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Issue #21
December 2011
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CSU Chico Hosts California Indian Conference

The 26th California Indian Conference was held at California State University, Chico to share and exchange knowledge, scholarship, and issues of importance to California Indians.

More than 600 people attended the event held Oct. 27-30, with the theme “Sustaining the Circle of Knowledge.”  

Faculty from Humboldt State University led the presentation, “Story Medicine: When We Tell Our Story the Healing Begins," featuring stories told by 24 California Indians. The roundtable discussion focused on themes that help define the Native Identity in the United States.

Paul J. Zingg, president of CSU Chico, opened the conference with a message underscoring the power of story, the importance of memory and the necessity for understanding.

"Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, and engage me and I will understand," Zingg said, quoting an ancient proverb.

Other speakers included Dennis Ramirez, chairman of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe, and Ann Schwab, Mayor of the City of Chico.

CSU Chico sits on Indian land and some of its buildings have been named in honor of the Mechoopa Indian Tribe.

Representatives from CSU campuses and the Chancellor's Office delivered college preparation materials to youth and parents.

Read more about the conference here


Ardith Read, California Native basket waver

Ardith Read, (right) demonstrates basket weaving during the exhibit "Woven Gold: The Treasures of Native American Baskets."

Native American Artists at CSU Chico Conference

Artists who showed their work in the exhibit California Indian Art: New Works in 2-D, 3-D and multimedia at CSU Chico's Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology.


Remembering Harry Pachón's Contributions to the CSU

Harry Pachon

Harry Pachón, the longtime president of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, was a key player in the creation of the California State University systemwide Latino Outreach Initiative. He died in November at the age of 66.

In 2005, when CSU was gathering ideas from community leaders about best approaches to increase the number of Latinos who finish high school prepared to enter college, Chancellor Charles B. Reed asked Pachon for his advice and support.

Along with Monica Lozano, publisher of La Opinion, Pachón convened a gathering of Latino leaders to discuss collaborative strategies between the CSU and leading Latino organizations to increase high school graduation rates and college eligibility of Latino students.

At the meeting, Chancellor Reed was introduced to the Rev. Vahac Mardirosian, a Baptist minister, founder of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). That was the beginning of CSU's partnership with PIQE.  The 9-week PIQE program, which teaches parents how to help their children succeed in school, now is offered at 120 middle schools served by CSU campuses across the state.

Especially significant was the advice given by Pachón and Lozano to seek opportunities to educate parents about college. Specifically they recommended that CSU work with the Spanish-language media and do community events. Today, CSU and Univision together sponsor "Es el Momento" the largest Spanish-language college education event in the nation.

Another important outcome of the meeting was the development of a relationship with the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), which at the time was advocating for adoption of the A-G Curriculum in public schools. Chancellor Reed lent support to ABC and other organizations that were advocating for the college preparatory curriculum. Since then LAUSD and other public schools have officially adopted it.

"I trusted his advice," said Chancellor Reed. "Harry advanced the knowledge about Latino education and provided valuable opportunities for collaborations between academia and the community. We are grateful for his contributions to the CSU."

Visit the CSU Latino Initiative website


Nearly 260,000 Students Submit Applications for Fall 2012

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During the priority application period (Oct. 1-Nov. 30), 258,834 students submitted undergraduate applications to the CSU.

Aspiring students typically apply to multiple CSU campuses. This year the CSU received more than 665,000 undergraduate student applications.

For this first time in CSU history, Latinos acounted for the largest number of applicants. They represented 33.3 percent of the applicant pool, compared to  31.2 percent for whites.

"The CSU has gone into communities throughout California with the message that a university education is achievable," said Nathan Evans, director of CSU Enrollment Management Services. "California's high school and community college students identify the CSU as the university that offers them a clear path to a successful and prosperous future."

Some campuses continue to accept new undergraduate applications: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Stanislaus, Humboldt and the California State University Maritime Academy. Applications may close at any time and be limited to specific programs.

Detailed Breakdown of Applications

Press Release


CSU Community Partnerships:
Year in Review

Es el Momento Participants fill up card requesting college information

In 2011, CSU External Relations and its community partners reached more than 162,000 parents, students and family members from underserved communities.

CSU outreach works to help students and parents in underserved communities understand the value of higher education and the importance of preparing early for college.

Communities and students were reached through college fairs, churches and summer tutoring.

The Es el Momento fair drew 50,000 people, making it the nation’s largest college education event conducted in Spanish.

Approximately 8,000 parents learned the steps to college and developed skills to help their children succeed in education at 120 PIQE training sessions.

More than 100,000 African American family members heard the college message in their churches.

A new initiative, Journey to Success, to reach out to Asian American and Pacific Islander families was launched by the CSU this year. The initiative held three college fairs attended by parents and students of Tongan, Samoan, Marshallese, Hawaiian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Filipino backgrounds. The events took place at CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton.

CSU supported several events highlighting Native American education and provided information and college materials to children and adults who are members of tribes.


Upcoming College Events and Fairs

February 4
CSU AAPI Journey to Success
Chinese, Vietnamese Filipino
Cal State Los Angeles

February 5
Super Sunday
Outreach to selected African American churches 

February 12
Super Sunday
Chancellor Reed speaks at Crenshaw Christian Church
Los Angeles

February 19
Super Sunday
Partner churches in Northern California

February 26
Super Sunday
Partner churches in Southern California

April 25
Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles.

April 26-27
A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles.

May 19
CSU AAPI Journey to Success
Fijian, Cambodian, Laotian, Samoan, Hawaiian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino
CSU East Bay (Co-hosted by San Francisco State University) 

May 22-23
Native American Student Advocacy Institute

May 31-June 1
Prepárate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America
Hyatt Regency Miami, Fla


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