Classrooms to Careers: A Student Success Story

Senior Megan Anaya’s internship in Fall 2018 with Centro CHA resulted in Long Beach’s first Latino Economic Impact Profile Report and attendees gathered with city leaders, such as Mayor Robert Garcia (pictured above) to discuss how the Latino population contributes to the regional economy.

Classrooms to Careers: A Student Success Story

Senior Megan Anaya’s internship in Fall 2018 with Centro CHA has not only helped her solidify her career goals but was also central to the completion of the first ever Long  Beach Latino Economic Impact Analysis. As a research intern, Megan compiled an extensive employment database for use in mapping the extraordinary economic contributions made by Long Beach’s Latino Community. This is the first time the city has created an economic profile and examined economic impact for a specific ethnic group. Results of Megan’s analyses were presented at the Latino Economic Summit held in November 2018 and will be used by the city as a model for examining the impact of other ethnic groups.

As noted by her mentor and internship supervisor Dr. Seiji Steimetz, Chair of Economics at CSULB, “Megan exemplified how classroom learning can be used to solve real-world problems. It was so rewarding to watch her convert massive amounts of raw data into concise and tractable results for use in policy analysis and decision making.  It was equally rewarding to watch her grow intellectually and professionally in the process.” As noted by Dr. Steimetz, private consulting firms typically charge thousands of dollars for the quality and complexity of work that Megan contributed.

From this experience, Megan gained an in-depth, hands on, unique experience of what she can do with her Economics degree. “I got to see 3 – 4 projects from start to finish and see the impact that my work has. You don’t get that in a classroom.” This internship has solidified her interest in the field and has confirmed her goal to pursue a Master’s in Economics. “You don’t really see a lot of women, especially ethnically diverse women in this field. I am able to represent women and my ethnic background – I’m Mexican and I want to increase the representation of Latinos in this field.”

Megan credits much of her success at her internship to her mentors Dr. Steimetz, Dr. Juan Benitez (Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement at CSULB), and Jessica Quintana, Executive Director of Centro CHA. As an intern, Megan also had the opportunity network with other university professors, community professionals, and council members.  Megan notes that networking with professionals and making a positive impression has already resulted in potential employment opportunities. “I was able to meet and network with Rex Richardson, a Long Beach council member, and he has already discussed the potential of bringing me on to work on policy analysis after my spring graduation. I also got to meet Michelle Molina and received really helpful career advice.”

Megan learned other important lessons at her internship. She realized that in order to thrive in a professional environment, soft skills are just as important as the technical skills. “The most important skills to have are communication skills. [As an intern] it was necessary to be able to communicate with the team, do presentations, and provide feedback to others. It’s a lot different than the classroom setting. Learning how to communicate effectively was an important skill I learned through this internship.”

What advice does Megan have for students about internships? “Do an internship if you can. It will test you in ways that won’t get tested in the classroom. It will help you develop interpersonal skills, communication skills, [a better] understanding about professionalism, and how to be dependable. It’s a different world from school and the internship will help you be ready for it.”

Mural Design Competition

Project overview

Temporary murals that reflect “Who We Are Now” will be installed on construction fences on the exterior wall of FO3 near the statue in the LA5 plaza. These images will represent the current demographic of students, staff, and faculty at CSULB.

Through a jury process, the panel will select individual students or student design teams to produce murals. Students, faculty and staff advisors of Cultural groups and Department /Program Chairs /Directors are encouraged to reach out to student organizations for support and participation in the collaboration. Submissions will also be considered for temporary installations at various locations in the City of Long Beach by the Arts Council for Long Beach.

Historical/Cultural background

When CSULB opened in 1949 the demographic of the students, staff and faculty was almost entirely white. Today, CSULB has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation.

Project description

The designs are intended to create public spaces on campus that make our diversity visible. If you were a potential student or parent visiting our campus and saw a mural that made you think “this school is for me”, what would that mural look like?

Site description

The Temporary Digital Murals will be located on the entrance to FO3 and on Construction Fences on campus.

PDF Version of the Mural Submission Information Packet

Commencement 2018

David Wallace, Ph.D. Dean, College of Liberal Arts

David Wallace, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts


  • Asian & Asian American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • Global Logistics
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Dear Graduate:
The faculty and I are delighted that you are planning to complete the requirements for a degree with a major in the Liberal Arts. We invite you to participate in the College of Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, May 23, 2018 on the Center Athletic Field on lower campus. If you have applied to graduate through MYCSULB for December 2017, January 2018, May 2018, August 2018, or December 2018, you will be invited to the May 2018 ceremonies. There is no additional registration required. Ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please check the Guide to Commencement 2018 (included with this letter) for the ceremony appropriate to your discipline.

Due to the large number of graduates, each graduate from the larger colleges, which includes Liberal Arts, will receive 8 complimentary guest tickets. Tickets will be distributed at cap and gown distribution at the Bookstore from May 7 to May 9. No tickets will be required for the live streaming to be held on campus in the Walter Pyramid and extra guests are encouraged to attend there. We suggest that guests arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. Dress should be appropriate for sitting outdoors for two hours. If you have family members and friends who cannot attend our graduation, they may wish to view the ceremony “live” on their home computers at Information about viewing and computer requirements can be accessed via the website.

