Office of the President

President's newsletter, 10/10/2016

The efforts of many remarkable women and men went into making Cal State Monterey Bay what it is today. We all know that. But sometimes it is good to be reminded of just how notable some of our colleagues are.

So, we all took great pride in seeing news of the recent White House ceremony during which CSUMB founding faculty member Luis Valdez received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Luis was recognized for bringing Chicano culture to American drama. As a playwright, actor, writer, and director, he illuminates the human spirit in the face of social injustice through award-winning stage, film, and television productions.”

His fellow honorees provide additional insight into the significance of this medal. At the most recent ceremony, they included comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks, Broadway star Audra McDonald, composer Philip Glass and playwright and director Moisés Kaufman.

“They’re central to who we are as Americans -- dreamers and storytellers, and innovators and visionaries," President Obama said in his address to the event. "They’re what helps us make sense of the past, the good and the bad. They’re how we chart a course for the future while leaving something of ourselves for the next generation to learn from.”

Founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino, Luis is widely regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the U.S.

As just one small part of his ongoing efforts to open up opportunities to a new generation, he speaks to participants in the Migrant Junior Otter program, which brings enthusiastic young scholars to our campus each summer.

“We are all born creators. From the instant of your birth, creativity flows out of you as easily as breath,” he told one such group. “Let us release the power of the imagination of our niños. The future belongs to those who can imagine it.”

Without question, Luis has inspired many both to imagine a better future and to achieve it.

Our university is planning a recognition event for Luis later this semester. We will be sharing details as the plans go forward.

A safe and supportive academic community

Behavioral Intervention Team:

University Personnel has created a new website to offer a centralized source for the reporting of disruptive or problematic behaviors by students, colleagues or community members on campus.

The core Behavioral Intervention Team is made up of representatives from ​Title IX, Student Affairs, University Police, University Personnel, Health and Wellness, and Student Conduct.

The BIT site includes information on when and where to seek assistance. Faculty and staff are often the first to notice issues that arise on campus. We strongly encourage community members not to ignore their concerns. Instead, consider that this may be an opportunity to get help.

​If you see something, say something.​

Upcoming Events:

· Our next Pizza with the President event is scheduled for noon Oct. 12 in the Student Center.

· CSUMB will host an Ocean Candidates Forum on Oct. 20 at the World Theater. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the forum to follow at 7 p.m. California’s Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, will moderate; candidates in our local Congressional race, as well as those running for State Senate and State Assembly seats are scheduled to attend.

· And our 2016-17 President’s Speaker Series will explore different aspects of the theme of globalization. The first event will feature Richard Wolffe, best-selling author, journalist and MSNBC political analyst. He will be making his presentation at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at our World Theater.

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