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Inspiring a Conversation About Leadership

The California State University system is a champion for diversity in the leadersip levels from Chancellor Timothy White, an immigrant from Argentina, to CSUF's president, Mildred García, a first-generation college student and the first Latina president in CSU history. Their experiences have helped foster an open and honest conversation with students, faculty and staff that hopefully will create opportunities for today’s students and their families.

Though higher education leadership continues to demographically lag behind the communities they serve nationally, the CSU continues to be a leader in closing that gap. Twenty-two percent of CSU presidents are Hispanic, with the national average trailing at less than nine percent. Nearly half — 11 of the CSU system’s 23 presidents — are women, which is twice the national average.

At CSUF, President Mildred García is a vocal champion for broad access to educational opportunity at the system, state and national level. She is also a key leader in advancing the systemwide Graduation Initiative 2025, which aims to raise graduation rates and eliminate socio-economic achievement gaps. 

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