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Francesca Vega

Director of Government and Community Relations

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Administrative Assistant

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8353
Tel: (818) 677-2123
Fax: (818) 677-7739

Community Outreach

Project ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk)

Carolyn Okazaki, LCSW, BCD, director, (818) 677-3990

Project ACT is a diversity awareness peer education program sponsored by University Counseling Services, Lottery Funds through the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, and Associated Students. Selected CSUN students receive training on various aspects of diversity including race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, communication styles, etc., and facilitate presentations to the on- and off-campus community. The goals of ACT are to increase awareness of and sensitivity to both visible and invisible differences, to provide opportunities to bridge these differences, and to help individuals think about the choices they make in their personal interactions.


Adventure Learning Center

Al Wright, Ph.D., director, (818) 677-7636

  • Develop leadership and team building competencies using adventure learning experiences.
  • Program includes ropes/challenge courses, mobile team initiatives, and wilderness adventures. Designs for corporations, non-profit organizations, and youth development.


Alzheimer’s Association

Greater San Fernando Valley Regional Office

Marie Mayen-Cho, director, (818) 677-4404

24-Hour HELPLINE: 800-660-1993

Spanish HELPLINE/Linea de Ayuda: 800-633-5767


The Greater San Fernando Valley regional office provides support, education, and assistance to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.


Campus Tours

Student Outreach and Recruitment Services (818) 677-2879, tours@csun.edu

Guided tours are offered during the academic year:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Select Saturdays at 10:00 am.
  • There are no walk-in tours (reservations required). Group tours for 10 or more guests are available with one month’s notice. Tours are also available during our winter and summer intersession on a limited basis. Please call our office for details.


Community and Volunteer Involvement in the Matador Involvement Center

Beatriz Trejo, contact (818) 677-5111, beatriz.trejo@csun.edu

  • Provides a referral service for individual students and clubs and organizations looking for volunteer opportunities on an on-going or one-day basis.
  • Provides support to clubs and organizations in designing service projects to meet their service objectives or team building needs.
  • Recruits volunteers for community service events and provides students with leadership opportunities to plan and organize events such as AIDS Walk, Diabetes Walk, Adopt-a-Family project and much more.
  • Supports scholarships for students who are involved in community service projects.
  • Provides advisement for students looking for experience in nonprofit sector related careers.
  • Encourages student leadership through student run organizations such as the V-Day Club and in planning one day service events.
  • Maintains an online database of community sites needing volunteers, accessible to students, faculty and staff.


Community Engagement

Merri Whitelock, managing director, (818) 677-7395

  • Provides students with a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
  • Supports faculty and students in their service-learning projects and facilitates further collaborative relationships within the community.

Some examples of service-learning projects:

  • Biology students learning about genetic disabilities while working as assistant coaches with the Special Olympics.
  • Marketing students working with local non-profit organizations to create a website and market their services to the community.
  • Accounting students filing annual state and federal income tax returns for elderly, low income and disabled citizens.
  • The MOSAIC program places committed students into early prevention after-school programs for youth at risk of joining gangs.
  • Students from across campus teach English and citizenship skills to elderly immigrants through involvement in Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders).
  • Business Law, Sociology and Political Science students in JusticeCorps help low-income litigants in our community to understand and function within the legal system through service at Self-Help Legal Access Centers run by the California Superior Court.


Center for Health Research and Community Service

Department of Health Sciences

Brian T. Malec, director, (818) 677-4081

  • Offers workshops, conferences, speaker’s bureau and other community-based services.
  • Acts as a facilitator for research opportunities and other cooperative ventures within our service area.
  • Supports academic and community collaboration.


Center for Human Relations

Peter Nwosu, Ph.D., founding director (818) 677-2853


The Center is housed in and administrated by the Department of Communication Studies. It is a collaborative, learning-centered institution that combines the contributions of different academic disciplines to serve the needs of the diverse student population of our region and the community.

The Center seeks to: facilitate dialogue between diverse peoples, communities and governments; research cultural and social issues and their implications for competent global citizenship; explore diverse processes for social justice; undertake community empowerment programs; train future leaders; educate community, civic and corporate professionals; and provide public education aimed at improving human relations and social justice in local, national and international arenas.

The Center also offers a Certificate Program in Communication and Conflict Management, which was created to help community, business and educational leaders address these pressing challenges. The certificate prepares participants to manage and resolve conflicts that may arise from intercultural differences, communication challenges, and the impact of global trends on our workplaces and in the communities. The Certificate in Communication and Conflict Management is the only such program in the Western United States. For more information please visit our website at http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/cm.html


Mitchell Family Counseling Clinic (MFCC)

Jodi McIntosh, clinic administrator, (818) 677-2568

  • A low-cost community-based counseling clinic that provides individual counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples, families and groups.
  • A training, research, and support facility for graduate students in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling.
  • To serve as an organization for building satellite programs in the community through consultation, prevention and educational services.


Conference Services

Karla La Rosa, manager, (818) 677-6106

Conference Services are available to house your conference groups and overnight workshops or retreats in the CSUN residence halls during the summer. A variety of outdoor spaces and air-conditioned facilities, including auditoriums, classrooms and recreational facilities are available to accommodate your programmatic needs. The Conference Services office is a one-stop-shop, so our staff is available to arrange all of your housing, food and meeting space needs.


