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Chicago State University opened its doors as a teacher training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois, on September 2, 1867. Today, the university is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161 picturesque acres in a residential community on the Southside of Chicago. In addition to our 36 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree-granting programs, the Department of Student Affairs offers a variety of ways for students to become involved in campus life and the local community through participation in activities, clubs and organizations, leadership development, and service programs. With involvement, our students will be able to gain valuable leadership skills, create and build upon campus traditions, and develop both local and global communities.



Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service, and community development including social justice, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS VISION STATEMENT The Department of Student Affairs will be a leader in providing comprehensive and integrated campus life programs and services. We will cultivate a student-centered environment

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN Welcome to the Department of Student Affairs at Chicago State University! One of our major goals in the Department of Student Affairs is to create an overall climate of community and support that fosters learning and student development. Our professional and caring staff takes great pride in working as collaborative partners with our students to assist you in successfully navigating your higher education pursuits. To that end, within the Department of Student Affairs you will find: Abilities Office African American Male Resource Center Counseling Housing & Residence Life Latino Resource Center Student Activities TRiO Presidential Scholars Cordell Reed Student Union Women’s Resource Center Dean of Students Office We encourage you to get involved and become fully immersed in all aspects of campus life while attending Chicago State University. We know that what you do and learn here—from making friends to acquiring valuable skills—will last you a lifetime. Imagine you…greater.

contributing to students becoming socially responsible global citizens with an enduring connection to the University.

DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS MISSION STATEMENT In support of the academic mission, the Department of Student Affairs collaboratively seeks to provide co-curricular activities, support services, and cultural experiences in a diverse environment that will optimize students’ university experience and prepare them to serve a global community.

CORE VALUES • Visionary Leadership • Student-Centered Excellence • Organizational and Personal Learning • Cultural Competency • Focus on Results and Creating Value • Systems Perspective • Societal Responsibility • Data-Driven Decision Making • Agility

Dr. Teresa R. McKinney Dean of Students

• Valuing Workforce Members and Partners • Managing for Innovation


Abilities Office of Disabled Student Services The Abilities Office of Disabled Student Services is committed to providing students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of University services, programs, and activities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), as amended. Qualified students with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations and support services, including use of auxiliary aids or programmatic modifications or adjustments, must register with the Abilities Office of Disabled Student Services. The registration process will require documentation of the disability. Contact the Abilities Office Coordinator for additional guidelines.


Saundra Saunders, Coordinator of Disability Services Cordell Reed Student Union, room 198 773-995-4401


African American Male Resource Center The African American Male Resource Center (AAMRC) helps young African American males become eligible for postsecondary options by making available those services that will offer academic and social support once enrolled. The primary purpose of the Center is to collaborate with undergraduate students in becoming efficient, independent learners. Program components are designed to improve the persistence rate of African American males at the University by providing an environment that emphasizes positive male development through shared experiences.


Kwesi Harris Director of the African American Male Resource Center Cordell Reed Student Union, room 150 773-995-2161


Counseling Center The Chicago State University Counseling Center professional staff is a team of experienced psychologists who provide a variety of counseling services and programs for CSU undergraduate and graduate students and the entire University Community. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards as outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA) and various other professional organizations and represent diverse theoretical orientations and styles. In general, our role is to contribute to the overall quality of campus life for students. Group Counseling/ Workshops/ Presentations Opportunities are provided for students to share common concerns, seek solutions and coping strategies, acquire helpful information and skills, and receive feedback from others. Groups focus on: • Coping effectively with life changes • Cultural diversity • Personal and professional growth strategies • Performance anxiety • Relationships • Myers-Briggs Typology Assessments and applications • Survivor issues • Helper and leader skills training Assistance with academic achievement and proficiency requirements • Vocational and educational decision making (may include vocational testing) • Interpersonal relationships • Lack of assertiveness • Alcohol and substance abuse (Screening Only) • Sexuality issues • Low self-esteem • Family conflicts • Stress management Outside referrals are made for long-term psychotherapy.


