Student Outreach and Retention Center


Our Mission

The mission of the Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center, at UC Irvine, is to cultivate a community of authentic student leaders that aspire to develop innovative, student-initiated outreach and retention programs that foster critical dialogue, mentorship and shift the educational paradigm to improve college access, readiness, and retention rates for historically marginalized communities in higher education.


SOAR is a dynamic space that empowers student scholars through praxis to advocate and develop a transformative and equitable educational environment where students can use their education as a vehicle for social impact.

Core Values

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SOAR Values

Fostering inclusive and equitable environments to promote academic and personal growth

Advocating for underserved, underrepresented communities to mobilize social change.

Unlocking potential through student ideation, empowerment, and leadership

Bridging pathways between students and resources

Cultivating and nurturing wellness, self-care, and cultural stability within the student body