Student Affairs

Division: Division of Student Affairs
Vice President for Student Affairs: Dr. Thomas D. Wallace
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students: Mrs. Emily Poole Callahan 
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Athletics Director: Mr. Kyle Conder 
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Student Services: Dr. Markel Quarles
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Student Success: Ms. Ilaria Pesco
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Student-centered Enterprises, Inc. (SEI): Mr. EJ Callahan
Division Office: CAF 107
Telephone: (661) 654-3162

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

The CSUB Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to cultivating the intellectual and personal potential of every CSUB student, through programs, services, and co-curricular activities that are essential to student success. While serving students through meaningful experiences and enhancing the community united through diversity, we inspire students to become informed, active and engaged global citizens in a complex, rapidly changing world.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) provides vision and leadership for all of the units that comprise the Division of Student Affairs. The Office of the VPSA provides central budget direction and support to offices and departments in the division. In addition, the Office of the VPSA is responsible for the Student Affairs Graduate Student Leadership Program; Student Development Grants; the Campus Beautification Project; and provides administrative support to the University Ombudsperson for Students; important partnerships and collaborations with Bakersfield College and a wide variety of other important activities that promote student success, retention, graduation, and career fulfillment.

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)

The Associated Students California State University, Bakersfield, Incorporated (ASI) exists to provide an official voice through which students’ opinions and issues may be expressed regarding university and statewide affairs. ASI seeks to assist in the protection of the rights and interests of individual students and the student body as a whole. ASI provides resources and programs that encourage leadership development and broaden social, educational, political, and cultural awareness for the betterment of the students.
Telephone: 661-654-2418

Basic Needs

The Basic Needs Department strives to support student success by addressing fundamental needs including those related to food security, housing stability, and emergency and/or crisis services. Comprised of the CSUB Food Pantry, Edible Garden, and case management unit, the department seeks to remove barriers and create a sense of belonging and purpose for our students, enabling them to fully engage in their academic journey.

The Basic Needs department offers CalFresh application assistance, campus food pantry and garden, monthly food distributions, emergency housing placement, and wrap-around case management services to students who have been displaced or need assistance with community resources. Basic Needs also provides a variety of service learning and internship opportunities for those looking to gain experience in addressing food and housing insecurity.

Telephone: 661-654-3162

Campus Programming

Campus Programming creates a connected community by enhancing student life and promoting student development. We achieve this through diverse programs, collaborative efforts, and leadership opportunities that enhance the overall student experience. Through signature programs such as the `Runner Nights Carnival and Concert, Sensational Sophomores, Brown Bag Discussions, First Generation Celebration, and Rowdy Run, Campus Programming creates an engaging, fun, and educational environment at CSUB.

Telephone:  661-654-6297

CARE Team (Caring Advocates and Responsive Engagement Team)

The purpose of the CARE Team is to provide a coordinated assessment and response to any students of concern. These efforts consist of but are not limited to, connections to various campus and community resources and case management/follow-up. The CARE Team promotes students’ physical and mental well-being while seeking to retain students who can be successful when issues are assessed, behaviors are addressed, and concerns are taken care of. The collaborative approach among the individuals represented on the CARE Team allows for such proactive management.

Telephone: 661-654-6044

Center for Career Education and Community Engagement (CECE)

The Center for Career Education and Community Engagement (CECE) serves as a bridge for the employment and community engagement interests of CSUB students, the larger CSUB community, employers, and community organizations. CECE is  CSUB’s central hub for full-time and part-time employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities for students. CECE also coordinates and supports the vast majority of Service Learning activities that are a part of the curriculum at CSUB. By providing events and programs, CECE facilitates recruiting relationships with employers and community organizations and helps students prepare for career success and on-going community engagement.

Telephone: 661-654-3033
Social Media: @CSUBCECE

Counseling Center

The mission of the California State University, Bakersfield Counseling Center is to assist a diverse student population with personal development, academic, and mental health concerns that may affect them as they pursue their educational goals. The focus is on improving students’ well-being through individual counseling, groups, workshops, and programs. All services are provided to enhance the quality of students’ experiences at the university and throughout their lives. 

Telephone:  661-654-3366

CSUB Athletics

CSUB Athletics provides a transformative educational environment through four pillars: academic excellence, outstanding student-athlete experience, competitive success, and community engagement. The Roadrunners compete in NCAA Division I across six men's sports (baseball, basketball, outdoor track & field, soccer, swimming & diving, and wrestling) and ten women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, beach volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, indoor and outdoor track & field, and indoor volleyball).

