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HHD interim dean mechelle bestTake a Trip Through One Day of a Life in the Context of What We Do in HHD

Like most colleges at CSUN, the College of Health and Human Development offers a range of bachelor's degrees, minors, and master's degrees. However, unlike most other colleges, we also offer two doctoral programs (Audiology and Physical Therapy). Currently we have around 6,100 majors, just over 300 faculty, and about 60 staff.

In this college, we prepare our students to be professionals who take care of others across their lifespan and help them deal with various challenges of living they may encounter along the way. We're also training our students to help others enjoy the best quality of life possible. Come with me on a trip through one day in a life--perhaps your life--in the context of what we do in HHD >

As always, we appreciate your support and we thank you for your engagement and involvement with us, and we appreciate the many ways you help our students and alumni enhance, enrich, and empower the human experience.

Finally, I'd like to invite you to an important event on campus on Friday, February 10 at 3:00 P.M., hosted by the University Student Union. I will be co-moderating a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Magazine staff writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones as she discusses her book, The 1619 Project, and how the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation. Admission is free. Get the details about this event to be held at the CSUN Plaza del Sol Performance Hall >



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Follow-Up on the HHD Conference

Featured: student, faculty, and staff presentations, posters, dance, and keynote speaker, Dr. Vanessa Sanders, the first Black woman in the U.S. to get a Ph.D. in Radiochemistry. She is using radioisotopes to fight cancer.

ten faculty researchers as featured in the story

Inside the HHD Conference

A The first-ever HHD College-wide conference started with an, "I'd like to do..." and grew into a robust, diverse, and inspiring experience because of the engagement of students, faculty, staff, showing so much of what we do!


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Highlighting Our Original Stewards

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The project, "Highlighting Our Original Stewards: Designing Moments and Places of Reflection, Healing, Advocacy, and Learning" will formally recognize the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) and other Indigenous groups that lived where CSUN currently stands. The objective is to promote and increase holistic well-being practices around campus through a designed installation.

At the HHD Conference, student intern Oscar Carmona led a tour of three of the locations that will be commemorated through artistic and graphic installations.

Read About the Tour >

Matadors Making a Difference: Meet Christel Bowen, CSUN Food Pantry

Christel Bowen

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) alum ('18) Christel Bowen is the activities assistant for food programs at CSUN's Food Pantry. She manages a team of nine student assistants, in addition to several volunteers. Bowen started working in the food pantry as a student assistant in 2017 while earning her undergraduate degree in FCS/Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science. First aiming for a career as a dietitian in a hospital setting, she changed her mind after spending time with students at the pantry and wants to stay focused programs that address health and food security. She is studying for her master's in Human Nutrition in FCS.

Read More about Christel >

Strengthening Food Networks Over the Holidays

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During the final months of the fall 2022 semester, the Radiologic Sciences Student Association (RSSA) (Health Sciences) participated in two community service opportunities: a canned food drive for the Valley Food Bank and the Northridge Hospital Holiday Jam.

Throughout November, the RSSA collected canned goods for the Valley Food Bank, which provides goods to a network of food pantries, rescue missions, and non-profit organizations. In December, five RSSA members had the priviledge of volunteering at Northridge Hospital's Holiday Jam.

Find Out More About the RSSA Volunteer Events >

Myriam Forster, CSUN's 2023 Jerome Richfield Fellow

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CSUN's Research and Sponsored Programs has announced that Myriam Forster (Health Sciences/Public Health) has been named the 2023 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow.

Forster's work focuses on the role of early life course adversity in adolescent and young adult health outcomes.

One significant adversity, familial incarceration, impacts millions of U.S. children; predominantly youth of color and youth living in low-income comunities.

Read More About Myriam Forster and the Fellowship >

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JoAnne PandeyGaining Knowledge and Power to Advocate for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: JoAnne Pandey (Child and Adolescent Development) became interested in advocating for students who had been sexually harassed after seeing reports of teachers who were harassing students at a school in Nepal where she had once worked. While there, she had also observed abuse, and at the time she felt she didn't have the power or understanding to do more than report. So, she pursued ways to help, and in 2022 attended the Second International Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Nepal. Read More About Pandey's Experience >

adult helps child using assistive technologyEnabling People with Disabilities to Live More Independently Through Assistive Technology: With more than 4,000 developing technologies that enable people with disabilities to live more productive, independent, and fulfilling lives, the program in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services (ATHS, offered by HHD through Tseng College) helps meet the demand for Assistive Technology specialists, providing them with skills and knowledge to ensure that people who may rely on assistive technology can access, and benefit from, advances in the field. Read More About the Program >

physical therapy students working togetherGet to Know CSUN Physical Therapy: You probably know that CSUN's campus is committed to environmental preservation and sustainability practices, but did you know the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy (DPT) includes these topics in the curriculum? Well, now you do, and you can find out so much more about our fully accredited (since its inception in 1969) DPT program. Watch the New CSUN DPT Video >

dance concert performersCollaboratoria 2022, the fall Kinesiology dance performance, is available on YouTube in its entirety. Collaboratoria is a laboratory of collaboration, bringing faculty and students together in original choreographed pieces. Coming this spring: the annual Kinesiology spring dance concert, Kinesis. Watch for the announcement in the coming weeks on the HHD events calendar. See the Video of Collaboratoria >

emblem for hhd heroes awardDo You Know an HHD Hero? The Inaugural HHD Heroes Award will recognize the success and accomplishments of a professional in one of the fields of HHD who has overcome barriers and made a significant impact through extraordinary work to improve and/or save the lives of others. These heroes are role models for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community. Find Out More and Nominate a Hero Today >

matador says become an ambassadorBecome an HHD Ambassador for CSUN Giving Day March 1 & 2 : Giving Day is a 36-hour online fundraising event which will be held from 5:00 A.M. March 1, 2023 through 5:00 P.M. on March 2, 2023. The entire Matador community is encouraged to participate: students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and community partners can all encourage others, and together we can raise financial support--all for student success. Donations are tax deductible, of course! Go to the CSUN Giving Day Website >

Every Gift Toward Student Success Enriches Lives

give to student successYour donation to the College of Health and Human Development strengthens projects, programs and events like the ones we are sharing about today. Your gift helps our students and faculty improve the quality of life across the lifespan locally and globally.

Making a donation to CSUN HHD can fund scholarships, deep-impact learning experiences, innovative projects and technology--and much more--all to enhance, enrich, and empower the human experience. Find Out About Ways to Give to CSUN HHD >

HHD News Now is the newsletter for the alumni, community partners, friends, faculty and staff
of the CSUN College of Health and Human Development.

Editor in Chief: Mechelle Best, Interim Dean

Managing Editor, Graphics: Jean O’Sullivan, Public Affairs/Communications Specialist

Director of Development, John Pepitone

Assistant to the Director of Development, Peggy Lin

Communications and Web Assistant, Jahanvi Kuppili


We thank our faculty and students for their contributions to this newsletter, with great appreciaiton to our colleagues at CSUN Today for their detailed and dynamic coverage of HHD students, faculty, and community partners.

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