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President's Message

A Closer Look: Long Beach State is more than the beach.
“…and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6 Has a new moment arrived in our national conversation about guns? If there is momentum for change, we have high school students to thank. Their organizing power, passion, and information got the attention of policy makers in ways I have not experienced in the past.
When I think of 2017 the phrase that comes to mind is, "what a year!" So much happened, both good and bad, at The Beach. As the year comes to a close I'd like to share my thoughts and my gratitude with all of you.
It's been a little over three years since May 23, 2014 and almost two years since November 13, 2015. On both those dates I was working at universities that, without warning, lost students to hateful violence. On May 23, I was at University of California Santa Barbara when a deadly series of events unfolded in Isla Vista, a small, unincorporated town that houses many hundreds of UCSB and many Santa Barbara City College students.
Many of you know of the federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). The policy has allowed eligible undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to receive protection from deportation, an ability to travel internationally, and the potential to obtain a work permit that must be renewed every two years.
Dear Campus Community, Our campus is a leader in sustainability, and promoting pro-environmental actions is a top priority at The Beach. But reaching our ambitious goal of climate neutrality will require every one of us to take action. One of the best ways to do this is by using alternative transportation for your campus commute. This will be even more important in the coming semester, given the ongoing campus improvement project at West Campus Circle.