The Four Pillars of the CSUCI Academic Program
The Four Pillars are:
- 2004-2005: Center for International Affairs
- 2005-2006: Center for Integrative Studies
- 2006-2007: Center for Multicultural Learning and Engagement
- 2007-2008: Center For Community Engagement
Center for International Affairs
Antonio Jimenez-Jimenez, Director
The Center for International Affairs promotes and supports efforts to internationalize the curriculum, afford students the opportunity to study abroad, increase the number of international students on campus, support international faculty collaboration, and foster links with higher educational institutions around the world.
The objectives of the Center are to:
- design and implement policies and programs that promote cross-cultural and global understanding in all fields of study;
- assist faculty in developing the international dimension of their teaching, scholarship, and service activities;
- facilitate and develop academic and scholarly international exchanges and partnerships for students and faculty;
- diversify the student body to include outstanding students who represent a broad range of geographic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds; and
- coordinate all activities that enhance campus global awareness and augment the international life of the campus and local community.
Center for Integrative Studies
The mission of the Center for Integrative Studies is to serve as an organized source of information and support for integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to the creation, discovery, transmission and application of knowledge.
The goals of the Center for Integrative Studies are to:
- create the infrastructure for integrative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning;
- design and implement programs and curricula that promote integrative and interdisciplinary understanding for students in all fields of study;
- assist faculty in developing the integrative and interdisciplinary dimensions of their teaching, scholarship, and service activities;
- facilitate and develop academic and scholarly exchanges and partnerships for students and faculty; and
- coordinate activities that enhance campus awareness of interdisciplinary and integrative studies and their importance to the life of the campus and local community.
For more information contact:
Kathryn Leonard, Director
Center for Multicultural Learning and Engagement
The mission of the Center for Multicultural Learning and Engagement (CMLE) is to create and sustain a campus climate in and out of the classroom that values and promotes all forms of diversity. It challenges students, staff, and faculty to commit to diversity as a source of renewal and vitality that empowers them to change the culture and the world through civic action.
The Center for Multicultural Learning and Engagement promotes working to end all forms of oppression and toward a just society so that all people can exist with equality and respect.
The objectives of the Center for Multicultural Learning and Engagement are to:
- promote and support efforts to incorporate multicultural perspectives across the curriculum;
- act as a resource for multicultural scholarship and pedagogy for faculty, students and staff/administrators;
- articulate the nature of multiculturalism;
- document its importance for CSUCI;
- maintain a communication network for the exchange of scholarly and pedagogical information on multicultural study among faculty and administrators in undergraduate and graduate education;
- enhance research and teaching in multicultural studies by promoting the development of multicultural theory, methodology, and curricular design;
- provide facilities and support for multicultural courses;
- encourage students and faculty to engage in multicultural study including those that focus on how diverse communities build sustaining cultures that model alternatives to prejudice and how individuals create and maintain authority and integrity in atmospheres of discrimination;
- become a broad-based professional home for reflective multiculturalists; and
- support, promote, and maintain the Multicultural, Women’s and Gender Student Center (MWGSC) and thereby support students’ efforts to promote justice on our campus, in society at large, and in their personal lives.
Julia Balén, Director
Kirsten Moss-Frye, Student Affairs Director
Center For Community Engagement
Andrea Grove, Co-Director
Pilar Pacheco, Co-Director
The Center for Community Engagement is charged with fostering a learning community that facilitates civic engagement in our local and global communities; and that addresses societal challenges through long-term sustainable partnerships.
Our office serves as a resource and support for faculty, community partners and students engaged in service learning. The office supports the University’s mission by promoting civic engagement and service-learning initiatives in the local and global communities for mutual, positive benefit.
Our four strategic directions include:
- Institutionalizing the Center mission throughout the educational experience
- Facilitating University/Community dialogue about societal challenges
- Creating an optimal Center organizational structure for all stakeholders
- Designing and implementing Center communication campaigns