CAASE Departments

The purpose of CAASE is to provide SSU’s underrepresented and underserved students with resources to persist and graduate. Below is a list of the collective departments within CAASE. 

CAASE Services - Students within CAASE have access to holistic advising, community building activities, access to the CAASE lounge, and other student support services. To learn more go to our Resources and Technology for Success page. 

Disability Services for Students

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Disability Services for Students (DSS) ensures equal access to students with disabilities by providing appropriate accommodations and specialized support services.

Eligibility & Registration for Disability Services 

All SSU students new to DSS (freshmen, transfer, and continuing students) who are seeking services through DSS are responsible for completing the following three steps before their academic accommodations may be provided:

  1. Complete Student Intake Form
  2. Provide Documentation
  3. Schedule an “Intake Appointment”

For details about each step review the DSS Register For Services page.

Visit the DSS website to learn more about our services.

Dream Center

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The Dreamers, Resource, Empowerment, Advocacy, Mentorship (DREAM) Center supports and advances the academic, personal, and professional development of undocumented students and allies by providing a safe, centralized space for services and resources.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undocumented individuals or formerly undocumented, including DACA, TPS, etc. 
  • Members of mixed status families 
  • Allies of the undocumented community (students, staff, faculty, etc.) 

To learn more about DREAM Center, please visit our Instagram.

Educational Opportunity Program

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The Educational Opportunity Program provides access, academic support, and transitional services improving the retention of first generation, historically low income, and educationally disadvantaged students. 

Eligibility Requirements (you must meet all eligibility requirements in order to qualify for EOP)

  • Graduating high school senior or transfer student
  • First-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution)
  • Historically low-income (meet EOP income guidelines
  • California resident (have lived in California for at least three years and have a high school diploma or equivalent or an associates degree). 

Visit EOP to learn more. 


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Preparing Underrepresented Educators to Realize their Teaching Ambitions (PUERTA) aims to increase, retain, and graduate Latinx and/or Hispanic students who have an interest in becoming K-12 teachers. Our goal is to create equitable and inclusive classroom environments by enhancing the equity of our future educators through network opportunities, credential program preparation, community engagement, and resources.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete the online application (applications open in January)
  • Of Latin/o/a/x and/or Hispanic heritage
  • Have an interest in becoming a teacher
  • Be a first-generation college student or student from a low-income background

Visit PUERTA Centro to learn more and apply. 

Seawolf Scholars

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The purpose of Seawolf Scholars at Sonoma State University is to provide current and former foster youth with advocacy, academic support, community building, and access to resources for educational success.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current or former foster youth
  • Guardianship care/kinship care
  • Ward of the court
  • Emancipated minor
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth

Visit Seawolf Scholars to learn more.


TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO SSS is a federally funded Department of Education TRIO program which provides a variety of academic and personal support services to support traditionally under-represented current or incoming undergraduate university students to ensure that they successfully navigate college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. TRIO SSS has been successfully serving students at SSU for over 30 years.

Sonoma State University hosts two TRIO SSS programs, Multilingual Achievers Program and United for Success.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and at least one of the following:
    • a first-generation college student (neither of the student’s parents has obtained a bachelor’s degree)
    • a student who meets the federal low-income levels
    • a student with a documented disability

To be eligible for the Multilingual Achievers Program, students must have learned another language prior to learning English.

Visit TRIO SSS to learn more.