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CFA Welcomes Next CSU Chancellor

SACRMENTO – On behalf of our 29,000 union members, the California Faculty Association welcomes Dr. Joseph I. Castro as the next chancellor of the California State University.

Castro assumes leadership of the nation’s largest public higher education system during precarious times.  CFA urges Chancellor-select Castro to take the CSU mission of being the People’s University to heart and center decision making on the student perspective and experience.

CFA urges Chancellor-select Castro to:

  • know our students – the majority of whom are students of color and many the first in their families to attend college – and what they face. Castro should be committed to helping students follow their own paths unfettered by ever-increasing tuition and fees, a lack of classes, overworked faculty without job security, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia on campus, homelessness, food insecurity, and harassment by university police officers. 
  • protect students’ mental health and the rights of undocumented students. We need a Chancellor who will fight to make sure all students can succeed.
  • lead with humanity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and include input from student, faculty, staff, and campus communities when repopulating campuses. Health and safety must come first. Funding holes should be filled from the CSU’s $1.5 billion reserves, not from tuition increases, course reductions, increases to class-sizes, furloughs, or layoffs/job losses that kick workers and their families off their healthcare insurance during a public health emergency.
  • realize that students need dedicated and ethnically diverse faculty who have equitable salaries, job security, a humane work-life balance, academic freedom, and respect for their intellectual property, in order to serve students well. Respecting academic freedom, Castro should defend the rights of faculty when they face hateful attacks or say something unpopular.
  • guarantee the full and real participation of Ethnic Studies faculty in implementation of Assembly Bill 1460.Do not cut out these dynamic voices and their experience in establishing the nation’s first college Ethnic Studies graduation requirement.
  • be a strong and committed advocate who will doggedly fight for the People’s University and the increasingly diverse students it serves. Castro must be a fearless and diligent budget advocate, working day in and day out to ensure that the system has the resources it needs, like smaller class sizes, higher tenure-line density, more mental health counselors, more Black student resource centers.
  • lead a unionized workplace and work with, rather than against, your employees.It is possible to work with campus labor unions to create fair working conditions with competitive salaries. 
  • gather and apply real input from the faculty, staff, and students who truly understand what kind of leadership is needed to fulfill the CSU mission.
  • address the inexcusable crisis of access that has been allowed to develop over the last several years. Initiatives that create barriers for students, like impaction policies and the CSU’s misguided quantitative reasoning proposal, must be reversed and abandoned.
  • be the loudest, most outspoken leader and advocate for anti-racism efforts at all levels of the CSU, including the Chancellor’s Office, the Board of Trustees, campus presidents and campus administrators, and all faculty, staff, and students. Demonstrate by your leadership that systemic racism and white supremacy culture in the CSU will be dismantled and not tolerated.

CFA has worked tirelessly to increase state funding and access and equity for students, reduce the cost of the university for students, promote anti-racism and social justice, and secure just salary and working conditions. We look forward to working with Chancellor-select Castro and hope for a partner in these efforts.

CFA thanks Chancellor Timothy White for his service, and wishes him and his family well in retirement.

 

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 29,000 tenure-line instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at calfac.org and visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.