California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro will be conducting a virtual tour of all 23 CSUs. Photo provided by CSU Public Affairs.
By Robert Rios, Senior Campus Editor
Editor’s Note: This headline has been updated to reflect the e-edition.
As his first stop on a virtual “tour,” newly selected California State University chancellor Joseph I. Castro will visit California State University, Dominguez Hills. Castro is set to virtually arrive at all 23 CSU campuses in the system to start his tenure in the position after officially taking over in January.
During his Academic Senate report, CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham announced Castro is set to virtually visit the campus Friday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Parham says that these visits are usually “extensive” as he hopes Castro has a chance to meet with the Academic Senate executive committee, ASI leadership, and other representatives of the university.
“There will be an opportunity for a broader open forum that will allow the campus to welcome [Castro] and share what we believe are some of the highlights and points of distinction of the Dominguez Hills campus that he would like to hear about,” Parham said.
In an email sent out from the Office of the President, it stated Castro will “spend the day speaking with a variety of campus and community groups to get to know the university and the people it serves.”
Castro will be speaking with various groups of people from the university, but for 30 minutes he will speak with the general university. If people wish to speak with Castro during his visit, they can sign up for the Campus Open Forum which will be on Zoom from 3:10 p.m to 3:40 p.m. To attend please press the link here.
After a month of being in the position, Castor backs not raising tuition but has seen some push back from the California Faculty Association who are not happy that will no longer be getting the COVID-19 temporary paid leave through the spring term. The CFA was told CSU currently “does not find a paid course reduction program to be operationally feasible.”
The CFA will host a virtual town hall on Feb. 17 from 6 p.m to 7 p.m to discuss COVID-19 relief and talk about how the pandemic has affected them personally.
Castro is the first person of color and the first California native to lead the 23-campus system, the largest university system in the nation. Prior to this position, Castro was president of California State University, Fresno since 2013 and worked in the University of California system for 23 years, serving as vice-chancellor of Student Academic Affairs and a professor of family and community medicine.