The creation of the Office of Black Student Development (OBSD) is an affirming response to the vision and Black Student Union demands of 1968, 2013, and 2019. The BSU Demands Team of 2019 tirelessly fought for the University to invest in the Black Student Community, resulting in the creation of a tangible support and community space - The Office of Black Student Development. In their words, the OBSD was designed "to support the Black experience at UCSB." This department and all its possibilities would not be here without the hard work of the Black students from the 1968 North Hall Takeover, and the 2013 and 2019 Black Student Union Demands Teams. We honor each of them for their efforts which will leave a lasting impact and legacy on this university.
The OBSD will consist of 8 staff working to support the holistic needs of UCSB's Black undergraduate and graduate student population. We are grounded in our four core principles; Advocacy, Academic Achievement, Recruitment and Retention, and Holistic Support. OBSD is here, along with the strong community partnerships and collaborations, to address the needs of the Black student community and provide support throughout their time at UCSB and as they move on to their next adventures. OBSD is a hub for ALL Black students at UCSB!