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Featured Events

Tim Wise, anti-racist educator and activist

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

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Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World," by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. Read more

Black Youth Guidance Forum

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

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The Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF) is a day-long leadership program for CSUN students in the Africana Studies Urban Studies option, credential candidates, and Liberal Studies majors. We will also include African American youth and other youth of color, school stakeholders (e.g. parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff), and nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County.

The theme for the program this year is Strategies for Success. For more information about this event and the BYGF please, Read more

Meet the New Chair of Africana Studies.

 Sylvia MacauleyNew Africana Studies Chair Aims for Responsiveness and Accountability

Story by: Shanté Morgan, Black Alumni Association

For Sylvia Macauley, the new chair of California State University, Northridge’s Department of Africana Studies, two keywords to success are: responsiveness and accountability.

“I’m a person who likes organization,” Macauley said. “When there are clear guidelines and regulations then people know what to do. Things don’t fall through the cracks.”

Macauley comes to CSUN from Truman State University in Missouri where she served as professor of history and director of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a U.S. Department of Education program aimed at preparing minority college students and students from low-income and first generation backgrounds for successful entry into graduate school. Continue reading the full article.

In Memoriam

Leonard PittLeonard Pitt, a highly admired historian and longtime professor of History, died July 22. Len began teaching at CSUN in 1962 when it was still San Fernando Valley State College. He is best known for his extensive history, Los Angeles A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the City and County (1997), co-authored with his wife Dale. His earlier work, The Decline of the Californios (1966), was a detailed study of early Spanish-speaking Californians. The book was one of the first to explore the diversity of Los Angeles. "What is constant is that the city is an ever-changing kaleidoscope," he said in a 2001 LA Times interview. "The complexion is ever-shifting, the majority is ever-shifting — the majority becoming the minority, the minority becoming the majority."' Len was committed to his students and to Cal State Northridge. A Matador family, Len's son Michael received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at CSUN and his daughter Dinna just received her M.A. in History at CSUN this last May. Len is survived by his three children and three grandchildren.

See Leonard Pitt's Obituary in the LA Times