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Director, Bryan RodriguezDirector, Graduate Studies Resource Center
Bryan A. Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Phone: (562) 985-5382
Office: Library 506

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 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters 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 Studies Resource 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 Studies Resource Center
Omar Hussein

Phone: (562) 985-8646
Office: Library 505

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 GSRC, 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.




Graduate Assistant, Sara CastroCoordinator, Graduate Studies Resource Center

Sara Castro


Phone: (562) 985-1845
Office: Library 504 (GSRC)


Sara Castro has worked at the GSRC for two years and has experience in advising and tutoring at multiple university centers. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a co-manager of the Graduate Resource Room in the Department of Psychology. She also worked as a research assistant in the department and was Vice President of the Psychology Student Association. Sara has worked as a writing tutor at El Camino Community College and at the Writer's Resource Lab at CSULB. She received a master’s degree in linguistics and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at CSULB, and is a graduate of the University Honors Program.



Graduate Assistant, Graduate Studies Resource Center

Jessica Lo


Phone: (562) 985-5771
Office: Library 504 (GSRC)

Jessica Lo is a graduate student pursuing an education specialist degree in school psychology at CSULB. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine, where she assisted on-campus organizations with community events. She also has teaching and tutoring experience at after-school programs and at Coastline Community College.