Gator Tales - November 2023

Did you know that Alligators take care of their young, unlike most reptiles. For about two years female reptiles carry and look after their little Gators, making sure they are safe and well-fed. Though they are seen as ferocious predators, they are known to be very nurturing toward their offspring. Let us continue to look after each other and support new Gators as they navigate the transition to SF State!  

Hello SF State Student Body! 

 I hope all of you are successfully navigating both academic and personal goals thus far this semester. More importantly, I hope all of you are present in your experience here at SF State, reflecting on who you are becoming, and challenging yourself to be better than you were yesterday. On behalf of the Division of Student Life and Dean of Students team, let me congratulate each of you on transitioning to campus, taking mid-term exams and engaging throughout our global community. We believe in you, and we are always ready to support your journey!  

Since last month, I am excited to share a few accomplishments our team has been able to secure in partnership with many of your peers. The first update is focused on new space we were able to create in Student Services Building room 404. This space will be reservable for student clubs and organizations to meet, plan, and connect with other student leaders. The official opening will be in early November, and we will host an open house early Spring semester to celebrate the new space. We also invite students to consider helping us name the new space. We are excited for this to become a dynamic flexible space for both clubs and any student to use in the weeks ahead. This transition will also allow the SET (Student Engagement and Transition) team to create reservable space for student clubs and organizations in the Student Life Event Center (Annex I) available starting in January. For more information, please visit Student Activities & Events.  

 A second update I hope you will be excited to learn about is the expansion of the SF State Associated Students Food Pantry Program and Gator Groceries. Associated Students Food Pantry started in 2017 as a "Pop-up" Food Pantry. This service was located in the Student Events Annex I. Lessons learned at the end of their first year feeding 300 students with fresh, free groceries each week included seeing the need for not only more fresh and nutritious groceries, but also a need for emergency snacks that might not constitute a full meal.  This experience inspired your Associated Students leaders to create a new accessible and permanent location in the Rec and Dining area of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Associated Students now differentiate between these services by designing Gator Groceries to be an emergency snack program that is an extension of the Food Pantry Services. The Food Pantry is the main distribution of fresh produce and canned goods.  All of this food comes from a wonderful partnership with the SF/Marin Food Bank and Associated Students.  

Gator Groceries is a program designed for students to repeatedly use throughout the year. Many of our students rely on this program weekly, and your use of these resources will only help us continue to grow the program. 

One last exciting update we want to share is an opportunity to celebrate our very own Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Jamillah Moore, who was recently… named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by San Francisco Business Times. VP Moore was honored on Oct 3rd in San Francisco at an event that showcased the leadership, community service, and mentorship that women have to change the world. Dr. Moore joined the esteemed list of SF State winners including President Mahoney (2020) and Provost Sueyoshi (2022).  

 Alright good people, that is all I have to update you on for now. I will leave you with the following thoughts: Stay focused. Keep going. Do not give up. Remember why you started, and let that fuel you! 

Associated Students 

  • Annual Chicken and Juice Event - November 13th from 12pm to 4pm in Jack Adams Hall. Hosted by Africana Studies x Culture and Social Justice Division of Associated Students  

  • Connect & Create – Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 10am-2pm in Jack Adams Hall/ Presented by Associated Students Project Connect  

  • QTRC Trans Day of Remembrance - Nov.16 from 4:30-5:30pm Malcolm X Plaza  

Athletics Home Games 

  • Women's Volleyball - Nov. 9 SF State vs Sonoma State at 5pm  

  • Men’s Basketball – Nov. 10 SF State vs Dominican at 7pm 

  • Wrestling - Nov. 11 SF State vs Nebraska Kearney at 12pm 

  • Women's Volleyball - Nov. 11 SF State vs Cal Poly Humboldt at 1pm 

  • Men’s Basketball – Nov. 11 SF State vs Academy of Art at 7pm 

  • Wrestling - Nov. 12 SF State vs Chadron State at 12pm 

  • Men’s Basketball – Nov. 18 SF State vs Westmont at 3pm 

  • Women’s Basketball – Nov. 22 SF State vs Pacific Union at 5pm 

  • Men’s Basketball – Nov. 22 SF State vs Pacific Union at 7pm 

Campus Recreation 

  • Pool Event: Dive-In Movie - Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7pm-9pm Mashouf Wellness Center Natatorium 

