From high tuition to the difficulty of finding a community, the college experience can be a difficult journey for any student and SF State’s Student Associates know it. The student-run government funds 13 different programs at the Cesar Chavez Student Center to provide a variety of resources for the entire student body.
These programs are divided into four categories: cultural and social justice, education and equity, events and entertainment, and specialized community programs.
Cultural and social justice
Queer and trans resource center
This program provides a space where students from LGBTQIA+ communities can learn about the various events and resources offered by the school. Students can learn how to change their name at SF State, access their library, and become more involved in the campus community.
Offices are located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room M-109.
The main goal of this program is to create a safe place for all women on campus. Students can use her breastfeeding and pump area, pick up chlorine-free pads and tampons, get pregnancy tests, and get help with sexual or domestic violence.
“I think it’s important because female students don’t have to go through things alone,” said Women’s Center director Adhila Bukhari. “And that’s exactly why we’re here, [the Women’s Center] is simply to help advocate and guide students through traumatic processes or if they just want to come hang out somewhere safe.
Their office is located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room T-116.
Sexuality Education and Referral Organization
EROS offers a common space where students can ask questions about their sexuality, sexually transmitted infections or their bodily autonomy. Students can also pick up condoms, dental dams, gloves, and lube for free.
According to EROS director Helen Everbach, their office is a space where students are welcome to be curious and ask for help.
“We are a physical space where students can hang out,” Everbach said. “Students can come talk to us about sex or anything.”
Their office is located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room M-109.
At the Art Gallery, campus members can view the artwork of students, faculty, and professional artists. The gallery offers three to four exhibitions per semester, opening receptions for each exhibition, and weekly events.
According to the SF State Student Center, the gallery aims to present a wide range of art through socially relevant issues and cutting-edge work.
The gallery is located at the level of the terrace of the Cesar Chavez student center in front of EROS.
Richards Oakes Multicultural Center
This center allows students to organize a variety of events such as poetry readings, art exhibitions, open forums, discussions, theater performances, lectures, dances and even student-led classes .
According to the center, their main goal is to create an environment for students to meet and exchange ideas. Its name pays homage to Richard Oakes, a chief who fought for the recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty.
Culture and Social Justice Section Director Shanice Robinson wants students to know that she and these programs are there to welcome students.
“I am a student first before I am employed and I am here to serve students,” she said. “I want to be a steward. I want to be someone that students feel comfortable around.
The center is located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room T-144.
Education and equity
This program aims to be a bridge between marginalized communities and the college experience. Its goal is to help students across the state of SF by providing financial support, such as book loans, internships, and scholarships.
According to Adriana Gallardo, Senior Director of Education and Equity, internships are an important part of Project Connect.
“We encourage students through internships and help them build their resumes,” Gallardo said. “My hope through these internships is that they are connected to scholarships and jobs.”
Project Connect is for high schools across the city to help young students create a college project. It also offers Spanish outreach with the goal of engaging with a larger group of students in Spanish-speaking communities.
Their office is located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room T-139.
Legal Resource Center
This program temporarily closed after the lawyer who volunteered at the center had to leave the program for personal reasons. AS hopes to reopen it next semester.
“We are in the process of redoing the space, and then we are also reassessing how it can be an effective resource center without getting into legal problems,” said AS president Karina Zamora. “[We’re] make sure we do everything right.
Environmental Resource Center
This program operates the Sol Patch Community Garden and AS Greenhouse, which is open to all students who want to get involved in gardening, regardless of experience. Gator Groceries even offers produce grown in this campus garden.
The center also created the Food Rescue initiative, a program that aims to minimize the amount of food wasted on campus. According to the ERC, 100 to 400 lbs. of food is wasted on campus every day.
Additionally, the Zero Waste initiative strives to reduce overall waste at SF State by recycling and reusing as much as possible. Students can find more information and training on these two initiatives at the ERC office.
Their offices are located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room T-121.
Events and entertainment
This underground stage serves as a concert, comedy and spoken word venue for student performers and traveling performers. Students can take advantage of a variety of free events all listed on the site instagram.
The Depot is located on the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
In this screen-lit space, students can enjoy nearly two dozen different arcade games as well as professional pool tables. The center also organizes weekly pool competitions.
Rack-n-Cue is located on the recreation and dining level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
Productions staff are responsible for organizing on-campus events, from musical acts to comedy. They also offer photography, videography and event editing services to all students at low cost.
Their office is located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room T-115.
Specialized community programs
This program was founded in 1967 at the initiative of the late Emeritus State Professor of SF John Irwin, who wanted formerly incarcerated people to enroll in college. Project Rebound helps these students with their college applications, financial aid questions, and various roadmaps to college success.
The program encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to continue their education, regardless of how their candidacy looks.
Their office is located in Cesar Chavez Student Center Room M-102.
Early Childhood Education Center
This program supports student-parents by providing low-cost on-campus child care. The prices vary according to the economic scale and the age of the child. There are two grants for low-income parents and the center also offers internships for students interested in working in early childhood education.
Their office is located at 1 State Drive, across from the Seven Hills Conference Center.
“When I was a freshman, access was a huge problem,” said AS chief of staff Iese Esera. “I didn’t know the Cesar Chavez Center had all these programs and all these doors that are literally open to any student.”