Centers, Institutes, and Bureaus

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A center, institute or bureau is an entity chartered by the President of the University. Each has a designated purpose as indicated in the descriptions below.

Applied Gerontology Institute

The institute's purpose is to improve the quality of care and delivery of services to older persons through the interdisciplinary education and training of professionals, paraprofessionals, family members, community agency personnel, and volunteers. Of special interest is the development and promotion of programs to serve culturally diverse groups. The institute emphasizes the development of partnerships between the University and the community that promote the well being of older persons and improve service delivery. An additional goal is to seek financial support in the form of scholarships for students planning to enter health and human service careers with a specialization in aging.

The Institute coordinates a multidisciplinary program to earn a certificate in Applied Gerontology designed to assist individuals interested in increasing their knowledge, understanding, skills, and effectiveness with older populations, especially the multiethnic and multiracial elderly. The program is designed not only for individuals interested in careers in gerontology but also those who are seeking a career change and those already in the field seeking to enhance their opportunities for advancement. Educational opportunities in developing expertise in community-based health and welfare programs as they relate to policy development have also been implemented.

Director: Valentine M. Villa
Office Location: SH C120
Telephone: (323) 343-4724

Asian and Asian-American Institute

The purpose of the Institute is to identify issues and coordinate activities leading to the understanding and betterment of Asians and Asian Americans at Cal State LA. While functioning primarily as a campus resource and as a bridge between the University and its surrounding communities, the Institute promotes and supports programs that encourage Asian and Asian American research. It works closely with the Asian and Asian American Studies programs and other ethnic studies programs on and off campus.

Director: Lena Chao
Office Location: MU 248
Telephone: (323) 343-4264

Asian Pacific Business Institute

Housed in the School of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles, the Asian Pacific Business Institute aims to support and foster cooperative relationships between the School of Business and Economics and local business organizations. The growing importance of Asian economies has been one of the most significant global economic developments since the early 1980s. Increased economic interdependence between Asian countries and the U.S. leads to a variety of problems and issues concerning international business, but it also creates many opportunities. The Asian Pacific Business Institute seeks to provide support for both the business community and the University to identify, exploit, and benefit from those opportunities.

The Institute serves a wide range of audiences by developing, organizing, and promoting activities that can benefit students, faculty, and the business community. Through its activities, the Institute can help advance the University's educational and public service missions, as well as contribute to economic development in Los Angeles. In addition, its activities can promote understanding and interactions among people from different parts of the world. The Institute provides a wide range of expertise, services and information that can benefit students, faculty, and the business community. Examples include executive training programs, business seminars, research, and exchange and internship programs.

Director: Kern Kwong
Office Location: ST 805
Telephone: (323) 343-2899 | Asian Pacific Business Institute Website »

California Forensic Science Institute

The California Forensic Science Institute, housed in the College of Health and Human Services, serves as the academic, research and development arm of the planned Regional Crime Laboratory, which will be a joint effort of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the California Department of Justice. The CFSI research program will bridge the gap between scientific advances and crime laboratory utilization, and in addition, the Institute will offer in-service training courses for current criminal justice system professionals.

Acting Director: Beatrice Yorker
Office Location: Room 259D, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Telephone: (323) 343-4879

Center for Engineering and Technology Education

Operated by the Department of Technology, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, the Center provides support and assistance for students, faculty, teachers, public agencies, business, and industry, including professional support and consulting, in-service activities, conferences and workshops, and disseminates professional information through an electronic bulletin communications network. Professional services offered in technology education and technical training include course, curriculum, and program development in advanced technologies such as robotics, computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), desktop publishing, and fluid power. Assistance in problem-solving for teachers of students with special needs also is provided.

Director: Mauricio Castillo
Office Location: E&T A339
Telephone: (323) 343-4573

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Formerly Institute for Entrepreneurship)

The Center exists to advance entrepreneurial thought, leadership, and opportunities for students. It is both a think tank and action tank, and its primary goal is to help create an "Entrepreneurial Eco-System" for our Faculty and Students on and off-campus. We do this by:
  1. Educating, training, and supporting entrepreneurial students and alumni in launching and scaling innovative and replicative startups;
  2. By building and supporting a dynamic entrepreneurial eco-system and pipeline of mentors, technologists, investors, policymakers, and thought leaders who help accelerate entrepreneurial success at micro (individual businesses) and macro (community) levels for our students and alumni; and
  3. By producing and supporting the latest cutting edge faculty research that advances entrepreneurship and innovation in both higher education and society, broadly defined.

