Mission and Overview. The Center for California Studies is a unit of the CSU whose mission is to strengthen democratic governance in California through preparing people for public service and leadership, helping to solve problems of public policy, and enhancing civic literacy through multidisciplinary education. Central to this mission is the administration of a number of fellowship, internship, and other programs, which include:
Budget Background. The Center’s budget covers a range of costs, including: staff salaries and benefits; stipends, benefits, and graduate tuition for 64 Capital Fellows; direct grants for the Faculty Research Fellows program; conference and symposium expenses; and miscellaneous other costs.
Appropriation Request. The Center for California Studies requests an augmentation of $40,000 to cover an anticipated three percent salary increase along with associated increases for benefits for Center staff. This cost-of-living increase is anticipated to be implemented by the university administration as a result of collective bargaining. As such, this will be an unavoidable new cost faced by the Center.