Outside of competition, the Athletics Department utilizes the Kegley Center for Student Success’ to aid the academic pursuits of all `Runners. CSUB student-athletes also regularly benefit from the `Runner Ready Program, which provides life skills and career development resources with initiatives like Backpacks to Briefcases, Women Influencing the Next Generation through Sports (WINGS), and the Scholar-Athlete Leadership Academy.

Telephone: 661-654-2188

CSUB Dining Services and Catering

The mission of CSUB Campus Dining is to enrich and nourish lives by providing a world class dining experience. The Runner Café, Panda Express and Starbucks (in the Student Union), Walter’s (in the Library), and Which Wich (in the Science III Building) are dining options on the CSUB campus. Days and hours for all locations vary. CSUB Catering provides affordable and delicious catering services to the entire campus community and has an extensive menu that is certain to meet the needs of all entities on campus.

Telephone: 661-654-2325

CSUB-Antelope Valley (AV) Student Life Center

Telephone: 661-952-5000  
Link to CSUB Antelope Valley Catalog Page

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office supports the university’s mission by developing the personal and intellectual potential of all students. We foster this through developmental learning, placing value for integrity and self-reflection, and encouraging responsible behavior. By upholding the Student Conduct Code, we create a healthy living and learning environment that empowers students to be ethical leaders.

Telephone: 661-654-2680    

Department of Campus Recreation and Wellbeing

The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellbeing offers a variety of student-funded, student-driven programs, services, and facilities for the CSUB community to achieve physical and mental wellbeing, personal development, and life-long learning. The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a 35’ tall climbing wall, 60+ cardiovascular machines including treadmills, ellipticals, stair-steppers, stationary bikes, and rowers. The facility also provides variable resistance weight machines, plate-loaded weight equipment, platforms, free-weights, and a high intensity interval training area (HIIT). The SRC has a 3-court gym for basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball and indoor soccer and a 1/10 of a mile indoor track. In addition, there is also a lit field, beach volleyball courts, and a high ropes course. The Wellness Suite located in the Student Recreation Center offers nap pods, massage chairs, a meditation area as well a craft supplies to assist students in resting, relaxing, and recharging.

The department offers a variety of programming with something for everyone. Group fitness classes are offered weekly such as yoga and total body fitness. The SRC also offers personal training and small group training. Wellness workshops are offered through the semester with activities that focus on the various dimensions of wellness through fun activities. Group bike rides include rides around campus and to local spots of interest. Intramural sports offer leagues and tournaments such as soccer, flag-football, and basketball throughout the academic year. The Outdoor Adventure program offers daytrips or weekend trips that travel around California and include activities such as kayaking, camping, rock-climbing, and skiing. Members of the CSUB community can check-out a free bike for day use through the SRC’s bike share program.

All fee-paying SRC students have access to the SRC and the programs offered.

Telephone: 661-654-4386
Social Media: @CSUBSRC

Excel Scholars

The mission of Excel Scholars is to increase the access, retention, engagement, and graduation rates of underrepresented minority (URM) males.  This is accomplished through outreach, mentoring, academic support, and personal development programs and activities. The Excel Scholars Program consists of: 

  • First-Year Mentoring Program that aims to support the successful transition and holistic development of first-year men of color students. Students are paired with dedicated CSUB faculty or staff members who will provide guidance and support to help them achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.
  • Monthly workshop topics to help students develop their sense of belonging/purpose, exposure to campus resources, connection to peers, and engagement in professional opportunities (i.e. summer research, graduate school/career fairs). 
  • Excel Scholars Club strives to build a brotherhood amongst men of color that promotes involvement and inclusion in leadership activities, both on-campus and in the community. 

Telephone:  661-654-3127

Multicultural Alliance and Gender Equity Center (MAGEC)

The Multicultural Alliance and Gender Equity Center (MAGEC) is a unit within Student Affairs that strives to uplift, validate, embrace, and support students of all cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, gender identities, and sexual orientations. MAGEC provides students with a safe, nondiscriminatory social environment that allows students to connect with peers with similar interests. Students at MAGEC also have access to a study room, community space, four club rooms, a lactation room, a library of books on social justice topics, a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave, and more. 

The CSUB Dreamers Resource Center, along with the Multicultural Alliance and Gender Equity Center, is located on the bottom floor of Rohan Hall. Rohan Hall is located at the west end of the campus in Student Housing West, across from the Kegley Center, and just north of Hardt Field. 

