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CSU Profiles

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.

“Working in language and culture, we increase the opportunities for peace and understanding in the world.”

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Diego

“I want my future students to know that education is more than just academics; education is powerful and transformative.”

Madisen Pacioni | Student | Monterey Bay

“My involvement in the cultural revolution started on the San José State campus.”

Luis Valdez | Alumni | San José

“It was when I went to Cal State LA that everything exploded for me.”

Kent Twitchell | Alumni | Los Angeles

“There’s a level of richness that I’ve gotten out of higher education; my way of thinking and perspective have changed.”

Ben Rivers | Student | East Bay

“At the CSU I learned how to become a better, smarter leader.”

Tam Nguyen | Alumni | Fullerton

“When I see a student succeed, it really excites me and makes me feel like what I do every day is worthwhile.”

Jackie Kegley, Ph.D. | Faculty | Bakersfield

“Cal Poly San Luis Obispo provided me with the opportunities to do the things I had dreamed of doing.”

Victor Glover | Alumni | San Luis Obispo

“Sonoma State represented this amazing opportunity for me to start thinking about diversity, bias awareness and inclusion.”

Sandra Jackson-Dumont | Alumni | Sonoma

“I know how education can change a person’s life. I don’t know of anything else that affects a person’s life like education does.”

Maggie White | Student | Stanislaus

“We help bridge the gap between what’s being taught in the classroom and its practical application.”

Ryan Todd | Staff | Sacramento

“The CSU is the people’s university, which means everyone has access to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Dany Doueiri, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Bernardino

“I knew this was a place where I could be myself, be involved and grow.”

Jonathan Henderson | Staff | Dominguez Hills

“If I hadn’t taken that first internship, I wouldn’t be out here in the fields as my own boss.”

Juan Perez | Alumni | Monterey Bay

“Coming to Cal Maritime, I knew I was going to have the support I needed to succeed.”

Mayra Corrales | Student | Maritime Academy

“The work I did at the CSU prepared me to handle whatever job I got.”

Salam Ali | Alumni | Chico

“I work really hard to contribute to the intellectual pool of knowledge at my college.”

Tranicé Warner | Student | Fresno

“Getting a college degree was the best way I could help other patients going through cancer treatment have the same success I’d had.”

Clayton Treska | Alumni | San Diego

“At the CSU I began to find my voice and to move from a feeling of victimization to one of empowerment.”

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Marcos

“I was trying to rehabilitate my life and the CSU gave me access to opportunity and a new way of living.”

Tracey Helton Mitchell | Alumni | San Francisco

“Multiple programs came together to shape me; they made the impossible possible.”

Mich Hamlin | Student | Pomona

"I believe that if you’ve made it to my classroom, you’re capable of succeeding."

Krishna Foster, Ph.D. | Faculty | Los Angeles

“As a nurse, I have a duty to advocate for social justice.”

Gabriel Guillén | Alumni | Channel Islands

"You wonder if you’re really making a difference. Everyone deserves that moment, knowing, what I’m doing matters."

Celene Lopez | Student | Humboldt

"I'm building gardens to change the lives in my community."

Frida Herrera-Endinjok | Student | Northridge

"I’ve had more hurdles in life, so now I have more to give back."

Tim Alexander | Student | Fullerton

"My obsession is to transform generations, not just lives."

Muhammed Chaudhry | Alumni | San José

“Global impact begins in my own backyard.”

Karina Garbesi, Ph.D. | Faculty | East Bay

"I’m an educator who just happens to be an elected official."

Robert Garcia | Alumni | Long Beach