The purpose of the Division of Student Affairs is to transform the lives of students academically, personally and professionally, equipping all with the knowledge and skills required for success at Cal State Fullerton and beyond degree completion. Educators, employees and student employees within the division collaborate to provide student-centered services, programs and resources for Titans, promoting social responsibility, personal growth, change and new ideas while offering opportunities for community involvement, multicultural experiences, leadership training and career development.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Langsdorf Hall 805
The Office of the Vice President supervises and coordinates all student affairs services and programs. The vice president is responsible for the quality of student life on campus and works with faculty, administration and students to improve the campus environment. This office is also charged with administering the university’s academic appeals procedure and the student disciplinary codes.
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Student Appeal of Grade Disputes or Charges of Academic Dishonesty
Students have the right of due process if they feel they have been treated unfairly or with prejudice. They may appeal a grade dispute or charge of academic dishonesty to the coordinator of academic appeals, who will guide them through the procedure to be followed. The student must go through several steps seeking to resolve the issue before it can be considered by the Academic Appeals Board, which comprises three faculty members and two students.
There is a strict time limit for the appeals process. The student must meet with the faculty member within 30 calendar days of the first day of the following semester (spring or fall). If the appeal cannot be resolved with the faculty member, department chair or dean, a written appeal must be submitted to the coordinator of academic appeals within 60 calendar days of the first day of the following semester. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for further information.
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The Office of Admissions is responsible for the administration of the admissions process. It provides information about the university’s curricula and requirements to applicants and school and college counselors; admits and readmits students within enrollment categories; and priorities and evaluates the applicability of undergraduate transfer credit toward all-university requirements of the curriculum.
Assistant Deans for Student Affairs
The assistant deans for student affairs work in collaboration with the dean and/or associate vice president of the college as well as the executive director for retention initiatives, delivering and integrating services into the academic setting. In addition, the assistant deans serve as an integral part of student success by designing and coordinating programs that attract potential students, promote access and retention, enrich the academic environment, and enhance student development through co-curricular learning for the population they serve.
Athletics Academic Services
Langsdorf Hall 209
Athletics Academic Services works closely with faculty, coaches and other student support offices to ensure the academic success of Titan student-athletes. The mission of Athletics Academic Services is twofold: 1) to provide effective life skills and academic support services for CSUF student-athletes to encourage timely graduation; and 2) to ensure student-athletes receive the information they need to be in compliance with institutional and NCAA rules governing continuing eligibility. Support programs include academic advisement, academic counseling, priority registration, tutoring, athletics computer lab, DEGREE (Division I, Eligibility, Graduation, Retention, Engage, Empower) Program, Academic Grade Checks, academic awards, NCAA Champs/Life Skills programming and University 115.
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The Career Center is committed to engage, educate and empower students by providing high-quality services in career development, planning and preparation, experiential learning, job and graduate or professional school attainment. The center strives to assist students in providing them with the necessary resources and tools to reach their full academic and career goals by providing a holistic approach that meets the needs of the university’s diverse student population. Additionally, Career Center staff members build relationships with alumni, employers and graduate schools to optimize internship, job and career opportunities while also creating strategic partnerships with campus departments to equip students in developing and articulating co-curricular experiences that will facilitate their success in a diverse and competitive global society.
Center for Internships and Community Engagement
Langsdorf Hall 206
The Center for Internships and Community Engagement offers students the opportunity to formally integrate academics with practical experiences prior to graduation. Academic internships and service-learning programs offer students both domestic and international opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills in “real” situations in business environments, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. These practical experiences allow students to expand their knowledge, apply theories and skills learned in the classroom, prepare for successful entry into the job market, and develop as socially responsible citizens.
