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Issue #44 | NOVEMBER 2013

CSU Leaders Featured at HACU’s Premier Conference on Higher Education

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) honored James M. Rosser, who recently retired as president of California State University, Los Angeles. The HACU Lifelong Leadership Award was presented to Rosser during the organization's annual conference, held Oct. 26-28 in Chicago.
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Top: James M. Rosser receives HACU Lifelong Leadership Award. Bottom: Cal State Fullerton staff members pose with CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

CSU Chancellor Speaks at HACU's Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute

Chancellor Timothy P. White spoke about opportunities for advancement to leadership positions in higher education, during HACU’s Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute.

White said that the path to leadership starts with early outreach. He cited CSU programs such as PIQE and Es el Momento, which educate parents about the many aspects of California's school systems and which enable students to be on the path to success at the university level. He also highlighted the California Pre-Doctoral Program and the California Doctoral Incentive Program, which provide funding for doctoral studies.

“If you are a young Hispanic faculty member looking for a role model, chances are you won’t have to look far at the CSU,” White said.  “One of the best examples of an individual rising through the ranks at the CSU is Alex Gonzalez, a graduate of Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, who started as a department chair at Fresno State, worked his way to provost and now is president at CSU Sacramento.”

HACU’s Leadership Institute takes place during the first day of the annual conference and is the place where new, mid-level and senior faculty and administrators interact and learn about pathways to positions of leadership at colleges and universities.

Highlighting CSU's commitment to diversity, White said that six out of 23 current CSU presidents are Hispanic and that 12 percent of CSU vice presidents, 5.6 percent of CSU deans and 8.7 percent of CSU department chairs are Hispanic.


The State Of Latinos in Higher Education in California
'One out of every two youths under the age of 18 in California is Latino'
'College degree attainment is low'

campaign for college opportunity

The Campaign for College Opportunity has published an in-depth profile of Latinos and California's public higher education system.

The report, The State of Latinos in Higher Education in California, includes demographic, educational attainment and college participation data for Latinos.

Recommendations include policies and actions essential for improving Latinos' college completion rates.

Download the Report

Native American Tribes Host Powwow at Cal State San BernardinoNative American

North American tribe members celebrated the 18th Annual Powwow with traditional dances, food and exhibits at Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 18-20.

The event, hosted by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has become a tradition at the CSUSB campus. 

Participants dress in color regalia, play native music, hold dance competitions and exchange arts and crafts.

Cal Poly Pomona Celebrates PIQE's 25 Anniversary

Cal Poly Pomona celebratesMembers of the Ruiz family thank PIQE and Cal Poly Pomona for the opportunity to participate in the Parent Training Program. The oldest of their children is now a student in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona.

Education, government and private sector leaders gathered at Cal Poly Pomona to celebrate the Parent Institute for Quality Education's (PIQE) 25th Anniversary.

The event, held Oct. 30, celebrated important milestones of the organization. PIQE has graduated 550,000 parents from its Parent Engagement in Education Program.

The CSU created a partnership with the PIQE program in 2006, and since then approximately 8,000 parents whose children attend schools served by CSU's 23 university campuses, have been trained by PIQE every year.

The PIQE program teaches parents to become advocates for their children and gives them tools to help students achieve academic success.

Colleges and Universities Gather at AANAPISI's Western Regional Meeting in CSU Sacramento

Tim FongeTimothy Fong, professor, Sacramento State University and leader of the CSU Asian American & Pacific Islander Initiative.

Universities and community colleges that have earned the federal designation as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) gathered at Sacramento State University on Oct. 18.

Participants discussed strategic programs to improve retention and graduation rates of Asian and Pacific Islander Students.

UCLA Professor Robert Teranishi discussed iCount: A Data quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education.

Neil Horikoshi, president of the Asian American Scholarship Fund spoke about scholarship opportunities for first generation college students. Clara Potes-Fellow, director of Community Partnerships at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, presented the California State University's Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative.

The program was organized by Tim Fong, professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies of Sacramento State University.
To learn more about the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
click here.

To learn more about the CSU Asian American & Pacific Islander Initiative, click here.   


February 15
Journey to Success
Asian American & Pacific Islander College Information Day

February 16
CSU Super Sunday
Northern California

February 23
CSU Super Sunday
Southern California

Questions, ideas or comments about editorial content, e-mail Clara Potes-Fellow. Visit the External Relations website for more information on programs that serve diverse communities across the state.
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