CSU Wordmark

Issue #16
July 2011

The CSU External Relation Header

Obama Appoints President Garcia to Presidential Advisory Commission

President Barack Obama has appointed Mildred Garcia, president of California State University, Dominguez Hills, to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

In this position, Garcia and other commission members will advise the president and the education secretary on matters pertaining to the educational attainment of Hispanic students.

“It is a privilege to serve on this committee under the chairmanship of my longtime friend and colleague Eduardo Padron," said Garcia. "I look forward to working collaboratively with other commission members to create solutions that significantly reduce the achievement gap for Latino students nationwide."

Garcia, appointed as CSUDH president in 2007, has championed the role of the CSU in improving educational opportunities and outcomes for underserved students.

She has enhanced the prominence and visibility of the CSUDH campus by increasingly welcoming families and students from diverse groups to campus. Since she became president, the Dominguez Hills campus has repeatedly been the CSU system venue for college fairs that have reached out to thousands of families and students of Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander and Native American origin. 

White House announcement, July 5, 2011.

President Obama shakes hands with Dominguez Hills President Garcia

President Garcia shakes hands with President Obama at the signing of the executive order on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans in 2010. Also in the picture, Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College; Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas system; and Juan Sepulveda, director of the initiative.

"The CSU is honored to have CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia represent California on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "One of California’s biggest educational challenges is to narrow the achievement gap for Latino and other underrepresented students. Under the able leadership of Dr. Eduardo Padron from Miami Dade College, we look forward to the work and recommendations of this initiative."


State Assembly Honors Veterans

U.S. Army veteran Wesley  Leon Barrientos

U.S. Army veteran Wesley Leon Barrientos, who served during three tours in Iraq, was among more than 50 women and men recognized as "Veteran of the Year." His military honors include three Purple Hearts. He attends community college in Bakersfield and plans to transfer to the CSU.

The California State University participated in the "Veterans of the Year" celebration held by the California State Assembly on June 22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

All CSU campuses participate in the Troops to College Program, which facilitates entry to California colleges and universities to individuals who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The program educates veterans on higher education opportunities in the state and ensures a welcoming campus environment for veterans.

Visit the CSU Troops to College Website

CSU Trustees Will Consider Additional Tuition Fee Increase

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced that he will recommend an additional tuition fee increase of 12 percent or $294 per semester. He said that the tuition fee increase will avert devastating damage to student services and program quality as a result of a budget cut of $650 million applied to the CSU by the State Budget.

If approved by the CSU Trustees, the fee increase will be effective for the fall 2011 term.

Press Release


Super Saturday College Fair To Be Held on Aug. 27

Middle and high school students, parents and families  are invited to Super Saturday.

Middle and high school students, parents and families are invited to Super Saturday to meet representatives from several CSU campuses and to learn about college admissions, the application process, majors, housing, campus life and financial aid.

Super Saturday is a multicultural event that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CSU Dominguez Hills. Parking will be Free.


CSU Holds Train-the-Trainer Workshop for College Counselors from Churches

The CSU African American Initiative partners with the CSU in its college outreach programs.

The CSU African American Initiative held a counselors training session for education coordinators of churches that partner with the CSU in its college outreach programs.

The event took place at Gospel Memorial Church of God In Christ on June 18, in Long Beach.

Workshop topics prepared church counselors with the tools to counsel youths, parents and families about how to prepare, apply and pay tuition at a CSU campus.


Clara Potes-FellowQuestions, ideas or comments about editorial content, e-mail Clara Potes-Fellow cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

Visit the External Relations website for more information on programs that serve diverse communities across the state.

Subscription Information: To subscribe or unsubscribe, send an e-mail to rhughes@calstate.edu. In the subject line, insert: Subscribe (unsubscribe), CSU community. In the body of the email include your email address.