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Student Services: Student Affairs Information


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Associate Dean of Student Affairs: Dr. Lauren Vaknin
Student Affairs Office: I-120
Phone Number: 619-660-4295

The Student Affairs Office at Cuyamaca College is the one-stop area for student engagement opportunities offering you numerous ways to become involved on campus. For example, the Student Affairs Office has all of the contact information, making it easier for you to become involved.

By taking an active role on campus, you will not only meet new students and enhance your college experiences, but you will also augment your leadership skills. Take advantage of the wide array of available opportunities — participate in student organizations, serve on committees, run for elected office, plan a campus event, and/or participate in leadership development training programs. You have the ability to shape your own college experience, and the Student Affairs Office will provide you with the tools you need to succeed.


Diversity Dialogues

Purpose: These workshops, which will be offered on a regular basis, will focus on a variety of diversity awareness and social justice topics. Students will receive a stamp for every workshop they attend—students, who have completed a minimum of three workshops during the Fall and Spring Semesters, will earn a “Diversity & Leadership” certificate and will be recognized for their efforts at the Student Leaders Reception in May.

Workshop Schedules:


Spring Semester 2014
Fall Semester 2013
Spring Semester 2013

Fall Semester 2012
Spring Semester 2012


Leadership Development Opportunities

Emerging Leaders Program

The goal of Cuyamaca’s emerging leadership program is to offer opportunities for students to further develop and expand their leadership skills and knowledge, preparing them to serve in future leadership roles both on campus and in the community. 

If you're interested in joining the Emerging Leaders Program, contact  For more information click on this link.  

Leadership Retreats

The Student Government Leadership Retreat took place on July 10, 2013. The Spring Semester 2014 retreat will take place on January 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM.  To view previous retreat agendas, click on this link


Academic Integrity Workshops

Students will be informed about academic integrity while participating in an interactive discussion regarding the Student Code of Conduct. This workshop will be a great educational opportunity to learn about the academic integrity policies and how to avoid potential misconduct issues in the future.

Individual student workshops are available. Please contact Lauren Vaknin at (619) 660-4612 or to schedule a session.


CONTEMPLATION ROOM: Students can reserve the contemplation room (I-128) by contacting 660-4612.

Student Events

Spring Semester 2014

Welcome Week:  Free Coffee & Donuts

January 27 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM (Grand Lawn)

Welcome Week:  Free Tacos

January 28 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Grand Lawn)

Welcome Week: Student Organization Involvement Fair

January 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (Grand Lawn)

Welcome Week: Movie Screening of Bad Grandpa

January 30 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Student Center, I-207, I-208, I-209)

Welcome Week: Lunch with the Student Government

January 31 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM (Student Center, I-124)

Spirit Night at the Basketball Game

February 5 at 5:30 PM (Cuyamaca College Gym)

College Hour: Black History Month

February 11 from 11:30 am to 12:30 PM (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Out of the Closet, Into Power

February 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Our Diverse Communities

February 24 from 11:00 AM to Noon (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Facilitating Student Success for Men of Color in Community Colleges

March 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM (Student Center, I-207)


College Hour: Women’s History Month

March 20 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Leader versus Leadership

March 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Understanding your Identity in a Diverse Society

April 8 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Student Center, I-207)

College Hour: Health Fair

April 22 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM (Student Center, I-207)

College Hour: Career Development

May 7 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Understanding Social Justice & Diversity as a Means to Build Community

May 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM (Student Center, I-207)

Diversity Dialogue: Visual Impairment Etiquette

May 12 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (Student Center, I-207)

Kudapaw Festival

May 21 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Grand Lawn)

Finals Week: Free Pancake Breakfast

May 28 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Student Center, I-207, I-208, I-209)



Want to serve on a campus-wide committee?

Attend the Student Committee Training Workshops which are offered every semester.  The next workshop will take place October 11th, 2013. 

Click here to review the material discussed at the workshop.


Community Service

Serve your local community by participating in various community service projects. 

Check out some of the past community service projects: Veterans' Week 2012 and Community Service.

Save the date for upcoming community service projects: November 15th, 2013 and December 2013. 


For more information, please visit the Student Affairs Office at I-120.

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