By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs
During the 16th California Higher Education Student Summit, the student leaders of all 23 CSU campuses joined forces in Sacramento to defend a California dream that is “Made in the CSU.” The California State Student Association offered two days of preparation and training, on April 16 and 17, during which time students learned to lobby the legislature as well as developed leadership skills and knowledge of statewide issues.
After developing their skills, student advocates went to the capitol on April 18 to meet with legislative staff. The students carried a message for their 412,000 peers: that higher education is a critical investment for the future of the state and that CSU students will defend that investment.
This message comes at a critical time. The CSU faces $500 million in cuts with the prospects of even deeper cuts if the state fails to secure additional revenues. Such deep cuts have dire consequences for the entire CSU community, especially current and future students.
Below are a few images from CHESS XVI: