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Issue #24
March 2012

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White House Officials and CSU Presidents Discuss Education Initiatives for Underserved Students

White House education leaders met with a group of CSU presidents and officials to discuss CSU's initiatives to improve college access and graduation of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino and Tribal students.

The meeting, led by CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia, a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, was held March 1 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

CSU officials discussed programs developed by the Chancellor's Office to reach out to underserved communities. Among programs discussed were the partnership with more than 100 churches to enhance college awareness among African American families, the annual Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) training of nearly 10,000 predominantly Latino parents of students attending middle schools served by each CSU campus, the partnership with Univision to produce the "Es el Momento" education fair for the Latino community, the college fairs for specific subgroups of Asian/Pacific Islander families, and the outreach to Tribal communities to improve college participation of Native American students.

Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education policy spoke about the Obama Administration's Education Blueprint, a document that links the strength of the American economy to the education system.

The CSU initiatives for underserved communities are programmed by CSU External Relations and match similar initiatives developed by President Obama to increase the number of Americans who are college graduates.

Learn more about the CSU initiatives for underserved populations.

CSU presidents meet with White House officials March 2012
White House officials, seated on the right side of the table, discuss CSU's and White House's outreach initiatives for underserved communities. CSU presidents and vice chancellors are on the left side.

CSU and White House officials at Old Executive Building
From left, CSU officials Garrett Ashley, Ben Quillian and Mildred Garcia; White House representatives Marco Davis, Jose Rico, and Roberto Rodriguez. At right is Jorge Haynes, leader of the CSU initiatives for underserved communities.


Hispanic Educators to Honor Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz

Cal Poly President Michael OrtizThe American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) will honor Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz during the organization's 7th Annual National Conference, to be held in Costa Mesa, March 8-10.

Ortiz was nominated by Tomás D. Morales, president of the College of Staten Island and former provost at Cal Poly Pomona.

The "Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award" to be presented to Ortiz is sponsored by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.


College Board Conference to Feature CSU’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Initiative

AAPI Summit College Board

Strategies used by the CSU to attract AAPI families to university campuses and to engage middle and high school students in learning about college preparation and student life will be showcased at the College Board's national summit on Asian and Pacific Islander education.

Designed to address challenges and inspire educators to improve opportunities for AAPI students, the event will be held April 25 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

CSU presidents Leroy Morishita of CSU East Bay and Mo Qayoumi of San Jose State will be keynote speakers. Mitch Maki, vice provost at CSU Dominguez Hills will be master of ceremonies.

Summit website



CSU's 'How To Get to College' Website Has New Look & Features

How to get to College Website

The CSU rolled out a new version this month of the "How To Get to College" website.

The updated version, posted on the CSU website, displays interactive features, student blogs, videos and links to social media. The information is organized according to readers' categories--students, parents and teachers/counselors. A Spanish version of the site is coming soon.

A printed "How To Get to College" poster reflecting the website's new look will soon be launched. The poster has been produced in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog.

CSU's New "How To Get to College" Website


Upcoming College Events and Fairs

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 12-13
2nd Annual Pow Wow Honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
CSU Dominguez Hills

May 22-23
Native American Student Advocacy Institute

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

August 25
CSU Super Saturday College Fair
CSU Dominguez Hills


105 Churches Share the Pulpit With CSU Officials During Super Sunday Events

Designed to improve college access and graduation rates among African Americans, Super Sunday provides families with information about how to get to college and the value of a college degree. This year, CSU officials spoke at 105 churches across California during February.

iChancellor Reed at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles during CSU Super Sunday.

Chancellor Charles B. Reed displays the "How To Get to College" poster during the 10 a.m. service at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles.

CSUDH Alumna Jimmie LaVerne Thompson at City of Regfuge on CSU Super Sunday

CSU Dominguez Hills Alumna Jimmie LaVerne Thompson delivers the Super Sunday message to the City of Refuge congregation in Los Angeles. See her blog entry on CSU Voices and Views

Bishop Macklin-Glad Tidings Church and CSUEB President Leroy Morishita

Bishop J. W. Macklin of Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ in Hayward gave a warm greeting to new Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita before his Super Sunday speech on Feb. 19. (Photo by Barry Zepel, CSUEB Univ. Communications)

CSU Trustee Lou Monville at Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino

CSU Trustee Lou Monville shows a member of Temple Missionary Baptist Church the steps included in the ‘How to Get to College’ poster. The poster is a roadmap for students starting in the sixth grade.

More Super Sunday photos

Super Sunday website

Conference Empowers CSULB Latina Students to Succeed in College and Career

Latina Connections Conference at CSULB

CSULB Latina Connection facilitators receive a purple scarf in recognition for their work on behalf of students.

Designed to encourage retention of Latinas in college, the CSU Long Beach Latina Connection Conference was held on Feb. 24.

The event was coordinated by faculty and administrators who led discussions promoting identity awareness and self-confidence.

"The event was attended by 190 students who explored the role of culture and family in the Latina educational achievement, "said conference leader Gloria Inzunza-Franco.


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