Family Orientation

Families of incoming international students are invited to attend the International Family Orientation to learn more about what the UCSC experience is like and to meet university staff, at no extra cost.

Family Orientation will cover basic information such as an overview of the Division of Global Engagement (which encompasses units such as Global Programming and International Student and Scholar Services), Campus Safety, and Student Business Services.

Please note that presentations during Family Orientation will be given in English.


Family members may register through their student’s International Student Orientation registration form.

Program Schedule

Tuesday, September 13 | 9:00 - 13:00

Check-in & Continental Breakfast | 8:30 - 9:00

Welcome & Opening Remarks | 9:00 - 9:20

Welcome by Lisa Swaim, Director of Global Programming
Opening Remarks by Richard Hughey, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and Global Engagement 
Global Engagement Staff
Michelle Whittingham, Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
John Pine, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Engagement
Priya Mehta, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development
Sarah Kudela, Director, Arts Philanthropy 

Today’s Overview, Lisa Swaim

International Student & Scholar Services Overview | 9:20 - 9:40

  • Adrienne Bergenfeld, Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Campus Safety | 9:40 - 9:55

  • Chief Mary Garcia, Campus Police Department

Student Business Services | 9:55 - 10:20

  • Tiffany Zachmeier, SlugCents, Student Business Services

Questions and Answers | 10:20 - 10:30

Closing Words | 10:30

  • This concludes the formal program. We invite you to join us for a campus tour.

Campus Tour | 10:40 - 12:00

  • Sayaka Kozuki, Global Captain
  • Meet in the Humanities Courtyard, just outside.

Family Luncheon | 12:00 - 13:00

  • Redwood Building Patio (between Redwood Building and Student Union, above Quarry Plaza)


  • There is no additional cost to attend the Family Orientation.