CSU Profiles

Our courageous students, remarkable faculty, and renowned alumni are living proof of the transformative impact that comes from access to​ a California State University education.

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“My favorite part about teaching is when students have the ‘aha’ moment and really start to put the pieces together.”

Jaime Hannans, Ph.D. | Faculty | Channel Islands

"I would not be an effective teacher without the things I learned at CSU San Marcos."

Elliott Powell | Alumni | San Marcos

"My purpose is to give students the skills to lead a meaningful life and earn a living."

Fritz Yambrach, Ph.D. | Faculty | San José

"CSU Long Beach embraced me. I truly feel like people want me to succeed."

Taryn Williams | Student | Long Beach

"Because of the opportunities the CSU afforded me, I’ve accomplished far more than I ever thought I could."

Jeremy Villanueva | Alumni | Bakersfield

"The young educators I teach are embracing their responsibility and potential to change things in ways I couldn’t imagine."

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Francisco

“My students are going to do all kinds of wonderful, world-changing things.”

Jill Adler-Moore, Ph.D. | Faculty | Pomona


Nayereh Tohidi, Ph.D. | Faculty | Northridge

"The CSU Changed My Life. Now I’m Making Memories for Families."

Darrell Jodoin | Alumni | Fullerton

"At Cal State LA, I’ve been able to accomplish so much more than I could have ever dreamed."

Anthony Karambelas | Student | Los Angeles

“I truly learned to be a leader during my time at Humboldt State.”

Sofia Pereira | Alumni | Humboldt

“At Stanislaus State, we’re training our students to be leaders in the nursing industry.”

James Bowles | Staff | Stanislaus

“San Francisco State is a diverse place in thought and ethnicity.”

Vincent Matthews, Ed.D. | Alumni | San Francisco

“Our research could help alleviate the water problems in California’s agriculture industry.”

Luis Cabrales, Ph.D. | Faculty | Bakersfield

“Cal Poly taught me to focus on my values and what I want to get out of my career.”

Iris Huang | Student | San Luis Obispo

“At the CSU I have the support I need to overcome the challenges I face.”

Lucero Alvarez Vieyra | Student | Sonoma

“Fresno State is an important part of our community; it’s where our future community leaders are being formed.”

Kim Ruiz Beck | Alumni | Fresno

"The opportunities available to me at CSU San Marcos have been countless.”

Francisco Fernandez | Student | San Marcos

"There’s nothing like allowing students the space to ask their own questions and make their own discoveries.”

Alex Parker, Ph.D. | Faculty | Maritime Academy

“No matter where I go or what I do, CSUSB is my university. It has helped me learn who I am.”

Erika Gutierrez | Student | San Bernardino

“Access to higher education shouldn’t happen by chance.”

Amanda Quintero, Ph.D. | Staff | Channel Islands

 “It was at the CSU that I started believing I could make a difference.”

Gabriel Smith | Alumni | Pomona

“CSU Chico encouraged me to challenge myself and showed me that what I brought to the table was valuable.”

Desiree Makowski | Student | Chico

“CSU Dominguez Hills empowered me.”

Lois Lee, Ph.D., J.D. | Alumni | Dominguez Hills

“The CSU offers students real, tangible training that prepares them for what’s to come.”

Jonathan Kelber, Ph.D. | Faculty | Northridge

“Students know that going to college means they won’t be living paycheck to paycheck for the rest of their lives.”

Rashida Crutchfield, Ed.D. | Faculty | Long Beach

“Higher education is the key to success and the well-being of a community.”

Daniel Hahn | Alumni | Sacramento

“Working in language and culture, we increase the opportunities for peace and understanding in the world.”

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Diego

“I want my future students to know that education is more than just academics; education is powerful and transformative.”

Madisen Pacioni | Student | Monterey Bay

“My involvement in the cultural revolution started on the San José State campus.”

Luis Valdez | Alumni | San José

“It was when I went to Cal State LA that everything exploded for me.”

Kent Twitchell | Alumni | Los Angeles

“There’s a level of richness that I’ve gotten out of higher education; my way of thinking and perspective have changed.”

Ben Rivers | Student | East Bay

“At the CSU I learned how to become a better, smarter leader.”

Tam Nguyen | Alumni | Fullerton

“When I see a student succeed, it really excites me and makes me feel like what I do every day is worthwhile.”

Jackie Kegley, Ph.D. | Faculty | Bakersfield

“Cal Poly San Luis Obispo provided me with the opportunities to do the things I had dreamed of doing.”

Victor Glover | Alumni | San Luis Obispo

“Sonoma State represented this amazing opportunity for me to start thinking about diversity, bias awareness and inclusion.”

Sandra Jackson-Dumont | Alumni | Sonoma

“I know how education can change a person’s life. I don’t know of anything else that affects a person’s life like education does.”

Maggie White | Student | Stanislaus

“We help bridge the gap between what’s being taught in the classroom and its practical application.”

Ryan Todd | Staff | Sacramento

“The CSU is the people’s university, which means everyone has access to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Dany Doueiri, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Bernardino

“I knew this was a place where I could be myself, be involved and grow.”

Jonathan Henderson | Staff | Dominguez Hills

“If I hadn’t taken that first internship, I wouldn’t be out here in the fields as my own boss.”

Juan Perez | Alumni | Monterey Bay

“Coming to Cal Maritime, I knew I was going to have the support I needed to succeed.”

Mayra Corrales | Student | Maritime Academy

“The work I did at the CSU prepared me to handle whatever job I got.”

Salam Ali | Alumni | Chico

“I work really hard to contribute to the intellectual pool of knowledge at my college.”

Tranicé Warner | Student | Fresno

“Getting a college degree was the best way I could help other patients going through cancer treatment have the same success I’d had.”

Clayton Treska | Alumni | San Diego

“At the CSU I began to find my voice and to move from a feeling of victimization to one of empowerment.”

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. | Faculty | San Marcos

“I was trying to rehabilitate my life and the CSU gave me access to opportunity and a new way of living.”

Tracey Helton Mitchell | Alumni | San Francisco

“Multiple programs came together to shape me; they made the impossible possible.”

Mich Hamlin | Student | Pomona

"I believe that if you’ve made it to my classroom, you’re capable of succeeding."

Krishna Foster, Ph.D. | Faculty | Los Angeles

“As a nurse, I have a duty to advocate for social justice.”

Gabriel Guillén | Alumni | Channel Islands

"You wonder if you’re really making a difference. Everyone deserves that moment, knowing, what I’m doing matters."

Celene Lopez | Student | Humboldt

"I'm building gardens to change the lives in my community."

Frida Herrera-Endinjok | Student | Northridge

"I’ve had more hurdles in life, so now I have more to give back."

Tim Alexander | Student | Fullerton

"My obsession is to transform generations, not just lives."

Muhammed Chaudhry | Alumni | San José

“Global impact begins in my own backyard.”

Karina Garbesi, Ph.D. | Faculty | East Bay

"I’m an educator who just happens to be an elected official."

Robert Garcia | Alumni | Long Beach