To further the California State University's mission to provide public services that enrich the university and its communities, the CSU partners with community leaders and dedicated donors across the state to establish and encourage strong and inclusive communities. Donor support also helps the CSU advance social mobility, resolve health disparities and tackle real-world problems by broadening practice-based training to improve learning outcomes for K-12 teachers and to develop culturally competent health practitioners to promote wellness in underserved communities.
California State University, East Bay hosted a virtual reality camp funded by the Broadcom Foundation to introduce Hayward-area high school students to undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Using gaming and instructional design, the students spent a week exploring simulation research and interacting with Cal State East Bay engineering students, virtual reality professionals and industry representatives. In the process, they gained an understanding of the skills they will need for careers in STEM fields.
The naming of the RND Amphitheater at California State University, Monterey Bay honors a $4 million gift from philanthropist Robert Nathan Danziger and his commitment to education, music and the arts in Monterey and the Central Coast region. The gift will support the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ collaboration with the Monterey Jazz Festival as well as an unrestricted fund to address areas of greatest need on campus.
A $60,000 grant from the Stanislaus Community Foundation Health Careers Fund will allow California State University, Stanislaus to fund a two-year health careers navigator position to generate interest in health care professions among local high school and community college students. The goal is to help grow Stanislaus County’s health care workforce, address the region’s shortage of health care professionals and improve health outcomes for area residents.
Social justice is at the heart of a $250,000 endowment a professor emerita and her late husband made to Sonoma State University in hopes that the gift will spur others to donate. The fund supports the H. Andréa Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University, a joint venture of the School of Social Sciences and the School of Education.
A $678,000 grant from the College Futures Foundation will help California State University, Stanislaus increase the number of students transferring from area junior colleges, while bolstering transfer student retention and graduation rates. The gift will open doors for joint faculty development to improve curricular alignment among Stanislaus State, Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College and Merced College. It will also aid the hiring of additional counselors and advisers.