Serving as the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Housing and Wellbeing Services, Leslie Santos brings more than 30 years of experience leading Housing, Residence Life, and Wellness programs on both the East and West coasts.
This position leads three major departments that each play a significant role in retaining and recruiting talent across the UCSF enterprise. Specifically, the position oversees campus housing, fitness & recreation facilities and programs, and campus events & activities that foster the wellbeing of the UCSF community.
All three of the departments under this position’s leadership provide essential services to all students, faculty, staff, residents, post docs, and fellows on an enterprise-wide basis (UCSF campus and health). In the case of Fitness & Recreation, the department also services the San Francisco public who have access to UCSF’s Fitness & Recreation centers.
Primary goals for housing services include providing below-market housing for students, trainees, faculty, and, in the near future, staff. Given the high cost of living in San Francisco, it is critical for the UCSF community to be insulated from the expensive economy. With affordable campus housing, UCSF is able to compete with other premier institutions where the cost of living is significantly less expensive. The availability of on campus housing also reduces vehicular traffic which helps improve UCSF’s relationship with the City and its neighbors and fosters UCSF’s ability to achieve its carbon neutral goals.
Fitness & Recreation facilities provide the UCSF community and the general public with state-of-the-art facilities to improve their health and wellness. As an institution the prides itself on being a great place to work and community friendly, providing on-site pools, fitness instructors, workout equipment is essential. The facility is also used in part by UCSF Health for physical therapy, thereby also providing needed facilities to patients.
The Wellness & Community department organizes programs to help ensure the wellbeing of employees and students and, ultimately, to reduce UC’s health benefit rate by having healthier and happier employees. With the relentless growth of UCSF’s population, this department is charged with doing more and more. The department is charged with overseeing UCSF’s Tobacco free policy and providing programs and incentives such as “take the stairs” campaign, “step it up” challenge, “healthy beverage” initiative, and “diabetes prevention” program. The department also offers UCSF employees discounts and the opportunity to participate in community-building events.
To learn more about our services, please visit our website: http://campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu