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3/20/2019 8:24 AMSalvador, Christianne3/20/20193/20/2019 8:05 AMThe CSU Board of Trustees has appointed Ellen J. Neufeldt, Ed.D., to serve as president of California State University San Marcos. LeadershipPress Release

​​The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Ellen J. Neufeldt, Ed.D., to serve as president of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Neufeldt currently serves as vice president of student engagement and enrollment services for Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to work with CSUSM's exceptional faculty, staff and growing number of supporters to reach new levels of achievement for current and future students," said Neufeldt. “There has been remarkable growth both on the campus and in the local community and the opportunity for additional growth still remains. This is an exciting time for the campus and the prospects are limitless."

Neufeldt becomes the fourth president of CSUSM. She will join the campus in her new capacity in July. Neufeldt succeeds Karen Haynes who will be retiring at the end of June​ 2019 after serving as CSUSM president for 16 years.

“Dr. Neufeldt has been a visionary leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student success throughout her career," said CSU Trustee Jean Picker Firstenberg, chair of the CSUSM search committee. “She brings a wealth of experience, and will serve as an inspirational leader on the campus and in the community."

Neufeldt has served as a vice president at ODU since 2011 where she leads the areas of student engagement, student success enrollment services, government relations, Institutional research, marketing and public relations. Her previous higher education leadership roles include service as vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University and assistant vice chancellor for student development and dean of student life at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she also served as the assistant dean of students.

Neufeldt earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, and a master's in educational psychology and counselor education from Tennessee Technological University, and a doctorate of education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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3/20/2019 8:23 AMSalvador, Christianne3/20/20193/20/2019 8:00 AMThe CSU Board of Trustees has appointed Framroze “Fram" Virjee to serve as president of California State University, Fullerton. LeadershipPress Release

​​​The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Framroze “Fram" Virjee to serve as president of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Virjee has been serving as campus president under a term appointment since January 2018 and will assume the permanent presidency immediately.​

“Joining the Titan family has been the most rewarding professional experience of my career," said Virjee. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue working alongside the tremendously talented faculty, staff and administrators to further the great work enabling student achievement and degree completion that we've started, and to chart the path forward for CSUF."

Virjee becomes the sixth permanent president of CSUF. He succeeds Mildred García who was appointed president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in November​ 2017. Virjee was subsequently appointed by CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White to serve as president of CSUF until the next president was appointed by the Board of Trustees, and he has served in that capacity since García's departure.

“We conducted a national search that included many exemplary candidates, and it became apparent that the best person to be the next president of CSUF was already serving the campus," said CSU Trustee Silas Abrego, chair of the CSUF search committee. “In his time leading CSUF, Fram has demonstrated unbridled energy and passion for the campus and students, and under his leadership CSUF will reach even greater heights."

From January 2014 through December 2017, Virjee served as executive vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary to the CSU Board of Trustees. In that capacity, Virjee led a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, and oversaw all legal services for the 23-campus CSU. Virjee also served as chief legal officer to the Board of Trustees, advising them on all legal issues including open meeting laws, board rules and procedures and education code compliance.

Prior to joining CSU, Virjee was a partner in private practice for almost 30 years at O'Melveny & Myers, the oldest law firm in Los Angeles and one of the largest in the nation. At O'Melveny, Virjee specialized in labor and employment law with an emphasis in representing educational institutions in the areas of collective bargaining, education code compliance, and discrimination and employment litigation. Virjee's practice included representing employers in employment litigation, providing preventative advice through client counseling, policy and procedure review and drafting, and extensive in-house training and education on important labor and employment issues. Virjee also served in several leadership positions at O'Melveny, including Secretary to the Management Committee, Chair of the Employment Committee, and the Partner-in-Charge of both Lateral Hiring and Diversity.

Virjee graduated summa cum laude, earning a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Fram is married to Julie Virjee, and they have three sons and one grandson. Julie is very active on campus as a volunteer dedicated to student success. Fram and Julie are founders of Yambi Rwanda, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the people of Rwanda through empowerment and collaboration in areas of education, financial sustainability and creating vibrant life experiences.

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About the California State University​
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

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3/19/2019 8:47 AMParch, Lorie3/18/20193/18/2019 1:55 PMWhile about one-third of U.S. colleges and universities have a woman at the helm, more than half of the CSU's campuses are led by women. Meet the remarkable leaders making history—and inspiring others with their actions.Story

​​​​In July 2018, for the first time in the system's 59-year history, the majority of presidents of the California State University were female. Of the 23 campuses of the CSU, 12 are now run by women. 

We sat down with all our female presidents—from Dr. Karen S. Haynes, appointed president of CSU San Marcos in 2003, to Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, appointed to CSU Bakersfield in 2018—to hear their thoughts on leadership, their path to the presidency and what inspires them. Click to watch the video below.

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To learn more about all 12 female presidents of the CSU, read and watch the presidents' full profiles at the "Women & Leadership" site.

Meet the 12 Women Presidents of the CSU
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​Several CSU campuses are recognized as being among the nation’s highest awarders of physics degrees by the American Physical Society (APS), especially to women and underrepresented minorities.

The APS, a nonprofit membership organization working to advance the knowledge of physics, recently released rankings that analyzed all U.S. higher education institutions that grant physics degrees, ranking them by number of degrees granted. The rankings separate schools by highest degree in physics awarded: bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. 

Among master’s and bachelor’s degree granting institutions, 12 CSU campuses achieved top 20 rankings in various categories, including in granting the most undergraduate degrees in physics overall and most undergraduate physics degrees awarded to women and underrepresented minorities. 

Most notably, among physics bachelor’s degree granting institutions awarding the most undergraduate degrees to underrepresented minorities, four CSU campuses rank in the nation’s top 20. The campuses included, listed in ranking order, are: Pomona, San Bernardino, San Marcos and Dominguez Hills. 

Among physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees to underrepresented minorities, six CSU campuses rank in the nation’s top 20. The campuses included, listed in ranking order, are: Long Beach, San Francisco, Fullerton, San Diego, and San José. 