Director: TBA
Office Location: ST 709
Telephone: (323) 343-2887

Center for Excellence in Early Intervention

Housed in the Division of Special Education, the Center was founded to create a model program for training early intervention professionals. Its objectives include developing, demonstrating, and evaluating the best practices in early intervention service delivery to young children with special needs and their families; providing early intervention training to professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents; developing and evaluating early intervention training and service delivery materials for dissemination to special educators, child development specialists, speech clinicians, allied health professionals, social workers, psychologists, physicians, and parents; and developing and operating a media and material library about early intervention.

Director: Diane Klein
Office Location: KH C1064
Telephone: (323) 343-4400

Center for Japanese Studies

The Center serves Cal State LA and the community as a source to aid faculty, students, and the general public in broadening and deepening their knowledge of Japan, its people, and culture. The Center promotes Japanese research and academic studies and supports educational and cultural programs, seminars, guest lectures, and conferences. The Center's office maintains a collection of basic bibliographies and essential reference materials.

Director: Sachiko Matsunaga
Office Location: KH D1054
Telephone: (323) 343-4230

Center for Korean American and Korean Studies

The Center is a depository of historical and cultural materials about Korea and Korean-Americans. Major objectives of the Center are to promote, coordinate, and conduct research activities about various aspects of Korean culture and tradition, including oral histories; to compile, document, and produce curriculum materials about Korean folklore, art, music, and social activities; to develop continuing education programs about the Korean community's activities and programs for students, teachers, and the general public; to develop and produce curriculum materials and courses about Korean-American and Korean culture, tradition, and life; and to sponsor seminars, symposia, and exhibits about Korean culture and tradition.

Director: Hyojoung Kim
Office Location: KH A3036
Telephone: (323) 343-2217 | Center for Korean American and Korean Studies Website »

Center for Multicultural Education

The Center's specific goals and objectives are to provide in-service training for faculty and staff, and pre-service training to students about issues related to cultural pluralism, diversity, and multicultural education. The Center can also provide assistance to faculty seeking a greater degree of infusion of multiculturalism into their curriculum. The Center provides technical assistance to school districts, and offers a Saturday morning field experience for Cal State LA students who tutor students from the community who are at educational risk.

Director: Andrea Zetlin
Office Location: KH C1072
Telephone: (323) 343-4410

Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

The mission of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics is to provide a forum for parties interested in poetry and poetics. The Center sponsors activities and events which promote the presentation of the full diversity of poetic voices from the whole range of cultural backgrounds and in all poetic genres. The Center promotes the appreciation and understanding of contemporary poetry and poetics in all of its forms and it encourages research in poetry and poetics. By creating a forum for dialogue, research, celebration, production, and presentation of poetry and poetics, the Center serves as the vehicle to bring together scholars, students, poets, the community, and other interested parties for the study, creation, preservation, and promotion of poetry.

Director: Lauri Ramey
Office Location: E&T A613
Telephone: (323) 343-4165 | Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Website »

Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities

The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities is a University-wide, interdisciplinary center housed in the College of Arts and Letters. It is dedicated to providing support for scholars, teachers, and students who investigate gender and sexuality, particularly as they are exemplified in the diverse communities represented at Cal State L.A. and its surrounding area. Among the Center's goals are to provide an institutional base of support for feminist, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender scholarship, to support the revitalization of the Women's and Gender Studies curriculum, to offer campus networking events that support interdisciplinary investigation, to sponsor events and conferences including visiting scholars, artists, and public figures, and to support the provision of mentoring for students.

Director: Talia Bettcher
Office Location: E&T A423
Telephone: (323) 343-4179 | Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities Website »

Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute

The Institute's purpose is to promote effective prevention of, and intervention in, child abuse and domestic violence by providing interdisciplinary educational training and policy development programs, and state-of-the-art resources for students, professionals, and the community. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary cooperation between the University and community agencies by identifying the University as a focal point and resource within the community, county and state, and internationally to provide professional education and research in child abuse and domestic violence. A broad scope of interdisciplinary educational training, research, and field placement opportunities and programs is available to prepare individuals to provide effective multidisciplinary health and human services to maltreated children and their families.

