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Campus Initiatives

Dr. Neufeldt meeting with faculty

Office of the President supports several strategic initiatives to further the mission, vision and values of the university.

President Neufeldt will launch a listening tour this summer as she strives to learn more about CSUSM and engage with all those who care deeply about the campus, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and regional leaders.

Committees and Task Forces

  • Campus Climate

    Campus Climate is one of the university's five strategic priorities, which recognizes that our ability to excel is a function of our ability to work together as a team. CSUSM promotes a climate of camaraderie, mutual respect, and trust for all members of the university through support, effective communication, and sustained professional development.

    Campus Climate Website

  • Campus Connect

    In support of our Strategic Priority of Campus Climate, Campus Connect is a signature program designed to offer participants a broad perspective of California State University San Marcos and how the divisions and departments are interconnected. Thirty participants representing a broad cross-section of the campus are selected each year. Over nine class sessions they learn what other employees, including faculty, administrators and staff do to support the mission of the university, and meet its strategic priorities.

    Upon graduation from the Campus Connect program, participants are invited back to an annual reception and celebrated as Campus Connect Alumni.

    Campus Connect Website

  • President's Awards

    President Neufeldt recognizes the outstanding contributions of students, faculty and staff by annually presenting the Faculty and Staff Awards in January, the Outstanding Graduate Award each May and the Student Champion Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity in October.

    View President's Awardees

  • SAND


    Staff Appreciation aNd Development Committee (SAND)

    SAND is a Presidential Initiative that serves all staff campus-wide. The SAND Committee was established within Academic Affairs in 2000 to develop the following programs as a benefit to all staff:

    • Staff development: to offer and promote professional growth opportunities
    • Staff recognition/appreciation: to promote collegiality and recognize individuals for their work and efforts
    • Social activities: to host social events to network with colleagues, building camaraderie among staff and departments

    SAND Website

  • Tribal Engagement

    American Indian students have some of the lowest college matriculation rates and highest high school dropout rates in the country.

    At CSUSM, we have made reversing these numbers a priority and the Tribal Initiative is making progress. As a result, CSUSM has exponentially increased recruitment and retention of students from this traditionally underserved student population.

    Tribal Engagement Website