Welcome Leaders

Applications are OPEN NOW!
Application has been extended until Sunday, April 14 at midnight!

Are you ready to get involved in the Rachel Carson community? Show your enthusiasm and passion for your college through being an Welcome Leader this fall!

Welcome Leaders (WLs) are a group of volunteer student leaders who support Rachel Carson College during Welcome Week and throughout the fall quarter. WLs work cooperatively with the Student Life Staff (Programs & Residential Life) to ensure a successful fall quarter for all incoming students. WLs will plan engaging programs, serve as a resource, and help orient new students to life at UCSC and Rachel Carson College. Serving as an WL is an exciting and rewarding student leadership opportunity, available for all current Rachel Carson affiliates or residents. Apply here.


  • EVENT PLANNING - WLs are responsible for to planning, implementing, and supporting a variety programs for a diverse group of new students.
    • Welcome Week programs include Quad Connections, tours, New Student Welcome, and more. 
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - WLs are friendly faces and important role models for new students.
    • WLs will actively engage with incoming students to welcome them on campus and support their transition to college life.
    • WLs will uplhold and role model UCSC's Principles of Community and the RCC Student Life mission.
  • MARKETING - WLs will develop creative and engaging marketing for their events.
    • WLs will create and distribute outreach materials through flyers, posters, door-knocking, etc.
    • WLs will support the RCC Social Media Specialist by participating in social media campaigns and promoting RCC's accounts.
  • STUDENT LIFE SUPPORT - Ls will collaborate with the Rachel Carson Student Life Staff to support key programs.
    • WLs will work the 2018 RCC Commencement Ceremony (June 16, 2018).
    • WLs will work during Move-in Weekend (September 22-23, 2018).
    • WLs will maintain communication with the CPC and regularly check their emails from time of hire (April) through the end of their volunteer service (October).
    • WLs will properly complete and submit required forms relating to program planning.


  • 1 point for Housing Priority for next year's Housing Selection Process
  • Baytree Bookstore gift certificate
  • UCSC Boardwalk Frolic ticket
  • Rachel Carson T-shirt
  • Early Move-in (if you live in RCC Residence Halls or Apartments)
  • Meals during WL Training and Welcome Week
  • Leadership & Programming training and experience


  • April 14- Applications Due by MIDNIGHT
  • April 16 & 17 from 7:00-8:30 PM at RCC Red Room - Group Interview (*must be able to attend one)
  • April 15 through April 22 - Priority Housing Application Period (*You MUST apply for priority housing during this period if you would like to live on campus next year & want your Welcome Leader Housing Point)
  • April 19 - Decision Letters Sent to @ucsc.edu email 
  • September 15th through September 20 - Required Welcome Leader Training
  • September 21 - 30 - Assisting with Move-in & Welcome Week
  • TBD - Fall Quarter Dinner & Debrief

For any additional questions please reach out to carsonsl@ucsc.edu