Counseling Center Cordell Reed Student Union, room 190 773-995-2382 counselingCenter.htm


Housing & Residence Life Students who live on campus at Chicago State will experience life in and outside of the classroom. Through living and learning experience, CSU housing offers students the convenience of living on campus, forming life-changing relationships with students, faculty, and staff, and being exposed to a variety of activities and leadership opportunities within a few feet of the room! Located in the heart of the campus, CSU housing is a suite-style, co-educational building that is home to 330+ undergraduate and graduate students. CSU housing offers a variety of amenities that will aid the student in their academic endeavors as well as civic engagement. Our Residence Hall comes equipped with Wi-Fi, study lounges, computer labs, laundry room, and Front Desk service. Our staff is well-trained and excited to help students in their academic and leadership goals. Students can look forward to interacting with Resident Assistants, Community Assistants, Administrative Assistant, Housing Security Guards, Front Desk Attendants, Coordinator, and Director throughout the academic year. Our staff is committed to providing the safest living environment as well as offering a variety of programs that will help students get exposed to cultural, spiritual, social, and academic pursuits.


Stella Okeke Director of Housing & Residence Life Residence Hall Community Office, room 105 773-995-4543 ResidentLife/


Latino Resource Center Chicago State University values diversity and has always opened its doors of higher education to people of various ethnicities and cultures. Our caring faculty and staff understand and respond to the unique needs of our multi-racial student population.The Latino Resource Center (LRC) will assist you in achieving your educational goals by offering extensive support services and living-learning-serving experiences. In addition, our professional staff is ready to make your transition to Chicago State University’s campus life and academic programming as smooth as possible. Most importantly, the Latino Resource Center provides an intimate atmosphere in which Latino students can thrive. Their academic and personal growth is enhanced and their higher education experience becomes one to remember.


Fernando Diaz Director of the Latino Resource Center Cordell Reed Student Union, room 230-A 773-995-2526 LatinoResourceCenter/


Student Activities There’s more to the college experience than textbooks and classrooms. Every now and then you have to set aside some time to go out and have a little fun. A huge part of a well-rounded college experience is the opportunity to explore new interests and discover who you are. CSU boasts more than 70 on-campus clubs and organizations, along with a powerful student government, socially active fraternities and sororities, intramural sports, NCAA Division I Athletics Program, Fitness Center, and more. Research shows that college students who get involved on campus have higher retention rates and report having a more satisfying college experience. CSU’s Office of Student Activities is committed to fostering a campus community where everyone is engaged and we invite our students to “Get Involved.”


Student Activities Cordell Reed Student Union, room 260 773-995-2300 gettingInvolved.htm


TRiO Chicago State University is one of over 1,000 higher education institutions and agencies offering Federal TRiO Programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In 1965, Congress established a series of programs to aid low-income Americans enter and graduate postsecondary education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. TRiO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education by providing a myriad of services to individuals beginning with 6th graders. At Chicago State University, in the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs/TRiO, students and community residents can find support, academic tutoring, counseling, college visits, cultural enrichment, and motivational activities for their youth. High school seniors and adults can receive career information, GED referral, assistance in the completion of college admissions applications and financial aid forms, scholarship information, and assistance to reverse defaulted student loans.


Jasmika Cook Executive Director of Project Counseling Douglass Hall, 2nd Floor, Suite K 773-821-2161

Presidential Scholars Program

C O N T A C T Dean of Students Cordell Reed Student Union, room 268-A 773-995-2448 dosa/presidential Scholars.htm

The Presidential Scholars Program recruits academically talented students who have demonstrated leadership ability, maintained a 3.35 cumulative grade point average, and achieved an ACT score of 20 and higher. A limited number of tuition awards are available to incoming freshman. Awards are also available to sophomores, juniors, and college transfer students. Students must be seeking their first–time bachelor’s degree and enrolled in the university as a full–time student. Applicants are required to apply for state and federal financial aid, but financial need is not a requirement for receipt of this award. The Presidential Scholars Program provides a caring and supportive environment that encourages academic leadership and professional development. Students in the Presidential Scholars Program are committed to academic excellence and participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities. Presidential Scholars must volunteer 30 hours of community service each semester; attend monthly academic, professional, and cultural workshops or seminars; and participate in Presidential Scholars’ meetings each semester.

