About Us

Our Mission

The Office of Student Involvement and Development exists to develop and support students in becoming engaged members and successful graduates of the CSUN community. Through purposeful co-curricular programming, advocacy, and advisement, the Office of Student Involvement and Development familiarizes students with the campus and its resources, fosters social connections and campus pride, provides opportunities for involvement and leadership development, and cultivates students’ passion to positively impact their communities.  

Through active collaboration with our faculty, staff, and students, the Office of Student Involvement and Development supports students in the completion of their educational and personal goals; promotes cultural awareness and understanding of individual differences; and inspires lifelong commitment to learning, service and California State University, Northridge.

The CSUN Office of Student Involvement and Development: Connecting, Developing and Celebrating our Students!

This department consists of two offices/centers: the Student Development Office and the Matador Involvement Center.

Patrick H. Bailey
(818) 677-2393 |

Patrick Bailey has served as the Director of Student Involvement and Development at CSUN since September 2014. In this role he is responsible for a variety of programs and services focused on connecting, developing and celebrating CSUN students. The Matador Involvement Center, New Student Orientation and the signature campus programs of Commencement and Freshman Convocation are included in this portfolio. Patrick is passionate about student success and understands the advantage that student involvement can provide. Building campus connections for students and developing spirit and traditions to enhance the overall student experience has always been a special area of focus for him.

Originally from Poca, West Virginia and still a very proud “Poca Dot,” Patrick completed his undergraduate degree from Bethany College, in Bethany, WV, and his Master’s degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University. Prior to becoming a Matador, Patrick worked at West Virginia State University (Yellow Jackets), California State University, Los Angeles (Golden Eagles), and at the University of Southern California (Trojans).

Patrick has been involved in various professional and community organizations. He chaired the 100th Anniversary Task Force for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his contributions in addition to being named as an ICON. He is a 4-H All-Star and also served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.


Karla Gonzalez
Special Projects Analyst

Tammy Serrano
Budget and Operations Analyst 


Christopher Aston

Christopher J. R. Aston
Assistant Director, New Student Programs and Transitional Ceremonies
(818) 677-2393 |

Christopher Aston is responsible for university programs that bookend student life at CSUN, including New Student Orientation (NSO) for freshman, transfer, and international student populations, and the university’s Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies as well as other annual welcoming events. Mr. Aston manages and supervises the NSO leadership programs, which include a team of more than 150 leaders and mentors charged with supporting the continuous process of integrating new students into the academic, cultural and social context at CSUN. His guidance and leadership extend past the Office of Student Involvement and Development as an adjunct professor through undergraduate studies, instructing courses for University 100, the Freshman Seminar at CSUN. Additionally, Mr. Aston has taught courses in the Department of Communication Studies, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


Gabrielle Danis
Program Coordinator - Peer Mentorship Programs

Nada Alnachef
Activities Assistant
Student Involvement & Development

Theresa Hadden
Office Manager



Vicki AllenVicki Allen
Assistant Director, Student Involvement
(818) 677-5111|

Vicki Allen serves in the Office of Student Involvement and Development as the administrator in charge of the Matador Involvement Center; she has worked in higher education for over 26 years. Ms. Allen has dedicated her professional career to the California State University system previously working at Humboldt State University, California State University, Los Angeles and is in her 20th year at CSUN. Ms. Allen has presented workshops at the national and regional conferences for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, The Association of College Unions International, the National Association for Campus Activities and numerous other professional associations. She has taught courses at the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Development at CSUN, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Pierce College teaching public speaking. Ms. Allen is a product of the California State University system as a first generation college student she earned a bachelor’s of art degree in social science from Humboldt State University. Ms. Allen completed a master’s degree in communication studies from CSUN in 1999 and is proud Northridge alumna. 

Maria Elizondo
Activities Coordinator
Volunteer Programs / Unified We Serve

Meredith Evans
Office Manager

John LeJay II
Fraternity and Sorority Life

Marcos Pineda
Activities Coordinator
Fraternity and Sorority Life

Alexander Salazar
Activities Assistant
Leadership Programs / Sports Clubs