Notable Alumni and Campus Contributors


Dee Andrews

Dee Andrews, Alumnus
Former Vice Mayor, Long Beach City Council 6th District

Learn More: BiographyLong Beach City CouncilLBCC 2018 Honoree



Dr. Pamela Ashe

Dr. Pamela Ashe, Emeritus
Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); Founder of Sisterfriends: An African-American Women's Support and Networking Group

Learn More: Arts & LifePamela’s Story


Dr. Enid Blaylock

Dr. Enid Blaylock, In Memoriam
Professor, Educational Psychology and Administration

Learn More: Dr. Enid V. Blaylock 1925-2009



Valerie Bordeaux

Valerie Bordeaux, Emeritus
Director of University Outreach and School Relations

Learn More: Live with Keya & Dave - Show 005 - GUEST: CSULB Director of University Outreach Valerie BordeauxCSULB’s Valerie Bordeaux: a scholar’s best friend By JOSH DULANEYAdmission Leaders in Action: Valerie Bordeaux By Curtis Morisaki


Phillip Boutte, Jr.

Phillip Boutte, Jr., Art Illustration
Alumnus, Class of 2007

Learn More: Phillip Boutté Jr.Art and Design Master Class



Brandon I. Brooks

Brandon I. Brooks, Alumnus
Managing Editor of L.A. Sentinel Newspaper

Learn More: Brandon I. Brooks appointed as Assistant Managing Editor of SentinelSentinel appoints Brandon I. Brooks as Acting Managing EditorBrandon I. Brooks



Gyllian Carter

Gyllian Carter, Alumna
Television Producer & Digital Content Creator

Learn More: Be Free Television with Gyllian CarterFoodTV - Recipe for Pitching A Great Food SegmentGyllian CarterGyllian Carter Biography



Dr. Tessie Cleveland

Dr. Tessie Cleveland, In Memoriam
Professor, School of Social Work

Learn More: Tessie Cleveland Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corp.



June Cooper

June Cooper, In Memoriam
First Female CSULB President

Learn More: Before Conoley, another woman led CSULBby Daily 49er Editorial StaffBridging the Gap: Black Woman to Serve as Interim President of Cal State Long Beach By David HaldaneFormer CSULB campus president dies by snoadmin


Rashida Crutchfield

Rashida Crutchfield, Ed.D
Alumna & Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Learn More: CSULB ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR INSPIRES $15 MILLION CSU GRANT TO COMBAT STUDENT FOOD, HOUSING INSECURITYCSU Long Beach associate professor Dr. Rashida Crutchfield’s ground-breaking research is defining a national movement to help college students dealing with homelessness and hunger5 questions with Rashida Crutchfield, advocate for homeless college students


Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis 
Alumnus & Professional Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn More: To moving forwardTerrell Davis recalls Long Beach State days in Hall of Fame speech


Charles Dorsey

Charles Dorsey 
Alumnus a.k.a. Chuck Dizzle, Radio Personality

Learn More: Meet Chuck Dizzle of Home Grown RadioHome Grown Radio, where Nipsey Hussle fans mourn and LA hip-hop finds a voiceChuck Dizzle


Jean Bernard Durand

Jean-Bernard Durand, MD, FACP, FCCP, FACC,FHFSA

Learn More: Faculty at Manderson, Onlive ArticlesLbcc Faculty story



Carol Brown Elston

Carol Brown Elston, Pillar
Director of Career Center

Learn More: Career Center helps students meet goals by Ernie Toliver



Mwalimu Donna Evans

Mwalimu Donna Evans, Alumna, Class of 1969
Co-Owner of Alternative Home School.

Learn More: Educator emphasizes 'positive, productive' students,  African Americans in Long Beach and Southern California: a HistoryMandela Children's Learning Village



Travon Free

Travon Free, Criminal Justice

Alumnus, Class of 2012




Opral Ijeoma

Opral Ijeoma, Master of Science in Geology 
Alumna, Class of 2014

Thesis Research: A Test of Diagenetic Ordering in Siliceous Lithofacies, Monterey Formation, Southwest Casmalia Hills, Santa Maria Basin, California.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas Womans University
Petroleum Geologist, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Current lecturer at El Camino College and CSULB
Learn More: MARS Project Leaders


Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Founder of the Kwanzaa Holiday
Professor, Africana Studies

Learn More: Official WebsiteMAULANA KARENGABiography, Official Kwanzaa Website



Ruby Leavell-Hartley

Ruby Leavell-Hartley, Emeritus
Career Development Center Counselor

Learn More: Mentor program gives support, helps with pressures of life  By Daniel OliveiraHighlights: College of Natural Science and Math


Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Science

Learn More: Feature in Quest Magazine, Fall 2021 (pages 10-12), HERE’S WHAT’S DRIVING THIS CSULB PROFESSOR TO ACHIEVE BLACK HEALTH EQUITY IN LONG BEACHCSULB PROFESSORS EXPLORE OUR NATION’S HISTORY AND ITS CONNECTION TO TODAYTeam from CSULB contributes data analysis to Long Beach city council meeting


