UC Santa Barbara strives to live up to our reputation as Santa Barbara’s “Best Place to Work” by supporting faculty, staff, and student employees in the pursuit of a fully integrated life. The university offers programs, policies, referrals and education that enable people to be effective, engaged and satisfied at work, school, and home.  Please note: We do not recommend or endorse any particular non-university resource on this page; however, we do endorse the careful review and evaluation of services that best meet the needs of your family. 

If you need support finding resources for yourself or your family, have resources or events that you would like included, or if you have any feedback about this page, please submit a ticket through HR ServiceNow.  


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Events + Workshops


Wellness Webinars

Discover Health Net's Wellness Webinars

Sun, Jan 1- Sun, Dec 31, 2023 1:00 PM 

Food and Mood

Thu, Oct 12, 2023 12:00 PM 

Preparing Healthy Meals and Dining Out

Thu, Nov 9, 2023 12:00 PM

Plant Based Meal Planning

Thu, Dec 7, 2023 12:00 PM 

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence + Why It matters

Thu, Oct 19, 2023 12 PM – 1 PM

2023 Family Webinars from Bright Horizons

Your Child's Growing Brain

Thu, Sep 21, 2023 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Sandwiched and Stressed?

Thu, Nov 16, 2023 12:00 PM - 1 PM

Fitting Family Times into Busy Days

Thu, Dec 14, 2023 9:00 AM - 10 AM

Global Resources for Remote Work Series

Click on the series above to schedule on behalf of your unit, team, or group. OR ... we can CUSTOMIZE a workshop to meet your department or group needs.

Request a workshop for your department or workgroup!

Email Shira Minerd, work-life resource coordinator, to schedule your workshop: shira.minerd@hr.ucsb.edu

Topics can include

  • Evolving Into the New Normal of Work-Life
  • Productivity & Time Management
  • Childcare Needs & Resources
  • Balancing Everything: School, Family & Career 
  • Work-Life For Supervisors: Moving forward with strength 

Topics are refreshed regularly

WorkLife Resources + Programs

Employee Wellness Resources

Employee Wellness

The Work-Life Resources Program partners with other campus organizations and departments to pursue "whole person" wellness for all university employees. UC Santa Barbara has a wide range of programs and services that support our community of faculty, staff and students. 

Explore Resources for:

Financial Wellbeing, Physical & Environmental Wellbeing, Social & Emotional Wellbeing, and Workplace Wellbeing


Worklife-Family Resources

Family Resources

This include Child Care, Summer Camps, backup care, elder care, nutrition and housing information, social support, and policies



Pregnant or expecting a child?   
Request a consultation with the Work-Life Resource Coordinator to review what to expect from your leave process and explore related resources. Please submit an HR ServiceNow ticket  to schedule this initial meeting. 

Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible Work Arrangements

The Work-Life Resource Coordinator can assist both the employee and the department with any non-medical workplace adjustments. Please submit an HR ServiceNow ticket, and review the resources provided below. 

Worklife-Lactation Support

Lactation & Breastfeeding

The University of California recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their infants, and is committed to providing the support and resources needed. These services are for all campus constituents who choose to breastfeed or express milk.