Students approve new Health, Wellness, and Recreation Center.
In April 2022, CSUDH students voted on a referendum to help fund a new on-campus Health, Wellness, and Recreation Center. The initiative passed, with 53% of Toros voting in support of raising student fees to invest in the proposed facility.
The four-story, 83,000-square-foot center will house basketball and volleyball courts, a rock-climbing wall, cardio workout equipment, an elevated jogging track, a dance studio, gender-inclusive locker rooms, and office space.
The facility will also include a satellite psychological services and mental health center, satellite student health center, healthy eating and nutritional counseling center, and stress-reduction and relaxation room. Funding for the $85 million project will come from the state of California (which has pledged a $20 million down payment), philanthropic contributions, and student fees.
After the successful vote, Vice President for Student Affairs William Franklin said, “This center will serve as a venue for education, where users develop positive self-esteem, enhance their social relationships, and build unique opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and community.”
In preparation for the referendum, Franklin and several student leaders traveled to student health centers across the CSU system to gain a better understanding of how such a space will impact the university.
Katrina Felipe (BA, ’22) was among the students who went on the fact-finding mission. “Being an integral part of the referendum meant a great deal to me because of the incredibly beneficial impact it will have on our campus,” she said. “Students will finally have a place on campus where they can focus on their physical, mental, and emotional health.”
The student referendum will raise the Student Body Center Fee by $215 per semester, and will be implemented once the facility is up and running. The project is scheduled for completion by Fall 2026.
More details about the project are available on the Health, Wellness, and Recreation Center page.