The ONDAS Student Center

In 2014, UCSB was recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, making the campus eligible for new federal funding to develop new capacities and programs. The ONDAS Student Center (OSC) is funded by a Department of Education Title V HSI grant that supports these purposes. The grant recognizes UCSB’s strong and shared commitment to academic excellence and diversity, and provides new programming and services that will benefit all students on campus. To strengthen the academic success and retention of undergraduates, ONDAS delivers two main areas of activity: supporting first-year experiences (freshmen and transfer) and faculty professional development.


Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters@UCSB is a club for staff, students, and faculty at the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to develop and improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive environment.


Undergraduate Research Slam

The Undergraduate Research Slam offers students the chance to give dynamic, 3-minute oral presentations of their research or creative activity to a panel of judges. All UCSB undergraduates participating in research during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible. The top 3 students will earn research awards ranging from $1500-$2500.


Grad Research Slam

Launched in 2013, Grad Slam is an award-winning campus-wide competition for the best three-minute talk by a graduate student. Students present the central points of their project in a clear, direct, and interesting manner for a diverse audience comprised of students, faculty, and community members.


Other Resources

American Rhetoric

Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.


Greatest Speeches of the Twentieth Century

Selected audio from memorable speeches.


Silva rhetoricae, The Forest of Rhetoric

This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years).