Initiatives and Partnerships Increase Participation of Minorities in STEM

The APS rankings reflect the CSU’s commitment to diversifying STEM fields by supporting underrepresented groups pursuing their education in STEM. These efforts are also integral to closing achievement gaps between underrepresented minorities and their peers, a key goal of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025

Galen Pickett, Ph.D., a physics professor at California State University, Long Beach—which is ranked number one in granting undergraduate physics degrees to women among master’s degree granting institutions—says the recognition from APS is linked to years of dedication by the CSU to encourage underserved students to pursue careers in STEM fields. 

“The CSU is making good on its promise to extend opportunities in STEM education to underserved students, who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields,” Dr. Pickett says. “At CSU Long Beach, we make a great effort to show students from these groups potential STEM career paths they may not even be aware are open to them and holistically support their aspirations.” 
 
Thirteen CSU campuses are part of the APS’s Physics Teacher Education Program (PhysTEC), which aims to improve the education of future physics teachers, help address the teacher shortage and increase the diversity of the physics teacher workforce. The CSU campuses partnering with PhysTEC are Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San José, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and San Marcos. 

The program creates a physics teacher pipeline, funneling diverse, quality physics teacher candidates into high-need schools with the long-term goal of encouraging more high school students to pursue careers in physics. 

CSU campuses are also part of a state-wide initiative, along with the University of California (UC) and California Community Colleges (CCC), to increase the number of women and minorities in physics through the Cal-Bridge program. 

Cal-Bridge identifies CSU students from underrepresented groups who display strong academic potential and provides them with the necessary support to successfully matriculate to a Ph.D. program. The program began at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona four years ago, and has since expanded to include 16 CSU campuses, nine UCs and more than 40 CCCs. 

To learn more about how the CSU is working to extend opportunities in STEM to underrepresented groups, visit our page for STEM Engaged Learning. ​

Rankings from the American Physical Society (APS)

CSU campuses among the physics bachelor’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees overall:
San Luis Obispo (2)
Pomona (4)

CSU campuses among the physics bachelor’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees to underrepresented minorities:
Pomona (2)
San Bernardino (3)
San Marcos (6)
Dominguez Hills (11)

CSU campuses among the physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees overall:
Long Beach (1)
San Francisco State (7)
Fullerton (14)
San Diego (15)
San José (16)

CSU campuses among the physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees to underrepresented minorities:
Long Beach (2)
Fullerton (6)
Northridge 8)
San Diego (11)
San Francisco (13)
San José (16)

CSU campuses among the physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of master’s degrees in physics overall:
Long Beach (2)
San Francisco (11)
San José (16)
Northridge (17)
Fullerton (19)

CSU campuses among the physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of master’s degrees in physics to underrepresented minorities:
Long Beach (1)

CSU campuses among the physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees to women:
Long Beach (1)
San Francisco (7)
San José (16)
Fullerton (17)

CSU campuses among the physics master’s degree granting institutions awarding the highest number of master’s degrees in physics to women:
Los Angeles (5)
Long Beach (7)
San Diego (14)

CSU campuses among all institutions granting the highest number of undergraduate physics degrees to Hispanics:
Long Beach (3)
San Bernardino (10)​
CSU Campuses Rank Among Nation’s Best for Awarding Physics Degrees to Diverse Students
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3/5/2019 10:01 AMRawls, Aaron3/5/20193/5/2019 8:45 AMOne trustee and three presidents were honored at the California Capitol for their remarkable contributions to society.LeadershipStory

​Four California State University leaders were honored as their respective district's Woman of the Year by various members of the California Legislature for their remarkable contributions to society.

Trustee Emily F. Hinton, President Erika D. Beck (California State University Channel Islands), President Dianne F. Harrison (California State University, Northridge) and President Mary Papazian (San José State University) were honored during a formal ceremony held in Sacramento on the floors of the State Senate and Assembly.

The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 in celebration of Women's History Month. Every March, senators and assembly members invite women to the Capitol who are making a difference in their communities throughout the state.

The event, sponsored by the California Legislative Women's Caucus, has become a meaningful tradition and an anticipated rite of spring in the California State Legislature. The Assembly and Senate pause from their usual business to bestow accolades to encourage women of all ages to pursue a life that benefits others.

Hinton, one of the CSU's two student Trustees, was recognized by Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, President Beck was recognized by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, President Harrison was recognized by Senator Robert Hertzberg and President Papazian was recognized by Assembly Member Evan Low.

The most diverse four-year university in the country, the CSU is also a leader in expanding the diversity of campus leadership. Since Chancellor Timothy P. White began his tenure in 2012, he has appointed 17 presidents, of whom 10 are women. Currently, 12 of the 23 campuses are led by women–52 percent of CSU presidents–which approximates the demographics of CSU's student population. Across the nation, roughly 30 percent of U.S. colleges and universities are led by a woman.

“With the majority of our 23 campuses now led by women presidents, the California State University is an exemplar for our state and nation," said White recently while discussing the CSU's landmark achievement. “We take immense pride in serving the country's most diverse group of students, and I am equally as proud that our leadership reflects the diversity of our students."​

Four CSU Leaders Honored as Woman of the Year by California Legislators
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3/1/2019 12:40 AMRuble, Alisia2/28/20192/28/2019 8:00 AM​The CSU hosted the first systemwide CalFresh Day Feb. 27 to raise awareness for the food assistance program and encourage eligible students to sign up for benefits.Basic Needs InitiativeStory
​​The California State University hosted the first systemwide CalFresh Day Feb. 27 to raise awareness for the food assistance program and encourage eligible students to sign up for benefits.

CalFresh​​, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a nutrition assistance program funded by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can help students meet their nutritional needs.

Campus outreach advocates hosted events to educate students on criteria they must meet to qualify and answer common questions. Advocates also connected students with other resources, like campus pantries and meal-sharing programs, and advised students on where they can use CalFresh benefits. 

CSU campuses reached out to students in a variety of ways, including in-person and on social media, offering delicious incentives to learn more about the program.

In addition to helping students sign up for benefits, Cal State LA’s mobile kitchen—operated by the campus Food Pantry—served up cooking demonstrations, showing students how to make easy and healthy meals using foods commonly distributed at the pantry. 

