As the new Executive Director of the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State, I am excited about the many possibilities, programs and opportunities to develop further the good work we do here at the Center.  A key focus of mine is Title IX.  This year marks the 46th anniversary of the passage of the Title IX, the landmark federal education law that established the rights of women to participate fully in all educational programs.  Title IX states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial aid. 

In this era of the MeToo movement, educators and administrators are reflecting on our implementation of this law, and what more we can do to further its fulfillment.  The Center for California Studies is an important part of this discussion.  Our four fellowship programs provide highly-motivated individuals with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn on the job at high levels in our state’s executive, legislative and judicial branches.  Our obligation to fulfill Title IX compliance in these fellowship programs is no less important and no less challenging, than in a classroom setting.

As the Executive Director of the Center, I take this obligation very seriously.

I am honored and excited to be in this new role, at such an august organization, with its rich history, on the growing and dynamic Sacramento State campus. In the coming months, I hope to talk to members of the university and Capitol communities about new ways for the Center to fulfill its role as a bridge between academia and government.  One of the programs run by the Center is the Faculty Research Fellows Program, which provides research grants to CSU faculty on topics chosen by policymakers.  This program has the potential to help meet the growing demand from policymakers for information and policy research; I hope to be able to better utilize this program in the service of this goal.

I look forward to working with members of the CSU and the Capital community, as the Center embarks on a new chapter.  Please visit the Center’s website, www.csus.edu/calst for updates on the Center and its programs.