Provost's Message - February 2024
Elevating Black Joy
Hello friends, I hope you are having a great start to the new year and the spring semester. Each day, I am excited to show up in support of our students and it is a joy to see our campus buzzing and full of life once again.
Now is the perfect time to reflect on fresh starts and set our sights on all we aim to achieve. Let us pour into others, share our wisdom, and inspire new hope across campus. If we do this, I know we will finish the academic year strong.
As One Beach, this month also marks the beginning of Black History Month. Let’s engage throughout the campus, connect with our peers, and attend special events to honor the traditions, contributions, and experiences of our Black community. Let's gather The Beach to elevate Black joy, celebrate, and affirm our identities, and showcase the many achievements of our diverse communities.
In Academic Affairs we are making significant strides to improve experiences and outcomes for our Black students. We are currently working to share a campus-wide Black Student Success inventory and action plan that addresses the needs of CSULB. In the words of a Beach faculty member, “There is something about this moment.” I am incredibly inspired to see our campus deeply commit to support ALL students, and specifically organize to find better outcomes for Black Beach students. We look forward to sharing developments later in the spring.
As provost, it is of paramount importance that we remove barriers to education, see the potential and value of every student, and offer them the support to succeed. If we do that, then I know we will move the needle forward…so let’s keep pushing! I hope you have a successful semester and a beautiful Black History Month.
Karyn Scissum Gunn
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Week of Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity - The Week of Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity's 4th annual event will take place from April 15 - 19. Please encourage your students to submit a proposal by the end of today. | Details
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This month, CSULB has many exciting Points of Pride to report and share with our community. Learn more about our #BeachPride
Biology Professor Receives Wang Award for Creating Innovative Mentoring Program - Professor of biology, Dr. Kelly Young, recently earned the Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Innovator in Student Success.
The Beach Secures 26 COAST Awards - In the 2022-23 academic year, the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs & Technology (COAST) awarded 26 Beach students.
CSULB Ranks Among Top 50 Most Applied to Colleges in the Nation - CSULB ranked No. 5 in 50 “Most Applied to Colleges in 2023,” according to College Transitions.
Annual Women's Research Colloquium Coming Soon - PCSW is hosting the annual Women's Research Colloquium on March 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Applications must be completed by February 16. See you there! | Details
CUMU Conversation: Mental Health on Campus and in the Community - Use your CUMU membership and join their virtual informal discussion about mental health on our campus and community on February 27, from 11 - 11:45 a.m. | Registration
Enroll Now! Faculty Online Readiness Program - Sign up for Academic Technology Services' Faculty Online Readiness Program for an exciting opportunity to implement best practices and innovative methods into your online courses.
Become a Sustainability Champion Today - The Office of Sustainability invites faculty and staff for an opportunity to help increase awareness and encourage sustainability at The Beach on February 22 from 12 - 1 p.m. | Registration
Student Health Services Events and Organizations - Encourage your students to check out CSULB Student Health Services' events and organizations. Presentation requests are also available. Request a presentation for your classes today!
36th Annual Student Research Competition - The 36th Annual Student Research Competition will take place on Friday, March 8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by and see the incredible research conducted by our Beach students. | Details
National Conference of Undergraduate Research - Check out the National Conference on Undergraduate Research will take place from April 8 - 10. Encourage your students to participate, forge connections, and expand their resumes. | Details
Save the Date! Day at The Beach - Day at The Beach is coming soon on April 13. Join us for an exciting open-house event exclusively for newly admitted students and their families. Go Beach!