Additionally, academic internships and service-learning offer opportunities for students to:
- Gain work and service experiences
- Network and develop industry contacts
- Earn academic credit
- Solidify academic and career goals
- Earn money while learning
- Explore various career options within a major
- Demonstrate personal and social responsibility
- Become engaged in their communities and issues of concern to them
The programs involve the cooperation of faculty, employers and service sites that provide opportunities for students to fulfill their academic, civic and professional needs. Each academic internship/service-learning placement is monitored by the site while faculty members provide guidance to students, ensuring the academic integrity of the work/service experience.
Students who wish to participate in service-learning should explore their departments’ course offerings for those that include service-learning. In addition, some departments offer international service-learning opportunities.
Students participating in academic internships must:
- Be at least in their junior year of study or have instructor consent
- Be in good academic standing
- Meet the prerequisites and minimum GPA required by the department
- Receive approval from the appropriate faculty coordinator
- Enroll in the department’s internship course
Academic internships and service-learning experiences must be consistent with the subject matter of the course. In most departments, up to six units of internship credits may be earned.
Center for Scholars
Pollak Library 170
The Center for Scholars serves a remarkable group of resilient and ambitious students who come from diverse backgrounds. From their first day on campus, scholars are encouraged to get involved and become integral and well-rounded leaders in the Titan community. To accomplish this, Center for Scholars staff seek to instill a sense of citizenship and commitment in each student, inspiring them to reach out to those around them through service and mentorship. Beyond graduation, it is the hope that students will continue to grow to become leaders in their communities and truly inspire others in the same ways that they have been inspired.
The following scholarship populations are a part of the Center for Scholars:
- Abrego Future Scholars
- Current and Former Foster Youth Student Support
- Guardian Scholars
- Nicholas Academic Scholars
- President’s Scholars
Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Health and Counseling Center - East Building
Counseling and Psychological Services strives to help students achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. Counselors can help students improve coping skills, strengthen personal relationships, navigate the college transition, recover from traumatic experiences and engage in self-exploration. CAPS offers brief counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, psychiatric services, referrals, crisis intervention and workshops to eligible CSUF students. CAPS counselors are also available to consult with faculty and staff about concerns related to student mental health. In addition, CAPS is home to a Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology for doctoral-level graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology programs. The internship program offers a comprehensive training experience and is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Dean of Students
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The Dean of Students creates a culture of care for students, their families, faculty and staff by providing exemplary services designed to support students’ academic and personal success. Staff members help students navigate complex university processes and respond to a broad range of challenges or issues that students are unable to resolve themselves. This includes contacting appropriate personnel or referring students to resources or offices that can directly address the issue. Follow-up is provided to the student until the situation is resolved. Regardless of if the Dean of Students is the first who students come to for assistance or the last place they think to call, the staff is here to help students be their best advocate and have a successful Titan experience.
The Dean of Students Office comprises three areas: Care Services, Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services Center and Student Conduct.
CSUF Cares is a term that signifies this mission. The welfare and success of our students is our priority. Care Services are needed when students experience distress that negatively impacts them academically, emotionally, behaviorally or physically. Care Services include:
- Connecting students to counseling services
- Providing information related to financial aid
- Providing information related to basic needs assistance
- Connecting students to the Student Success Teams in their colleges, and helping them meet staff in their colleges who can provide academic advising and career development
- Helping students develop healthy plans of action that restore well-being and promote success, such as accessing involvement opportunities on campus, helping them problem solve specific challenges and providing university-related information
- Notifying faculty should they miss class due to hospitalization
- In some serious instances, helping students withdraw from their classes
Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services Center
This is a campuswide initiative coordinated through the Dean of Students Office to help students who experience an unforeseen emergency, crisis or catastrophic event. Services include food assistance, emergency temporary housing, hygiene products, gently worn professional attire and emergency grant funds. These resources promote wellness and enable students to continue and complete their education at CSUF. Tuffy’s Basic Needs Center is located in McCarthy Hall 143. This endeavor supports The California State University Basic Needs Initiative.
