CFA Chapters visit elected officials to advocate for CSU funding, key bills

MARCH 2017—CFA campus chapters have been hard at work scheduling in-district visits to their local State Assemblymembers and State Senators.

Faculty are talking with them about the critical need for greater state funding for the CSU as well as about CFA-sponsored legislation now under consideration.

The CFA delegations also are talking with the representatives about how to understand the key findings in CFA’s report, “Equity Interrupted.” The report demonstrates how, as our classrooms have grown more diverse, our state’s investment per student has been cut almost in half. This has a big impact on our students, and CFA wants our elected officials to be aware of it.

The delegation from Cal State Los Angeles, shown in the photo, met with state Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Assembly District 53 (second from left.) Faculty member Darryl Tillman (left in photo), commented, “It is very inspiring to meet such committed legislators supporting our many Assembly Bills!”

Others on the L.A. delegation were faculty member Mario Castaneda, and CFA Field Representative Jackie Teepen. Their delegation also met with Assemblymember Ed Chau, Assembly District 49 earlier in the day.

The CSU San Bernardino CFA Chapter met with Assemblymember Mark Steinorth (AD40) and are scheduled to meet with Senator Richard Roth (SD31) this week, and the CSU Dominguez Hills CFA Chapter sent a delegation to visit Senator Ben Allen (SD26) in Redondo Beach.

Last month, representatives from Cal Poly Pomona met with Assemblymembers Blanca Rubio (AD48) and Freddie Rodriguez (AD52).

More CFA campus chapters are planning similar visits; contact your campus CFA Chapter to join in this very rewarding and important work.