Chico State’s outreach efforts were aimed at meeting eligible students where they are rather than inviting students to come to their program office. Outreach advocates hosted an “After Dark” event during the evening in the university library to sign students up for benefits and provide healthy study snacks.

“We’re so proud of the participation of our campuses during the inaugural CSU CalFresh Outreach Day—the first event of its kind in the nation,” says CSU Director of Student Wellness and Basic Needs Initiative Denise Bevly. “CalFresh is a key pillar of the Basic Needs Initiative and the Chancellor’s Office is committed to continuing our partnership to support these efforts.”

Supporting Students’ Basic Needs

The CSU’s Basic Needs Initiative grew out of Graduation Initiative 2025, which aims to improve completion rates and eliminate equity gaps. Basic needs programs are available at each campus to provide resources for students facing food and housing insecurity, helping students reach their educational goals.

All 23 CSU campuses now offer students CalFresh application assistance and more than 360 designated CalFresh outreach advocates systemwide work to educate students on eligibility and help them sign up for benefits. Outreach advocates have helped approximately 3,400 eligible students sign up for CalFresh since August 2018.

The CSU is also working to enable CalFresh recipients to use their benefits to purchase food on campus. Currently six campuses accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)—the method of payment used by SNAP recipients—with additional campuses in development. The campuses that currently accept EBT are: Humboldt, Long Beach, Pomona, San Francisco, San José, and Northridge.

Each CSU campus now has a food pantry or food distribution program, which connects students with healthy food to supplement their diets. Campus pantries have been serving students since the Basic Needs Initiative launch in 2016 and more than 35,000 students were served by pantries during the fall and winter 2018 semesters.

To learn more about CalFresh benefits and find a campus outreach advocate, visit the CSU’s CalFresh page
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2/25/2019 8:44 AMParch, Lorie2/20/20192/20/2019 11:35 AMCal State Fullerton and Cal State San Bernardino have each partnered with Riverside City College to offset the ongoing nursing shortage.NursingStory

​​​​As the demand for more registered nurses continues to grow, CSU campuses are partnering with a local community college to offset the shortage.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) have each signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Riverside City College (RCC) to create pathways to a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).

The agreement established a dual-enrollment program between RCC and CSUF or CSUSB, allowing community college students who are working to earn their associate degree in nursing (ADN) to concurrently earn a BSN from one of the two CSU campuses.

“Inland Southern California is experiencing a surge in its economy and population as the region veers into a public health crisis. We need to ensure we have the healthcare infrastructure in place to meet the looming needs," said Sen. Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “This innovative pilot program addresses that need by driving more bachelor's degree nurses into medically underserved regions like Inland Southern California, delivering health care where it is needed most."

Every year, CSU campuses prepare 60 percent of the state's baccalaureate prepared nurses, including conferring more than 3,200 nursing degrees in 2017-18. But despite robust programs on 18 CSU campuses, California has the highest deficit of registered nurses in the nation. The new pathway is established to counteract the shortage by removing unnecessary time and costs for ADN nursing students to complete their degree and become workforce-ready.

Students will begin the program at RCC as they take prerequisite and general education classes. They then enroll concurrently into both RCC and one of the CSU nursing programs to complete the ADN. Their final semester will be completed at CSUF or CSUSB, resulting in a BSN.

Concurrent enrollment to the ADN-to-BSN program will launch in fall 2019. The program could serve as a model for other CSU campuses to adapt, enabling more students to earn a BSN in a direct and streamlined manner.

“The CSUF and CSUSB nursing faculty are confident that the success of this model will promote the state-wide adoption of the ADN-to-BSN collaborative program," says Margaret Brady, Ph.D., professor of nursing at CSU Long Beach and coordinator of the ADN-to-BSN program. “Investment in this program will sow the seeds for more students to become RNs and mitigate the nurse deficiency throughout California."

The ADN-to-BSN program advances the CSU's efforts in meeting Graduation Initiative 2025 goals of graduating more students in a timely manner. Collaboration between RCC and each of the CSUs removes barriers associated with transferring while providing students high-quality education to prepare for their future in nursing.

The MOUs also established procedures for program governance, admission procedures, operation of student financial aid, as well as sharing of classroom and other resources, such as simulation labs and libraries. 

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2/22/2019 8:58 AMParch, Lorie2/19/20192/19/2019 8:10 AMEspecially for first-generation students just starting college, peer mentoring can make all the difference. Student SuccessStory

​If you're a student at a CSU campus, your mentor could be as close as the person sitting next to you in class. Especially if you're a first-generation student in your first year of college, having someone to help you navigate the new world of academics (and more), can make a big difference. Support like this can even set you up for the ultimate success: earning your degree. 

Peer mentoring isn't new, but more California State University campuses are ramping up these programs as a way to meet students where they're at and give them individualized guidance. In fact, 17 CSU campuses expanded their peer mentoring programs during the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Graduation Initiative 2025 progress report presented to the California legislature. Nearly 262,000 of the CSU's current students will be the first in their families to earn a degree, so the positive impacts of peer mentoring are far reaching. 

Learn more about the ways our students are finding support from their peers across the campuses of the CSU.

Humboldt State: Mentors First

What It Is: Since 2014, Humboldt State University's Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP) has provided one-to-one peer mentoring for each of the campus's first-time, first-generation freshmen (more than 50 percent of HSU's freshmen fall into that category), says RAMP director Tracy Smith.

Every fall, about 800 incoming students are each assigned to a peer student mentor who helps them develop good study habits, teaches them about campus culture and university policies, and lets them know about other student support resources.

"You are making an impact in someone's life, sometimes greater than you know," says Kristina Wolf, a RAMP lead student mentor and a mentee in 2016-17. "Students are just reaching an incredibly important place in their life, beginning college, where everything is new and sometimes a little scary."

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"RAMP is here to help students through this transition point in their life and hopefully support them in building the tools to succeed in their future college career and beyond," says Kristina Wolf, RAMP student mentor (left), pictured here with student Maria Angelic Garcia. Courtesy of Kellie Jo Brown/Humboldt State

How It Works: Each student mentor—there are about 30 to 36 in total—meets with their mentees every three to four weeks; in between, the pair communicate by text, email or phone.

