Provost's Message - September 2023

September 2023

Cultivating Compassion

Hi friends, I hope we are all settling into our new 2023-24 academic year. This fall semester has already brought its unique challenges. Together, we have started classes, faced a tropical storm, a power outage, and campus shifts. However, we ALL came together to ensure the safety of our community and found paths forward. It gives me confidence to know that whatever comes our way, our campus will always respond for the good of us all.

At our recent convocation ceremony, we leaned in on the need for compassion on campus to uplift the working and learning environment for others. It is in moments of uncertainty or when things do not go according to plan that our compassion is particularly necessary. I have every confidence in the good intent of our community to extend their grace, and their ability to uplift those around them.

As this month begins – our campus will celebrate Latinx Heritage MonthCultural Welcomes, and Pregnant and Parenting students. This is an opportunity to extend kindness to those celebrating their rich heritage by affirming their experiences, stories, and cultures as beloved members who collectively make the Beach community a beautiful interwoven tapestry. Please join us, show your support, and celebrate with us.

As we navigate the start of our year, let’s face the hurdles with determination and remember that it is not what we do… it’s how we do it.

Let’s approach our work with great empathy, compassion, and courage.


In community,
Karyn Scissum Gunn

CSULB Named 2023 Equity Champion- For its second year, CSULB was recognized as a 2023 Equity Champion of Higher Education, a distinction earned thanks to our campus’ implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program. This accolade ensures that the next generation of college-aged students succeeds in their academics and more.

Beach 2030 Annual Report Available Now - Beach 2030's inaugural annual report has been officially released. Read about our institution's strategic achievements, programs, and projects throughout the 2022-23 academic year

Other Important Dates:

This month, CSULB has many exciting Points of Pride to report and share with our community. Learn more about our #BeachPride 

  • CSULB Recognized Among Top Universities in Graduating Hispanic Students - CCal State Long Beach ranked among top institutions in the country for graduating and awarding degrees to Hispanic students.

  • Beach President Merits Change Maker Award - President Jane Close Conoley won the Change Maker Award from Pathways to Independence.

  • Geography Department Participates in Groundbreaking Mapping Project - Professor and chair of CSULB’s geography department, Dr. Suzanne Perlitsh Wechsler, led a mapping project highlighting major Native American settlements in Southern California.

View the latest accolades and see how our Academic Affairs faculty members are contributing as experts in the news.

Stay up to date on your colleagues that have acquired the latest CSULB grants and gifts on our website.

Fall 2023 Research @ The Beach - This Fall semester, CSULB accumulated a plethora of new awards, proposals, and research expenditures. Read more about the exciting work of our Beach faculty.

Office of Research and Economic Development's Quest 2023 Out Now - The 2023 issue of Quest Magazine is now available. Read about our student and faculty endeavors at the intersection of technology, equity, and identity.

Fund Your Spring 2024 Research-Based Position with LAEP - The Learning Aligned Employment Program is hosting virtual information sessions for those interested in providing undergraduate positions with a research component. | Dates

University Bookstore Open House Invites You - Enjoy desserts, discounts, and more at the University Bookstore's Holiday Open House on November 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For questions, please email

Carpenter Performing Arts Tickets on Sale - The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is hosting an eclectic selection of performances throughout November. Find a show and purchase your tickets today!

MyCSULB Changes Coming Soon - The MyCSULB Student, Faculty, and Advisor Centers will be updated on December 1, 2023. Visit our Student Records webpage for details, FAQs, and more.

Student Reminder! End of the Semester Updates - We kindly encourage you to remind your students that the 2024-25 FAFSA AND CADAA forms will be available in December 2023. Financial aid appeals are also available. | Details

2024 Annual Student Research Competition Info Session - The annual Student Research Competition will be held on March 8, 2024. Students interested in participating are invited to a virtual information session on November 15. | Register

Student Opportunity! NCUR Submissions Still Open - CSULB's National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will take place from April 8 - 10, 2024. Student abstracts are due by December 8. | Deadlines

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