Telephone: 661-654-3530
Website: › dreamers

New Student and Family Programs

New Student and Family Programs consists of introductory informational programs for students and their families. New Student Orientation is an exciting part of transitioning to college life and an important part of becoming a student at CSU Bakersfield. Orientation provides students with the opportunity to explore the academic, career-based, cultural, and social opportunities on campus and within the ‘runner community. CSU Bakersfield strives to provide a robust, focused, informative, and engaging orientation program for incoming new students to help them navigate their new school, satisfy academic expectations, access resources and services, and thrive. Orientation is a mandatory, two-step process for all incoming students. The orientation fee is non-refundable and is separate from and in addition to other deposits, registration fees, and tuition.   

The New Student and Family Programs department strives to promote community engagement and keep parents involved and engaged throughout their student's academic career. Parent involvement plays a key role in student success and our goal is to make it convenient for parents to stay informed and connected. From a comprehensive orientation to quarterly university updates and invitations to exciting activities and events—parents will never miss out on opportunities available to their students at CSU Bakersfield.

Telephone: 661-654-6856

Office of Special Programs and Retention Initiatives

The Office of Special Programs & Retention Initiatives provides programs and services that support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of URM, and Pell-eligible students at CSUB.  It accomplishes this through intentional student support services to prospective and current CSUB students.  Our programs include the Excel Scholars First-Year Mentoring Program and Club, National Pan-Hellenic Fraternities and Sororities (Divine 9) collaborations, and the Conference for Budding and Blooming Leaders.      

Telephone:  661-654-3127

Project Rebound

Project Rebound supports the success of formerly incarcerated people by offering the opportunity and resources needed to transition and acclimate to a college campus successfully. Project Rebound creates a safe space where students can prepare for university life. Navigating academic and campus obstacles can be tricky. We connect Rebound Scholars to peer navigators who are current students with lived experience who have overcome obstacles and are succeeding on campus. They serve as the first point of contact for Rebound Scholars once they are enrolled in classes. The single goal of our peer mentors is to support students in accomplishing their goals.

Rebound Scholars are serious about higher learning and motivated to move their lives in this challenging new direction We strive to set our students up for success. To support their success, we host various professional and personal development events that address the unique needs of system-impacted students. These events are hosted in partnership with campus partners and community organizations, covering a variety of subjects. Our goal for our students is that once they graduate, they are equipped with academic knowledge and ready to excel in the community and their chosen profession.

Telephone: 661-654-3553

RoadRunner Parents

The Roadrunner Parents Association strives to promote community engagement and increasing the awareness and attainment of higher education in Kern County. The Roadrunner Parents Association is a dynamic organization dedicated to keeping parents involved in their student’s education, and to supporting programs and services that promote college and financial aid awareness. We welcome your active participation and invite you to join us in promoting student success!

At CSUB, we recognize that parent involvement plays a key role in the success of our students. Membership in the Roadrunner Parents Association will make it easy and convenient for you to stay involved and keep in touch with what’s going on at the university. You will receive quarterly university updates, information about opportunities available to your student, and invitations to exciting activities and events. And through the years, whenever you have questions or concerns, you will have a knowledgeable, personal contact on campus who will be there for you.

Phone: 661-654-6169

Runner Bookstore

The Runner Bookstore, located in the Student Union, brings together educational content, products and technologies to prepare the next generation of learners and educators. By working as a trusted partner to schools and institutions, we help educators drive success for students from their first day of school through college graduation and beyond.

Telephone: 661-654-2273

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides support services that enable every student, regardless of disability, to have access to a university education and be afforded the legal protections mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. SSD facilitates this access by providing appropriate academic accommodations and by identifying and working to remove physical barriers that would prevent full campus participation. Additionally, SSD seeks to promote greater awareness and understanding of students with disabilities on campus and in the community.

Services are available without charge to all currently enrolled students with verified temporary or permanent disabilities. All contacts and obtained information are confidential within CSU policies and state and federal laws. The following services and accommodations are provided to support students' academic pursuits.

  • Assistance is available for mobility, reading, writing, and communication needs that may occur during registraion.
  • Readers, scribes, note-taking assistance, extended exam time, and test proctors are provided as appropriate.
  • Priority registration is available for students with disabilities.
  • ASL interpreter services are available as needed.
  • A learning disabilities specialist is available to provide diagnostic assessment at no cost to currently enrolled CSUB students who feel they may have a learning disability.
  • Disabled Parking spaces for persons with physical disabilities are designated near each major facility on campus, and may be used with a valid DMV Disabled placard and current CSUB Parking Permit.
  • Students who are interested in obtaining information about services appropriate to their disabilities should contact the SSD staff for an application for services. SSD is located in the SA 140. Upon receipt of a completed application, including current medical documentation or previous diagnosis of a learning disability, the SSD will evaluate and certify the disability and recommend appropriate accommodations.

