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5 Stories You May Have Missed

Alex Beall

Read these 2023 stories celebrating the work of the CSU’s faculty, staff and students.

​Courtesy of Matt Brown/CSU Dominguez Hills


Over the course of the year, we highlighted our dedicated faculty, hardworking staff​ and inspiring students as they strove for the betterment of their campuses and communities. Take a look at some of their stories.

1. All Access: Go Behind the Scenes of CSU Commencement

​​​​Graduates at CSUDH commencement 2023.During the academic year, University Ceremonies and Events staff at CSU Dominguez Hills organize donor, community, staff and alumni events, campus-​wide celebrations, public ceremonies, ceremonial ribbon-cuttings and other high-profile events. But commencement is the biggest deal around here. It's an event more than seven months in the making, and to thousands of CSUDH students and their loved ones, it's the only one that matters.

See what CSU commencement is like from the perspective of those putting on the event.

2. The Great Outdoor Classroom

​​A Cal Poly Humboldt student holding a bucket of fish.Whitewater rafting down a river, trekking through the jungle, spotting wildlife in its natural habitat. While field studies courses offer students these kinds of adventurous experiences, they also give students a taste of life working in the field and hands-on learning that ensures they are job-ready for a career in research.

Learn more about some of the CSU's field experiences.

3. When the Rains Come

​​Chico State students take water samples of a creek.California was hit with a record-breaking torrent of rain and snow between January and March 2023, leading Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in 4​3 counties. In the drought-ridden state, this influx of water could be invaluable for replenishing supply. But, California's infrastructure is primarily built to route the water back to the ocean and waterways, instead of capturing it, meaning the state is losing out on billions of gallons of this desperately needed resource. CSU faculty and students have been conducting research on how to capture stormwater and strengthen drought resilience in the face of climate change. 

Read about their work.

4. Preparing Tomorrow's "Green" Leaders

​​Cal State East Bay students in the labA hallmark of CSU research is immersive student learning and discovery that address California's most urgent challenges. We highlighted a few CSU students who are working on projects that aim to reduce human impact on the Earth and combat the effects of climate change and human development​.

Meet students working to make their impact before they even graduate.

5. AI for Social Good: Equipping the Next Generation of AI Innovators

​​A presentation at San Jose StateThe AI for Social Good (AI4SG) project, started in 2018 at San José State, engages undergraduate students from diverse disciplines in AI education. Through a curriculum that can be added to courses involving emergent technology, students learn the technical aspects of AI through a humanistic and ethical lens that cultivates culturally and socially responsive innovators.

Find out how this project prepares students for life after college.