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Faculty to address California State U. Trustees meeting next week on Gov. Newsom’s budget plan for public higher education

Other highlights at CSU Board of Trustees meeting to include remarks by retired FBI homicide investigator on the murder of Humboldt State U. student David Josiah Lawson and by CSU faculty on the need for Student Safety Plans on CSU campuses

CSU Board of Trustees to meet in Long Beach January 22-23

LONG BEACH, CA— As California State University campuses reopen after the winter break next week, the public university’s Board of Trustees will review Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan for an historic increase in state funding for the CSU in the 2019-20 State Budget.

“It’s a new day for the CSU,” said CFA President Jennifer Eagan. “This is an unprecedented start and a serious investment in our students and faculty.

“We’ll be right there to ensure the CSU administration uses this money wisely, especially since it was faculty and students who’ve been fighting for years to help lawmakers see the deep need for investment in the CSU.”

  • Tuesday, January 22, CSU Board of Trustees Public Session begins at 9:30 am with the State of the CSU address by CSU Chancellor Timothy White / 1 pm Committee on Finance
  • Wednesday, January 23, 8:30 am / 9:45 am Plenary starting with Public Comment
  • CSU Chancellor’s Office, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA        

See complete agenda with links to publicly noticed documents at

Watch the proceedings live online or see video after the meetings at

At the Trustees meeting Finance Committee at 1 pm on Tuesday, CFA members will call on the CSU Chancellor and Board of Trustees to use the $562 million in new funding with laser-like attention on student success in the class rooms—to live up to the CSU’s mission to teach students.

This means increased student access to the CSU, dedicated funding to hire more tenure-track faculty, and funds to improve the mental health counselor-to-student ratios on campus, as well as addressing hunger and housing.

Justice for Josiah: On Wednesday in the Plenary session at 9:45 am, faculty members will address steps to address concerns for greater student safety on campuses, particularly for students of color, that have emerged since the still-unsolved murder of Humboldt State U. student David Josiah Lawson almost two years ago. Also, retired FBI homicide investigator Tom Parker, who has provided pro-bono services to the Lawson family attorney in the murder case, will provide the Trustees with observations on the case.