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Issue #05 | september 2014

Letter from the President

I am honored to be the newly elected President of the California State Student Association (CSSA). The past couple months have provided much change within CSSA, the CSU, and public higher education in California. We have been provided an opportunity to reflect on our progress and what challenges we must continue addressing together. These challenges include the prevention of sexual assaults on college campuses, the repair of our aging and dangerous infrastructure, and how higher education will be funded in California post Proposition 30 funding.  Now, more than ever, the student voice is essential in policy decisions and shaping the landscape of the CSU.

This is reflected in the 2014-15 Policy Agenda that CSSA has been drafting and will adopt at our October plenary meeting, as well as the long-term strategic plan that will be adopted in spring 2015. Our goal, as it has been for over 50 years, is to ensure that the CSU is accessible, affordable, and of the highest quality. That is a promise that this organization has made to its constituents - the students of the CSU. Alongside our staff, officers, and dedicated board members, I am committed to that promise. I want to thank all our supporters for their engagement in student advocacy, and ask that you continue to help us ensure that future generations of CSU students have a college experience we can all be proud of.

Daniel T. Clark
CSSA President 

-Daniel Clark is a student attending CSU Fresno majoring in Business Marketing. He transferred into the CSU system from a community college, where he was previously involved in the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. 


Sexual Assault Prevention at the CSU

Earlier this year, the State Auditor released a report highlighting the need for improvements among California’s universities regarding sexual assault prevention and the education of its students, faculty, and staff. Prior to the audit, CSSA was involved in SB 967 by Senators De Leon and Jackson, which takes a proactive approach to defining consent, training and educating students, investigating reports, and supporting survivors of sexual assault. In addition, CSSA leadership continues its conversations with the CSU Office of the Chancellor about the importance of partnering with students to make improvements to sexual assault prevention educational materials, trainings, programming, and more.
Read the official press release on our support for assault prevention measures and upcoming federal advocacy. 


CSSA/CSU Await Gov. Brown's Decision on $50 Million for Campus Infrastructure

For many months, students walked the halls of the capitol, made numerous calls to legislators and the Governor, and testified in committees in pursuit of much needed funding for the CSU and its students. While the final state budget did not include the additional $95 million we were seeking, our collaboration with administration, faculty, and staff created unparalleled support in the legislature and a tangible momentum we will carry with us in our ongoing advocacy for CSU students.
In a positive development during the final weeks of the legislative session, the Assembly proposed providing $50 million in one-time funds for both CSU and UC through Senate Bill 872. The legislature approved the measure and it now awaits a signature by the Governor. We encourage all friends of the CSU to contact Governor Brown and express your support for this critical infrastructure funding. 

CSUnity Conference Brings Student Leaders Together from Across the System

Last month, student leaders from across the CSU gathered at Sonoma State University for the 3rd annual CSUnity Student Leadership Conference. The only systemwide conference that gathers students from all 23 campuses for annual leadership development opportunities, this year’s CSUnity Conference provided a series of workshops, keynote speakers and networking opportunities. From presentations by experienced professionals on ethics and risk management, to breakout sessions on media relations, best practices, and diversity, there was a topic of interest for everyone. The conference also included round-table discussions that encouraged conversation and collaboration regarding best practices in student involvement and advocacy. Over 250 students were in attendance. 



Sustainability Internship applications are now being accepted until September 19. The internship focuses on CSSA's Greenovation Grant program and on systemwide sustainability. Click for more information.

Now hiring for the position of Administrative Coordinator working out of our Long Beach office. The application is  posted on the CSU Careers website.

CSSA's September Board of Directors meeting will be held at CSU Fullerton, from September 5-7. View our full list of events.