News Release

California State Univ. Faculty, Students, Chancellor & Top Legislative Leaders to rally for additional funding for The People’s University

At Rally Featuring Augmented Reality On April 4, CSU Community & Legislative allies to Call on the Governor to #FreeTheCSU and #FundTheDream

SACRAMENTO — Hundreds students and faculty, as well as CSU Chancellor Timothy White, Board of Trustees Chair Rebecca Eisen, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and CFA Leaders and Activists, will join together on Wednesday, April 4 for a unique augmented reality event and rally at the State Capitol to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to budget for the state funding the California State University really needs. The event and rally is hosted by the California Faculty Association (CFA) and Students for Quality Education (SQE).

All these CSU allies agree that the public university system needs stronger state support than is proposed in the Governor’s budget plan if it is to play a key role in California’s future. 

#FreeTheCSU APRIL 4 Augmented Reality Event: Wednesday April 4, 10am–2pm, with main rally at Noon

State Capitol, North side (L & 11th Streets)

  • Early Morning Camera Op: CSU students will be holding a silent picket in front of the Governor’s mansion from 6-7 am, followed by a rally at 7 am and march to CFA Headquarters (1110 K St) 7:15-8 am
  • Special message @ 11:45 am from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • Rally @ Noon (12p). Speakers include:
    • CFA President Jennifer Eagan and Vice President Charles Toombs
    • CA Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins 
    • CSU Chancellor Tim White, Trustee Chair Rebecca Eisen andTrustee Lateefah Simon
    • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • Event highlights: Augmented Reality Art by Sol Collective, spoken word, dance, pop-up art installations by CFA & Students for Quality Education (SQE)
    • *Note: Dozens of students from Southern California who plan to attend the April 4 event will be spending the night at a Sacramento-area church on Tuesday, April 3. To arrange interviews and/or photos, please contact CFA media team listed above.
  • Social Media: Follow CFA on Facebook and Twitter, and/or search #FreeTheCSU and #FundTheDream
  • Watch: CFA’s animation “Rainy Days for the CSU” to learn more about the fight for additional CSU funding
  • The free HP Reveal app on your smartphone and follow “SolCollective.” On Wednesday, the app can be used to explore exhibits by Sol Collective on the North side of the Capitol.

For more information contact Niesha Fritz, 916-281-8785; Alice Sunshine, 510-384-1967; or Lisa Cohen, 310-395-2544.

BACKGROUND: The CSU budget debate began when the CSU’s Board of Trustees proposed an insufficient $263 million increase in funding at the November 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. CFA responded by calling for that increase to be $422.6 million, which amounts to less than 7% of the CSU’s total 2017-18 operating budget. The additional funds would increase access to the CSU for an additional 18,205 qualified students.

In January, CFA and CSU advocates—including some CSU Trustees—were extremely disappointed when the Governor announced his proposed budget of just $92.1 million in additional funding for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Since then, the legislature has held several hearings on public higher education funding. CFA leaders and CSU students testified on the need to increase funding so the CSU can improve enrollment growth and help stave off yet another tuition increase. The next hearing on the CSU budget is scheduled for 9 am on Tuesday, April 3 at the Capitol in Room 447.
CSU Trustees discussed increasing student tuition during the next academic year as a way to buoy the system’s finances, but have postponed the Board’s vote until at least May. At the latest Board of Trustees meeting in March, faculty and students encouraged Trustees to join the fight for additional funding in Sacramento.

“The governor is shifting billions of dollars into the state’s ‘rainy day fund’ but for those of us in the CSU, especially our students, it is raining right now,” said Jennifer Eagan, CFA President and a Cal State East Bay Professor. “In bad economic times, we were told to do more with less. And we did. But times are good now, and yet we are still being told to ‘live within our means.’ That’s a trend that must change.”

For more information on the rally and to schedule interviews with CSU faculty members, please contact Niesha Fritz at 916-281-8785 or Alice Sunshine at 510-384-1967.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 28,000 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 and visit our Facebook page.