Student Conduct is responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code and for adjudicating complaints in a fair and consistent manner at Cal State Fullerton. This includes receiving reports of alleged misconduct, ensuring that students receive due process and fair treatment throughout the hearing process, and maintaining students’ disciplinary records. Additionally, Student Conduct staff is committed to informing students of their rights as members of the university community and educating them regarding the responsibilities they have to themselves and the other members of the university community.
Disability Support Services
University Hall 101
The Office of Disability Support Services provides assistance and offers support services to students with temporary and permanent disabilities, and has been delegated the authority on campus to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The highly trained professional and support staff specialize in serving the specific needs of persons with disabilities and seek to provide accommodations for equitable access and a barrier-free educational environment. Services for students include support for mobility limitations, learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments and all other disabilities.
DSS works in close cooperation with all university departments to provide a full range of services, including academic accommodations (readers, note takers, ASL interpreters/RTC, alternative testing), accessible technology and instructional materials, disability counseling, temporary disabled parking, application assistance, priority registration and referral for diagnostic assessment, academic advising, career counseling and job placement, housing, transportation and disability advocacy. DSS counselors are available to help students plan a CSUF experience to meet their individual and unique needs.
Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers
Pollak Library, 1st Floor
Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers create learning environments and opportunities that promote community and social consciousness. DIRC offers workshops and trainings designed to increase self-awareness, cultural competence, sensitivity and critical thinking, helping prepare students to become leaders in a global society. Within DIRC are the following: African American Resource Center; Asian Pacific American Resource Center; Chicana/Chicano Resource Center; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Resource Center; and Titan Dreamers Resource Center. All students are welcome into each educational and community space, regardless of identity. The department and resource centers offer:
- Heritage month celebrations
- Programs that focus on academic success, career development, personal growth and current issues
- Cultural recognition ceremonies
- Study and social space
- Computers and printers
- Refrigerators and microwaves
Additionally, DIRC offers scheduled training and development programs on topics that include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, immigration status, class, privilege and intersections of identity. Students who engage in DIRC programs and services increase their awareness about diversity and global consciousness, and have opportunities to develop intercultural communication and leadership skills.
African American Resource Center
Asian Pacific American Resource Center
Chicana/Chicano Resource Center
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Resource Center
Titan Dreamers Resource Center
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Educational Partnerships seeks to positively impact the community’s social tapestry through established comprehensive educational programs that advance the talent of underserved students. Staff within this department assist in the development of students’ academic, social and personal aspirations to effectively navigate the educational pipeline. As a result, these professional efforts provide comprehensive leadership, resources and networks through collaborative educational relationships between Cal State Fullerton and school districts, universities and community organizations.
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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness to Undergraduate Programs is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds who enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In partnership with the Anaheim Union High School District, the project serves a cohort of students, beginning in seventh grade, and follows their successes through their first year in college. GEAR UP services aim to meet the following objectives:
- Enhance academic achievement
- Provide on-time intervention to ensure academic success and increase student and parent knowledge of postsecondary options and financial aid
- Develop a college-going culture among school sites and among families
- Promote systemic change aimed at increasing the number of students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education
Educational Talent Search
Langsdorf Hall 640
Educational Talent Search provides students with the necessary support services to pursue a higher education. The program is focused on assisting participants with preparing to have as many post-secondary options as possible. Educational Talent Search, a federal TRIO Program of the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to centrally assist low-income and potential first-generation college students with enrolling and preparing to succeed in college. The program is currently offered at the following Anaheim Union High School District schools: Anaheim High School, Katella High School, Loara High School, Magnolia High School, Savanna High School and Western High School. The Educational Talent Search program is completely free for participants and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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The Upward Bound program provides fundamental support in preparing high school scholars for college success. The program provides early exposure to research and scholarly activities for scholars to succeed in high school and ultimately in higher education. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which they complete high school, enroll in college and successfully graduate. The CSUF Upward Bound-Santa Ana program annually serves 90 scholars who are selected from four high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District: Century High School, Saddleback High School, Santa Ana High School and Valley High School. The CSUF Upward Bound-North program annually serves 62 scholars who are selected from two high schools: Fullerton Union High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, and Savanna High School in the Anaheim Union High School District. Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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The Office of Financial Aid is committed to providing eligible students with the necessary financial aid resources to ensure their academic success. Financial aid is available to remove the cost barriers that may prevent students from pursuing educational goals. Assistance is available from a variety of programs funded by federal and state grants, student loans, student employment opportunities, as well as scholarships provided by the university and private sources. Students who demonstrate significant financial need may qualify for grant aid, while students with less need may obtain low cost loans. Financial need is determined through a formula that assesses the family’s relative financial strength and ability to contribute to meeting the student’s educational costs. The single most important step students can take each year is to ensure the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CDA) Application to CSUF by the priority filing date.
