Meet Your Orientation Leaders

Connect with your Orientation Leaders!

Sammy Slug
Hi Banana Slugs! My name is Sammy Slug! I am the official mascot of UC Santa Cruz! Did you know we came very close to being the UCSC Sea Lions? But UCSC students wanted me! I love roaming around campus and taking in the beauty of Santa Cruz. I am so excited for you to start here at UC Santa Cruz. Learn more about your Orientation Leaders and get connected with us!

kayla ol

Hello, my name is Kayla and I am a third-year student at UC Santa Cruz. I am double majoring in Sociology and Legal Studies which I absolutely love. I am also affiliated with Oakes College, Oooakes! A few things I enjoy doing during my free time are watching movies/tv series, painting pottery at Petroglyph, trying out new coffee shops around town, and going to the beach! During my time here I have gotten involved with EOP Bridge, the College Scholars Program, and the Orientation Office!

lily orientation leader

Hi y'all! My name is Lily, my pronouns are they/them, and I am affiliated with Merrill College. I am a second year majoring in neuroscience and I was involved in the College Scholars Program my first year. I am also on the UCSC Women's Rugby Team and enjoy reading and listening to music in my free time.

lucy orientation leader

Hi everyone! My name is Lucy, I'm from El Salvador but moved to Los Angeles four years ago. I'm an art major leaning toward a Latin American and Latino Studies minor. I'm affiliated with Oakes College and during my time at UCSC, I've gotten involved with EOP and some clubs. In my free time, I go for walks around campus, listen to music, play video games, and read.

max ol

Hi, my name is Maximus but you can just call me Max. Currently, I am in my third year and my declared major is Intensive Psychology. My college affiliation is Merrill and I am a part of the Orientation Front Office and a member of SAMA (Slug Anime and Manga Association). I am also a fan of anime and I love to play video games!

melissa orientation leader

Hi all! My name is Melissa, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a second-year UCSC student. I am affiliated with Oakes College and I am majoring in Politics. In my free time, I love to draw and watch all kinds of different movies!

rita orientation leader

Hi everyone! My name is Rita and I am a Legal Studies major here at UC Santa Cruz. I’m currently a second-year student, affiliated with Stevenson College. I’m a member of the co-ed, pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, which is a great group for anyone interested in the law field. As a first-generation student, I look forward to assisting you all in your transition to become UCSC Banana Slugs!


Hi everyone, my name is Ruby! I’m a first-year here at UCSC, so I’m fairly new to the school. At the moment my proposed major is Politics, and I’ll soon be declaring this Spring! I’m affiliated with the newly named John R. Lewis College, which means I’ll be the first graduating class associated with John R. Lewis! While attending UCSC, I hope to join the Mock Trial team for their next season and I also currently hold a second job as a Student Life and University Guide where I give out tours to incoming students!