What is the Office of Dean of Students?


We believe that every SF State student has the capacity to live a purposeful life and positively impact the world.

To that end, the Division of Student Life (DSL) team at SF State facilitates student-centered learning through personal, community, and academic engagement, culminating in a transformative experience.

We work collaboratively with students, faculty, administrators, and staff to enhance the overall SF State student experience. As partners in the educational process we:

  • Create opportunities for students to integrate curricular and co-curricular learning;
  • Promote and support student inclusion in the University decision making process;
  • Inform and educate students of their rights and responsibilities as members of the University, San Francisco, and global communities;
  • Promote and educate students about social justice and equity;
  • Network and collaborate with faculty to enhance the student learning experience;
  • Provide educational programs, events, and job opportunities that focus on development of leadership competencies, career and life skills, wellness, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and crisis management.

Goals - The DSL team has several goals, including:

  • Assisting in campus efforts to increase retention & graduation rates
  • Facilitating student success & development
  • Helping students develop affinity for SF State