By Kim Lamb Gregory

Congresswoman Brownley and President Yao

Congresswoman Brownley provides grant for Native American and Indigenous Studies academic program

CSUCI will begin working to develop a new Native American and Indigenous Studies academic program thanks to a $250,000 check presented to the University by Congresswoman Julia Brownley. The roughly two-year planning process will begin in Fall of 2022 and will include hiring faculty, community outreach, and developing a curriculum covering the histories, cultures, arts, languages, and environmental stories of Indigenous peoples. Read more at:

Teacher residency partnership gets two grants to expand program

Two $250,000 grants from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will enable a successful CSUCI teacher residency partnership program to expand and explore new opportunities. One of the grants went to the teacher residency program launched in 2019, which provides full tuition for CSUCI teaching credential candidates who are selected as residents, plus a stipend up to $10,000. The program is in partnership with the Oxnard School District, Oxnard Union High School District, Rio School District and the Santa Barbara Unified School District. The other grant went to the Santa Paula Unified School District to enable the district to join the residency program in Fall 2022. Read more at:

fulbright logoUniversity named a top producing institution for Fulbright Scholars

The Fulbright Program has named CSUCI a 2021-2022 Top-Producing Institution for Fulbright Scholars. In a list published by The Chronicle of Higher Education on behalf of the Fulbright Program, CSUCI is among 11 masters-granting colleges and universities across the nation that had two Fulbright Scholars named for 2021-2022. This year’s Fulbright Scholars are Professor of Finance Priscilla Liang, Ph.D., and Professor of Applied Physics Geoff Dougherty, Ph.D.

CSUCI is already starting off strong for next year, too, with Professor of Political Science Scott Frisch, Ph.D. being awarded a Fulbright for 2022-2023. Read more at

Program that paves the way to college for farm working families gets a boost

A CSUCI program designed to provide farm working families a pathway to college has just received a $50,000 boost from Reiter Affiliated Companies’ philanthropic arm. Called “University Culture,” the program began in 2010 and has since provided hundreds of underrepresented families with information about financial aid, college life, what to expect from higher education, and the kinds of non-financial supports that every college student needs. Read more at

Student Cameron Bartosiewicz and President YaoStudent advocate for LGBTQ individuals is named a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow

Chemistry major Cameron Bartosiewicz who founded the national Youth Pride Association has been named a 2022-2023 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. Bartosiewicz, who founded the 501(c)3 to support and advocate for LGBTQ youth, is among 173 students from 38 states and Mexico to be named a Newman Fellow. Bartosiewicz and the other college students were awarded the year-long fellowship based on their commitment to finding solutions to a variety of challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Read more at

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