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Telephone: 805-437-8536
Fax: 805-437-8549
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Vice President’s office is to provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction to areas, programs, and personnel within the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Associated Students Incorporated, Campus Life, Housing & Residential Education, Assessment, Data & Evaluation, and Retention, Outreach & Inclusive Student Services.

Black Lives Matter Statement

The Division of Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands stands with Black people and affirms that ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER, and we believe that it is our collective responsibility to reject anti-Blackness rhetoric and all forms of explicit and implicit racism in our society. This is both an internal and external process, where we have to challenge ourselves, our communities, and systematic racism to secure our collective co-liberation. With this in mind, we share this Racial Healing & Educational Resource Guide to help us along this movement towards social justice.

Your Feedback Welcome

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to on-going and continuous improvement. As part of our evaluation process, we invite you to share feedback regarding your experience with our programs, services and staff support by completing the Division of Student Affairs Feedback Form.

Vice President for Student Affairs Office Staff

Toni DeBoni, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Toni DeBoni

Toni DeBoni, J.D., was named CSU Channel Islands’ (CSUCI) Interim Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) and assumed her duties on January 11, 2021, following the appointment of former VPSA Richard Yao as Interim President of CSUCI.

Interim VPSA DeBoni has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with students, faculty, and staff since she joined the CSUCI campus as a founding administrator in 2002. She has directly facilitated or contributed to many “firsts” for the campus as well as provided consistent stability for programs, services and staff within the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) and campus partners.

Specifically, DeBoni was responsible for coordinating the first New Student Orientation experience; spearheading the referendum process to secure funding for the Student Union building; reimagining the case management process in Student Affairs to better support students; leading efforts in responding to and supporting the campus community during recent fires, evacuations, and the devastating Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting, in which several CSUCI students were in attendance; launching the Basic Needs program; serving on the campus-wide Strategic Planning committee; supporting WASC accreditation; participating on and leading efforts for GI2025; and serving on or chairing countless campus search committees. DeBoni has also been instrumental in securing and managing nearly $2 million in multiple grants to support students, and she will continue to be the first to tell you that there is still much work to be done to close the achievement gap and stay focused on student success.

As a first-generation college student, DeBoni knows the importance of higher education and the burden and reward of navigating it alone. DeBoni relied on financial aid, grants, the generosity of scholarships, and work-study to achieve a college degree. She completed her bachelor’s in business with an emphasis in Human Resources and her MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she worked briefly before relocating to California to help establish the newest University in the CSU system, CSUCI.  DeBoni continued her passion for education and learning and earned her Juris Doctorate from The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law in 2013.

DeBoni has served in a variety of administrator roles supporting almost every program in the Division of Student Affairs ranging from budget and assessment to student leadership. Most recently she held the role of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students overseeing the area of Campus Life. This included academic advising, campus recreation, counseling and psychological services, Veterans Affairs, new student orientation, student organizations, basic needs, health services, student conduct, CARE Team, and several other programs. Over the years, she has also supported the institution outside of Student Affairs by serving as the Interim Title IX officer and teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Interim VPSA DeBoni is committed to the divisional priorities of self-care, safety, anti-racism work and support of BLM, GI 2025 (intentional outreach and support to increase engagement of 2020 first-time, full-time cohort, continued targeted support for 2019 FTFT cohort, closing equity gaps), student wellness initiative, assessment and working with the DSA leadership to ensure that Student Affairs programs are in alignment with the academic mission of the University.  Emphasis on increasing collaborations with Academic Affairs programs to improve student success and demonstrating the relationship between DSA program utilization and academic success markers are at the forefront of her work ahead.

DeBoni FamilyOn a personal note, DeBoni aspires to serve as a role model for other women and parents who are or want to serve in a leadership role, while also trying to further their education and raise a family. She believes that positive exposure early and often to a University environment can change a child’s view and trajectory about the attainability of a college degree – it is not uncommon to find DeBoni and her three children participating in events and visiting with students on campus.

Dottie Ayer Patten, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Strategic Operations & Associated Students, Inc.

Dottie Ayer

Dottie Ayer Patten, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Strategic Operations & Associated Students, Inc., earned a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Legal Studies, and minor(s) in Integrative Liberal Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and her M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education concentration from CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI). Dottie joined CSUCI and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) in December 2012. Prior to CSUCI, Dottie worked as a Policy Analyst with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Academic Senate.

