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As a teen, Joe Louis Hernandez figured he was going to be a career criminal. He had amassed two convictions for possession of a loaded weapon, two prison stays and numerous drug charges, all before his 21st birthday.  So how is it that Hernandez is on the verge of getting his doctorate in education nearly two decades after he spent his first night in jail? Through programs for formerly incarcerated students, Hernandez found the academic and emotional resources needed to succeed in an...
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When Lydia Jackson left the U.S. Navy after serving four years, she was anxious and overwhelmed. She went from being surrounded by her friends and colleagues every day to staying home alone while her husband was at work. “When you get out of the military, they don’t tell you what’s available to you. Nobody told me how to apply for veteran benefits or that I could get medical insurance from Veterans Affairs,” said Jackson, a Cal State Long Beach senior. “I feel like a lot of vets get overlooked...
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“Do people who you know down there care about voting?” I asked my best friend Sharhena, who lives in Alabama. I already knew the answer, but a part of me hoped it would be different this time, given this year’s monumental events.  “Some don’t care. A lot aren’t even registered,” she responded, indifferently. 
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Eden Mosqueda landed a job in the fashion industry shortly after graduating last spring with a degree in fashion merchandising & entrepreneurship and quickly turned her know-how into a career.  “I started selling clothing I designed on Instagram,” she said.  Before her designs hit the fashion market, though, the coronavirus pandemic hit, and she turned her attention from high-end sleepwear to high-end face masks, protective coverings that would not only be stylish but help prevent the...
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Transitioning from high school to college can be daunting for freshmen, especially with the added stresses of virtual learning. Enter the new First-Year Beach Connections program, which aims to ease the transition by giving freshmen a space to meet new people, explore campus resources, foster a sense of belonging within the Cal State Long Beach community and connect with staff members and students called Beach Guides.
Center to Close the Opportunity Gap
The CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap at Cal State Long Beach, an ambitious system-wide effort to study and eliminate opportunity gaps at all levels of education, was unveiled in a virtual event celebrating its grand opening on Nov. 10.   
Center to Close the Opportunity Gap
The CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap at Cal State Long Beach, an ambitious system-wide effort to study and eliminate opportunity gaps at all levels of education, was unveiled in a virtual event celebrating its grand opening on Nov. 10.   
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July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of President George H. W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. We asked Mary Nguyen, director of CSULB’s Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC), about the center and the ADA’s significance. Murphy (pictured right) is a longtime CSULB donor and advocate for disabled students.
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When Kayla Landers was a freshman chemistry student, she would walk into classrooms and sometimes be the only Black student, one of the few women and one of the few minorities in the room. The voice in her head  would ask, “Is the reason why there aren’t more people like me here because I don’t belong?”  Over time, thanks to personal growth and mentorship from professors at Cal State Long Beach, her outlook on being “the only” changed. 
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The Wall Street Journal/ Times Higher Education ranked Cal State Long Beach No. 4 in the nation for campus diversity, as part of its recent college rankings. The category ranking, called “environment” by the publication, assessed the percentage of Pell Grant recipients, the racial and ethnic diversity of students and faculty, and the proportion of students who come from outside the United States.