Students Explore Their Asian Identity While Learning About College Preparation at Sacramento State University
Figuring out how to become ready for college, how to apply for admission to the CSU and who is eligible to receive financial aid to pay for college: These were some of the themes that more than 300 middle and high school students explored during the Journey to Success’ Day of Culture, Education and Empowerment for students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.
The event, held at Sacramento State University on Aug. 6, also featured a student life panel during which current Sac State students shared their stories about the transition from high school to college and what it's like to be a college student.
A discussion about the Vietnam War helped students explore Southeast Asian history and the identity of Asian-Americans with roots in Southeast Asia.
Participants also learned about gang violence within the Southeast Asian communities and factors contributing to gang activities among youth.
Students also became familiar with Asian, Pacific Islander organizations and clubs on campus and their benefits for developing leadership skills and strength of character.
Journey to Success is a program of the CSU Chancellor’s Office to increase college preparation and enrollment among students in underserved communities.
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|CSULA President James M. Rosser to Retire; James Covino Will Become the Next Campus President
After 33 years of service as president of California State University, Los Angeles, James M. Rosser will retire at the end of August.
President Rosser served with distinction on the CSU Presidents’ Council on Underserved Communities, where he was a forceful supporter of the CSU initiatives that reach out to underserved families and students and a powerful spokesperson for the principles of social justice.
For more than eight years, Rosser led the CSU African American Initiative, developing the nation’s largest partnership between a university system and religious leaders of predominantly African American churches. The initiative promotes college preparation, enrollment and graduation among students in underserved communities.
Read more about President Rosser’s legacy here
The CSU Board of Trustees named William A. Covino the next president at CSULA. Covino will begin his new position on Sept. 1. He has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State since 2009. Recently he was named the recipient of the 2013 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. The award is presented by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing civic learning through a variety of programs and activities.
Joseph Castro Assumes His Role as President of California State University, Fresno
A native of Hanford, Calif., Joseph Castro began his new position as president of Fresno State University on Aug. 1.
Castro, 46, previously was vice chancellor for student academic affairs at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the first Latino and first California-born to serve as president of Fresno State.
During his inaugural address, Castro made the following statement: “To underscore my roots here, let me give you a little family history. My great grandfather immigrated from Mexico about 100 years ago to help build the railroad through the Valley. My wife's family immigrated to the Valley from the Azores. Both families, like so many families in the Valley, came here to find a better life.”
Castro said his priorities include improving on-time graduation rates, helping to drive the local economy and partnering with community colleges to build pathways from those schools to Fresno State.