CSUN Helpline

(818) 349-HELP (4357)

Provides crisis assistance, emotional support, referrals and information from 6 pm to midnight, seven nights a week.


Dubois-Hamer Institute for African American Achievement

Brenda Bailey, coordinator, (818) 677-3308

  • Created in 1996 to investigate the complexities in the lives of African American students at CSUN that might interfere with their achievement.
  • Committed to establishing partnerships and collaborations with the larger San Fernando Valley community to expand opportunities for excellence for African American students.
  • Hosts conferences and programs for high school students and community groups on issues such as youth violence.


Government and Community Relations

Brittny McCarthy, director
(818) 677-2123

Fax (818) 677-7739, brittny.mccarthy@csun.edu

The Office of Government and Community Relations is available to help campus personnel and community organizations in many ways.

  • Provides voter registration information and forms, and coordinates voting on campus.
  • Helps in contacting elected officials.
  • Coordinates interactions with legislators.
  • Provides information on legislation.
  • Assists in obtaining formal resolutions.
  • Works with and within local business organizations, chambers of commerce, nonprofit groups, neighborhood Councils, homeowner associations and the community-at-large to keep them informed of programs and activities at the university that would be beneficial or of interest.
  • Provides campus tours for community and business organizations, showcasing a variety of programs and departments. Call for reservations.


Historical Orange Grove Committee

Robert Gohstand, chair, (818) 677-4137

  • Community-university organization that is dedicated to saving the orange grove on the CSUN campus; one of the few remaining orchards that once dominated the San Fernando Valley.
  • The committee helps tend the grove, has replaced dying trees, has caused the grove to be listed as a major feature in the master landscape plan of the campus, and is exploring the possibility of having the grove declared an historical landmark.


Meeting Services

University Student Union, (818) 677-3644

With two on-campus sites to choose from, these versatile facilities can accommodate any event from intimate receptions to trade shows and conferences. A wide array of amenities is available including audiovisual support, full-service catering, on-site restaurants, convenience store, and both indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. Out-of-town guests can select accommodations at the University Park Apartments or at any one of several area hotels.


Monterey Hall

Located at Nordhoff Street and Zelzah Avenue

  • Houses the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences’ Language, Speech and Hearing Center and an array of other service organizations, including the offices of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the psychology clinics and the computer teaching laboratories of the Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning.
  • The Vestibular and Balance Disorders Laboratory for clients of the Physical Therapy and Audiology Clinics.
  • The Aphasia Clinic addresses communication, social and cognitive linguistic needs of adults in individual and group settings.
  • Monterey Hall occupants work together to provide professional allied health services at a reasonable cost to the community, invaluable opportunities for service-learning experiences for students and a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to health.
  • Soon will house the new Center for Services to the Community, which for the first time in history will offer information to the public about the university’s many and varied services in one location.


University Licensing/Facility Rental

Heather Cairns, licensing manager, (818) 677-2744

  • The University Corporation, a non-profit auxiliary, manages the University trademark and facilities licensing program.
  • The Licensing department handles short-term leasing of University grounds and buildings to the community (with the exception of the University Student Union).
  • The campus has a variety of facilities available for rent, which include classrooms, auditoriums, theatres, athletic areas, gardens and park-like open spaces.
  • Licensing manages filming activities on campus to include the production of Commercials, TV shows and Feature Films.
  • Licensing's 'Student Extras Program' provides an opportunity for CSUN students to participate in filming activities both for campus life involvement and potential work experience.
  • Additional information on University Licensing can be found at http://www.csun.edu/licensing.


Valley Trauma Center 24-hour Hotline

(661) 253-0258 and (818) 886-0453

Charles Hanson, executive director

  • The only sexual assault crisis center for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
  • Provides comprehensive service to survivors, either male or female, of sexual assault, rape, molestation, sexual harassment or other sexual improprieties.
  • Provides a range of services to children who have been abused physically, emotionally, sexually or through neglect.
  • Provides comprehensive services to families including parent education, treatment for domestic violence, counseling, and referrals for other support and intervention services.
  • Provides two 24-hour hotlines that are maintained by staff and volunteer certified advocates who provide information and crisis counseling over the telephone.
  • Provides accompaniment to survivors of rape and sexual assault to the hospitals, police stations or court to provide on-site emotional support and information.
  • Offers short- and long-term individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as support groups for children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Provides reunification, family preservation and adoption service to families.
  • Has a prevention education team that makes hundreds of presentations to thousands of people each year to prevent interpersonal violence.
  • Affiliated with CSUN’s College of Education and the Department of Educational Psychology.
  • Services provided in English, Spanish and other languages at four sites in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. School based services also available.


Wayne and Roberta Colmer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Donna Watkins, program coordinator, (818) 677-4519

  • Prepares at no cost about 6,000 federal and state tax returns for area residents whose annual income is less than $50,000. Service is limited to basic returns (1040, and 1040A federal and 540 and 540A state).
  • Beginning in early February through April 15, service is provided at 19 sites throughout the San Fernando Valley, each open weekly for three hours.
  • CSUN students (not all of them business majors) become VITA volunteers by completing a 24-hour training program.


Women’s Center

(818), 677-2780

  • A student-run center that offers services to campus and community women in three main areas; education, support and referrals.
  • Sponsors seminars and workshops on topics ranging from self-defense to personal health.
  • Maintains an extensive referral file that is available to the community on a phone-in or walk-in basis.