Under the direction of the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the Chief Student Services Officer and is responsible for the overall design, organization, delivery, supervision, evaluation, and fiscal management of a comprehensive student development program charged with promoting and delivering programs and services that enhance student success, achievement, and retention. These areas include Assessment, Admissions and Records, Basic Needs, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Student Health Center, Student Conduct, Title IX Compliance, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Dreamers, Foster Youth Services, EOP&S Program, Student Outreach, First Year Experience, Pirate’s Cove, Veterans’ Resource Center, CalWORKs, Student Engagement and Retention, International Student Services, Student Activities, University Transfer Center, Career Development Center, and VC East Campus in Santa Paula.
Damien A. Peña, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone: (805) 289-6113
Administration Building Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, California 93003
Bio: Dr. Peña began his role as our Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2016. Dr. Peña served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands from 2007-2016. Prior to CI, he served as the Senior Director of Academic Programs at California Lutheran University from 1997-2007. Dr. Peña is a first generation college student who is actively involved in the community and is a proud graduate of Ventura College. He concurrently currently serves as the Dean of Student Services for the campus. He is involved on a statewide and national level as a member of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Western Regional Board of Directors.
On a personal level, his commitment to supporting the inclusion of Latina/o and other historically marginalized student groups is grounded in his desire to give back to his community. He was born and raised in Ventura County (Oxnard) and worked directly for 21 years with under-served student populations in higher education, including first-generation, low-income, and Latina/o students. He is a father to a son with non-verbal autism and an active member in the disability community of Ventura County. Together, these personal experiences have led him to support students of all backgrounds with compassion.
The Vice President for Student Affairs Office is located in the Administration Building and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, click on one of the links below or feel free to call (805) 289-6464.
|Student Affairs at Ventura College|
|Admissions & Records||SSC||(805) 289-6457|
|Assessment & Testing||SSC||(805) 289-6402|
|Career Center||SSC||(805) 289-6411|
|Dean for Student Services||SSC||(805) 289-6455|
Disabled Student Programs & Services/Educational Assistance Center
|Extended Opportunity Programs & Services||EOP||(805) 289-6302|
|Financial Aid||BCS||(805) 289-6369|
|Freshman Year Experience||BCS||(805) 289-6438|
|International Students||CSC||(805) 289-6182|
|Pirates Cove||CSC||(805) 289-7217|
|Student Activities & Clubs||CSC||(805) 289-6487|
|Student Health Center||SHC||(805) 289-6346|
|Student Outreach||CSC||(805) 289-6154|
|Transfer Center||SSC||(805) 289-6473|
|Ventura College East Campus (Santa Paula)||957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula||(805) 525-7136|
|Veterans Resource Center||CSC||(805) 289-6060|
|Vice President for Student Affairs||ADM-17||(805) 289-6113|