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Director, Graduate Studies Resource Center
Bryan A. Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Phone: (562) 985-5382
Office: Library 506

Dr. Rodríguez has over 10 years of experience as a higher education professional. His work has focused on higher education administration, education research, student affairs, and teaching in higher education. He has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters addressing important topics related to college access, higher education policy, degree completion, and student persistence among Latina/o students. Dr. Rodríguez received his PhD from the University of Southern California (USC) in urban education policy. He holds a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in international development from UCLA.

Assistant Director, Graduate Studies Resource Center
Elizabeth Ceja, M.S.
Phone: (562) 985-1845
Office: Library 504

Elizabeth Ceja has been working in the field of student affairs for several years. She has experience working with students from various higher education populations, such as students with disabilities, first year experience students, and residential life students. She has also worked as an academic coach within her various roles and as an advisor within the residential life community. Elizabeth received her bachelor's degree in psychology from CSUF and a master of science in counseling with an option in college counseling and student services from CSUN. 

Graduate Writing Specialist, Graduate Studies Resource Center
Omar Hussein

Phone: (562) 985-8646
Office: Library 505

Omar Hussein has extensive teaching, tutoring, and mentoring experience, including seven years teaching physics and chemistry in LA public schools, and is well-versed in critical pedagogy, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and language acquisition/bilingual education. Prior to joining the GSRC, Omar worked as a graduate assistant (GA) in the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics at CSULB. He received both a bachelor's in English literature and a master’s in teaching (MAT) from USC, along with a master’s in English literature and a certificate in technical and professional communication (TPC) from CSULB.


Graduate Assistant, Graduate Studies Resource Center

Sara Castro


Phone: (562) 985-5771
Office: Library 504 (GSRC)


Sara Castro has worked at CSULB for over two years. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and is a graduate of the University Honors Program. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a co-manager of the Graduate Resource Room in the Department of Psychology. She also worked as a research assistant in the department and was Vice President of the Psychology Student Association. Sara has worked as a writing tutor at El Camino Community College and at the Writer's Resource Lab at CSULB. She started working at the GSRC as an intern in spring 2016, assisting the GSRC staff with data collection, outreach, and events. Sara is currently pursuing a master's degree in linguistics and a TESOL certificate.