Graduate Culture Initiative

In recognition of the unique learning needs of our graduate students, the College of Education offers the Graduate Culture Initiative (GCI). The GCI aims to build a community of student learners and scholars that fosters professionalism and collegiality. The GCI provides writing, research, and other kinds of support for graduate students in the College of Educaton.

Each August and January, newly admitted College of Education graduate students are invited to the CSULB campus to meet their peers and faculty. The 90 minute session provides an overview of College of Education resources, University resources, and an opportunity to hear from current students about their experiences.

The Graduate Studies Office sends a weekly email digest to current students. We compile important information and announcements to send once per week in an effort to reduce the number of emails students receive from our office. Topics include: important deadlines, College of Education events, campus events and workshops, job/internship/volunteer opportunities, and campus resources. 

College of Education has dedicated a study space on the second floor of the Academic Services (AS) Building for our graduate students to use. The six-digit entry code is emailed to students each semester.

The College of Education Graduate Peer Mentors connect both current and new graduate students to campus resources, integrate them to our academic community, and provide ongoing peer support through virtual and/or in-person orientation events, office hours, community building, and professional development programs. 

The College of Education hosts Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) during the Fall and Spring semesters on topics such as Getting Acclimated to Graduate School, Basic and Advanced Library Search Techniques, Academic Writing, Getting Started with a Thesis or Project, Career Development Opportunities, etc. These institutes are open to all students matriculated to a graduate program in the College of Education. Matriculated students are notified about these institutes by email.

Students, faculty, staff and community members feature why NOW is a good time to be an educator and counselor in California during Education Week. Each spring semester the Gradaute Studies Office staff participate in a committee of dedicated staff and faculty put together a series of timely opportunities about College of Education programs, projects and opportunities for involvement. 

The College hosts an annual research colloquium in May of each year that features our students' scholarship, action research projects, theses, and research projects. This colloquium is a wonderful celebration of the exciting work that our students are doing. 

The 2022 College of Education Graduate Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 6:00 - 7:30pm.

Graduate students participating in the annual Commencement Ceremony have the opportunity to be "hooded" by their program faculty at an informal reception. While some programs have their own specific celebrations, this Hooding Reception is an opportunity for all College of Education graduate students to come together before they graduate to take photos with friends, hug their favorite faculty, and enjoy camaraderie!