California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is a public research university located in Los Angeles County in Southern California. CSULB first held classes in 1949 in a converted apartment building with 169 students and 13 full-time faculty members. Today, California State University Long Beach is the largest university in California by enrollment with a student population of 39,435.
CSULB is an Hispanic-serving institution and was recently ranked No. 3 in the United States for promoting social upward mobility by U.S. News & World Report.
“We are pleased to offer an institutional Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) membership to our faculty and staff at The Beach. CUMU offers each of us the chance to connect with peers and engage in critical discussions impacting higher education today. Through this professional development opportunity, it is our hope that Beach employees can grow and thrive, both personally and professionally. We are all eager to dive right in and benefit from CUMU,” said Karyn Scissum Gunn, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at California State University Long Beach.
In fall 2022, California State University Long Beach launched its No Barriers campaign to realize the promise of a transformative education. The campaign is shaped by three priorities:
- Create a national model for student achievement, empowerment and equity
- Shape California’s future workforce
- Elevate the community and advance the public good
CSULB’s Center for Community Engagement serves as a facilitative partner and resource for students, faculty, staff, and community members in strengthening community capacity. To enrich students’ educational experiences, they provide opportunities to participate in community engagement initiatives that meet societal needs, apply academic instruction to service projects that address significant community issues, conduct action-oriented research projects that address contributions to the community, and enhance leadership skills.
The Center for Community Engagement also offers service-learning opportunities for public, community based, and faith-based organizations to partner with CSULB faculty and students. This links academic study to community service through intentional learning goals and structured reflection to enhance both learning and service, emphasizes active learning in different ways, allows students to reflect critically on their experiences, and more.
Join us in welcoming California State University Long Beach to the CUMU membership.