Office of Student Life

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Where Students Matter

Through innovative experiences in a co-curricular classroom, the Office of Student Life engages students in meaningful interactions and hands-on skill development that fosters academic progress, student success, social justice, and citizenship while serving the diverse breadth and scope of Bakersfield College's student community through recruitment, persistence, retention, and graduation efforts.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The Office of Student Life supports students' Academic Progress in the academic and social integrations by extending support to an individual's educational experiences while satisfying basic needs.
  2. The Office of Student Life aids in Student Success by developing transferable skills through workshops and activities while interacting with others.
  3. The Office of Student Life advocates Social Justice by accessing resources and expanding an individual's awareness through interactions and education with similar and dissent groups.
  4. The Office of Student Life encourages Citizenship as a reciprocal partnership where contributions from an individual invest into the community to instill one's civic responsibility.

Office Philosophy and Description

The Office of Student Life works collaboratively with the Bakersfield College Student Government Association (BCSGA) and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to engage, educate, and empower students to take action in the best interest of the student body and the college community. The Office of Student Life provides learning, leadership, and serve opportunities outside the classroom. Research indicates that engagement theory suggests that students involved in an activity on campus, any activity outside of the classroom, are more likely to persist and graduate. The Office of Student Life provides its participating students the opportunities to develop and hone their leadership skills, ultimately supporting student learning by providing a plethora of programs in which students can be engaged.

We nurture a culture that fosters learning outside of the academic classroom by creating an educational environment that connects the campus community to the importance of processes that lead to student self-governance. The Office of Student Life fosters the development of students' civic responsibility, community engagement, leadership, and personal growth. The meaningful interactions are the root of our student advocacy that contributes to effective pathways via the leadership and service opportunities provided.

The Office of Student Life provides advising to SGA's appointed and elected officers, all clubs and organizations, and its entities. Additionally, the Office of Student Life provides learning opportunities for students to enhance their overall educational experience through their involvement with the programs and services funded by BCSGA, the College, and the community. The Office of Student makes a concerted effort to recruit, educate, inform, and retain students through student organizations, the student government, and the assorted student activities and workshops hosted. To that end, the Office of Student Life supports student organization development whose focus is to build community through groups focused on academics, culture, campus-life, specific-interests, community service, and social bonding.

The Office of Student Life recognizes that its mission, in cooperation with the learning mission of the College, is accomplished through cultivating a personal standard of ethics and values while providing opportunities that enhance a sense of community between students, the campus, and the local community. Therefore, the Office of Student Life supports Bakersfield College's mission and core values by contributing to student access, fosters students' abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competencies and skills.

Contact Office of Student Life

Phone: (661) 395-4355 | Email: | Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Location: Campus Center (CC)