Public Affairs, The California State University

CSU to Launch How-to-Get-to-College Brochure in Luiseño Language

The California State University system will unveil its How-to-Get-to-College brochure, written in the Luiseño language, during a ceremony honoring the 2013’s American Indian graduates at CSU San Marcos.

Hosted by the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, the ceremony will be held on May 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at CSU San Marcos’ Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBSB) Courtyard.
The brochure will enhance CSU’s efforts to inform the most underserved student population in the region about the opportunity to earn a college degree.

“The academic performance and college attainment of Native American students is of high importance to our state and nation,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “We are proud of our partnership with the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center to inform Native American families about how their children can prepare early for college.”

“We are delighted to promote the culture of college among tribal communities,” said CSU San Marcos President Karen Haynes. “We have a long history of collaboration with our tribal neighbors to increase access and create pathways to college for American Indian students.”

The director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, Professor Joely Proudfit, worked with Eric Elliott, a linguist and an expert in the Luiseño language, to create the brochure. The project was financed through a grant provided by Southwest Airlines.

“Unveiling this brochure is of historic significance for the tribes and the CSU,” Proudfit said. “It will educate our children about the steps to college and also will increase our people’s sense of belonging to the CSU.”

The CSU’s How-to-Get-to-College brochure has also been published in several other languages. The publication is printed in English on one side and in another language on the other side. The Luiseño translation project was initiated as a result of the CSU Chancellor’s Office partnership with Proudfit and other leaders of the Luiseño Tribe.

The brochure summarizes which classes students need to take from the 6th grade to the 12th grade, to qualify for the CSU, how to pay for college, and how families can encourage academic success.

The material can be downloaded at


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