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Provost's Message - February 19, 2020

February 19th, 2020

Message From Provost Jersky

Provost Brian JerskyDear Campus Community,

One characteristic of CSULB that I appreciate is shared governance on our campus. All entities represented have a voice with all deciding on the direction of our campus. This system, for the most part, is effective for problem-solving and collaborating on ideas. The system, however, does have its drawbacks such as where some thoughts may not be fully expressed. Understanding this, our campus is providing the opportunity for everyone to share honestly and openly. In order to do that, we have to be willing to examine what is working, and what is not.

Recently, faculty, staff, and students received an email from President Conoley detailing information about a campus-wide survey. According to her letter, ‘the initiative is a national survey to study the thoughts, feelings, and issues of our entire campus.’ 

Our hope is that the data provided by respondents will provide insight into areas we can improve on. The survey will be administered through Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) from UCLA. As with any survey, responses will be confidential. Most importantly, results will be transparently shared. 

We want our campus to fully live out the CSULB mission of ‘enriches students' lives through globally informed, high impact educational experiences with superior teaching, research, creative activity, and action for the public good.’ Author and researcher Brene Brown defines integrity as ‘choosing courage over comfort. It's choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. It's choosing to practice your values rather than simply professing them.’ 

The more stakeholders who take the survey, the better the representation we will have to go on to make necessary changes.  Our value is to create an environment where, ‘compassion, creativity, and innovation characterize our culture, as well as diversity is our strength’ becomes the norm for everybody. Even with our best intentions, we know we need to do more to give an opportunity for all to share. 

For more information about the Campus Climate survey, please visit the website. 

I know we are headed in the right direction. Recently I received an email from the Office of Equity and Diversity expressing appreciation for faculty who stood in the gap for over 100 sensitive and urgent Title IX issues and accommodations. Based on each faculty’s support, guidance and care, more students were able to successfully stay in school. I am so grateful for our faculty and staff who go beyond the classroom to care for our students. 

Thank you again for your commitment to our ‘Beach Family’,

Provost Brian Jersky's signature

Brian Jersky
Provost and Senior Vice President



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Grants and Gifts

Tom O'Brien. Task Oder 22: Caltrans Freight Academy. CITT. CPIE. USC via Caltrans. $115,000. (September 2019 - April 2020)

Rafael Topete. LACOE Intern Program. Edu Equity Srv/CAMP & HEP. SA. LACOE. $10,000. (January 2019 - June 2020)

Laura D'Anna. Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach Evaluation. Center for Health Equity Research. CHHS. Community Partners via the California Endowment. $66,000. (December 2019 - June 2020)

Mimi Kim. "Strengthening Social Network Responses to Domestic Violence". Social Work. CHHS. Community Partners. $35,983. (January 2020 - December 2020)

Mimi Kim. Community Restorative Project. Social Work. CHHS. Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance. $16,763. (January 2020 - June 2020)

Sudha Krishnan. The CSU 5+ VITA Initiative. Accountancy. CBA. The University Corporation Northridge via State of California. $52,668. (October 2019 - May 2020)

Tom O'Brien. METRANS University Transportation Center. CITT. CPIE. USC via U.S. Dept of Transportation. $280,000. (January 2020 - September 2020)


The next Provost’s Message will be published on Wednesday, March 18th. Items for the upcoming message should be submitted by Friday, March 13th, to All submissions must include a hyperlink with a title.