Student Affairs

About Us

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs provides strategic leadership and guidance to departments within the Division of Student Affairs and fosters collaborations throughout the university in order to support student success and well-being. The office assists students in navigating campus policies and procedures and is as an advocate for services and programs that improve the quality of the student experience. The office plays a central role in promoting student well-being, responsible student behavior and ethical conduct.

The Office of the Vice President provides administrative oversight and direction for the services offered by departments within the division. In doing so, the office maintains a vigorous program review and student assessment that seeks to advance specific student-learning and service outcomes. The office is also responsible for administering and/or interpreting procedures concerning ethical student behavior, student records, use of campus facilities, students’ right to privacy and academic grade appeals.

We invite students, parents, faculty and staff to make full use of the information available through the university and Student Affairs websites. If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and we will do our very best to assist you.

Sincerely,

Dr. William Watkins
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

William Watkins

Dr. Watkins was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students in June 2010. He is an alumnus of Cal State Northridge, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in urban studies. As an undergraduate, he was elected student body president, the first African-American to hold that position, and received the prestigious Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. He went on to earn his master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California and his doctorate in education leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Watkins is the chief student affairs officer, providing leadership and direction to the programs and services of the Division of Student Affairs. He is a member of the president’s cabinet, and serves on or chairs a wide range of campus committees and boards. He serves as a student advocate and advises student leaders, clubs and organizations. Dr. Watkins is widely known and respected for his commitment to the intellectual and personal development of students, and is dedicated to continuing the work that has made Student Affairs a division focused on student learning and success.

william.watkins@csun.edu

 

Freddie Sánchez, PhD, Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion

Freddie Sánchez, PhD





freddie.sanchez@csun.edu

 

Shelley Ruelas-Bischoff, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Engagement and Well-being

Shelley Ruelas-BischoffShelley Ruelas-Bischoff provides leadership and strategic direction for programs and services that support successful student transition, engagement, personal development and learning. She holds administrative oversight for the Office of Student Development, the International and Exchange Student Center, Student Housing and Conference Services, Associated Students, and the University Student Union. Dr. Ruelas has been dedicated to issues of access and equity for students throughout her career, with a strong focus on initiatives aimed at improving the educational, personal and social outcomes of traditionally underserved and diverse student populations. Dr. Ruelas is a licensed psychologist and earned her doctorate in counseling, clinical and school psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

shelley.ruelas@csun.edu

 

Zeina Otaky-Ramirez
Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Conduct and Ethical Development
zeina.ramirez@csun.edu

Gerson Lam
Student Conduct Officer
gerson.lam@csun.edu

Madalynn Gayheart
Resource Manager
madalynn.gayheart@csun.edu

Thanh Kha
Associate Budget Analyst
thanh.kha@csun.edu

Mandy Shamir
Admin. Analyst Specialist
mandy.fontaine@csun.edu

Robin Ferguson
Executive Assistant to the Vice President
robin.ferguson@csun.edu

Michael Clemens
Administrative Assistant
michael.clemens@csun.edu

Maria Fidaleo-Angell
Administrative Analyst/Specialist
maria.angell@csun.edu

Celeste Vaca
Administrative Support Assistant

Jerry De Felice
Director of Development
jerry.s.defelice@csun.edu

Mission, Values and Beliefs

The Division of Student Affairs furthers the mission of California State University, Northridge by advancing student learning, enhancing personal development, encouraging social and civic responsibility, and promoting student well-being and success. We fulfill our mission by collaborating with others, engaging individuals and communities in inclusive and educationally purposeful activities, creating opportunities for access, delivering support services, and advocating for student needs and aspirations.

The Division of Student Affairs is integral in accomplishing the university's mission and guided by the following beliefs: each student admitted to the university arrives with the potential to succeed; each student deserves equal opportunity and respect; each student deserves the opportunity to develop wholly; each member of our learning community is a student, a learner and a role model ; diversity enhances the quality of the educational experience; an environment of civility promotes student learning and respect for all people; individual rights must be balanced with individual responsibility; the co-curriculum, intentionally combined with the curriculum, contributes to individual transformation and social change; the collective good must be balanced with individual needs; administrators help students overcome barriers to their success; administrative interactions with students should positively impact their learning; conflict and controversy can be tools for student learning; ultimately, everyone is responsible for his or her own learning.

We are grounded in values of excellence, optimism, inquiry, diversity, integrity, compassion, balance, creativity, respect, accountability, collaboration and pride.

Organizational Chart

Erika Beck
President
California State University, Northridge

Student Affairs & Dean of Students

William Watkins
Vice President for Student Affairs
& Dean of Students

Robin Ferguson
Executive Assistant

Nyla Dalferes
Director
Career Center

Zeina Otaky Ramirez
Assistant Dean of Students
Student Conduct & Ethical Development

Julie Pearce
Director
University Counseling Services

Madalynn Gayheart
Special Assistant to the VP
Finance and Operations

Patrick Bailey
Executive Director
Associated Students, Inc.

Ederlina "Lynne" Landeta
Interim Director
Klotz Student Health Center

Jerry De Felice
Director
Student Affairs Development

Paul Schantz
Director
Web & Technology Services

Megan Bell
Senior Coordinator
SA Assessment & Evaluation

Student Life

Shelley Ruelas-Bischoff
Associate Vice President
Student Engagement and Well-being

Maria Elizondo
Interim Assistant Director
Basic Needs

Aja Butler
Director
Matador Involvement Center

Christopher Aston
Director
Student Development and Transitional Programs

Dr. Kevin Conn
Executive Director
Student Housing & Residential Life

Enrollment Services

David Dufault Hunter
Associate Vice President
Enrollment Services

Aaron Lindberg
Director
Office of Admissions

Shelline Warren
Director
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Marta Lopez
Director
International & Exchange Student Center

Todd Wolfe
Registrar
Office of the Registrar

Juana M. Valdivia
Director
Student Outreach & Recruitment Services

Student Access and Support Services

Freddie Sanchez
Interim Assistant Vice President
Equity & Inclusion

Debra Hammond
Executive Director
University Student Union

Julia Santiago
Interim Managing Director
Center on Disabilities

Jodi Johnson
Director
Disability Resources & Educational Services

Catherine McLeod
Director
NCOD: Deaf &amp Hard of Hearing Services

Strategic Planning

Learning Outcomes and Assessment