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Dear Campus Community,

I am delighted to share the news that the Governor’s revised state budget that was released today includes $25 million for the construction of a national Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) “Equity Innovation Hub” to innovate educational pathways to inspire belonging in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at CSUN, complemented by an interdisciplinary focus critical for the future of work. While the allocation does require final legislative approval, I want to thank Governor Newsom and Chancellor Castro for their support, as well as U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Assemblymember Luz Rivas, each of whom holds an engineering degree and is dedicated to expanding opportunities for STEM careers to propel the future of our innovation economy.

Building upon the extensive foundational work in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) over the past two years on the “Center for Possibilities” project, this facility will provide the cutting-edge research and collaborative learning spaces vital to the advancement of CSUN’s outstanding CECS programs. It will also serve as a hub to bring the community and our PK-14 partners together to facilitate new educational pathways to support the innovators and creators of the future. Slated to open in 2024, this investment in CSUN is a clear reflection of our role as leaders in the future of STEM education and will accelerate our ability to address the persistent gaps in degree attainment and diverse representation in STEM careers. At full capacity, the Hub will serve as a national model for accelerating student success for diverse learners at HSIs across the nation.

Congratulations to Dean Houssam Toutanji and all of the faculty and staff in the College of Engineering and Computer Science for their vision and leadership in the future of STEM learning.


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