Sept. 22, 2020
Volume 6, 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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A female student examines the leaves of a plant in a field.

16 CSUN Students Named Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars by CSU

Sixteen outstanding CSUN students were recently named Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars by the California State University system. In addition to a $3,000 stipend to support their research, the students also may apply to participate in a fully-funded summer research experience at a University of California campus or another doctoral-granting institution.

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Focus on Students


Fall 2020 Schedule Changes

Sept. 18 was the last day to change your academic schedule online. Any schedule changes now require formal approval.

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Financial Aid, 2021-22

The Federal and California Financial Aid application period for the 2021-22 academic year begins Oct. 1.

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‘Sun Circle’ Black Alumni Association Mentoring, Sept. 30

The Sun Circle is a program new to CSUN hosted by the Black Alumni Association. The goal is to provide direct and ongoing mentorship to Black students in a welcoming and affirming environment. Positive discussions and activities to support success for students and recent graduates will be presented at each gathering.

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Big Show 2020 Featuring Diplo and A-Trak, Oct. 3

Register for the virtual, 20th anniversary Associated Students Big Show concert featuring Grammy-winning musician/DJ/producer Diplo and the DJ A-Trak.

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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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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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Health Administration Speed Networking, Oct. 8

Come meet other Health Administration students and professionals, and learn about the chapter’s plan for this upcoming year.

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