The Student Engagement and Applied Leadership (SEAL) Center is located in Bell Tower East 1769 and houses Student Leadership Programs.  The SEAL Center is overseen by the Director of Student Engagement, and  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

Fall 2015 Semester Hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Services are available by appointment during times the Center is closed, please email us to request an appointment.

The SEAL Center has limited hours due to staff availability, and is currently accepting applications for Student Leadership Assistants.  The application is available via Dolphin CareerLink, within myCI.


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. Highlighting student organizations through the bulletin board adjacent to the SEAL Center in Bell Tower East 1769.  One to two clubs are highlighted each month to celebrate the accomplishments of our incredible organizations and student leaders.

  6. 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 and maintenance of bulletin boards throughout campus.  Materials on-campus groups or individuals wish to post must be submitted to the SEAL Center for review.  SEAL Center staff will post materials on allocated bulletin boards in the Bell Tower, Del Norte 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. 

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 her approval the materials will be forwarded to the SEAL Center for posting.

Recognized student organizations are required to submit posting requests via CISync.


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
    • Note: On campus events require Disability Resource Programs statement for providing needed accommodations
  • Contact information (email and/or phone number)


  1. Complete this Request for Approval to Post Materials Form (PDF, 293KB) in its entirety.
  2. Bring the form and posting materials to the SEAL Center located in Bell Tower East, 1769.   If the office is closed, a drop box located next to the door.
    • Submit 40 total copies of the following: 8.5” x11” (standard) or 8.5” x 14” (legal) can be posted in all locations.  11” x 17” or larger cannot be posted in the Student Union or Broome Library, and Student Housing will accept four (4) large posters.
  3. Your marketing will be reviewed and if no changes are necessary, will post within two to four (2-4) business days.
  4. If changes are required, you will be notified of the necessary edits and will need to provide revised material. 
  5. Flyers will be date-stamped and remain posted for two (2) weeks.

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.  

Markell Bishop – Leadership Assistant

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My name is Markell Bishop. I am a fourth year Biology major and Chemistry minor. I am originally from Riverside, California, but I came to Channel Islands from Victorville, California, where I graduated from Silverado High School. I believe that great leaders are nurturers. Leaders should care for and encourage the growth and development of those they interact with. I was a Resident Assistant for the past two years and an Orientation Leader for the past three years. I have also served on the New Student Orientation and Transition Committee as well as the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Committee. Being involved during my time here at CI has allowed me to come out of my shell and develop my leadership skills. Being involved also allowed me to make important connections that will last a lifetime. My involvement is allowing me to take advantage of all the great things that CI has to offer its students.

Kasey Mandelbaum - Leadership Assistant

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Hi! My name is Kasey Mandelbaum and I am a sophomore here at CI. I'm a communications major with a possible minor in psychology. I've been involved with POD Squad for the two years I have been here. I'm super excited to be working for our school because from the first week of classes, I knew I had picked the right school. I believe in the importance of getting involved because I know how boring it can be to just sit in your dorm all day. My mission is to make my fellow student see how rewarding and fun it can be to meet new people through our many clubs and organizations here on campus and help serve all of you in any way that I can.

Elizabeth Miller - Director of Student Engagement

I am a native of Southern California, having grown up in Whittier, and attended CSU Long Beach to obtain a BA in Communication Studies, and a MS in Counseling.  After getting involved in college as a Resident Assistant, I found my passion and eventual career helping students find their place and make the most of their college experience.  In addition to overseeing Student Leadership Programs, I hold oversight for Career Development Services, and Community Responsibility and Student Conduct (formerly Judicial Affairs).  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 involvement, leadership, student organizations, or related resources at CI, I am happy to help!  I can be contacted at or 805-437-3257, and my office is located in Bell Tower East 1803.