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SCV Water hires Kevin Strauss as communications manager

Prior to joining the City of Santa Clarita, Strauss worked in the Athletics Department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for six years, first as an Assistant Sports Information Director before being promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Digital Marketing. -- Public CEO

Kevin Strauss Named SCV Water Communications Manager

SCV Water has announced the hiring of Kevin Strauss as its next communications manager. Strauss comes from six years as communications specialist with the city of Santa Clarita. He will start his new position May 22, overlapping with Kathie Martin, communications manager since December 2017, who will retire effective June 15. -- SCV News

Excavating the Future: Breaking the Silence

Pérez studied philosophy at the University of El Salvador, as well as literature at Cal State Northridge and creative writing at Antioch University, attaining two master’s degrees. 
She was a co-founder of El Rescate, one of the first Central American solidarity and social
 service agencies of the Salvadoran civil war era, as well as of the Clínica Monseñor Oscar 
A. Romero, the first community-based, nonprofit health clinic to serve the predominantly
 Central American community of the Westlake-Pico Union area of Los Angeles. She was also
 instrumental in the establishment of the first Central American Studies undergraduate degree program in the nation,
 at Cal State Northridge. -- Capital & Main

Cheers and pride for CSUN graduates on Friday, first of seven commencement events

The colleges of Engineering and Computer Science and of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Northridge, held their commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19 on the lawn in front of the University Library, the first of seven commencement ceremonies that run through May 22 at the campus. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Festival at Northridge museum celebrates Asian diversity and culture

More than 300 visitors showed up for last year’s inaugural event. Organizers said that this year’s Pan-Asian festival was supported by Cal State Northridge University’s student-led Vitalizing Our Museum program, funded by the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Innovation grant. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Are Bluesky Social’s Good Vibes Doomed?

Johnathan Flowers, an assistant professor of philosophy at California State University Northridge, said he’d like to see Bluesky make a clear statement accepting the consequences of proactively protecting users across marginalized groups and outlining its stance on protecting sex workers and trans people in particular. “I say these two groups specifically because given the increased amount of legislation that aims at both a literal and a social genocide of trans people, it is incumbent upon social media platforms to make clear their positions where transphobic violence is concerned,” Flowers said. “Most social media platforms have statements about racism, sexism, gender-based violence on their platforms…. What I have yet to see is a platform seriously say, ‘Transphobes are not welcome here, and we will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent transphobic violence on our platform.’” -- Vanity Fair