Hey, Long Beach State! I hope you've all been able to catch some of the amazing events going on during Wellness Week. If you haven't had the chance,
to see everything we've got planned through Friday. These events are designed for you to prioritize your mental and physical health while improving your knowledge on the fantastic resources available to you just for being a student at LBSU. We encourage you to always keep wellness at the forefront of your mind, especially when school, work and other personal ambitions begin to feel overwhelming.
Last week, I met with Senator Lena Gonzalez' staff to discuss how her office can work with our students to ensure our voices are heard in Sacramento. We had a very productive discussion about future collaborations, and I am eager to see how this new relationship can help promote the interests of my fellow students. From supporting certain legislation to advocating for our concerns in the state senate, we are excited to have a proven community leader like Senator Gonzalez on our side!
I also attended the Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium (GI25) in which several California officials, including Chancellor White and Governor Newsom, met to discuss our ongoing goal to improve graduation rates across the state. The CSU system has been doing great work as part of this initiative, and The Beach is leading the charge with a 18% increase in our four-year graduation rate over four years. Great work, LBSU!
Another important development involves the upcoming vote on the addition of a fourth-year quantitative reasoning requirement for college admissions. As many of you may know, we have vigorously opposed this bill from the very beginning in order to stay true to our goal of having no barriers. I am happy to announce that the Cal State Student Association passed our letter of opposition, sending a strong message to the CSU Board of Trustees. We hope they will consider this message in their final decision next month.
Have a great rest of your week!