Get Involved

Getting involved is an important part of the college experience. Research shows that students who get involved in student organizations and leadership opportunities are often more successful in college. There are many opportunities to get involved in Student Housing at CSUN. Whether you are interested in student advocacy, planning events, gaining support or just being social with your peers, there is something for everyone.

For more information about how you can further get involved, please contact Matthew Soto, Senior Coordinator for Student Success at matthew.soto@csun.edu or (818) 677-6115.

Residence Halls Association (RHA)

The Residence Halls Association (RHA) is an organization with the goal of promoting a healthy academic and social environment while serving as the student voice for concerns of the community in CSUN Student Housing. RHA provides engaging programs for students to get involved, and hosts regular community meetings to discuss concerns and suggestions.

For more information about RHA, please contact Matt Soto, Coordinator for Residential Student Engagement, at matthew.soto@csun.edu or http://www.csun.edu/housing/resident-halls-association

Park Council Directors (PCDs)

Park Council Directors (PCDs) are RHA members and selected leaders for each of the residential communities (Park North, Park South, Park East, Park West, Suites North, Suites South, and the University Village Apartments). Park Council Directors act as liaisons between the residential community, and the Student Housing staff. They meet weekly with the Residence Halls Association (RHA) executive board to discuss program and student concerns. If you are interested in getting involved as a Park Council Director, please email rha@csun.edu or visit  http://www.csun.edu/housing/resident-halls-association

Resident Advisors (RAs)

Resident Advisors have many different roles. They are peer counselors, community builders, programmers and administrators. RAs spend a significant amount of time getting to know residents as individuals and generating enthusiasm as they bring students together to create floor and hall communities.

As residence hall community leaders, RAs encourage residents to respect one another, get involved with floor, hall and area activities and provide information about campus resources.

For more information about the Resident Advisor position, please contact Jessica Fred, Assistant Director for Residential Life, at jessica.fred@csun.edu or visit https://www.csun.edu/housing/student-leader-recruitment.

Academic Mentors (AMs)

The Academic Mentor Program is an integral part of residential life at California State University, Northridge. Mentors foster a supportive learning environment for academic and personal success in the residence halls, and provide leadership, information and resources to residents. Mentors offer valuable experiences for residents, retaining and supporting students up to graduation and promoting achievement, character development, engagement and independence.

For more information about the Academic Mentor position, please contact Matthew Soto, Senior Coordinator for Residential Student Success, at Matthew Soto or visit https://www.csun.edu/housing/student-leader-recruitment.

Latinas Rising

Latinas Rising is an affinity group that advances the university’s retention and graduation goals by providing events, programs and an engaged community to support and empower Latinas and other students to strive academically and socially while living at CSUN Student Housing. The group serves as a social and educational space for Latina and allied students, where they have the opportunity to participate in programs catered specifically to their needs and interests.

For more information about Latinas Rising, please contact Nancy Alonzo, Senior Community Director, at nancy.alonzo@csun.edu.

Black Male Initiative

The Black Male Initiative Organization is a mentorship based program designed to motivate and support academic success for minority male students on the CSUN campus. The program was created to specifically address the growing concern for African American men’s declining college enrollment, academic disengagement, academic underachievement, and overall low rate of baccalaureate degree completion at California State University, Northridge. It is important to note that this program, and the university at large, recognizes other ethnic groups and genders who also struggle with academic difficulties but the African American Male student population unfortunately reflect the lowest statistics, nationally, (at this time) across all other racial groups and genders. Thus, additional creative intervention is needed to address this unique trend among African American men. Based on the current trend of academic struggle for African American men on this campus (as reflected across the country) CSUN administration expressed a concern, which resulted in the proactive recommendation for the construction and ongoing development of CSUN programs to address the current problem on this campus by exploring the underlying complexity of this trend. The university desires to generate relevant programing in an attempt to reverse this growing and alarming condition on CSUN campus.

The specific goal of this mentor based program is to apply positive anti-deficit models and research based intervention to build a viable foundation for academic success, and to enable strong character development to produce quality men who will contribute to our communities around the country and to our society at large.

For more information about Black Male Initiative, please contact the Office of Student Housing at housing@csun.edu.

We Are Pride

We Are Pride is a peer-led discussion group in Student Housing that serves students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual (LGBTQIA), and allied students. Our discussions largely focus on building community, talking about our college experiences as LGBTQIA students, and learning about the many resources CSUN and the surrounding Los Angeles area offer LGBTQIA youth.

For more information about We Are Pride, please contact Roger Chapman-Custer, Senior Community Director, at ccuster@csun.edu

Black Girl Magic

Black Girl Magic strives to build a stronger community between African American, African, Black women, and allied students at CSUN. BGM focuses on relevant topics and issues within the Black community, both at CSUN and globally. CSUN Student Housing residents and non-residents are welcome to attend.

For more information about Black Girl Magic, please contact JD, Community Director, at jazmin.dantzler@csun.edu.

First to Go

First to Go is a peer support group in Student Housing that serves students who identify as the first generation in their families to attend college. If your parents/guardians do not have a four-year degree, you are considered first-generation. This group focuses on specific challenges first-generation students face at CSUN and how we can work together to navigate the highs and lows that college has to offer.

For more information about First to Go, please contact Matt Soto, Coordinator for Residential Student Engagement, at matthew.soto@csun.edu.