"During these meetings the peer mentors foster the importance of being proactive," explains Smith, adding that mentors share resources related to addressing the stresses first-year students typically feel, such as homesickness, imposter syndrome or financial worries, to name a few. 

"Students who can anticipate the expectations of campus educators have a huge advantage in navigating the first year."

Samantha Martinez, RAMP coordinator and an HSU alumna pursuing her master's of education, says that while the program actively supports the university's efforts for retaining freshmen, the core of their work is in providing support and development of the student mentors

"RAMP is really about building a proactive, strong support system for our mentors and that trickles down to our freshmen," agrees Smith. "We are helping to develop future professionals who are becoming change agents for our campus and community."  

Smith adds that RAMP would not be successful without their campus partners (learning communities, academic advising, TRiO programs and many more), which help freshmen build connections and relationships across campus.

To Learn More: Humboldt State's RAMP

CSU Bakersfield: Science of Success

What It Is: Peer mentoring is a key part of the STEM Pathways program at CSU Bakersfield's School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME),  which places first-time freshmen who declare select STEM degrees in a learning community that supports them during their first year of college.​

NSME Pathways mentor Chris Ramirez is also a first-generation student. He hopes to pursue a residency in neurosurgery after medical school. Courtesy of Chris Ramirez

​​"Research shows that peer mentors are invaluable for success for underrepresented or first-generation students," says Jaimi Paschal, Advising Center and Pathways coordinator at CSUB. 

For that reason, the program strives to have a diverse pool of peer mentors. "When students see people who are like them," adds Paschal, "they tend to have better retention."

How It Works: Postbaccalaureate student Chris Ramirez is one such peer mentor. Now majoring in biology and planning to enter medical school, Ramirez is in his second year of mentoring; for the 2018-19 academic year, he's working with eight CSUB biology students.

​​Ramirez meets with his mentees as a group every week and communicates with each via text message. One-on-one meetings with mentees are scheduled as needed, he says. "I came into the program last year not knowing what to expect, and over the past three semesters I've really seen the growth in students. It's really rewarding when they do well in classes."

Other peer-to-peer mentoring programs welcome students pursuing any undergraduate degree, but the Pathways community is made up only of first-time freshmen STEM majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, geology, human biology, math, pre-nursing and physics.

"They really want your guidance," says Ramirez, who has answered questions about choosing a minor, getting into medical school and even getting a credit card. "I see myself in a lot of these students. I wish there was someone there for me back when I was a freshman."

To Learn More: CSU Bakersfield's NSME Pathways Program

CSU Northridge: Tailor-made Mentoring for LGBTQIA Students

What It Is: California State University, Northridge created peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities for the LGBTQIA student community starting in spring 2012, not long before CSUN's Pride Center opened its doors. "We provide that listening ear and support," explains Sarina Loeb, manager of the CSUN Pride Center and an alumna of Sonoma State and CSUN. "Over the years, it's been very helpful for students to confide in that peer to learn about what it was like transitioning to campus."

How It Works: Every student assistant on the Pride Center staff is trained in mentoring skills. When a student asks about the program, Loeb first meets with the student to pair them with a mentor who's likely to be a good fit.

"We really listen to what our students need and we adapt our program to meet their needs," Loeb says, adding that her goal is a personalized mentor-mentee relationship. "Some may want to meet three times a semester and they're good. Others may want to meet more frequently."

Loeb says students often talk one-on-one with their mentors about sexuality and gender identity or to learn ways to get connected or involved at CSUN. Sometimes, students inquire about mentoring but don't follow through with the program either because they're not ready or comfortable making that step yet. "We continue to modify and add to our programming to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students," she says."

To Learn More: CSU Northridge's Pride Center

Sacramento State: Teaching Wellness

What It Is: At Sacramento State's Peer Health Educator Internship program, student interns earn course credit for teaching peers about wellness, including nutrition, alcohol and drugs, mental health and healthy relationships.

Sacramento State peer health manager Gabrielle Espinosa (top right) with her Peer Health Educator (PHE) intern group. After graduation, Espinosa hopes to attend a public health scholar program and eventually earn a master’s of public health to pursue her dream job as a public health consultant for the CDC. Courtesy of Gabrielle Espinosa

While the Peer Health Educators (PHE) advocate wellness to their student community, peer mentors support them—in the form of student managers who already completed the PHE program, ensuring a legacy of peer-led health and wellness promotion on campus.

How It Works: Eight to 10 PHE student managers maintain an ongoing mentoring relationship with about 40 to 50 PHE interns each year and help run the program.

"This experience really gave me a place to learn and grow as a person and a professional … It has opened so many doors for me," says PHE student manager Gabrielle Espinosa, who began as a PHE intern in her sophomore year and graduates with her bachelor's in family studies in May 2019.

Espinosa, along with peer health manager Nathan Mao, co-manages nine PHE interns who work with the wider student community to reduce harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 

"Our job is to build a platform for the interns to create their own [health education] outreach work with students using their own ideas," Espinosa says, explaining how her past mentors helped her bring her own ideas to light and excel at something she was passionate about.

To Learn More: Sacramento State's Health & Wellness Promotion




3 Good Reasons to Pay It Forward

If you want to become a peer mentor, you could reap big rewards for helping out your fellow students:

1. Your grades might improve. Jaimi Paschal of CSU Bakersfield says that one STEM Pathways mentor's GPA went up just from being a mentor. Because she urged her mentees to study so much, she had to walk the walk herself and improved her own study habits, says Paschal.

2. You'll become a better listener—and thinker. CSUN's Pride Center mentors have found that sharing knowledge has developed their listening skills. "I see the growth in their critical thinking skills," adds Sarina Loeb, noting that many of her student assistants go on to pursue a master's degrees in social work. "Mentoring is a great transferrable skill for them."

3. You'll be more employable. Another benefit for student mentors: the clout that comes with being part of a well-regarded organization. When Tracy Smith's student mentors leave Humboldt State's RAMP program, they're able to get a job nearly anywhere on campus, thanks to the training they've received and their new leadership skills. 

