Students play a critical role in shaping community at Oakes College. Volunteer work, student government, and paid student life positions provide a variety of opportunities for students to take on leadership roles.

Community Assistant (CA)

CAs are responsible for planning programs and activities that engage the Oakes community and provide opportunities for meaningful interactions and/or educational enrichment. The CA position is a paid student employment position. CAs are paid a wage of $10.50/hour. CAs are expected to work an average of 8 to 10 hours a week. Applications for CA and NA positions open each year in December. 

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Neighborhood Assistant (NA)

The NA position is a live-in, peer advising student leadership role. NAs are compensated with a single room and a 7-day unlimited meal plan. Applications for NA and CA positions open each year in December.

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Senate 

Oakes Senate meets weekly on Monday nights at 9 pm. Students help make decisions for the college, allocate funds to student organizations and initiatives, and plan events for the community. It is never too late to join. Stop by and check it out any week.

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Welcome Leaders

Oakes Welcome Leaders (or OWLs) are a group of volunteers who plan and implement Welcome Week activities. They are a crucial part of Move-In and help set the tone for a brand new exciting year. They work with NAs and CAs to help new students become familiar with Oakes College, UCSC, and all that Santa Cruz has to offer. Applications open each year in March.

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