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Santos Manuel Student Union

Facility Closure Update

At this time, the date for re-opening the Santos Manuel Student Union on campus is still undetermined. While we are working to create a plan to safely re-open, as a part of the California State University system, we are required to follow state, county, city and campus officials guidance prior to being permitted to return to campus and open our facilities. 

Please know that we are offering our campus communities (SB, PDC) a wide range of virtual programs and services every day of the week. Rest assured, we are also doing everything we can to re-open as soon as possible while following all appropriate guidance and maintaining the safety and well-being of our campus communities. If you have any questions or suggestions for additional virtual programs and services, please let us know! 

For more information on our current programs and services, beyond our website information, please visit our Instagram Account at: @csusb.smsu.


Statement of Solidarity with National Social Justice Movement

We, at the Santos Manuel Student Union, Recreation and Wellness Department, and Rancho Mirage Student Center at the Palm Desert Campus at California State University San Bernardino (hereinafter referred to as SMSU), recognize and are appalled by the injustice being faced by the Black community. Silence is not an option, and so we support our community in stating that Black Lives Matter.

Read the Full Statement


COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, large gathering locations on campus, including the Pfau Library, Santos Manuel Student Union, Recreation & Wellness Center, Children’s Center, and the Infant/Toddler Lab will temporarily cease operations.  For more information refer to the University's Covid-19 / Coronavirus information page.


About the SMSU

The Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU), through its programs and facilities is a focal point of the campus where students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and guests develop an enduring connection to the university. As a campus social hub, the SMSU assists in the retention and development of students, while encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural pluralism, gender equity, and ethnic diversity. We accomplish this by providing a variety of cultural, social, educational and recreational activities, which create an environment conducive to personal growth and development. Planned activities also provide students with leadership opportunities and employment, which promotes an active learning experience as well as relaxation, entertainment, and social interaction. As the meeting place on campus for students and organizations, the facilities provide a comfortable and relaxing environment that embodies the delivery of services important to the university community. As a bridge between formal learning and life experience, co-curricular activities coordinated by the SMSU serve as a training ground for development of student leaders.

The SMSU facilities include a spacious lobby, relaxation and study lounge areas, meeting rooms, a state of the art theater, multi-purpose Events Center used for major events, an Automatic Teller Machine, graphics services, and Student Union scheduling. Our newest addition to assist our students academically is the laptop checkout program. Other services and departments located within the SMSU are the Coyote Cafe, the Blue Coyote Pub, Starbucks, Coyote Express convenience store, the Associated Stu­dents, Inc., DREAMers Resource and Success Center, Title IX & Gender Equity, Orientation and First Year Experience, and the Office of Student Engagement.


Mission Statement

We, the SMSU and RW, through our programs, services, facilities, and employment opportunities, provide safe and inclusive spaces for CSUSB students, the greater campus, and surrounding areas to foster community, promote wellness, develop leaders, and offer enriching co-curricular experiences.