Housing and Residential Engagement
Housing and Residential Engagement at Cal State Fullerton offers a vibrant, thriving community that assists students in achieving their academic, personal and career goals. Staff and student leaders within HRE facilitate programming focused on the goals of interpersonal growth, academic success, cultural competence and community service. Resident Advisers are student staff members who are assigned to specific living areas and act as mentors during a student’s residency and beyond. In addition to RAs, five community coordinators (professional staff who live in the community) provide crisis and emergency response as well as programming designed to support student development and community building.
The student housing community features two styles of housing accommodations: residence halls and apartments. The residence halls are designed to focus on the needs of incoming first-year students and house 1,195 students in double- and triple-occupancy bedrooms clustered around community bathrooms. Active rooms and study rooms are centrally located on each floor, assisting students through purposeful interactions within their community. Opened in 2011, the residence halls were awarded the first Platinum LEED certification in California by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Continuing, transfer and graduate students are housed in the apartment communities, which are home to more than 800 residents. Double-occupancy accommodations are in three-bedroom apartments, housing six students. Single occupancy accommodations are in four-bedroom apartments, housing four residents. All apartments are fully furnished with two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a balcony or patio.
The Gastronome, a premium “all-you-care-to-eat” dining commons, offers residents fulfilling and healthy meals seven days a week. All residents are required to choose a meal plan. Five- and seven-day continuous meal plans are available for all residents, allowing them to enter The Gastronome as often as they want either Monday through Friday, or every day. Residents living in the university’s apartment communities also can choose smaller block meal plans, allowing them fewer entries into The Gastronome per semester.
Male Success Initiative-Fullerton
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The Male Success Initiative-Fullerton is a department “Where Undergraduate Men of Color Achieve the Fullness of Their Potential.” The purpose of MSI-Fullerton is to support and advance the potential of undergraduate men of color by providing tailored programming and services that empower brothers with the skills and knowledge needed to foster academic success; establish a support network of mentors; increase graduation and retention rates; and strengthen the sense of brotherhood among all CSUF students who self-identify as men of color (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, American Indian and multiracial, including men of trans experience). In addition, MSI-Fullerton provides 15 scholarships to incoming freshmen men of color, known as MSI-Scholars. All current undergraduate CSUF men of color, however, can join by becoming an MSI-Fellow. Both MSI-Scholars and MSI-Fellows participate as brothers in yearlong, tailored academic support programs; leadership, engagement, enrichment and development retreats and opportunities; career trajectory planning; and explorations of gender and masculinity.
Outreach, Recruitment and Orientation
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Outreach, Recruitment and Orientation serves prospective and incoming students, and any other interested parties in the information seeking and application process, as it relates to the California State University system and Cal State Fullerton specifically. Through this department, the community is able to take campus tours, receive informational workshops, register for Freshman and Transfer Orientation, request Cal State Fullerton’s presence at a college fair, visit the Transfer Student Center and obtain general information.