The College of Liberal Arts is also pleased to welcome you into the CSULB Alumni Association. The Association offers information, programs, and services that can help you now and in the future. During commencement, CSULB alumni volunteers will welcome you and your families to campus and provide other graduation services.

Commencement 2018 information is posted at If my office can be of any assistance or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely yours,

David Wallace, Ph.D.


  • Africana Studies
  • Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Comparative World Literature & Classics
  • English
  • Environmental Science & Policy
  • Geography
  • Human Development
  • Journalism & Public Relations
  • Liberal Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures


One complimentary program will be distributed to each graduate candidate at the Commencement ceremony. Programs will be available to guests at the commencement site free of charge while supplies last. If you have filed to graduate (before the published deadlines) for December 2017, January 2018, May 2018, August 2018 or December 2018, you are invited to the May 2018 ceremonies and your name will be listed in the program.


Commencement will be held in the Center Athletic Field on lower campus. Folding chairs and grandstand seating will be available for graduates and guests.


Tickets are required for entry and reentry and will be available from the Bookstore May 7-until day of. Guest seating is very limited and is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. It is recommended that you invite no more than 8 guests. The ceremony will be broadcast live indoors, adjacent to the ceremony site in the Walter Pyramid. Streaming video is also available over the internet at


The following general parking lots on lower campus will be open to the public for free parking during the ceremony: Gl, G2, G3, G5, G6, G7, GS, G9, GIO, GI I and Gl3. And in parking structures: Pyramid, Palo Verde South, Palo Verde North. Large crowds are expected; please allow at least I hour to park and walk to the ceremony site. Guests with special needs please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation Services for assistance and parking directions to special parking lots and drop off locations (562) 985-4146.


Academic regalia can be rented through the University Bookstore beginning March 13, 2018. Pick up takes place beginning May 7, 2018. Baccalaureate gowns and caps are $49.00; Masters’ regalia are $59.00. We recommend footwear with low heels as you will be walking on uneven surfaces (grass and stairs).


Graduates must arrive at the assembly area 60 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony. Please assemble near the entrance to the track near the CBA building. In addition, there will be signage to direct you to this area. You will fill out a card with your name, degree, address, and email address. This information will be used on stage to announce your name and by the photographer to send your photos. MASTER’S CANDIDATES: Hooding will not take place during the ceremony. You will be hooded while assembled in line. Please assemble near entrance to center field where it is designated with balloons. BACCALAUREATE CANDIDATES: Please line up by major in random order.


Personalized announcements and invitations may be ordered online at It is best to place your order 6 weeks prior to commencement, but be sure to allow no less than 3 weeks for delivery.


Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. After verification has been made that all degree requirements have been completed, the Office of Enrollment Services (562) 985-5471 will send an email when your diploma is available (approximately 4-8 weeks after your degree has been granted).


Students with special needs. please notify commencement coordinator at (562) 985-5384. Hearing impaired families who need interpreters, please notify us two weeks in advance for special seating by emailing or call (562) 985-5384.


Review the Commencement 2018 web page at If you have further questions concerning the College of Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremonies, please email CLA-­ or call (562) 985-5384.

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Lynwood High School visits CSULB as part of an education exchange


Photo by Hunter Lee – Daily 49er

The sounds of high school students fidgeting with empty water bottles filled the Anatol Center Tuesday afternoon. Their hands wrinkled blank application papers as they listened to a handful of university students and faculty explain the importance of attending college.

College Bridge: An Ethnic Studies Exchange was hosted at Cal State Long Beach in the Anatol Center to introduce high school students to college life.

Founders of the event are Emily Berquist, a history professor at the university and her former student Ana Orozco, who is now an ethnic studies teacher at Lynwood high.

“We came up with the idea that we should do an event where we get our students together,” Berquist said. “They get to meet each other and try to have a more engaged discussion.”

Orozco brought 50 of her ethnic studies students to attend the day-long event.

The high school students attended Berquist’s history class, took a tour of the campus and heard from various presenters.

Students attended a workshop that was geared toward the basics of college life. Art Medina, advisor of the Educational Opportunity Program, spoke to the group about the fundamentals of the application process. He encouraged students to not let barriers stand in the way of applying to any California State University.

“Use your resources,” Medina said to the group. “We want you here.”

Academic skill coaches from TRiO Student Support Services, Brenda Lopez and Helen Walker also led a tutorial on how to fill out applications for Federal Student Aid and scholarships.

Current university students offered their advice, shared stories and promoted the resources they found helpful on campus. Justin Hatchett, president of the EOP Student Organization and business management junior shared the story of his journey to college and some of the opportunities that his organization provides.

“It doesn’t matter where I come from, it matters where I’m going,” Hatchett said. “It’s going to be hard, but overcoming [challenges] and utilizing different organizations on campus can help your success.”

Anai Sanchez, a history and Chicano and Latino studies senior, spoke to the younger crowd about the Latinx student life on campus. Sanchez is a board member for La Raza Student Association.

“[La Raza] has definitely helped me make connections in school,” Sanchez said. “It’s helped me because I didn’t know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” She said she hopes to participate in an outreach like this once every semester with different high schools.

Berquist said she plans to have the College Bridge become an annual event to get in touch with prospective students.

“We want to show that college is accessible,” Berquist said. “They can come here and succeed.”

Shyanne Riberal-Norton, Staff Writer
February 27, 2018

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