The Student Engagement and Applied Leadership (SEAL) Center is located in Bell Tower East 1769 and houses Student Leadership Programs and Student Organizations & Involvement.  The SEAL Center is staffed by experienced student leaders, and is a location for aspiring and current student leaders to gain information about leadership opportunities and trainings on campus.  Various resources for clubs and organizations are also available in the SEAL Center.

Contacting the SEAL Center



The SEAL Center offers a number of services to the CI community, including:

  1. One-on-one student advising on how to get involved on campus based on interests and availability.

  2. Presentations to classes on ‘Involvement 101’ (how to get involved on campus) and ‘The CI Definition of Leadership.’  The SEAL Center staff will also work with faculty, staff, and student organizations on creating or tailoring a related presentation to fit your needs!  Related topics include: leadership/being a student leader, communication styles, conflict styles and management, time management, Title IX/VAWA and the student leader, values & ethics, and many others.

  3. One-on-one advising to student organization officers on topics such as student organization leadership, organization registration & renewal, planning and scheduling an event, fundraising, and other officer-related needs.

  4. Workshops and one-on-one assistance in using CI Sync or tips on portal administration.

  5. Facilitating campus posting (flyers) for student organizations, staff, and faculty.  See next section for details.

To coordinate services please contact us, or drop by the center!


The SEAL Center provides support in the posting on and maintenance of bulletin boards throughout campus.  

The SEAL Center will post materials on allocated bulletin boards in Aliso Hall, Bell Tower, Del Norte Hall, Sage Hall, Solano Hall, Sierra Hall and Islands Café, as well as provide postings to the Broome Library, Student Union Building, and Housing for those individual areas to post according to their procedures. 

Recognized student organizations are required to submit posting requests via CISync Posting Materials Approval Form.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not a member of the CI campus and would like to post on campus, contact Nancy Gill, Director of Communication & Marketing located in Solano Hall 2176 at (805) 437-8456 or for posting material approval.  Upon approval the materials will be forwarded to the SEAL Center for posting.


Your marketing pieces must contain the following information:

  • Name of event or reason for posting (nominations, call for volunteers, campus program/department informational, etc.)
  • Details (as applicable): date, time, location, price, registration or application information and deadlines
  • Contact information (email and/or phone number)
  • Note: On campus events require Disability Resource Programs statement for providing needed accommodations


  1. Recognized student organizations are required to submit posting requests via CISync Posting Materials Approval Form.
  2. If not a recognized student organization, complete this Request for Approval to Post Materials Form (PDF, 124KB) in its entirety.

2016-2017 SEAL Center Staff

The SEAL Center is staffed by Leadership Assistants, who are student assistants trained in club/organization-related processes and procedures as well as leadership skills and theory.  

Andrew Hauffen - Leadership Assistant

My name is Andrew Hauffen and I am a freshmen here at CSU Channel Islands. I am majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. I am originally from La Habra, California graduating from La Habra High School. I am also in the EOP program and the SURF Living Learning Community program here on campus. Coming into my first year of college has been a great experience so far and I would like to continue this experience by serving this school as a Leadership Assistant. I am really excited to be working for our school because since I moved in onto campus, I knew this school was the perfect fit for me. My main goal is to contribute to this school all that I can and to show people that joining clubs and organizations is a great way to become involved.


Kasey Mandelbaum - Leadership Assistant

Hello! My name is Kasey Mandelbaum and I am a third year at CI and I am majoring in Communication and minoring in Psychology. This will be my second year working at the SEAL Center and I am happy to assist students looking to become more involved while at school. I get involved in a few different way while on campus, including my work at Student Leadership Programs. I am a member of the Block Party Committee, in which I help to plan and host the monthly block parties. I am also an active member of both Generation Action and Spectrum. I value my time with all of these groups and hope to help students looking to connect with others through organizational activity. My goal this year is to be as outgoing as I can be and meet as many new people as possible. I want to make a difference at CI, and participation in clubs, organizations, and events is key. Please come into the SEAL Center to talk to me about all the possibilities to become an active member of the CI community! 


Dylan Falls - Graphic Design Assistant

Hi all! I’m Dylan Falls and I’m the Graphic Design Student Assistant for Student Leadership! I come from Ventura, California where I graduated from Foothill Technology High School with accommodations in art and communications. I’m currently in my 3rd year here at Channel Islands and am going for a major in Art specializing in animation and illustration as well as a minor in game design. When I’m not working on my art, I’m either hanging out with my friends or taking a nap in a warm spot, or both at the same time. I’ve met so many great people during my time here at Channel Islands, but that didn’t happen until I started getting more involved in campus groups. All of my current friends I’ve met because of some kind of club involvement, mostly with Japanimation Society, where I serve as an officer.


Kem French - Coordinator of Student Leadership Programs

I am recent transplant to California from Kentucky, and have lived all over the Midwest and Southern part of the United States due to my parents being in the military.  Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  Throughout my life I have always known that I wanted to help people in some form or another.  I started out my professional career as a Prevention Specialist with the CDC but I ultimately decided that Student Affairs would allow me more opportunities to affect change and support young people.  As the Coordinator of Student Leadership Programs, I am here to support and provide opportunities to all CI students.  I also directly supervises the four aspects of Student Leadership Programs (SLP): the SEAL (Student Engagement and Applied Leadership) Center, student organizations, the Leadership Development/Certificate program and student leadership recognition programs.  You are welcome to contact me at or 805-437-1669 to make an appointment to meet.   


Russell Winans - Coordinator of Student Organizations & Involvement

CI offers a great variety of ways to get involved, make meaningful connections with peers, staff, and faculty, and strengthen leadership skills essential to future careers and study.  If you have questions about student organizations, involvement, leadership, or related resources at CI, I am happy to help!  I can be contacted at or 805-437-8510, and my office is located in Bell Tower East 1762.