Student Academic Services
University Hall 143
The mission of Student Academic Services is to create an environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed. To achieve its mission, department services and activities are centered on student retention and graduation. Student Academic Services is committed to serving a diverse population and providing students with a rich educational experience.
Student Academic Services strives to be a center of activity essential to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of the region. The following programs are administered by Student Academic Services:
Educational Opportunity Program
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The Educational Opportunity Program aims to do the following:
- Provide access opportunities for historically underserved students (low-income, first-generation college) by making higher education a possibility for prospective students with potential for academic excellence
- Provide advocacy and education to address the needs of EOP students
- Provide a transitional experience that will empower students to better manage and navigate the college experience
- Provide support services to facilitate student success
- Provide EOP grants to eligible students who should also receive the highest priority for financial aid resources available from the institution
EOP Summer Bridge
University Hall 143
Summer Bridge is an exciting opportunity primarily designed for the special admit population who demonstrate high potential to succeed academically. The program provides academic, cultural, recreational and co-curricular activities aimed to prepare students for the transition to the university. Participants live in the residence halls under the supervision of CSUF staff. All Summer Bridge students are expected to reside in the residence halls from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon during the entire session. Students will benefit from the personalized attention; individualized instruction; accessibility to campus resources; and the connections made with faculty, staff and students.
Student Support Services
University Hall 179
The Student Support Services program is a federally funded TRIO Program that is housed within the Student Academic Services unit of Student Affairs. The SSS program serves students who are first-generation and/or low-income and/or have a disability to successfully graduate with their bachelor’s degree. In addition, SSS provides academic and other support services to encourage the holistic development of students from first-year enrollment through graduation.
University Learning Center
The University Learning Center is an important component of Student Academic Services in the Division of Student Affairs. The goal of ULC is to provide students with academic support that is consistent with their learning styles in an inviting and contemporary environment. ULC staff believe that all learners need support that extends beyond the classroom to reinforce and amplify daily lessons. Research shows that students who engage in tutoring, attend study groups and participate in skill building workshops achieve higher grades than those who do not. The carefully selected and trained staff work with students from diverse backgrounds in most CSUF undergraduate general education courses, including those in science and math, humanities and social sciences, as well as other subjects. In addition, the department offers one-to-one and online writing tutoring, workshops and other services to help students reach their academic goals.
University Testing Center
University Hall 143
The University Testing Center provides test information and registration materials to students and members of the community who need to take exams in order to fulfill their educational goals. The center also serves as a testing site for institutional testing programs required for placement in classes and graduation.
Student Health Services
Student Health and Counseling Center - West Building
Student Health Services is an accredited, outpatient medical facility providing a variety of health care services to currently enrolled CSUF students. Most basic services are prepaid during registration with a University Health Fee while other additional services are offered at very affordable, reduced pricing. The staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other licensed medical professionals at Student Health Services are committed to supporting students in achieving their academic success by teaching them how to stay well and recover more quickly should they become ill or injured. Services include general medical care, physical therapy, orthopedics, immunizations, pharmacy, Family PACT services, nutrition counseling, health education, HIV/STI testing, acupuncture, chiropractic, optometry, laboratory services and X-ray. Appointments can be made online, in-person or via telephone.
The Student Health and Counseling Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. SHCC is HIPAA compliant and patient confidentiality is rigorously maintained.
Student Life and Leadership
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The Office of Student Life and Leadership provides support and fosters community engagement. We empower students through involvement, leadership and co-curricular learning opportunities to enhance their Titan experience at CSUF. Student Life and Leadership offers multiple involvement opportunities including Campus Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Clubs and Organizations, Sports Clubs, and Community Service and Leadership Programs.
Clubs and Organizations
CSUF has more than 375 clubs and organizations to suit a variety of interests and needs, including social, cultural, academic, sport, faith, community service and more. Clubs and organizations support the mission of the university by providing active involvement in co-curricular experiences. To learn more, visit TitanLink at fullerton.edu/titanlink.