Dottie provides oversight to the Division's budget and staff resources, strategic planning, data and assessment programs, as well as Associated Students, Inc.. Additionally, Dottie serves on the VPSA Council, providing support and counsel to the VPSA, as well as assisting with research and ongoing projects.

Leticia Dowd, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Leticia DowdLeticia Dowd, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), earned her B.A. in History at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduation, she worked as a Senior Research Assistant in the History Department at UCLA and the Graduate School of Education. She then worked at the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) at UCLA under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education. Leticia was an Archival, Copyright Research specialist for hundreds of gifted classroom teachers of history, professors, nation-wide historians, civic and public interest groups with a stake in the teaching of history in the schools.

Leticia worked in marketing at Southern California Edison before returning to work in Higher Education. At CSUCI, she worked in Campus Life and the Dean of Students office before joining the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) office.

In her current role, Leticia provides a full range of high-level administrative support to the VPSA and Division Area Heads. In addition, Leticia also represents the VPSA office on various Division and campus-wide initiatives as well as conducting research for the VPSA and VPSA Council.

Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Specialist

Courtney Ellis

Courtney Ellis, Staff Resources Specialist, earned her B.A. in Communication at CSU Channel Islands in 2010. While working towards her degree, Courtney was employed at CSUCI in both Housing & Residential Education and the Vice President’s office as a student assistant. After graduating, Courtney continued working in the VPSA office in progressively responsible administrative support roles until she was hired into her current position in November 2014. Courtney is currently working towards a Master's degree in Higher Education.

In her role, Courtney can assist with recruiting and hiring staff as well as personnel changes, serve as a resource for questions regarding Human Resources and Payroll issues or concerns, and assist with space and furniture planning for the Division of Student Affairs.

Khatira Assil Tarvirdian, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst

Khatira TarvirdianKhatira Assil Tarvirdian, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), earned an A.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychological Assessment from Moorpark College, earned a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education from CSU Northridge (CSUN), a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education with an emphasis in Assessment and Critical World Languages at CSUN, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Social Justice and Assessing Critical Race Theory from CSU Fresno. Prior to CSUCI, Khatira worked as an Academic Assessment and Program Review Coordinator at CSUN and Director of Critical World Language Assessment and Curriculum Development for the Department of Defense.

Khatira joined CSU Channel Islands in April 2017. In her current position, Khatira assists with research, analysis, planning and implementation of assessment-related initiatives on behalf of the DSA. Reviews program aims, objectives, outcomes, strategies, and additional assessment related reports. Serves as the point of contact for the Division's Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) process, training and guiding Division members on the CPR review model, and monitors the areas' progress and providing ongoing assistance for completing the process. 

Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst

Dianne Wei

Dianne Wei, Budget and Operations Analyst, earned a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Entertainment from the University of Southern California in 2003. After graduation she moved back to her hometown of Ventura County and worked as the Executive Assistant to the President for a small non-profit company named Film Clips Spirit of America. In November 2004, Dianne joined CSU Channel Islands (CI) as the Development Assistant in the Division of University Advancement. While in University Advancement, she held two other positions: Development and Special Events Coordinator and Administrative and Budget Analyst. It was in her role as Administrative and Budget Analyst that she found her passion for budgets and analysis. She managed the CI Foundation budget and collaborated with many individuals across campus.

Dianne joined the Division of Student Affairs in August 2013. In her current position, Dianne assists with the management of budgets within the Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, she assists with the development of streamlined processes and procedures, and provides support to the Student Fee Advisory Fee Committee, Recreation and Athletic Fee Committee, and Student Health Advisory Fee Committee.

Tom Emens, Multimedia Coordinator

Tom EmensTom Emens, Multimedia Coordinator, earned a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Design from California State University, Long Beach in 1992. After graduation, he worked as an artist for an architectural rendering firm in Costa Mesa. In 1996, Tom joined San Luis Obispo as the multimedia coordinator for the Kennedy Library, and later transferred to the same roll at CSUCI in August of 2002.

Since then, Tom has worked in a variety of roles for the university, including Academic Technology Services and most recently within the Communication and Marketing Team from 2012-2021. In his work with Communication and Marketing, Tom gained a wealth of experience in social media design, production, management and governance.

Tom joined the Division of Student Affairs in July of 2021. In his current position, Tom leads the DSA Communication Program, providing multimedia services and coordination for all programs. This includes graphic design, social media production and management, and multimedia consultation. Additionally, Tom serves on several subcommittees, including Business Administrative Systems, Technology Infrastructure and Services, and Student Administrative Systems.

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