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Chicano/Latino Graduation Celebration

Dear Membership of the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association:


I welcome the opportunity to serve you as president of our Chicano/ Latino Faculty Staff Association. As an introduction, I am a tenured, full professor in the Department of Counseling where I have been on faculty since 1998. I am a clinical and family psychologist by profession and hope that my involvement as your president will provide confidence, trust, and vibrancy to our association. I have just rotated off as president, National Latina/o Psychological Association, and as chair, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, American Psychological Association. During my four years of leadership at the national level, I have learned many things about how to help sustain membership, involve individuals to co-participate, and develop the necessity community linkages to further mutual goals.

I wanted also to inform you that I served as president of this association several years ago (1999-2001) and felt that serving our campus was a privilege particularly in supporting our students toward graduation success and professional growth. I will be meeting with our E Board shortly which as you now know includes the current Vice President, Dr. Elizabeth A. Suarez; Treasurer, Ms. Catalina Olvera; Historian, Dr. Christine Valenciana; and Secretary, Dr. Leticia Lopez-Gutierrez.

I will be meeting with our new E Board shortly and begin the integration of our thoughts and desires for the direction and growth of our campus association. Broadly, I would like to state that my intentions for the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association are the following goals:

  1. Revise the interest, investment, and energy of our membership.

  2. Identify relevant Latina/o issues that are significant both to our campus community and to the broader outside community that need our involvement and support.

  3. Engage our Latina/o faculty in various departments on campus to emerge as supporters, mentors, and investment in our association.

  4. Identify and engage community sponsors that can support our association and involve themselves in relevant program development and investment in the education of our students.

  5. Maintain the integrity of the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association graduation event that has occurred historically for many years. In addition, identify other potential events that can bring our association, inclusive of students, together toward developing our mutual interests and increasing awareness about the relevance of our association and the direction in which it should move.

I would like to thank the past association leadership , Ms. Rosalina Camacho and her E board who helped lead the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association through a very difficult economic time for our campus. I welcome your support, comments and questions, and certainly your involvement toward making the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association a vibrant dimension on our campus, and to the meaningfulness that it brings to our collective identity as Latina/os in Higher Education.


Sincerely,

Joseph M. Cervantes, Ph.D., ABPP

CLFSA President

CSUF is Nationally Ranked: 1st in Master's degrees awarded to Hispanics in Mathematics, 6th in Baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics, 6th in Baccalaureate degrees awarded to Minority Students, and 10th in the nation for the number of Hispanics faculty and administrators employed.