Director: Colleen Friend
Office Location: KH B109B
Telephone: (323) 343-4696

Chinese Studies Center

The Center endeavors to promote understanding of, and interest in, Chinese-related affairs by sponsoring conferences, seminars, and guest lectures, and involving Cal State LA faculty and students in the scholarship of Chinese studies. It also hosts exhibits, concerts, student contests, and other cultural events, and it collaborates with the Chinese Culture Club and Chinese communities in the Los Angeles basin in these activities. The Center maintains a collection of reference materials available to faculty, students, and staff.

Acting Director: Qingyun Wu
Office Location: KH A3033
Telephone: (323) 343-4275 | Chinese Studies Center Website »

Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs

The Pat Brown Institute began as a free-standing organization dedicated to California government affairs in 1980. When Governor Pat Brown brought the Institute to the campus of Cal State LA in 1987, he intended it to become a major public policy organization focused on local, regional and statewide public affairs. The Institute is dedicated to the quest for social justice, equality of opportunity, enlightened civic engagement and the improvement of the quality of life for all Californians. 

PBI, a presidentially chartered institute at California State University, Los Angeles, is a non-partisan public policy center dedicated to sustaining the vision and legacy of former California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown through convening public policy forums, engaging multi sector stakeholders and diverse communities, and conducting timely policy research and community-driven initiatives. 

Director: Raphael Sonenshein
Office Location: GE 222
Telephone: (323) 343-3770 | Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs Website »

Institute for Executive Leadership

The purpose of the Institute for Executive Leadership, operated through the College of Natural and Social Sciences, is to assist administrators in Southern California and Pacific Rim nations, such as China, in meeting the needs of society for high-quality leadership in public service and to promote efficient and ethical governments. Specifically, the focus of the Institute is to provide opportunities for further training and education in the areas of management technologies, communication, administrative ethics, and other areas of interest to public administrators.

Director: Stephen Ma
Office Location: E&T A533
Telephone: (323) 343-2234

Institute of Nursing

The Institute's primary purpose is to provide a vehicle for closer collaboration between the University and community agencies that provide health care. The Institute emphasizes development of joint ventures and/or partnerships that lead to cost-benefit modes of health care delivery to a culturally diverse society.

The Institute's primary goals are to improve the quality of nursing education, to develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention of nursing students, to help meet the staffing needs of nursing services, to improve the quality of nursing practice, and to facilitate collaboration in the areas of research, teaching, and grant writing.

Director: Cynthia Hughes
Office Location: ST 417
Telephone: (323) 343-4700

Pacific Contemporary Music Center (PCMC)

The purpose of the PCMC, which is administered by the School of Arts and Letters, is to encourage the performance and promote the awareness of contemporary musical compositions by composers of the Pacific Rim countries.

The Center sponsors contemporary music festivals and encourages other countries, universities, and organizations to join in sponsoring such festivals to present the members' compositions, encourages the mass media in participating countries to broadcast the members' music by providing copies of sound recordings; maintains a library of members' published and unpublished scores, sound recordings, performance documentation, and biographies; sends scores anywhere in the world for a period no longer than one month; publishes an annual catalog of the library holdings; sponsors and encourages contemporary seminars; and encourages research.

Director: John M. Kennedy
Office Location: MUS 236
Telephone: (323) 343-4084 | Pacific Contemporary Music Center Website »

Pacific Rim Institute

A consortium created by Cal State LA and a group of Asian and U.S. firms to increase exchanges and improve communication and understanding between their corporate cultures, the Institute seeks to provide managers in both U.S. and Pacific Asian business communities the knowledge and skills needed for managing the challenge of cultural differences. It also endeavors to increase their effectiveness in working together in each other's environment. These goals are accomplished through the presentation of seminars, forums, and briefings.

Director: Gay Q. Yuen
Office Location: KH C2062
Telephone: (323) 343-4363

Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies​

The Center was established to rekindle an interest in choral music and to reintegrate choirs into the world of entertainment. The Center provides a structure within which teachers, scholars, and performing artists can teach choral music; explore and encourage composition of new repertoire; foster research and scholarly publication of emerging topics pertinent to choral study; and establish a special collection of recordings, personal letters, publications, and photographs that span the career of its founder, the late Dr. Roger Wagner.

The center's activities include co-sponsorship of an international conference on Gregorian chant, presentation of a collection of scholarly articles, and choral composition content courses.

Director: William Belan
Office Location: William Belan
Telephone: (323) 343-4067 | Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies Website »


Office of Graduate Studies
Division of Academic Affairs
Office: LIB N A124
Phone: (323) 343–3820 | FAX: (323) 343–5653