November 2021
Celebrating 35 Years of Serving the Coachella Valley
Message from the Dean
The faculty and staff at PDC work hard to continuously create and provide innovative and important services, programming, opportunities and experiences to increase our capacity to serve.
Toward that end, I would like to highlight two grants that were recently awarded to the Palm Desert Campus, which I know will have profound impacts on our students and the communities we serve.
Educational Opportunity Centers
An Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) grant for the Coachella Valley was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus.
As one of eight federally-funded TRIO programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs, the grant is funded for five years and will serve 850 students per year in the Coachella Valley, specifically in the cities of Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Coachella, Palm Springs, Thermal and Mecca.
The purpose of the EOC program is to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance to individuals who desire a higher education; provide assistance to individuals in applying for admission to colleges and universities, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and provide information regarding financial and economic literacy to participants.
Services include academic coaching, individual advising, group workshops and providing referrals.
This is the first EOC project for CSUSB, but it joins other established and successful TRIO projects at the university. It is, however, the first CSUSB pre-college project established at the Palm Desert Campus.
Cultural Perspectives of the Salton Sea
An interdisciplinary group of faculty and student scholars at the Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus is conducting a community-based research project focusing on local perspectives of the Salton Sea.
Spanning regions in both Riverside and Imperial Counties, the Salton Sea impacts a large geographical region and many local communities. Numerous environmental issues have been raised by the increasing evaporation of the Sea, including air quality, human health impacts and impacts on biodiversity and wildlife.
Working with the Salton Sea Authority, and with funding from CSUSB’s Office of Community Engagement and The Project for Environmental Awareness, Communication, and Education (PEACE) at PDC, the research team is conducting qualitative interviews with local residents to uncover prominent cultural narratives concerning the Salton Sea and its impact.
The team will present its findings to the Salton Sea Authority and other local agencies and community groups.
Palm Desert Campus faculty members Michael Karp, history, and Michael Salvador, communication studies, are leading the team of PDC student environmental research fellows, which consists of communication studies majors Johnny Arredondo, Alexis Hass, Nadine Jolly and Andrea Rodriguez, as well as psychology major Dolores Vega. Additional students in the Environmental Communication class at PDC are also participating in the research project.
Jake Zhu, Ph.D.
Dean, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
(909) 537-8101
Campus News
Palm Springs Life Vision 2021
Rod Hendry serves as the president of the PDC Advancement Board at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. He and fellow board members work tirelessly to move the campus forward and meet strategic plan goals. Rod, who is also a successful CSUSB alumnus, says that the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus is changing lives on a daily basis and is vital for our community because it creates opportunities for local students to earn a four-year degree while enjoying a vibrant student life experience.
IN THE NEWS: Health Care on the Road: CSUSB’s Nursing Street Medicine Program Expands Its Efforts to Help the Coachella Valley’s Underserved Residents
The great work being done by the CSUSB Nursing Street Medicine program was recently highlighted in the Coachella Valley Independent. The program assists many people in need and it is making a profound impact in the Coachella Valley.
Intergenerational Forum
A forum held at PDC brought together Generation Z communication studies students from Cal State San Bernardino and seniors from the OLLI at CSUSB Palm Desert Campus to determine how different and alike the two generations actually are.
Consul General of Italy visits PDC
The Honorable Silvia Chiave, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, visited PDC to meet with hospitality management students and members of the campus community to discuss her life and career, her current role as Consul General, and provide perspectives about tourism in Italy and her time as a former sommelier.
Become a member of OLLI
OLLI offers all the fun of learning, without the homework, tests, or grades. Plus, you'll likely make new friends who share your interests. And, thanks to online learning, your friends can be anywhere!
Register for Winter Intersession
Winter Intersession (Dec. 17, 2021 - Jan. 18, 2022) is a compacted session between the Fall and Spring semesters offering academic credit courses.

Enrollment is open to both CSUSB and visiting students!
Three new programs at PDC
Hospitality Management, Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship programs are now offered at PDC!
Teaching Credential info sessions
Are you interested in earning a teaching credential? Be sure to attend an upcoming virtual information session!
SunLine Transit 10 Commuter Link
CSUSB students, faculty and staff can now commute easily between the Palm Desert and San Bernardino campuses for free! With 4 daily routes from Indio to San Bernardino, Wifi, power/USB ports and comfortable seats, this new route offers passengers the option to attend classes and events at both campuses without the burden or expense of driving a car.
Student events and activities
CSUSB Homecoming
Fall Fest
Tie-Dye Party
Dia de los Muertos
CSUSB Alumni Mixer