Sept. 22, 2020
Volume 8, Edition 4
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Chicana/o Studies Professor Receives Mellon Grant to Foster Climate Change Leaders

A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to CSUN Chicana/o studies professor Stevie Ruiz (second row, fourth from right) and other academics across the country will help foster a new generation of leaders who understand the connection between climate change and the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities of color. CSUN students and faculty members will document how overlooked communities are tackling pandemic challenges, helping shape public policy as well as future classroom instruction.


‘We Matadors Are Resilient’: New Student Convocation Welcomes Students Under Unique Circumstances

New Student Convocation, which welcomes incoming freshmen and transfer students to their new home each fall, took place virtually this year, with reminders about the resources and opportunities available during a primarily virtual semester. Even amid a pandemic, Matador pride still unifies us, said CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, who along with other university leaders offered encouragement and tips for success.

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The sun sets behind CSUN’s Sierra Tower and palm trees on the library lawn.

CSUN No. 2 Most Diverse Learning Environment, Per Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

CSUN’s learning environment remains the second-most diverse in the nation, according to the newest Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. CSUN’s standing was based on diversity and inclusion, both among faculty and students, as well as the number of international students who study at the university.

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Focus on Faculty & Staff


Faculty and Staff Achievements

Read about the publications, sponsored projects and other achievements of CSUN faculty and staff members through August 2020.

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CSU Recognizes Merav Efrat with Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award

The California State University awarded Merav Efrat, associate professor of health sciences at CSUN, with the 2020-21 Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award for her groundbreaking work in lactation education and research, paving the way for CSUN to become a leader in the field.

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CSUN Employee Early Exit Program Informational Session, Sept. 29

The application period for the Early Exit Program is scheduled to end Oct. 9. Learn more about the program and if you meet the qualifications to participate.

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Benefits Open Enrollment for 2021 Now Underway Through Oct. 16

Open Enrollment is the time to review how your current health plan and benefits are working for you, and make any changes that would become effective Jan. 1. Open Enrollment ends Oct. 16, so act now.

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Save the Date: First Virtual Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair, Oct. 1

Plan to make the most of Open Enrollment (Sept. 21 – Oct. 16) and register to join the first Virtual Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair to visit with benefit vendors.

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