Dr. Robin Lee

Dr. Robin Lee, In Memoriam
Pillar, Department of Psychology

Learn More: Golden Key International Honour Society Honorary MemberPersonnel History of Psychology Department Prepared by Martin Fiebert



Erroll Parker

Erroll Parker, Alumnus
Television Host & Producer

Learn More: CSULB'S Black Elders to share their legacy with today's students , Conversations with Erroll Parker - All SidesConversations with Erroll Parker and the ASB Long Beach Presidents


Dawn Renee Person

Dawn Renee Person, Ph.D, Pillar
Most Valuable Professor Award Recipient 

Learn More: Dawn Renee Person, Ph.D. , Faculty ProfilesDawn Person's research while affiliated with California State University, Fullerton and other placesCSULB Black Research Summit College of Education


Dr. Amen Rahh

Dr. Amen Rahh, Emeritus
Professor, Africana Studies 

Learn More: ‘We’re not a part of the programs,’ Long Beach State Athletics alumni say  , Conversations with Erroll Parker ft. Amen Rahh


Naomi Rainey-Pierson

Naomi Rainey-Pierson

Learn More: Naomi Rainey-Pierson Works To Eliminate Racial Inequities In Classroom By Janis Carr , Charter Local Edition with NAACP Long Beach President Naomi Rainey-Pierson


Dough Robinson

Dr. Douglas W. Robinson
Former Vice President of Student Affairs

Learn More:Dr. Douglas W. Robinson, CSULB VP of Student Affairs Robinson to Retire, Longest Running VP in CSU HistoryCSULB faculty present student diplomaCSULB administration fills with temporary faces2011 Long Beach State Hall of Fame Nominee: Doug Robinson



Dr. Cheryl Rock

Dr. Cheryl Rock, Associate Professor of Food Science
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Learn More: Dr. Cheryl Rock, Dr. Cheryl Rock Black Women PhDsCheryl Rock's ResearchDr.Cheryl Rock, Guest Speaker at Medical Nutrition Therapy



Bobbie Rodgers

Bobbie Rodgers, In Memoriam
Educational Opportunity Program

Learn More: Graduate schools recruit at CSULB By Michael Watanabe , Forest Lawn Guestbook


Betye Saar

Betye Saar, Alumna, Class of 1962
Educational Opportunity Program

Learn More: Celebrating CSULB'S Influential Women During Women's History MonthBetye Saar, Her Daughters, and the House That Never Stopped Making ArtCal State LA exhibition highlights renowned Los Angeles artist Betye SaarInside L.A. Icon Betye Saar’s Laurel Canyon Studio


Danielle Raquel Scott-Arruda

Danielle Raquel Scott-Arruda
Alumna & Olympian

Learn More: TeamUSA - Danielle Scott Olympedia - Danielle Scott-ArrudaPopular Videos - Danielle Scott-Arruda , FEATURE: Danielle Scott-Arruda Makes History With Fifth Olympics 


LaTanya Sheffield

LaTanya Sheffield
Assistant Track & Field Coach; Former Olympian

Learn More:Long Beach State Staff DirectoryLatanya Sheffield Reflects On How Her Olympic Experience Led Her To Become Long Beach State’s First Women’s Track & Field Head CoachSan Diego State University Hall of FameBioLBSU Track & Field Coach LaTanya Sheffield PromotedPODCAST: The LB Fee Show With Track Coach LaTanya Sheffield, Olympedia50th anniversary of Title IX: How the law impacted Long Beach State Athletics | California State University Long Beach (


Kagba Suaray

Kagba Suaray, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Learn More: CSULB Professor At Helm Of National Movement To Get Black Kids Excited Abour MathCSULB’s Hesabu Circle invites young Black mathematicians


Penny Toler

Penny Toler
Alumna, Former General Manager of The Los Angeles Sparks

Learn More: Virginia "Penny" TolerA Penny Who Shines Penny Toler Of No. 1 Long Beach State Has All The Right Court Moves, Plus Star Quality By Jaime DiazPenny Toler WNBA Stats


Doris Topsy-Elvord

Doris Topsy-Elvord, In Memoriam
Alumna, Class of 1969, First African American Long Beach Harbor Commissioner & Commission President First African American Female City Council Member & Vice Mayor

Learn More: Friends, family say final goodbye to Long Beach icon Mother DorisDoris Topsy-Elvord, legendary Long Beach leader, dies at 90Doris Topsey-Elvord Legacy Of LeadershipPublic Invited to Dedication of the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center at Houghton ParkDoris Topsy-Elvord's Journey to Success


Joseph White

Dr. Joseph White, In Memoriam
Godfather of Black Psychology; Founder of EOP, First EOP Director at CSULB

Learn More: CSULB History 1966 - 1970he Godfather of Black Psychology: Joseph White, 1932-2017APA Featured PsychologistUCI StoriesJoseph White, pioneering black psychologist who mentored students


Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams
Alumna; Comedian

Learn More: ‘Love Life’: Jessica Williams & Chris Powell To Star In Season 2, Rachelle Williams Joins As Co-ShowrunnerFamous Faces: People to WatchFrom The Beach to ‘The Daily Show

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