September 7- 20, 2023

On the Go: Insights to Commuter Life

Meet the Commuter Life Team!

Assistant Director:

Eunice Flores (she/her/ella)

General Advisors & Retention Specialists:

Heather LaPerle (she/her/hers)

Helen Ma (she/her/hers)

Sarah Mercado (she/her/hers)

Vince Palou (he/him/his)

Commuter & Transfer Success Coach:

Itzel Estrada (she/her/hers)

Assistant Coordinators:

Carlos Perez Aguilar (he/him/his)

Bri Voss (she/her/hers)

Photo (left to right):

Top - Itzel, Eunice, Helen, Sarah, Carlos

Bottom - Bri, Heather, Vince

Advising Corner

Need to make an appointment with your Coordinated Care Advisor or your Major Advisor? Make sure you visit SDSU Navigate to make an appointment.

Once you are logged in, click on the blue button (Make Appointments / Find Drop-ins) and use the drop-down menu to choose "Academic Advising." Then, choose the time and day that works for you and your schedule.

SDSU Navigate

Are you interested in changing your major? Visit the Office of the Registrar webpage to learn more.

Students will need to talk to the major/minor department to switch and must adopt the requirements of the major and any minors in effect at that time.

Office of the Registrar

Gemma Carretta


Major: Language, Society, and Culture

Commuter Chronicles

Everyone meet Gemma! Gemma is one of our CLAM mentors here in Commuter Life and is currently a senior studying Language, Culture, and Society. Gemma commutes to campus every day by car, and when she's here, her favorite spot to hang out is the Mediterranean Garden. Fun fact about Gemma is that she is a big animal person! She has two retrievers and three cats at home and is currently looking to adopt another dog. Gemma's advice to all students is to find your motivation for being in school and make sure you keep that in mind throughout your time here at SDSU. During hard times, remembering why you decided to come to SDSU can help you stay focused and enjoy your experiences much more. Make sure you come by and say hi to Gemma in Commuter Life!

National Video

Game Day

When: Sept. 12, 2023

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

If you enjoy games like Smash Brothers and Mario Kart, come join us in the CRC for some fun video games!

Glazer x Commuter

Open House

When: Sept. 13, 2023

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come learn about the resources, programs, and support the Glazer Center for Leadership and Commuter Life have to offer you.

Lotería Game Day

When: Sept. 14, 2023

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by playing a game of lotería with fellow commuters!

Sip n Paint

When: Sept. 19, 2023

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Feeling creative? Come paint with us in the Commuter Resource Center with some refreshments and light snacks.

Puzzle and Relax

When: Sept. 20, 2023

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Having trouble finding ways to relax? This might be your missing piece! Join us in the Commuter Resource Center to complete a puzzle with fellow students.

Balance out academics with social fun!

  • Attend Aztec Nights
  • Attend a sports game
  • Visit the ARC
  • Join a club or Greek life

Don't be afraid to ask for help from your mentors, advisors, staff, or faculty members.

Visit the Food Pantry

The Associated Students Food Pantry provides nutritious food and food program referral services for SDSU students experiencing food insecurity.

Location: North-East Landing, 2nd floor of Aztec Student Union


Monday - 10am to 2pm

Wednesday - 12pm to 4pm

Thursday - 1pm to 6pm

Food Pantry Webpage

*Don't forget your RedID. There is no limit on how many times you can visit.

Basic Needs includes:

  • Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT)
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Calfresh
  • And much more!

Basic Needs Center

The Basic Needs Center aims to connect students to resources that prevent or assist them through situations related to food insecurities, housing stability, or unforeseen financial crises that impact student success.

The Basic Needs Center uses a holistic approach to well-being that utilizes on and off-campus partnerships and provides direct referrals based on each students unique circumstances.

Basic Needs Center Webpage

Advocate at State

"Advocate at State" encourages our SDSU community to be proactive in instances where someone's well-being may be at risk and to make healthy choices that will support your well-being and the overall well-being of our entire community.

For instances of medical emergencies related to alcohol or other drug use, sexual violence, or for hazing behaviors, SDSU's Amnesty Policy encourages students to get help for themselves and those in need without fear of disciplinary sanctions through the SDSU student conduct process.

Follow Well-being and Health Promotion on Instagram

Red and Black Safe Ride

On-Demand Requests

To request an on-demand ride M-F from 10pm to midnight, follow these instructions below:

  1. Download the SDSU Safe App.
  2. Select "Safe Ride."
  3. Complete the "Safe Ride Form" * select from the designated pick-up & drop-off locations.
  4. View your driver's ETA via the confirmation link in your email.

Download the SDSU Safe App
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