Sacramento State student Gabrielle Espinosa says that being a mentor in the peer health educator program helped hone her networking skills; she landed a public affairs internship at Planned Parenthood this semester simply by submitting her resume through a Sac State staff member. "They took me without even an interview," says Espinosa.


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2/13/2019 11:37 AMSalvador, Christianne2/13/20192/13/2019 2:25 PMTo help close the equity gap in physics and astronomy, the CSU has joined a state-wide network with the University of California and the California Community Colleges for a program called Cal-Bridge.DiversityStory

Women and members of certain minority groups–namely African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans–continue to be underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While underrepresented minorities (URM) constitute 30 percent of the U.S. population, they only hold 8.9 percent of all STEM doctorate degrees. Their presence is even lower in departments such as physics and astronomy, where URMs hold less than 4 percent of Ph.D.'s nationwide.

URMs face a number of barriers that keep them from earning advanced degrees in these subjects, including lack of academic preparation and financial support.

To help close the equity gap in physics and astronomy, the CSU has joined a state-wide network with the University of California (UC) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) for a program called Cal-Bridge.

"The Cal-Bridge program is designed to provide the mentoring and financial resources they need to help them achieve their dreams of becoming physicists and astronomers," says Alexander Rudolph, a Cal Poly Pomona professor of physics and astronomy, and director of the Cal-Bridge program.

Comprised of 16 CSUs, nine UCs and more than 40 CCCs, Cal-Bridge's mission is to increase diversity in physics and astronomy doctoral programs. The program identifies CSU students from underrepresented groups who display strong academic potential and provides them with the necessary support to successfully matriculate to a Ph.D. program, targeted at the UC campuses in the Cal-Bridge network. Scholars are supported for three years, beginning their junior year and lasting through their first year of grad school. CCC students must transfer to a participating CSU to join the program.

Cal-Bridge is built on four key elements that help students overcome barriers to a Ph.D.:

  • Financial Support: Once selected, Cal-Bridge scholars benefit from full financial aid of up to $10,000 per year, covering the cost of tuition and room and board, which enables students to work less and focus on their studies.
  • Intensive joint mentorship: Every Cal-Bridge scholar is assigned two mentors–one from a CSU campus and another from a UC campus. Scholars receive dual mentorship on a biweekly basis to help navigate their way to a doctoral program.

    "Growing up, my interest in science and math went largely unsupported by my family and I was unsure of what careers I could have with a degree in STEM," said Katy Rodriguez Wimberly, physics graduate student at UC Irvine and former Cal-Bridge Scholar.

    "The mentorship I received from CSU and UC faculty was so eye-opening and inspiring! My mentors worked very closely with me, providing writing tips and direct science guidance on my research proposal."
  • Professional development: Scholars receive extensive professional development and in-person workshops that allow them to interact and grow with one another in the program.

    "I gained the tools and insights on how to transition from undergrad to a research-focused graduate," says Wimberly. "The relationships I built and the events I participated in demystified academia for me and, as a result, I feel confident in my growing skills as an astronomy researcher."
  • Summer research: Scholars who participate in the summer research program work on authentic research projects at one of the many world-class research institutions in the network. They have opportunities to present the results at regional and national scientific conferences.

Since Cal-Bridge's launch four years ago, 18 of the 20 scholars from the first three cohorts have been accepted to a Ph.D. program directly from a CSU and two are in master's-to-Ph.D. bridge programs. Five students received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship award, while three received honorable mentions. The fourth cohort will be applying to Ph.D. programs later this year.

A recent $5 million grant by the NSF allows Cal-Bridge to expand its number of scholars from about a dozen per year in Southern California to as many as 50 statewide. The program welcomed 25 scholars for its fifth cohort last fall.

For more information on Cal-Bridge, visit https://www.cpp.edu/~sci/physics-astronomy/research/cal-bridge.shtml.

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2/19/2019 2:53 PMSua, Ricky2/13/20192/13/2019 12:00 PMThese lucky couples got more than a great education: They found true love at a California State University campus.AlumniStory

​Everyone who attends a CSU campus has the opportunity to attain a high-quality education. But some lucky students have walked away from their college experience with an added bonus: love. However it happened—in class, at a party, volunteering at a student organization or just walking around campus—their connection was real.

For Valentine’s Day, we sat down with four couples who met and fell in love at the CSU to hear their stories. In the words of journalist Franklin P. Jones, "Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”


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2/27/2019 12:32 PMRuble, Alisia2/12/20192/12/2019 11:30 AMCSU leaders visited nearly 100 churches across the state Sunday to encourage students to pursue higher education during the 14th annual CSU Super Sunday.DiversityStory
California State University leaders, including Chancellor Timothy P. White, campus presidents, administrators and alumni, visited nearly 100 churches across the state Sunday to encourage students to pursue higher education during the 14th Annual CSU Super Sunday.

CSU leaders delivered an empowering message to congregants that reinforced the transformational nature of a college degree. Following each service, CSU campus volunteers provided prospective students and their families information about preparing for college including academic requirements and how to apply for financial aid.

At Antioch Church in Long Beach, CSU Chancellor Timothy White espoused the life-long benefits of a college degree and aspects of higher education unique to the CSU including affordability and campus support.

“Whatever your circumstances, age, or income, you can not only attend college—you can succeed in college,” Chancellor White told congregants. “CSU faculty, staff, students and alumni are ready to help you complete your degree every step of the way.”

Chancellor White also extended an invitation to students and their families to attend a work shop at California State University, Long Beach in March to learn about preparing for college entry exams and about the Early Assessment Program.

In his address to the congregants of Life Church of God in Christ in Riverside, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Loren Blanchard reminded churchgoers that the CSU remains committed to the well-being of its surrounding communities.

“The CSU does not end at the boundaries of our campus,” Dr. Blanchard said. “We are partners in the future success of your children and grandchildren, and this means we look forward to having an ongoing relationship with you.”

Since the CSU’s first Super Sunday in 2005, more than one million people have attended Super Sunday services. Super Sunday is one of many events supported by the CSU community to increase the preparation, retention and graduation of African-American students.