  • Pool Event: Women in Rec Pool Night - Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 5pm-7pm in Mashouf Wellness Center Natatorium 

  • Pool Event: Gator Races - Thursday, Nov. 30 from 4pm-6pm in Mashouf Wellness Centef Natatorium 

City Eats 

  • Paella Day - Nov. 9, Celebrating Internation Education Month. Join us to treat your taste buds to this delicious Spanish meal.  

  • Thanksgiving Lunch - Nov. 16, Join us for a Thanksgiving Lunch at City Eats before the break! 

  • Dubokki Day - Nov. 17, Second event celebrating International Education Month. Dubokki is a spicy rice cake street food popular in Korea. Join at lunch to experience a flavorful journey! 

Division of Equity & Community Inclusion (DECI) 

  • LGBTQ+ and Questioning Support Group - Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 12 – 12:50 pm in the Student Services Building (SSB), Room 401. Within our LGBTQ+ and Questioning Support Group, students explore a range of issues related to gender identity, transitioning, coming out, finding community on campus, and many more. The group is an open support group and students can drop-in or come as often as they like. The purpose of this group is: For mutual support for students on campus who identify as LGBTQ+., to have a safe space to talk about things that come up in relation to students’ identities as LGBTQ+. 

  • Project Connect Workshop: Choosing Your Major, Balancing Family Expectations & Your Interests and Wants - Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 10am–2pm at Jack Adams Hall, 3rd floor, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services. Finding it hard to choose a major that's right for you? Are you also feeling the pressure of family’s expectation on career choice? In this workshop, we hope to shine light on the reality of the college experience and find tangible ways we can choose a major that works for you. We will also be discussing ways we can navigate family expectations and support systems at SF State that can help you through this journey. 

Division of Disability Access & Student Well-being (DDASW) 

Disability Access and Student Well-Being, includes Disability Programs and Resource Center, Student Health ServicesCounseling and Psychological ServicesHealth Promotion and Wellness, and the Children's Campus. These areas work together to create a holistic culture of well-being, access, and belonging on campus. The DDASW team understands that student health and well-being is inextricably linked to academic success and persistence to graduation, and they strive to help students achieve these goals.   

The departments of Gator Health (Student Health Services, CAPS, and HPW) within Disability Access and Student Well-Being provide essential health mental health and   health education services to students. They play a critical role in helping students engage in healthy behaviors and self-care through direct services, educational and prevention programs on topics like alcohol and drugs, nutrition, mental, emotional, and sexual health.  The Disability Programs and Resource Center provides a full range of services for students and employees with disabilities to help them to achieve autonomy and it support the efforts of the University to achieve a culture of campus wide access, equity, and inclusion for all. Additionally, DDASW provides child observation and training opportunities for SFSU students in psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, and other related fields through the Children’s Campus – an invaluable childcare center for families of SFSU employees and the community at large.   

There are a lot of opportunities to get involved with Disability Access and Student Well-Being. If you have a passion for health and wellness, please contact the Health Promotion and Wellness Program.  Students have an opportunity to become peer mentors, conduct workshops, lead health activities, and provide advice and guidance to the university regarding the delivery of health programs and services on campus through participating in a Student Health Advisory Committee.  

The Division of Disability Access and Student Well-Being is led by Dr. Dai To, who is the new Associate Vice President. Dr. To is also an SF State alumnus (’91), who has twenty years of management and leadership experience, with 25 years of clinical experience, and 12 years in Student Affairs & Health and Wellness Services.   

