News Release| CSU Journey to Success; Cal State L.A.

January 9, 2012

Take the ‘Journey to Success’ at Cal State L.A.

Asian American, Pacific Islander students welcome
to college day at Cal State L.A. Feb. 4



WHAT:            Cal State L.A. to host “Journey to Success,” a college day for Asian American and Pacific Islander students and families.

WHEN:            Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:          Golden Eagle Ballroom, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways.

INFO:              For details, call the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at Cal State
                        L.A., (323) 343-3839.


Los Angeles, CA – Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and their family members are invited to Cal State L.A.’s “Journey to Success,which takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, as part of the California State University’s (CSU) initiative to improve college access and graduation rates for students from underserved communities across the state.

Results from the CSU Early Assessment Test indicate that students from underserved AAPI communities may benefit from additional assistance in the attainment of higher education.

Open to students in 6th through 12th grade and community college students, the “Journey to Success” will feature workshops regarding how to prepare and pay for college, information on CSU requirements for admission and application processes, and information booths promoting CSU campuses and Cal State L.A. programs and student organizations.

The outreach event will also include free lunch, entertainment, special giveaways and drawings, hands-on class activities and demonstrations, and tours of the Cal State L.A. campus. 

“CSU staff, faculty and students are looking forward to the opportunity to welcome AAPI students and their families to the Cal State L.A. campus and provide them with vital information about a college education,” said Nancy Wada-McKee, assistant vice president for Student Affairs at Cal State L.A.

To RSVP to attend Cal State L.A.’s “Journey to Success,” go to  

Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally-recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations.

The University is noted for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, its focus on alternative energy technology, the Honors College for high-achieving students, the first of its kind Charter College of Education, a renowned forensic science graduate program, and many other programs and achievements.

At Cal State L.A., 25 percent of its tenured faculty as well as 21 percent of its student population are identified as Asian American/Pacific Islanders. CSULA’s distinguished alums include Lillian Kawasaki, vice president of Water Replenishment District of Southern California Board; Leana S. Wen, M.D., 2007 Rhodes Scholar; Ronnie C. Chan, chairman of Hang Lung Group of Hong Kong; George Nakano, former California Assembly member (55th district); Maxine M. Morisaki, attorney; and William T.C. Lu, president/CEO, Saigon National Bank.  

For U.S. Census data regarding Educational Attainment among AAPIs, refer to Figure 12 on page 20:

For more about the CSU AAPI initiative: For more about the Feb. 4 “Journey to Success,” call Cal State L.A.’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (323) 343-3839 or call the CSU External Relations office at (562) 951-4818.

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Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 220,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six Colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to the Honors College for high-achieving students. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.