The Provost's Message - November 16, 2017

The Provost's Message

November 16, 2017
Provost Lynn Mahoney

As I have shared before, while the history of the Thanksgiving holiday leaves this historian deeply uncomfortable, its advent does provide an opportunity for reflection and gratitude. This fall has witnessed more than its share of tragedies. Puerto Rico and Houston struggle to emerge from hurricane wrought devastation. Mexico suffered a series of destructive earthquakes earlier this fall, and Iran was struck by one just this week. Northern California and our friends and colleagues at Sonoma State are working through the consequences of a set of historic fires. And with shocking regularity, we wake to news of another mass shooting. Closer to home, our communities continue to be rocked by anti-immigrant federal declarations and persistent inequities, including housing and food insecurities. It has been a very hard autumn for many, near and far.

I am heartened, though, by the commitment and generosity of the Cal State LA family who have coordinated Academic mapathons; organized or contributed to food pantries; and mounted creative academic and social responses like the multidisciplinary faculty consortium highlighted below, among many other things. Thank you to all who have contributed to alleviate the suffering of others this fall. As you approach time with family and friends, please consider making a donation to the Cal State LA Food Pantry or participating in the faculty initiative below.

I wish you all the best during this holiday of thanks.


The Cal State LA Food Pantry provides students with pre-selected/pre-filled bags of non-perishable food items for students to pick-up on arrival. Each bag is filled with various food items that follow the MyPlate dietary guidelines so that students are provided multiple meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The pantry is located at the University-Student Union, room 308E and serves currently-enrolled Cal State LA Students on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm and from 3pm-5pm.

Giving is Golden! Donations are accepted anytime during the week at the CalFresh Outreach Center (SA 113), Dean of Students Office (SA 115A), and Center for Student Involvement (USU 206). However, Monday is the official donation day, held at the food pantry between 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. We accept non-perishable food items that include canned vegetables, beans, fruit, dried pasta and rice, grains, and oats.   For more information on the Food Pantry, contact Frangelo Ayran, Assistant Dean of Students for Wellness & Engagement, at 3-3103.

Faculty Statement Regarding Disaster Response

The following statement is from a multidisciplinary consortium of faculty across the Cal State LA campus community in response to the recent global disasters as a unifying voice to those in need.

California State University, Los Angeles is known for being one of the most diverse college campuses in the nation. Therefore, as we have watched hurricanes and earthquakes devastate American and international communities, it goes without saying that our heart goes out to those in the Gulf region of the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Our campus community has professional and personal ties to these regions. Moreover, while these disasters have caused the displacement of people and tremendous loss of life, it has not done so equally.  Disasters often exact greater harm on the most vulnerable in society.  Said differently, those who were struggling to get by before hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the recent earthquakes are now in an even worse condition. To that end, since each of our respective disciplines require that we act in an ethical and socially just manner, act we must. To learn more about opportunities to participate, please read the complete statement.

Contact the Office of the Provost with your comments and submissions.