CSUN Opens New Space for Nursing Mothers, Prayer and Meetings

East Conference Center

The USU’s East Conference Center opens this month with a variety of new amenities that enhance the California State University, Northridge community. Photo by Lee Choo.

A lactation room and prayer/meditation/reflection room are among the new amenities now available to the California State University, Northridge community.

Lactation Room

The East Conference Center’s new lactation room. Photo by Nestor Garcia.

These rooms are among the new additions to the university’s East Conference Center in the University Student Union. The 16,000-square-foot, two-story building was approved for renovation after the Fitness Center was relocated to the Student Recreation Center in 2012. The facility is open for use by CSUN students, faculty, staff and the community. Rental rates vary.

The University Student Union will host an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All CSUN students, faculty and staff are invited to tour the newly renovated space.

“We’re very excited about the East Conference Center,” said Debra Hammond, executive director of the University Student Union. “It’s a real upgrade in our ability to host and provide support for conferences and meetings.

Foot-washing station

The remodeled restrooms include foot-washing stations for religious denominations that require cleansing before prayer. Photo by Nestor Garcia.

“As a student-driven organization, we’re also happy to provide new amenities to further support our students and the campus community.”

The renovated space includes five meeting rooms with new tables and chairs, two small conference rooms with a dividable wall and a lounge space that seats up to 32. The restrooms have been remodeled and will include foot-washing stations for religious denominations that require cleansing before prayer. There is also a game room in the basement of the building.

The meeting rooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art Crestron touch-panel control systems. These systems alleviate the need for multiple remote controls in the room and provide the user with a tech-friendly interface.

To RSVP for the open house, please contact Kristie.godfrey@csun.edu by Aug. 8. For bookings and more information, contact USU reservations and special events at (818) 677-3644.