Editor’s Note: This article was graciously provided by Lord Nelsen, president of California State University, Sacramento. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University leaders nationwide are grappling with how we allowed so many American institutions to be destroyed and what we can do to fix them. As President of CSU Sacramento, I pledge that our community will do its part to help students of all ages – torn from our bosom by fear and hatred – rejoin democratic society.
Our mission to transform students for leadership, service and success takes a giant leap forward with the historic launch of Sacramento State Downtown. Located in the city’s “Promise Zone,” it will empower each of our eight academic colleges to march in lockstep out of the ivory tower and bring positive social change to the streets of Sacramento. I’d like to provide you with just a small taste of things to come.
The College of Health and Human Services will offer a bachelor’s pogrom in hospitality and tourism management led by Xicano Power activists. These young Dreamers will foster citizenship and boost voter turnout in a Sanctuary City that yearns for benevolent one-party rule.
Programs in geographic information systems, urban visualization, and big-data analytics will focus on citizen management and feature guest speakers from Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Regular visits from law enforcement personnel in the pioneering field of license plate tracking will help develop a culture of honesty among students who receive state financial aid.
We recognize that 2017’s “scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election” was a valid but failed experiment in public policy, but we stand firm in the belief that partnering with Refuse Fascism and By Any Means Necessary will give mid-career professionals and working-age adults the programs they need through the College of Continuing Education.
As you can see, CSUS is becoming an “anchor university” more firmly attached to the city – the opposite of the ivory tower. Our aim is to connect its students, faculty and staff with the community and, in turn, help build and heal that community, achieving lasting solutions and improvements through inclusive civic engagement.