Office of the Dean of Students



It's a Great Day to be a Seawolf!

On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), welcome to Sonoma State University (SSU)! As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the ODOS staff strives to foster opportunities for learning, leadership, and personal growth in our students through their residential, engagement, and academic experiences.  

It is my privilege and honor to serve as your Dean of Students, and provide leadership to several offices and services that will impact your experiences at SSU. As a first generation college student, I have experience with the excitement you're feeling, and the challenges you may endure. There are so many resources and opportunitites available to you, and I encourage you to take a step toward trying something new, gaining an experience or two, and likely gain many new friendships along the way. My one recommendation that I would share with every student as they join our community would be to get out there and experience what SSU has to offer. You will have no idea what awaits you if you don't put yourself out there to find out.

We are committed to working with and providing engagement opportunites for all of our students. The ODOS staff looks forward to working with you during your time at SSU - whether that be through clubs or organizations, your residential experience, or navigating academic or personal challenges. Please contact us with questions, concerns, or just to chat. We look forward to working with you during your Seawolf journey.


Ryan Jasen Henne, PhD.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students