The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

Where to get help on campus

Leslie Magaña
Where to find help on campus. Graphic by Canva

After a year of being a part of the Golden Eagle, I have found that there is always someone somewhere that will help you navigate your higher education journey. Multiple offices can answer questions and provide you with resources.  


Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center (ABACC) 

The Children’s Center provides early career and education services for student-parents, faculty, staff and the local community. The center has reduced rates and tuition assistance for low-income families. Applications, fees, hours and calendar availability can be found on the Cal State LA ABACC website.


The center provides care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Including three meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack) at no additional cost.The Children’s Center services children from six months to 36-months-old with three different classroom settings. 


There is one teacher per three infants and one teacher per four toddlers to facilitate learning. Preschool is for ages 36 months to five years old with a one teacher to seven preschoolers ratio. The Children’s Center prepares future teachers with training and serves as observation and research. 


Tours are offered every other Thursday. The center is located next to the parking structure E. Walk-in tours are not allowed. More information about reservations can be found by calling (323)343-2470. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


Career Center 

If you need help exploring career options or help applying for jobs, the Career Center is where to go. Advisors can help with career options (declaring a major, possible job opportunities with a major, networking), résumé and cover letters (what you should include and not). Interview practice (provide possible questions an employer might ask), employment search, internships, and student jobs on campus, workshops (helping find employers within a field). The Career Center website also provides online tools and guides to help you get your dream career. 


The Career Center is located next to the Student Health Center. It is open Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Department of Public Safety 

Comprising the University Police, Parking & Transportation Services and Risk Management/Environmental Health, the Department of Public Safety focuses on the well-being of the Cal State La community. More information can be found on the Cal State LA police website


The University Police seek to create a safe environment, control traffic and prevent crimes. It also hosts educational programs like Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and Citizen Emergency Response Training (CERT) and also provides escort services to students. 


Parking and Transportation provide parking reservations, parking event signage, transit passes, commuter program applications, parking collections, citation appeals and Live Scans (digital figure printing). 


The Risk Management/ Environmental Health & Safety provides services relating to occupational safety, environmental control, chemical safety, biological safety, radiation safety and risk management. 


The Department of Public Safety includes campus safety reports, crime prevention, emergency preparedness, lost and found, community care and policies and training. 


All divisions work together to create a safe and healthy learning environment for students. The department is located at the north end of Parking Lot 1. It is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Erika J. Glazer Family Dreamers Resources Center 

The Dreamers Resources Center supports undocumented students who are seeking higher education. Legal support provided by a partnership with the Central American Resources Center known as CARECEN is accessible for Cal State LA students, staff, faculty, and immediate relatives. 


The office provides students with study space, computer and printing services, a conference room for meetings, resources and referrals. 


Services provided include general consultations, adjustment of status, asylum, citizenship/ naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) renewal, family petitions, and more. You can book an appointment by going to the Cal State LA Dreamers Resource website.


The office is located in the Student Service Building in room 4310. It is open Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office supports students with scholarships, federal and state grants, (free money), loans (money you pay back), and other aid. You can meet with a financial aid advisor in person or virtually to help with any financial planning you need. You can also find frequently asked questions on the Cal State LA Financial Aid Office website.


Financial Aid Office is now providing a new program called GETanswers. The program is available 24 hours seven days a week for students to watch videos about getting guidance on financial aid and financial literacy. The program is available through the Cal State LA Financial Aid TV website.


The office is located in the Student Services Building room 2330. It is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.


John F. Kennedy Memorial Library 

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Library has two sectors: the main library and the Palmer Wing. Events and exhibits like the Cal State LA’s 75th anniversary in service to the community and students called “We Are LA,” can be found on the Cal State LA library website. Another new thing to library services is free access to The New York Times. 


You can also find tutoring and writing help in person or virtually through the library, as well as research help, group study rooms, computers, lockers, and study zones. The library also has online services like the OneSearch research program a search engine that allows you to search simultaneously for books, articles and more. 


The library is located in front of Martin Luther King Hall. It is open from Monday- Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 


Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

The Office for Students with Disabilities provided an equitable learning environment for students with disabilities by providing accessible technology, alternative media (getting audio versions of textbooks) alternative testing (giving students a distraction-reduced environment with extended time), and deaf and hard of hearing services (provide American Sign Language interpreting, real-time captioning, use close captions on all media). Disability-related counseling, and note-taking services (get anonymous notes from another peer in a course). More information and appointments can be made through the Cal State LA OSD website


The office is located in the Student Service Building room 1320. It is open Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 5 p.m. 


Office of the Dean of Students 

The Office of the Dean of Students maintains multiple things like housing, student involvement, well-being resources, and student conduct. It also has a technology loan program and provides basic needs assistance such as food pantry, CalFresh outreach, and emergency financial and housing assistance. For more information go to the Cal State LA Office of Dean of Students website


The office is located in the Student Services Building in room 4380. 


The food pantry provides access to fresh produce, perishable, and nonperishable food at no cost to all enrolled students experiencing food insecurity. Students get access to the pantry by making an appointment through Navigate LA. The pantry is located in the Office of the Dean of Students. 


The food pantry is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Students Health Care 

The health center has affordable health care and health education services available for the community on campus. It also reproductive and sexual health (family planning, birth control options), basic services (primary care, immunizations, laboratory testing, pharmacy, radiology), mental health (counseling and psychological counseling) special clinics (psychiatry, chiropractic clinic, massage therapy, optometry clinic, preventive dental clinic), and health education (workshops on wellness, CPR training, Naloxone AdminIstration Training) and presentations (general health, sleep, nutrition, and sexual health). 


More information about appointments and services can be found on the Cal State LA Student Health Care website.


The office is located next to the Career Center. The office is open Monday- Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 


Veterans Resources Center

The Veterans Center serves military-connected students by providing academic and professional resources and it also provides Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. Bring the military community together to support vets and current active duty members with scholarships, grants and educational benefits. More information can be found on the Cal State LA vets website


The office is located in King Hall room D147. They are open Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Leslie Magaña Arias, Senior Multimedia Reporter & Magazine Editor-In-Chief
Leslie Magaña Arias is a reporter for the UT and Editor in Chief of the UT Community Magazine. She is a vegan and a human rights activist who enjoys doing investigation pieces and features on underrepresented communities.
Translate »

Comments (0)

All University Times Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *