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Our courageous students, remarkable faculty, and renowned alumni are living proof of the transformative impact that comes from access to a California State University education.

 

 

Dany Doueiri, Ph.D.

On Dec. 2, 2016, a memorial service began as a bell tolled 14 times. Each peal rang in memory of a person who'd died in the Inland Regional Center terrorist attack in San Bernardino exactly a year before. The bell tower stands in the new Peace Garden at California State University, San Bernardino, a

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Jonathan Henderson

"As a young person, school didn't go very well for me," remembers Jonathan Henderson, an alumnus of California State University, Dominguez Hills and project coordinator of the campus's just-opened The Rose Black Resource Center. "It wasn't necessarily because of a lack of intellec

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Juan Perez

Juan Perez's days start early. He first stops in his office to check emails for the day's orders. Then he heads to the place he really wants to be: outside on his farm."By the time I'm here, the sun is coming up, and we start to harvest produce and get the boxes ready for delivery," he

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Mayra Corrales

The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest container port in the United States. Located in the San Pedro and Wilmington neighborhoods of Los Angeles, nearly $1.2 billion in cargo passes through the 7,500-acre facility every day. To those who live and work nearby, it stands as a literal and figurativ

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Salam Ali

Stroll through California State University, Chico's verdant 119-acre campus any morning or afternoon and you'll see students chatting and studying as they juice up their phones and laptops at a seated solar charging station. Several things make this charging station, which is on a Bell Memorial Unio

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Tranicé Warner

​When Tranicé Warner graduated in 2014 as valedictorian of Cato Middle College High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, she'd been accepted to every college to which she'd applied. She chose California State University, Fresno. Her rationale was simple: "I picked a CSU because I know these

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Clayton Treska

​By the time Clayton Treska entered San Diego State University as a 30-year-old freshman in August 2010, he'd already been through enough ups and downs for multiple lifetimes. Growing up in Atlanta, a small kid with big ears and big teeth who was relentlessly bullied, Treska had fallen in with a tou

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Joely Proudfit, Ph.D.

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., doesn't often find herself tongue-tied. After all, she's forged an illustrious career as one of the country's leading champions of American Indian studies.She's also spent decades teaching at three campuses in the California State University system, including eight years at CS

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Tracey Helton Mitchell

While serving a six-month sentence for drug possession Tracey Helton Mitchell would often look out through the bars of her cell in the San Francisco County Jail, envisioning a better life.She'd spent eight years on the streets of San Francisco, much of the time homeless, so trapped in her heroin add

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Mich Hamlin

Growing up, there were many days when Mich Hamlin had no idea whether or not he would eat. He and his two brothers often scrambled to find a safe place to sleep at night, sometimes slipping behind mechanic shops or curling up among trash cans or in parks, protecting themselves from sprinklers, hidin

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Krishna Foster, Ph.D.

​As a child, Krishna Foster could often be found in the back of a classroom at San Diego State, head buried deep in coloring books as her mother, Dr. Frances Smith Foster, lectured to students on humanities and women's studies. Suffice to say that the power of teaching was something ingrained in her

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Gabriel Guillén

​Gabriel Guillén can't help but notice the barriers standing in the way of a healthier community—especially his own, the city of Santa Paula, in Ventura County, California. Guillén sees too many liquor stores and too few grocery stores. Not enough parks or bike paths. Too many desolate spaces litter

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Celene Lopez

Celene Lopez needs to stay busy. The fall 2016 semester won't start for another three weeks, but the 21-year-old psychology student is already on campus at Humboldt State University, preparing for the arrival of the freshman class."I just can't keep still," she says. "Summer break was

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Robert Garcia, Ed.D.

​​Growing up in California’s San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, Robert Garcia never guessed that he’d become mayor of one of California’s largest cities—Long Beach—much less the youngest, the first Latino, and the first openly gay mayor in the history of this city of nearly half a million resi

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Frida Herrera-Endinjok

​​​It was in a typical nutrition class at Los Angeles Mission College that Frida Herrera-Endinjok first caught a glimpse of her future.Where other students might have simply slogged through chapters about protein and amino acids, the 20-year-old saw much more: the chance to have an impact. “That

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Karina Garbesi, Ph.D.

​It’s estimated that 188 million children—almost one out of every three children—goes to a school without electricity, according to data from the United Nations.Which is why the impact of one invention, the “Solar Suitcase”—a bright blue portable box that pairs with a solar panel to provide ligh

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Tim Alexander

​​It was a pretty straightforward assignment: create a presentation to encourage “financial literacy” among college students—in other words, help them learn how to budget their money, build good credit, and avoid identity theft.Cal State Fullerton sophomore Tim Alexander connected with his best

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Muhammed Chaudhry

Even as a child, San José State alumnus Muhammed Chaudhry took notice of the school he’d end up attending years later.“We were on 5th Street, right up the road from the San José State campus,” remembers Chaudhry, who emigrated with his parents from Pakistan when he was eight years old. “The local sc

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