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Director, Bryan RodriguezDirector, Graduate Center
Bryan A. Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Phone: (562) 985-5382
Office: Library 202B (virtual)

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 research addressing important topics related to college access, higher education policy, degree completion, and student persistence among Latinx and other underrepresented students. In his current role, he provides oversight of the Graduate Center, Thesis & Dissertation Office, GradMentor program, and CSULB Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars program. 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.


Graduate Writing Specialist, Omar HusseinGraduate Writing Specialist, Graduate Center
Omar Hussein

Phone: (562) 985-8646
Office: Library 211 (virtual)

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 Graduate Center, 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.




Christina Rivas

Coordinator, Graduate Center

Christina Rivas, M.Ed. 


Phone: (562)985-5771

Office: Library 202C (virtual)


Christina Rivas is an experienced higher education professional who has held previous roles working within student services, student support programs, and residential housing. Driven by her own personal experiences navigating college as a first-generation Latina student, she is committed to providing equity and access of resources to all students on campus. Prior to her role at the Graduate Center, Christina taught English in France for half a year while learning French at Alliance Française de Nice. She holds a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Southern California (USC) and a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in public administration from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).