Cordell Reed Student Union

The Cordell Reed Student Union Building, which opened July 1995, has been heralded as a fine architectural mixture of African traditions and contemporary American culture. The building was the winner of the International Interior Design Association Magazine Award (featured on its November 1996 cover) and the 1996 Interior Architecture Award of the American Institute of Architects of Chicago. It houses the dining facilities, Movie Room, Game Room, Women’s Resource Center, International Affairs (Study Abroad Programs), Career Development, Judicial Affairs, Latino Resource Center, Student Activities, Office of the Dean of Students, Presidential Scholars, Student Government Association, African American Male Resource Center, Abilities Office, Counseling Center, and Academic Support Services. The building is available to the community to host events such as weddings, proms, and meetings.


Office of Meeting & Events 773-821-2701 convocationcenter/index.htm

Women’s Resource Center


Cordell Reed Student Union, room 203 773-995-2383 womenResourceCenter.htm

The Women’s Resource Center is designed to advocate for increased access to childcare, counseling, education, and health care services, as well as to provide assistance in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. The Center is a nurturing and welcoming place—a drop-in area where women regardless of ethnic background, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or socioeconomic status can meet, organize, read, and relax.

Dean of Students Office The Dean of Students Office fosters the development of leadership, civility, accountability, and responsibility in the Chicago State University student; builds community through service and involvement; and serves as an advocate for all students. We strive to help all students achieve their academic and personal goals and enhance the CSU student experience.

Student Government Association, or many of the other leadership positions available.

Remember that your college years will be some of the most memorable of your life. The opportunities available to you at Chicago State University inside and outside the classroom are absolutely incredible. While you are a student at CSU, we encourage you to get involved in our campus and stay connected.

The Dean of Students Office is here to help you navigate through some of the concerns you may have as a student. We are your campus advocate and provide assistance when it comes to managing a crisis, understanding campus policies and procedures, and connecting you with the proper university resource. This support system, which extends beyond the walls of the Dean of Students, will help you find your way through any obstacle you may face while you are a student.

Consider joining your Residence Hall Association, an intramural sports team, a fraternity or sorority, or any of the academic, social, and service organizations offered. Attend a home game in the Jones Convocation Center; enjoy the fitness center in the Jacoby Dickens Center. Take in a concert during Jazz in the Grazz or relax in the Cordell Reed Student Union while enjoying Movie Mondays, Zumba Classes, Social Lounge, and more. Earn money as an on-campus student employee or raise money to help your favorite charity. Gain leadership experience by becoming a Resident Assistant, a Student Ambassador, a member of the

Every student is encouraged to take advantage of the multiple opportunities for leadership development, volunteerism, and student engagement.Your involvement and the friends you make along the way will only enhance your college experience.

I encourage all students to explore the Dean of Students website as well as all the exceptional programs and services the Department of Student Affairs has to offer. Even more, I encourage you to stop by the Dean of Students Office and get to know the staff members who are dedicated to your education and overall development as a student and future alum of this great institution! Go Cougars!!!!


Dr. Teresa McKinney Cordell Reed Student Union, room 268-A 773-995-2448 DeanOfStudents.htm pages/CSU_ CSU_GetInvolved GetInvolved/ 273212092700609

We would love to hear from you Department of Student Affairs 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628 Cordell Reed Student Union, 2nd FL Suite 268-A Telephone: 773-995-2448 Fax: 773-995-2856

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