Dai To - AVP of DASW
Ali Gator posing with a student

Student posing with Ali Gator At Discover SF State Day!

CAPS Tabling on campus, talking with students

CAPS Tabling on Campus in Malcom X Plaza

Student making Pb & J's at City Eats

City Eats hosted a PB&J Drive where they crafted over 1000 sandwiches with the help of students and faculty to donate to Food Runners SF, to aid those facing food insecurity. 

Dylan Gillespie (He/Him) - Ventura, CA 

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major and a double minor in Special Education and Early Childhood Education  

Hello All! Currently, at such a young age I am a third year at SF State graduating a year early while majoring in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences with double minoring in Special Education and Early Childhood Development!  One of the main reasons for attending SF State was to explore a diverse and inclusive environment that was made for each and every individual out there without doubt! Here I have accomplished a balance of being a full-time student studying their major and minor classes at only eighteen years old, while also upholding three occupations two on-campus where I am constantly supporting perspective and transfer students with tours, general information, and compatibility at Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment. The other support I provide on campus is serving as a First Year Experience Peer Mentor, collaborating with faculty, students, and professors to create the absolute best environment for learning. My plans for the future are to continue my graduate studies within the Speech Pathology department and further my teaching clinically and educationally in schools, especially due to the vast diversity, inclusiveness, and compatibility this campus offers, while always searching the vast city for fun events each week! Go Gators! 

Dylan Gillespie - First day of Junior Year

Isabella Ceja (she/her) - Sacramento, CA  

Public Health major and a Health Education minor 

My name is Isabella, and I’m a Public Health major and Health Education minor. The Public Health program at SF State is a community I'm proud to become a part of within my four years at SF State. Learning about population health and the education of communities has been an enriching experience that I have extended into my work within First Year Experience (FYE). As an FYE peer mentor, working with professors in paired first-year courses has been rewarding in making the transition to college a more supportive and successful environment for first-year students. Advocating for my peers on campus has taught me how to act as a resource for others and was a great way to practice community and outreach skills learned within our public health program. I plan to continue advocacy work after graduating this year in the spring semester as a health educator for disadvantaged communities.  

I chose SF State because of its diversity and inclusion. As a mixed-race individual, seeking an environment that was culturally enriching and welcoming was meaningful for me, and I’m happy to attend this university where the faculty and students are exceptional people. I’m also glad to study health sciences and continue to build experiences within this beautiful and unique city. 

Isabella Ceja photo

Kylie Schneider (she/her) - Oakley, CA 

Master's in Communication Studies

I graduated from SFSU in May 2022 with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Marketing. I plan to graduate with a MA in Communication Studies in May 2024. I am a recently retired soccer athlete, played 4 seasons on SFSU women's soccer team, 3-year captain of the team. Playing soccer for 19 years shaped my identity as a whole and playing for the SFSU team taught me many lessons about leadership, teamwork, community, well-being, and time management. Working at the Mashouf over the course of the past 5 years has been amazing, everyone who works there is a part of the campus recreation family. At the wellness center I enjoy the workshops, events and the collective focus on a holistic and fitness well-being for students.   

I chose SF State because of how beautiful Cox Stadium is, the trees, the grass and the fog that rolls in every day from Ocean Beach. Also, I chose SFSU due to the focus/mission on social justice that the Communication Studies program offers. From freshman year till now, being almost graduated with my masters, I have met so many amazing people, created lifelong memories, and gained a wealth of knowledge about the world around me.  

I just began the Dean-on-Call Graduate Assistant Program, working with Pam Su! This has been a great opportunity for me to begin to help other students and meet some new people in the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management department on campus. Also, this new program has given me the chance to extend my knowledge of the campus and its many programs/departments with students. My goals for the future are to continue networking at SFSU with my remaining semester here, as I am eager to continue working at this beautiful and diverse campus. 

Kylie Schneider number 7, posing with soccer ball.

