• Office of Student Involvement and Development

    Student Development & Transitional Programs

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!


Christopher J. R. Aston
Director, Student Development & Transition Programs
(818) 677-2393 |

Christopher Aston is responsible for programs and services within the Office of Student Involvement & Development and has been involved in the creation and implementation of University events and programs that bookend student life at CSUN for close to 20 years. Areas within his portfolio include New Student Orientation (NSO) for freshman, transfer, and international student populations, university Commencements and convocations and other welcoming and transition related events as well as the management and supervision of talented professional staff, student coordinators, and more than 250 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, Christopher has taught courses in the Department of Communication Studies, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


Gabrielle Danis 
Assistant Director - New Student Experiences

Gabrielle Danis provides oversight for the coordination and planning of family and transitional student programs. Ms. Danis has worked for the university professionally since 2016. She first began working for the Office of Student Development as a student assistant before transitioning to her professional career as the Program Director for the CSUN Mentorship Program.  Ms. Danis attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for her undergraduate degree and received her Master's in Education from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2018. She has experience with developing programs for 200+ students, staff, and faculty - particularly in targeted retention efforts of first-year students. Ms. Danis is well-versed in all it means to be a CSUN Matador. Her professional philosophy is "to be a resource for all students I serve, both as a mentor and advocate, and assist them in their right to a quality education."




Anthony Bennett
Commencement, Honors Convocation, Signature Events



Rose Merida |
Activities Coordinator
New Student Orientation

Karla Gonzalez |  
Special Projects Analyst

Theresa Hadden |
Office Manager 

Tammy Serrano |
Budget Analyst