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2020s

Campus Suspends In-Person Activities Due to COVID-19 

The university suspends in-person, on-campus activities in March 2020 due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic. 

OneBeach Spirit

OneBeach Logo

In March 2020, President Conoley coins the term OneBeach in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, racial injustice, and uncertainties surrounding DACA students.   

Healthcare Heroes

April 17, 2020 marks the launch of Healthcare Heroes, a series that spotlights Beach alumni on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare hero Tricia Tannk

The Beach is Chosen to Host CSU Center to Close Opportunity Gap

In May 2020, CSULB is chosen as the host site for CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap (CCOG), as part of a system-wide effort to study and eliminate achievement gaps at all levels of education. 

The Center is unveiled in a virtual event celebrating its grand opening on Nov. 10, 2020.

CCOG

Photovoice Project 

Launched in May 2020, the Photovoice Project gives students a voice to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by documenting their experiences through photographs and written narratives. The project is hosted on the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Museum website.

Student photovoice

photovoice project

Project Rebound

In July 2020, CSULB is granted a chapter of the state-wide Project Rebound, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated students transition from prison to graduation. 

project rebound logo

Beach Voices 

In August 2020 The Beach launches Beach Voices, an occasional feature that allows members of The Beach community - students, faculty, staff and alumni - to share their experiences. The feature begins with Guillermo De Lira, a fourth-year student at The Beach. 

Guillermo De Lira
Guillermo De Lira

Elbee's Debut

Elbee, the new university mascot, makes their debut Aug. 17, 2020.

The unveiling comes more than a year after the conclusion of a student-initiated process that first, widely solicited ideas for a new mascot, sent semifinalist concepts to a broad community vote, and finally offered up three finalists for a student referendum. 

Elbee is a phonetic reference to the letters "L" and "B" in "Long Beach." 

Elbee illustration with thumbs up

Closing the Digital Divide

Student with laptop o ncampus

Adapting to the implications of a virtual semester, CSULB provides a student laptop and internet hotspot loan program, outdoor Wi-Fi, open access computer labs, and student virtual labs in Fall 2020.

Virtual Fall Semester

After careful consultation with medical experts, campus stakeholders, and the CSU System, campus officials plan to offer primarily remote instruction for Fall 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic brings out the OneBeach spirit in professors who go the extra mile to keep students engaged in a semester affected by the pandemic. Professors deliver art supplies to the doorstep of student homes, take virtual tours around the world, and dress up as Edgar Allan Poe to teach a class about the American writer. 

Rene Trevino
Professor Rene Trevino dressed as Edgar Allan Poe

First-Year Beach Connections

Beach Connnectionns

The First-Year Beach Connections program is created to facilitate the virtual transition for first-year students in response to a predominantly virtual Fall 2020 semester. First-year students are paired with staff members called Beach Guides to give students a chance to meet new people, explore campus resources, and foster a sense of belonging within The Beach community. 

No. 1 Nationally in Driving Social Mobility

The Beach is ranked No. 1 in driving student social mobility, according to a report published by Education Reform Now on December 2020.

Giving Tuesday 

CSULB’s  Giving Tuesday campaign in December 2020 raises more than $100,000 in unrestricted gifts for the university from 465 donors, a total that includes a generous matching donation of up to $50,000.

Giving Tuesday

A Year-End Message from The Beach

2020 has been a year like no other. In this year-end video, The Beach celebrates its community for coming together and exemplifying the OneBeach spirit. 

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Beach Alumni Join the White House

In January 2021, CSULB graduate Asia Garner '19 joins First Lady Jill Biden's communication staff, while Eduardo Cisneros '06 joins President Joe Biden's COVID Response Team. Read about the many members of The Beach community who are working or have worked in the White House

CSULB graduate Asjia Gardner and President Joe Biden

CSULB Awarded 10-Year Accreditation 

The Beach receives a full 10-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). A 10-year accreditation is the maximum term granted and shows a measure of confidence in the work CSULB has done since its last review.  

 

BEACH 2030 Strategic Plan Launched


CSULB launches its Beach 2030 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive roadmap of goals and actions to guide operations through this decade. The entire Beach community participated in the development to strengthen the university’s planning.  

 

Alumnus wins Oscar for Best Live Short Action Film

Travon Free ‘07 wrote and co-directed “Two Distant Strangers, a 29-minute short film that was named Best Live Short Action Film at this year’s 93rd Academy Awards.  

 

CSULB alumni Travon Free

 

First female deans in College of Engineering  

 

Dr. Jinny Rhee is named dean of the College of Engineering, the first woman to hold the position at The Beach. Dr. Rhee’s predecessor, Dr. Tracy Bradley Maples, was the first woman to hold the position of interim dean.  

 

Dean of Engineering, Jinny Rhee

Celebrating a Unique Graduation  

 

The Beach celebrates the graduation of Classes 2020 and 2021 in unique, socially distanced ceremonies at Angel Stadium after the pandemic postponed the Class of 2020’s graduation.  

 

CSULB graduation