Career and Leadership Development

Career & Leadership Development’s (CLD) mission is to equip our diverse student and alumni population with modern resources that assist, guide, and foster their leadership, professional and career advancement. Through advances in technology and with staff ready to go the extra mile, we provide students with tools to take initiative and excel in their future endeavors.  

CLD is not a 'job placement center', rather, we assist students and alumni in developing lifelong personal and professional career readiness skills. Career Counseling & Workshops  

Career Counseling is a service that helps student begin, change, or advance their careers. Students can get assistance with career exploration, making career decisions, developing career readiness skills, and gaining general career knowledge through 1-on-1 appointments or participating in workshops.  

Career Counseling Appointments – schedule a 1-on-1 appointment to discuss various career readiness topics including job/internship search strategies, LinkedIn profile review, interviewing tips, applying to grad school, choosing a major, enhancing your resume and more. Schedule a 30-minute in-person or virtual appointment by logging into Navigator.  

CareerEDGE Workshops & Labs  

Workshops and labs are designed to give students an EDGE in their career development. Topics include Resume Tips, What Can I Do With My Major? Is Grad School Right for Me? Build Your LinkedIn Profile, and more. Visit Handshake for up-to-date schedule.  

In Person Drop-In Career Advising Hours – Get quick career advice or an answer to a career question (10-15 minute sessions). Limited availability, first-come, first-served. 

Administration Building, room 250.  

Monday – Friday, 10am – 11am  

Leadership Development  

Participation in CLD leadership programs enhances the student academic experience through a series of workshops aimed at developing their leadership skills, career readiness, and professional development.  

Gator Leadership Circle (GLC)  

GLC is a program designed for first-year and second-year students who will learn to recognize their interests and strengths and will gain a head start in developing themselves as holistic leaders with critical thinking, work ethic, and career knowledge.  

President’s Leadership Fellow Program (PLFP)  

Junior, senior and graduate student participants will get the opportunity to meet and interact with peers from across the SFSU campus. Most importantly, they will advance  

their overall understanding and knowledge of leadership and the role it plays in improving their self-efficacy when making career decisions.  

Events & Employer Engagement  

The Employer Engagement team attracts and cultivate relationships with various employers across industries to bring opportunities to campus for students to find jobs and internships. Events include:  

· Career Fairs  

· Employer Table Talks  

· Informational Sessions  

Custom Events On-Campus Interviews  


Questions? Contact Us!  

Career & Leadership Development (CLD) 


Office Hours: M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  


Phone: (415) 338-1764  


Location: Administration Building 250 

  • Museum of Craft and Design - Pay What You Can Wednesday 

  • Japanese Tea Garden - Free Admission Hour, 9-10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Find more fun events happening in the city of San Francisco here


  • November 10, 2023 - Veterans Day, Campus Closed 
  • November 20-25, 2023 - Fall Recess, No Classes 

  • November 23-25, 2023 - Fall Recess, Campus Closed 


  • Now that daylight savings has ended, please keep in mind that we offer a SafeWalk Program so students never have to walk alone. Call (415) 338-7200 and press '0' to schedule a SafeWalk.

  • Follow us on Instagram @LifeatSFstate to stay updated on events & campus news!   

  • Campus eateries hour of operations during fall recess: 

Cafe Rosso

  • Monday-Tuesday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: Closed

HSS 121 Cafe

  • Closed for the Week

SFSU Station Cafe

  • Monday-Wednesday: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: Closed

Peet's Coffee 

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: Closed

Village Market

  • Closed for the week

Cafe 101

  • Closed for the week

Natural Sensations

  • Closed for the week

Taqueria Girasol

  • Closed for the week

Gold Coast 

  • Closed for the week


  • Closed for the week

Ha Tien Cove

  • Closed for the week

Halal Shop

  • Closed for the week

Nazario's Pizza

  • Closed for the week

The Pub

  • Closed for the week