Outreach efforts and partnerships within underserved communities are key to the CSU’s work to improve completion rates and eliminate equity gaps through the Graduation Initiative 2025. Through the initiative, the CSU has established important strategies to improve success among students from underserved communities who continue to graduate at lower rates than their peers.

Recent data show the Graduation Initiative 2025 has been successful in narrowing the equity gap by 14 percent for underrepresented students of color and by 10 percent for students receiving Pell Grants. 

To learn more about how the CSU works with community partners to foster a college-going culture and eliminate equity gaps, visit our African American Initiative page.
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2/25/2019 8:43 AMParch, Lorie2/7/20192/7/2019 9:05 AMBy 2023, the CSU system will be eliminating the use and sale of all single-use plastics including plastic straws, water bottles and bags.SustainabilityStory

​By 2023, the California State University's 23 campuses will be eliminating the use and sale of all single-use plastics including plastic straws, water bottles and bags.

A new system policy enacted in December establishes purchasing practices aimed at eliminating disposable plastic items—which make up a significant proportion of the waste campuses send to landfills—while giving preference to reusable, compostable or recyclable products instead.

According to the policy, all CSU campuses must eliminate plastic straws and carryout bags beginning in 2019. In addition, campuses must phase out Styrofoam food service items by January 2021 and discontinue sales and distribution of single-use plastic water bottles before January 2023.

The plan expands upon the Board of Trustees' Policy on Sustainability by making sustainability central to the CSU's business processes.

"This policy further positions the CSU as a national leader in sustainability," said CSU's Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer Arunkumar Casuba. "Eliminating single-use plastics across our 23 campuses will rid our landfills and oceans of thousands of pounds of waste—saving marine life and further reducing our carbon footprint."

The momentary utility and convenience of single-use plastics like straws, takeout containers and water bottles comes with a big price. These items are not biodegradable or take hundreds of years to decompose.

In addition, single-use plastics frequently do not make it to landfills or recycling plants. According to Earth Day Network, 32 percent of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans. Much of it ends up in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" located between Hawaii and California, which is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world.

A number of CSU campuses have already eliminated the use of disposable plastics. For example, Humboldt State stopped selling water bottles in 2012, becoming the first public university in California to do so.

Others are working to meet the goal dates outlined in the policy by preparing alternatives including reusable/compostable meal containers, beverage containers and straws. Campus procurement, dining and waste management staff are also working together to fit the new products in with waste processing capabilities.

The new policy aligns the CSU with existing California state laws including AB-1884 (single-use plastic straws), SB-270 (single-use carryout bags) and SB-1335 (food service packaging for state agencies).

The CSU is on the cutting edge of discovering and developing new ways to cut emissions, increase energy and resource efficiencies, protect wildlife and secure the environment for future generations. Learn more about the CSU's Commitment to Sustainability.


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2/5/2019 3:43 PMRuble, Alisia2/5/20192/5/2019 11:30 AMSeven CSU campuses received funding for campus projects that will prepare educators, school counselors and psychologists to work with students with special needs.Teacher PreparationStory
Seven CSU campuses received nearly $17 million from the United States Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to prepare educators, school counselors and psychologists to work collaboratively to serve the unique needs of students with disabilities.

The campuses awarded are California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ($1.1 million), California State University, Chico ($1.25 million), Humboldt State University ($1.25 million), San Francisco State ($1.25 million), California State University, Long Beach ($3.6 million), California State University, Los Angeles ($3.75 million) and San Diego State University ($4.5 million).

The projects will advance interdisciplinary collaboration among general and special education teachers, school counselors and psychologists, ensuring students with special needs and their families receive comprehensive support in and out of the classroom. Several projects are also aimed at supporting dual-language learners with special needs and their families.

Educators and administrators will be equipped to provide evidence-based assessment and instructional practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities including supporting the social, emotional and behavioral development of young children with disabilities and the use of technology to enhance development and learning.

 “These grants are evidence of the significant commitment of CSU campuses to preparing educators to enhance the vision of inclusive education for all students,” says Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educator Preparation. “Addressing the needs of all learners is at the heart of CSU teacher preparation and major reforms in California.” 

Campus Projects Support Diverse Students

California is home to more than 2.6 million P-12 students who speak a language other than English at home—roughly 42 percent of the state’s public school enrollment. CSU colleges and schools of education, which prepare more than half the state’s educators, play a critical role in addressing the needs of this growing population. 

Campus projects receiving funding from OSERS in this round of awards that support dual-language learners with special needs include:

Addressing California’s Degree Shortage

The CSU is the largest preparer of teachers in the state, producing more than half the state’s educators each year and helping to solve the state’s teacher shortage. Of the nearly 8,000 new teachers produced by the CSU each year, more than 1,500 are new special education teachers. 

Teacher preparation is key to the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, which will enable the university to produce its share of the 1.1 million college graduates California needs to address its looming degree gap while improving student achievement and eliminating equity gaps. 

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) projects the state’s teacher shortage will become greater by 2030 as demand for qualified educators will increase by nearly 5 percentage points.

To learn more about how the CSU is working to solve California’s teacher shortage, visit the page for teacher preparation.
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2/25/2019 8:42 AMParch, Lorie1/30/20191/30/2019 10:35 AMChancellor Timothy P. White will be presented the 2019 Leadership Champion Award by Leadership California, whose mission is to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state.LeadershipPress Release
​Timothy P. White, chancellor of the California State University, will be presented the 2019 Leadership Champion Award by Leadership California, whose mission is to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state, at their annual Legacy of Leadership awards ceremony in May in Los Angeles. 

Each year, Leadership California recognizes women, companies, and, new in 2019, one man, who lead the way through civic, business and service achievement, while advancing and supporting women leaders. The new Leadership Champion award honors a man who champions women leaders and is dedicated to advancing women to leadership positions.

“Leadership California is honored to recognize Chancellor White, along with the other outstanding leaders, whose positive accomplishments have made an immeasurable impact on the opportunities for women in California,” said Dr. Margie Wheeler, President of Leadership California. “Chancellor White and the others leaders exemplify the leadership qualities we at Leadership California are committed to fostering in women leaders across the state through our programs. Leadership qualities that will move our participants from success to significance.”

