The Area Global Initiative brings together distinguished faculty and scholars with area studies and global expertise to enrich UCSB's intellectual environment. Within AGI, area studies and thematic academic units such as the Africa Initiative; Center for the Global Study of Race, Inequality and Justice; East Asia Center; Latin America and Iberian Studies Program; and Center for Middle East Studies interface with the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. AGI helps coordinate cross-regional and interdisciplinary research, pedagogy, and scholarly programing with an emphasis on collaborative learning and public engagement. AGI expands opportunities for UCSB Students and faculty to build meaningful connections with scholars, activists, and creatives worldwide.

AGI's offices are located in the 2300 wing of Girvetz Hall and include offices for our member centers, a conference room, a seminar room, a media lab, a commons lounge with a computer lab, and administrative offices.