Sports Clubs provides high-quality, structured, competitive and fun activities that offer participants the opportunity to experience physical, social and emotional growth in a safe and fun learning environment. Being a member of Sport Clubs will help enhance students’ Titan experience through the development of leadership skills, campus pride, community support, team building, self-management and promotion of healthy lifestyles. To learn more, visit fullerton.edu/sll/involvement/sports.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Fraternity and Sorority Life are the social fraternity and sorority organizations on campus. The FSL community offers fellowship, academic support, leadership training, participation in campus activities, and service to the community and the university. FSL consists of the Interfraternity Council (fraternities), Multicultural Greek Council (fraternities and sororities), National Pan-Hellenic Council (fraternities and sororities) and Panhellenic Council (sororities). CSUF has over 2,000 students affiliated with its 28 fraternities and sororities on campus. To learn more, visit fullerton.edu/sll/fslife.
Community Service and Leadership Programs
Community Service and Leadership Programs provides excellent service and leadership opportunities for students. Community services options include working with children as a tutor or mentor, helping protect the environment, serving the homeless and needy, and working in health-related fields. Students can also become a project director for the community service projects. To learn more, visit fullerton.edu/sll/involvement/csprograms.
In addition, students are encouraged to participate in signature campus activities:
- Discoverfest - CSUF’s largest student involvement fair
- Social Justice Summit
- Tuffy Awards - CSUF’s official student organization recognition ceremony
All students are encouraged to get involved with programs and services within Student Life and Leadership to enhance their Titan experience and explore co-curricular activities outside of the classroom.
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Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that provides weekly, peer-led group study sessions for students taking bottleneck, key gateway or traditionally difficult courses (those with low pass and/or high withdrawal rates). Sessions are led by SI leaders who have already mastered the course material and have been trained to help students improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss important concepts, develop study strategies, and prepare for exams. SI is open to all students enrolled in the class, not just those students who are struggling. Departments supported by SI include: accounting, American studies, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, geology, health science, history, information systems and decision sciences, kinesiology, math, physics and political science.
Veterans Resource Center
University Hall 230
The Veterans Resource Center provides comprehensive services that support the personal, academic and professional success of all military-connected students (active duty, veterans and family members of veterans). Supporting new and returning military-connected students is critical to campus connectivity, and academic and social integration. The principal programs and services provided at the VRC include application and transfer assistance, peer transition leaders, student welcome and information sessions, peer-to-peer mentor program, wellness program, women veteran community, career readiness program, student lounge, computer lab and scholarships. VRC staff members are available to assist all military-connected students in processing their educational benefits; adding/dropping classes; requesting a leave of absence; and facilitating engagement with faculty, peers and the campus at large. Additionally, the VRC offers special events focused on the retention and success of the veteran population.
WoMen’s Center/Adult Reentry Center
University Hall 205
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The WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Center is dedicated to education on issues of gender and social equity through a feminist lens. Staff at the WARC engage the CSUF community by providing support services, leadership opportunities, educational programs and advocacy. Additionally, WARC staff offer students a destination to receive support, information and resources to help explore issues of gender equity, as well as contemporary gender issues. Programs and services include guest speakers, skill-building workshops, developmental groups, internship opportunities, resource information and referrals. The WARC also implements a community education program that focuses on violence prevention on campus. The program facilitates trainings and offers internships for students who seek to work in the area of violence prevention.
The WARC also serves adults who, after a break in their education, are considering beginning or continuing their college education. The center provides support and guidance for currently enrolled reentry students and others whose needs differ from those of the traditional university student. Similarly, the center gives information and assistance with university application and registration procedures, as well as personal, academic and career counseling. Leadership opportunities, such as a nontraditional honor society and a registered organization for reentry students, also are available. Special programs, student groups, parenting workshops, films and discussions that focus on the special needs of reentry students are presented each semester.