Student Advocate

 

How can the Student Advocate help me?

Congratulations on pursuing your degree to get a higher education! We're glad you're here and are here to help!

The Student Advocate is committed to helping students with academic and non-academic issues or concerns by listening, identifying, and discussing the best options to resolve problems. 

If you are unsure where to go or what to do, the Student Advocate is here to assist students with:

  • Academic Success Issues
  • Academic Policy (drop/withdraw)
  • Housing Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Financial Issues
  • Other Personal Issues (work/social life/homesickness) 

The purpose of this office is to help ensure your success at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Academic Success Obstacles

Students may experience a number of different issues and educational barriers that affect their ability to be academically successful. The Student Advocate strives for impartiality, fairness, and objectivity, without breaching confidentiality or anonymity in the treatment of people and the consideration of issues. The use of the Student Advocate Office is voluntary and is not a required step in any grievance process or organizational policy. 

Working closely with students, the Student Advocate functions on an informal basis listening, identifying and reframing issues to assist you in navigating campus resources, explains relevant policies and procedures to best fit your personal circumstances. Even during difficult times, students should be empowered with the resources to make informed decisions and take a proactive role toward their successful pursuit of a degree. 

To determine which Academic Success Option below fits most appropriately, students should consider their personal concerns and circumstances as they read through each category.

 
Academic Obstacles
  • Concentration
  • Instructor(s) not meeting expectations
  • Lack of academic success
  • Note-taking skills
  • Study environment
  • Study habits
  • Study skills
  • Subject knowledge
  • Test anxiety
  • Test taking skills
  • Time management
  • Unmotivated
Major Related Obstacles
  • Major classes unavailable
  • Major-entry/GPA requirement
  • Major unavailable
  • Major/vocation selection
  • Unsatisfied with major
Financial & Work Obstacles
  • Change in financial circumstances
  • Financial aid insufficient
  • Incurring too much debt
  • Must work to survive
  • Need to find work
  • Work hours / responsibilities
  • Worried about money
Obstacles Related to Fear of
  • Accomplishments/Success
  • Commitment
  • Failure
  • Making decisions
  • Making mistakes
  • Not being perfect
Personal Obstacles
  • Campus climate
  • Commute
  • Distance from family/ friends
  • Family member’s health
  • Family member’s death
  • Family pressure
  • Family responsibilities
  • Homesickness
  • Housing / roommate problems
  • Lack of involvement
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship issues
  • Too much social life/ extracurricular activities
Wellness & Safety Obstacles
  • Gaming/internet/TV
  • Health (emotional/mental)
  • Health (medical /physical)
  • Lack of sleep
  • Personal safety

How do I contact a Student Advocate?

Your Student Advocate is Daryl Evans. The Student Advocate office is available in the South Academic Complex (SAC) Room 2155. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Walk-in visits are welcome or you may contact Daryl Evans, Student Advocate at (310) 243-3822 or studentadvocate@csudh.edu to make an appointment.