Inside Cal State Long Beach

Last month I shared just some of the events, services, and resources on the Long Beach State campus and available to community members. I’d like to add to that list. Next month I’ll continue the series with the good work our faculty, staff and students do off campus to serve the region.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: College of Education faculty support STEM at the Beach — an annual no-cost week-long summer camp for middle schoolers from local schools to engage in STEM learning.

Our College of Engineering offers numerous programs, including MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement), which partners with middle and high schools to enhance awareness of STEM and prepare students to attend college. The college also has mentoring programs, a STEM Day for middle school students, an Engineering Girls Internship, and much more.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has a Science Learning Center on campus for elementary and middle school students to do hands-on investigations into the natural and physical sciences. Of course our famous Shark Lab is a big draw and offers community members of all ages a chance to interact with sharks and learn about the many varieties that inhabit our oceans.

Income Tax Assistance: Our College of Business offers free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to low income, students, elderly, disabled, and limited-English-proficient individuals. If your income level is $54,000 or less, IRS-certified volunteers can provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing for federal and state tax returns.

Wellbeing, Personal and Professional Development: Supported by faculty and students in the College of Education, the Community Clinic for Counseling and Educational Services offers affordable counseling, academic intervention, and psychoeducational assessment. The College also hosts Better Together Teach Summit. This state-wide professional development event brings teachers and other educators together for a day of learning, sharing, and networking.

The College of Health and Human Services supports many on-campus resources for the community, including the After School Adapted Physical Activity Program for children ages 5 through 12 with special needs, and Camp Nugget, which includes aquatics, fundamental motor skills, dance, and adapted sports.

LifeFit @ The Beach is a popular health and fitness facility for community members aged 49+. Its vision is to inspire and educate our community to a lifelong commitment to wellness. And PT @ The Beach is a physical therapy faculty practice that offers progressive, evidence based therapy.

Also from our College of Health and Human Services is the Speech and Language Clinic, which provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for children and adults with speech and language disorders, including autism spectrum and fluency disorders, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. While no fees are charged, donations are accepted.

Self Defense: R.A.D. is a safety program hosted by our University Police that teaches women realistic self-defense techniques and tactics through a comprehensive 12-hour hands-on course. The class begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance education, progresses to the basics of hands-on self-defense training, and culminates in a full defense simulation. R.A.D. is open to all women on campus and within our community.

ASI Recycling Center: The center serves both campus and the greater Long Beach area.

And if you know of something special we’ve missed, get in touch. I’d love to hear how you experience our campus as a source of public good.

Dr. Jane Close Conoley is president of Cal State Long Beach.

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