.S. Pardall Center to ensure that any potential survivors of a sexual assault had access to crisis counseling.
The UCIV program successfully replicated their efforts during Halloween 2015 and Deltopia 2016 and now has more than 120 volunteers, including students from UCSB, SBCC and non-student residents of IV. This program, along with other efforts led by entities such as A.S. Program Board, A.S. External Vice President for Local Affairs, UCSB Office of Student Life, UCSB Health & Wellness, and many others, led to record low citations and arrests during Halloween and Deltopia.
”With the expansion of this program in the upcoming year, UCIV hopes that, in conjunction with other alternative programs and community efforts, we will see further reductions in arrests and citations within the Isla Vista area; foster greater feelings of connection between the university and long-term residents; and increase the overall safety of those who come to the Isla Vista area,” noted UCIV Liaison, Dwayne Mosbey. This pilot program has received significant financial support from UCSB Associated Students, the Office of Student Life, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and Santa Barbara Airbus, a locally owned and operated company. The expanded pilot program will launch on Friday, October 21, 2016.
UCIV is currently seeking sponsors, team leaders, student coordinators and general volunteers. To learn more or to become involved with UCIV, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UCIslaVista/.