The new director of the CSUN Black House, Dominique Moye, is ready to spark change at CSUN and empower students.
Moye, who previously worked in the advisement of students at USC and UCLA, was hired in September to lead the CSUN resource center. The Black House is now in its fourth decade of fostering student learning and educational achievement through mentorship, services and events.
Moye plans on supporting students with resources that are unique to a university setting that will help them beyond graduation. To get there, her plans include providing students with social capital, pro-cultural and culturally relevant programming that will appeal to them, events, clubs, study skills, time management lessons, professional development, and internship opportunities.
“Although I am new here, there is a lot that I want to accomplish,” said Moye. “Whatever I do, though, will be for the betterment of the students. I am working on becoming a licensed therapist, so I feel like I can really connect with students in many ways and help them accomplish their dreams holistically.”
Moye’s biggest passion is providing equitable access to students that come from historically disenfranchised backgrounds.
One of the guiding principles that Moye uses in her approach with her students is a quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Moye said she embraces those words, and they represent what she wants to apply as the director.
From 2013-2015, she went to UCLA where she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in education. In 2018, she earned a master of education degree in educational counseling. While attending the universities, she realized that regardless of what she did after graduating, she wanted to play a part in providing educational opportunities for students who looked like her.
She wants to show Black students that they could do whatever it is that they aspire to do, and that higher education gives them the ability to tackle anything the world has to offer. This aligns with what the Black House represents.
The CSUN Black House is a student resource that supports and encourages student learning and achievement by Black and African-American culture. It holds events, provides employment and learning opportunities, and offers clubs and organizations that connect students.
Moye’s goals include helping increase graduation and retention rates and giving students a sense of belonging. She wants to identify current issues that students face and address them head-on with a holistic approach.
“As the director, something that I am always thinking about is how I am prioritizing the mental health needs of our students,” said Moye. “I want to make sure that a lot of the programs reflect the student’s wants and desires.”
Moye was the first in her family to attend college and because of her experience, she wants students to see the possibilities of achieving their own goals.