Contact New Student & Family Programs


The Spring 2022 semester will begin on January 24 and all instruction will take place using remote learning modes, with certain exceptions. Courses listed as in-person on the class schedule are expected to pivot from remote instruction to in-person sessions starting on February 14.  Courses that have received an exception from starting the semester using remote learning modes will be listed on this site starting January 17, and students enrolled in those courses will be notified by their departments or colleges.

Most campus services will be provided remotely until February 7.

New Student & Family Programs will be operating remotely during this time. Our office can be reached Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm via email at or by phone at (415) 338-3060.

We hope you, your family, supporters, and friends remain healthy during this complicated time.  

-The New Student & Family Programs Team-

Meet the Professional Staff

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Sarah Pishny-Foster, M.S. ( She/Her/Hers )
Administrative Support Coordinator
Studied Political Science at SF State! Go Gators!
(415) 405-4349
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Matt Menor, M.A. ( He/Him/His )
New Student Orientation Coordinator
Studied Environmental Science at Monterey Bay! Go Otters!
(415) 338-6191
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Chris Trudell, M.Ed. ( He/Him/His )
Assistant Dean of Students
Studied English Education at Chico State! Go Wildcats!
(415) 338-1304
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Evan Jaynes, M.Ed. ( He/Him/His )
First Year Experience-Manager of Student Transitions
Studied Marketing & Leadership Studies at University of South Florida! Go Bulls!
(415) 338-3060

Meet the Student Staff

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Grace Aguirre (she/they)
Peer Director
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Mark Buckle (he/him)
Peer Director
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Kara Blue (she/her)
Team Leader
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Fabian Cruz (he/they)
Team Leader
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Peggy Kavugwe (she/her)
Team Leader
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Luis Poncio (he/him)
Team Leader
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Emily Liu (she/her)
Team Leader
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Jordan Young (he/him)
Student Support Assistant

Meet the Pet Staff

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Sarah Pishny-Foster's Kitty
A cat that loves water ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Sarah Pishny-Foster's Pup
Has webbed toes but absolutely loathes water.
small dog (pug)
Matt Menor's Pup
Enjoys long walks where she plays with floating leaves and twigs. Loves to find socks and hide them in her bed.
dog (french bulldog)
Chris Trudell's Pup
Loves a variety of fine cheeses. Has a consistent flatulent effect as a result of said cheeses.

Connect with us!

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New Student & Family Programs Office

If you would like to visit us in person or send us some mail, you can find us here : 

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, SSB 301
San Francisco, CA 94132
Attn: New Student Programs

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Contact New Student & Family Programs

Office phone: 415.338.3060

Main E-mail

Office Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday


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Have Questions?

New Student Help Desk Drop-Ins

Click the link below to access the New Student Programs Help Desk

Visit Us Here

Meeting ID: 916 6288 3545

Password: 328195

Gator Mentors!

We utilize our Zoom Help Desk as a virtual space for students to meet with their Gator Mentors or New Student Programs staff.

The Help Desk is available for appointments Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you would like to make an appointment, please email your assigned Gator Mentor directly or email New Student Programs at

We are here to help! 

About New Student & Family Programs

We are the Division of Student Life

A campus community where every student belongs and the student experience matters.

The Division of Student Life (DSL) believes that every SF State student should belong and matter, has the capacity to live a purposeful life, and can positively impact the world.

To that end, the Division of Student Life (DSL) team at SF State facilitates student-centered learning through personal, professional, community, and academic engagement, culminating in a transformational experience.

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Vision Statement

Inspire new students and their families to celebrate their stories and embrace a future full of possibilities.

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Our Mission

New Student and Family Programs believes, through meaningful and sincere connections, new students and their families benefit from engaging with a community of peers, staff, and faculty who facilitate the transition and support the adjustment to a university that values educational equity, academic excellence, and social justice.

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Our Goals

  • Build a community (inclusion/support): peer mentorship and social events for students, create a network for parents and families to build meaningful connections, share stories and experiences to create a connection

  • Create student leadership opportunities(inspire/develop): Orientation Leader program and Gator Mentors, facilitate meaningful student learning and development through educational and extracurricular experiences

  • Provide resources for success (inform/refer): general campus resources(registrar, admissions, academic advising) for students and families: FroshMemo, webinars, intentional programming, network, and referral, GatorGuides, program-specific learning for parents and families,

  • Promote and support students and their families to understand the University values of social justice and equity

  • Connect students to San Francisco and the greater Northern California culture and lifestyle, connect and engage parents and families with the SFSU community(staff, other families, etc)