“With the majority of our 23 campuses now led by women presidents, the California State University is an exemplar for our state and nation,” said White. “We take immense pride in serving the country’s most diverse group of students, and I am equally as proud that our leadership reflects the diversity of our students.”

Leadership California recently announced the honorees for the 2019 Legacy of Leadership awards. The other 2019 honorees are:

  • Legacy of Service Award: Gloria D. Gray, Chairwoman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Director, West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Community Leader Award: Dr. Lucy Jones, Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
  • Trailblazer Award: Monica Lozano, President/CEO, College Futures Foundation
  • Trailblazer Award: Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, Director, Center for Women in Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • Corporate Leader Award: Southwest Airlines
The honorees will be recognized at the annual Legacy of Leadership celebration on May 6, 2019 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available. 

“In today’s environment, we all must do more to ensure we are advancing and empowering women and there is equal opportunity for everyone. Support of Leadership California, and the Legacy of Leadership awards, recognizes the contributions made by the honorees as we continue to work towards achieving gender equality,” offered Dr. Wheeler.

For more information about the awards, sponsorships opportunities, and tickets to the celebration, please visit www.LeadershipCalifornia.org or contact Jennifer Persike at jpersike@leadershipcalifornia.org

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About Leadership California
Leadership California, through its flagship California Issues & Trends program, moves women from success to significance. The organization does this through its mission to increase the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state and inspire them to act on their knowledge of issues and cutting-edge trends facing California, the nation and the world.

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.
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From A to B: Keeping California’s Goods Moving

  Find out how the CSU is preparing the skilled workforce that will keep both
  consumer goods and the state’s economy on track for decades to come.

Logistics—or how goods move from manufacturer to consumer—is a critical part of global trade. It’s also a booming industry and a white-hot job market; U.S. job growth in the sector is expected to increase 22 percent by 2022.

California is at the intersection of major global trading routes: The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the largest maritime gateways in North America; Oakland International Airport and LAX serve as principal air freight centers; and goods are distributed to and from Latin America and beyond via border crossings in the south.

By 2030, the Los Angeles metro area alone will need to fill 350,000 more jobs just to maintain the flow of goods, and professional jobs in logistics are also expected to grow for the rest of the state.

To meet these workforce needs, the California State University is preparing many of the logistics and supply chain management professionals that will support and advance the trade and transportation industry.

“Logistics is a global arena; companies from all over the world are competing in terms of efficiency and innovation,” says Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach. “As it evolves, the field of logistics is increasingly integrating with other sectors, such as business and finance, health and sustainable energy."

The CSU is preparing for the transportation jobs of the future by training students through expert knowledge and hands-on opportunities.

— Dr. Thomas O’Brien, executive director,
Center for International Trade and Transportation, CSU Long Beach

4 Good jobs for moving the goods

CSU faculty experts share some of the top jobs in logistics today.

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Logistics Manager

California employs more logisticians than any other state. But what exactly does a logistics manager do? “[They] make decisions from the beginning of the transporting process to the end, so that companies operate as efficiently as possible,” says Dr. O’Brien. “They look at cost, they analyze whether to buy products overseas or locally, and they decide how to use various transportation methods in the most effective way.”

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona prepares students to enter the booming field of online business through the e-business concentration offered in the Department of Technology and Operations Management. “Cal Poly Pomona’s ‘learn by doing’ approach to logistics and e-commerce has earned 2018 graduates job offers at logistics centers throughout California, including Amazon, Sysco and Target,” says Yuanjie He, Ph.D., chair of the technology and operations management department at Cal Poly Pomona.

CSU Long Beach Alumnus Kevin Arguleta

Business Development & Trade Analyst

You might not immediately think a business development career is linked to logistics, but finding new clients and forging strong professional relationships are essential to the movement of goods.

CSU Long Beach alumnus Kevin Argueta (shown in the photo above) is an intern analyst in the business development division at the Port of Long Beach where he focuses on local and global trade policies and evaluates their effects on cargo coming into the San Pedro Bay Port Complex. His work includes analysis of the Trump Administration’s tariff lists imposed on China and assessing cargo traffic coming into the port.

“While using the skills I learned during my undergraduate studies at CITT, I gained an interest in learning more about transportation and the movement of goods and looked into potential careers in the industry,” says Argueta, who worked with METRANS and the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center while an undergraduate. There, he examined issues affecting trade and transportation, new policies, and how new technology might help workers.

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Environmental engineer & Scientist

Moving products across thousands of miles takes a toll on the environment, increasing the need for environmental engineers in logistics who can evaluate the impact on land, water and air.

“Environmental scientists and engineers work on improving logistics operations to protect natural resources,” says CSU Long Beach's Dr. Thomas O’Brien. “They ensure that a company’s operations comply with environmental laws and that customers understand their firm’s values on sustainability.”

When shipping materials and packaging are discarded, they become waste. At San José State University, for example, the Globalization and Environment course teaches students about issues related to corporate social responsibility and specific actions businesses can take to reduce their environmental impact.

“Nearly every organization has operations that have environmental consequences, presenting opportunities for efficiency improvements,” says Bruce Olszewski, lecturer in environmental studies at San José State.

For environmental engineers in logistics, this might mean working to modernize ship-loading equipment and diesel trucking fleets that serve the ports, reducing emissions and improving air quality in and around the port.

Weather forecasting, which is critical to safely transport goods across seas, offers another area for improving efficiency. SJSU meteorology students are learning how to do just that.

“Many alumni go on to work for companies such as StormGeo as weather forecasters for container ship movement and other transport,” explains Eugene Cordero, Ph.D., professor in the meteorology and climate science department at San José State.

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Information Systems Analyst

“A key to any supply chain is the storage and distribution of goods. Highly trained specialists will be needed to oversee artificial intelligence and automated processes that optimize warehousing and distribution. Many lower-skilled jobs will be eliminated as the demand goes up for workers with analytical thinking and creative problem solving skills,” explains Jian-yu Ke, Ph.D., assistant professor of information systems and operations management at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Information systems analysts help improve the efficiency of current processes by analyzing business problems and data. “The way goods are being monitored from manufacturer to consumer is becoming more streamlined, thanks to increased use of high-level automation,” says Bo Li, Ph.D., of California State University, Los Angeles' Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Through the center’s internet of things (IOT) research, students are at the forefront of finding ways to track goods more transparently and in real time. “IOT is one of the hottest topics in logistics right now,” notes Dr. Li.