Telephone: 661-654-3360

Student Health Services (SHS)

The Mission of Student Health Services (SHS) is to build a healthy campus community by providing quality, caring, cost effective ambulatory healthcare and health promotion services. As part of an institution of higher learning, Student Health Services participates in the educational process by teaching students the skills for self-care, promoting their health, advocating for themselves and preventing diseases thus enhancing their academic productivity leading to a satisfying college experience.

BASIC SERVICES: Student Health Services provides basic outpatient medical services for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and subacute conditions, illnesses and injuries. The medical staff is available for routine health care, women’s services, minor surgery and urgent care including basic x-rays, laboratory and pharmacy. Student fees support the facility and provide many basic services, which are available at little or no cost. These include:

  • Medical evaluation and counseling for individual health problems
  • Laboratory tests needed to evaluate many acute problems
  • X-rays needed for skeletal injuries
  • Contraception and family planning counseling
  • Programs in health education
  • Anonymous or confidential HIV testing
  • Emergency first aid for injuries on campus.

    For those services not covered by the mandatory health fee, a charge is assessed based on the cost to provide the service. Generally, the cost at Student Health Services is far lower than the charges assessed off campus. Those augmented services for which there is a fee include:
  • Medications
  • Physical examinations
  • Pap smears
  • STI Testing
  • Immunizations
  • Lab or x-rays required for a class
  • Any lab tests sent off campus
  • Extended University Students
  • Summer visits
  • A variety of special lab tests can be done through the Student Health Services laboratory at a reasonable charge. Such lab specimens are sent to private, off campus laboratory facilities. The student is expected to pay in full at the time of specimen collection.

Telephone: 661-654-2394

Student Housing And Residence Life

The CSUB Office of Student Housing and Residence Life is committed to the academic success of its students as well as their intellectual and personal development. This is accomplished by providing a safe, clean, and community centered environment where up to 500 students can live and learn in the newer suite-style Student Housing East. The core priorities of Student Housing and Residence Life are academics, individual growth and development, and the health and well-being of our students.

Telephone: 661-654-3014

Student Union and Student Organizational Governance

The Student Union and Student Organizational Governance enhances the quality of the student experience by facilitating meaningful student engagement and leadership development, and by supporting inclusive co-curricular opportunities that expose students to campus programs, activities, and organizations in a student-centered environment.

CSUB is home to a growing number of recognized student organizations that appeal to a wide variety of student social, cultural, and academic interests. Including local and nationally recognized fraternities and sororities.

Services and departments housed within the Student Union include Panda Express, Starbucks, `Runner Bookstore, Campus Programming, and Associated Students, Inc.

Telephone: 661-654-2496

The CSUB Dreamers Resource Center

The CSUB Dreamers Resource Center is dedicated to providing support and resources for students who are undocumented, AB-540 recipients, DACA recipients, or from mixed-status families. CSUB Dreamers Resource Center staff assist students with any questions they may have regarding their immigration status or the legal status of family members.  Several times each month, attorneys who specialize in immigration law, are available to CSUB students and their families by appointment only at the CSUB Dreamers Resource Center. The center's staff can assist with DACA renewals, AB-540 applications, CA Dream Act Application (CADA), and other support as needed while a CSUB student.

Telephone: 661-654-3530
Website: › dreamers

Veterans Success Center

The Veterans Success Center is responsible for working with the CSU community and the Veterans Administration to ensure certified military connected students are receiving their benefits. The Veteran Success Center provides on-campus resources to the veteran community and participates in student engagement activities throughout the academic year.

Veterans are given priority admission status, although they must meet the same admission criteria established for all students. Eligible veterans who attend California State University, Bakersfield may receive all appropriate educational benefits. California State University, Bakersfield is approved as a degree-granting institution for the attendance of veterans under Title 38, United States Code. This includes the programs covered in Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607, and Harry W. Colmery (Forever G.I. Bill). GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  CSUB is also approved for the attendance of California veterans’ dependents under the State Fee Waiver program. Veterans who plan to enroll in the college and need assistance with their education benefits are urged to contact the Veterans Success Center. Veterans who do not meet the regular admissions criteria may apply for a hardship consideration. The Office of the Registrar will assess all military educational training and experience for applicability to your chosen educational program. Credit is awarded based on recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE). Veterans seeking a military credit evaluation should submit a DD214, member 4 (separation papers), DD295 (evaluation of military experience), or a Joint Services Transcript. Veterans are provided priority registration appointments during the registration period.

Telephone: 661-654-3557