“Warehouses are being filled with censors and robots, making every part of the logistics process connected through information systems. Our students are studying the impact of IOT on the supply chain as a whole and how they can contribute to further improve its efficiency.”

California is outperforming the nation in job growth and the logistics sector will continue to be one of the state’s biggest job creators. Competition in the industry lies in the timeliness of shipping and access to goods from all over the world, which calls for increased use of automation and strategy.

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People employed in LA area by the San Pedro Bay Port Complex

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Growth expected in the U.S. logistics industry by 2022

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Jobs to fill by 2030 to maintain the flow of goods in LA

Career Pathways to the Ports

While California is home to 11 major sea ports, most products transported via the Pacific Ocean check in and out of the San Pedro Bay Port Complex, comprised of the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and the Port of Los Angeles. Together, these ports employ one in 12 people in the greater Los Angeles area.

Two CSU campuses have partnered with each port and its local community to offer pathway programs that prepare students for careers in the logistics industry:

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills works with Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) and the Port of Los Angeles to prepare LAHC students to successfully transfer to CSUDH to pursue a bachelor of science degree in global logistics. The Port of LA consults with both campuses to ensure emerging and relevant topics are integrated into the curriculum.

    Keong Leung, Ph.D., professor of supply chain management at CSU Dominguez Hills, says the pathway provides students with a unique opportunity to get a firsthand look at how the port works. “To gain deeper perspective at how truly important the ports are to our daily lives, students are taken on a boat tour around the complex where they see the facilities, operations and all of its moving parts,” says Dr. Leung.

    Students in the program also have the option to intern at the Port of LA, where they experience international trade and transportation or work at a UPS freight center where they learn about land transportation of goods, such as arranging shipments via trucking and tracking goods en route to warehouses.
  • A partnership between California State University, Long Beach, Cabrillo High School, Long Beach City College and the Port of Long Beach trains future logistics professionals starting in high school. All three schools receive consultation from the Port of Long Beach to develop a curriculum that helps students transition from high school to community college and, ultimately, earn a degree in global logistics from CSULB. As part of the program, CSULB students are offered internships at the POLB to get hands-on experience in logistics and related fields of study.


This article is the final installment in a series on California's transportation challenges and the ways the campuses of the California State University are working to solve them. Read our previous coverage on the CSU's role in finding solutions to California's gridlock, building better roads, making fossil fuels greener, keeping the state at the forefront of sustainable transportation, and researching the fuels of the future.

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3/18/20193/18/2019 1:55 PMWhile about one-third of U.S. colleges and universities have a woman at the helm, more than half of the CSU's campuses are led by women. Meet the remarkable leaders making history—and inspiring others with their actions.Story
Meet the 12 Women Presidents of the CSU
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3/15/20193/15/2019 9:00 AMSTEMStory
CSU Campuses Rank Among Nation’s Best for Awarding Physics Degrees to Diverse Students
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3/5/20193/5/2019 8:45 AMOne trustee and three presidents were honored at the California Capitol for their remarkable contributions to society.LeadershipStory
Four CSU Leaders Honored as Woman of the Year by California Legislators
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2/28/20192/28/2019 8:00 AM​The CSU hosted the first systemwide CalFresh Day Feb. 27 to raise awareness for the food assistance program and encourage eligible students to sign up for benefits.Basic Needs InitiativeStory
CSU Outreach Connects Students with CalFresh
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2/20/20192/20/2019 11:35 AMCal State Fullerton and Cal State San Bernardino have each partnered with Riverside City College to offset the ongoing nursing shortage.NursingStory
CSUs Partner with Local Community College to Streamline Nursing Pathway
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2/19/20192/19/2019 8:10 AMEspecially for first-generation students just starting college, peer mentoring can make all the difference. Student SuccessStory
Student Mentors: Peer-to-Peer Power
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2/13/20192/13/2019 2:25 PMTo help close the equity gap in physics and astronomy, the CSU has joined a state-wide network with the University of California and the California Community Colleges for a program called Cal-Bridge.DiversityStory
CSU Aims to Increase Number of Women and Minorities in Astronomy and Physics
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2/13/20192/13/2019 12:00 PMThese lucky couples got more than a great education: They found true love at a California State University campus.AlumniStory
'We Met at the CSU': 4 Alumni Love Stories
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2/12/20192/12/2019 11:30 AMCSU leaders visited nearly 100 churches across the state Sunday to encourage students to pursue higher education during the 14th annual CSU Super Sunday.DiversityStory
CSU Leaders Bring Message of Hope to Local Communities
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2/7/20192/7/2019 9:05 AMBy 2023, the CSU system will be eliminating the use and sale of all single-use plastics including plastic straws, water bottles and bags.SustainabilityStory
CSU Says Goodbye to Single-Use Plastics
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2/5/20192/5/2019 11:30 AMSeven CSU campuses received funding for campus projects that will prepare educators, school counselors and psychologists to work with students with special needs.Teacher PreparationStory
CSU Campuses Receive $17M to Train Special Education Teachers
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1/28/20191/28/2019 12:00 AMHow the CSU is preparing the skilled workforce that will keep both consumer goods and the state's economy on track.CaliforniaStory
From A to B: Keeping California’s Goods Moving
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1/25/20191/25/2019 1:20 PMSixteen CSU campuses were named to Money magazine’s list of the top 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students in the country.Transfer StudentStory
CSU Campuses Lauded for Transfer Student Success
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1/15/20191/15/2019 9:30 AMU.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of online degree programs highlight CSU campuses as some of the best in the nation.Online EducationStory
CSU Online Programs Wired for Success
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1/15/20191/15/2019 8:00 AMAfter California’s devastating fire season, leading CSU experts weigh in on how our people and land are recovering.CaliforniaStory
The Fires of 2018: What Happens Now?
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