Forward Together: The Campaign for California State University San Marcos

Forward Together: The Campaign for California State University San Marcos

October 2, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


[ Music ]>>[Background Music] Our job, and I believe
very firmly the job of public education, is to contribute to the public good.>>We understand the responsibility we
have and we’re not okay with status quo. We don’t want to do things the way
that everyone else is doing them.>>Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself. We want to support students
who might otherwise fall through the cracks because that’s real life. Those are the students who
are in our communities.>>We want to be better people,
but it’s expensive. And when you don’t have that support,
when you don’t have the money, it’s easier to quit than to keep moving.>>Knowing that the school has
value in a veteran is, I mean, essential for anybody really, if they see that
they’re valued, they’re going to perform better. And I think the school really does an exemplary
job of making it known that veterans are valued.>>Without the Veteran Center, I
definitely wouldn’t be here today, definitely wouldn’t be in
my second year of college. I feel a great sense of gratitude
towards the Vet Center because I feel like they’re giving me my future.>>The majority of our students are
first-generation college students. And with that comes a sense of exploration.>>I give everything to be here. And this school gives everything
to keep me here.>>We understand that, as we continue to
develop students to be active global citizens in a competitive workforce that we have
an opportunity for our students to stand out by investing in their leadership abilities.>>When I got to college, I really felt that
because I was getting support left and right. It just lets me know that I have to make it
and that I have to do this, not only for me but for them, because I plan
to be tomorrow’s leader.>>It’s not merely about
preparing students to get jobs. It doesn’t stop with professions. It’s about good people. It’s about good citizenry. It’s about contributing.>>Right now, I’m pursuing a
bachelor’s in human development so I can later on get a master in social work. And the goal is to be a social worker to help veterans reintegrate [inaudible]
life once they exit the military.>>Even though not all students would have the
experience of being a foster youth or a veteran, they bring that experience into our classrooms. And other students, who have had
maybe a more traditional path to college, learn from their peers.>>We are innovative. We do have a pioneering spirit. And our students understand the
responsibility to make a difference.>>I might not be perfect, but I know
that this school, it’s perfect for me. [ Music ]>>We started out with that spark and
making a difference in staying connected to the communities and we have sustained
that through innovative thinking, through academic excellence, and through a
commitment to access for students in the region.>>CSUSM specializes in cycling
things out and through. So the students learned and then immediately
they’re out there, into the community. And to me, because you have people thinking
from all those different components, we’re creating more dynamic students.>>We’re only 25 years old. In the history of institutions,
that’s really, really young. As I’m going around the country and I
tell the story of Cal State San Marcos of how the division of community engagement
works, about programs like the alliance, about our expansion of athletics, people are
amazed at how far ahead of the game we are.>>We’re really excited about where
we are right now in having kind of blazed this trail in the
Division II of the CCA. And this is going to be the place to
be and where you want to bring kids to watch college players that you
want them to emulate and role models. Our kids will be out in the community
doing a lot of camps and clinics.>>I see kids at the gym. Like, that was me, like, living out a plan. Like, I want to go to Cal State San Marcos. I want to come to the school. I want to be like them. I feel happy I can be in that position
to be someone to be looked up to.>>There’s the opportunity
at a university to take risks that you can’t necessarily do commercially. Also, it’s a place for all these different
ideas and creative thinkers can come together and you can get a melding of some really
special work that you wouldn’t otherwise.>>We’re working towards a dream. We’re working towards an idea. And it is going to take time. And we all understand that this
is a generational investment. Life happens. We know that. We know there will be challenges. But hopefully, those challenges
won’t stem as much from having some gap in academic preparation.>>Being a first-generation student,
having the promise of being able to come to Cal State San Marcos definitely
takes the stress off. It makes you want to do your
best because you know that you have people that are rooting for you.>>It’s that thing of the students awakening
to their own power to create change. Just being able to partner in a student’s
awakening, to not only the community around them but their own abilities,
is a really special thing.>>We’re keeping students at
our center and at our heart. That wouldn’t be happening unless
we work together and looking to a vision that will move us forward. [ Music ]>>So we, as a faculty, are
deeply involved in our research because it makes us better teachers. But because of the kind of institution we are, we actively engage our undergraduates
in the research that we do. It’s that interaction with a faculty member,
who’s trying to answer a new question that has never been answered before. And that’s truly authentic learning.>>Cal State San Marcos has given
their students an opportunity not only to learn, but to grow as an individual. I feel like it enhanced the way I
am able to work with other people in my field and my professionalism.>>To me, that’s transformative education. That’s not just sitting in a
classroom, but actually needing to use those critical thinking skills to say
how am I going to approach this problem to come to a solution that’s going to
lead to a higher quality of life.>>I tell students, you know, you might
forget the history you learn in this class, but hopefully you’ll be able to
come out with an actual skill. And that’s how to look around the world
critically, to think beyond numbers and the bottom line to think of the greater
world around you, rather than the robot and kind of machine upon graduation. It teaches you how to make a difference.>>We’re teaching our students
to be flexible thinkers. There’s just no one way to do something. Solving a problem takes the
input of many members. So for me, it is the relationships
with our community partners. We could not do it without them.>>To be committed with other
like-minded individuals to say together, we can actually make a difference here. Who doesn’t love that?>>When you think about it,
investment and research at this institution the knock-on
effects are pretty big. It’s not just going to be solving
critical issues that matter in the given field that the
folks are involved in. It’s going to be an increase in human capital. It’s going to be changing the lives
of students, changing the lives of the folks whose issues you’re working on.>>We’re not just doing this for
the sake of learning but actually to go ahead and help a whole community.>>Having palliative care as one of the
components of the university is critical. We have researchers who are currently actively
engaged in the pursuit of those topics. And our great hope is that they’re
going to take this out into the local and beyond healthcare settings and be
able to help be a part of that change.>>I think some part of everybody
wants to save the world and that is a huge driving force in me. I know that the experiences that I’m getting
here are setting me up and I know that I’m going in the right direction to
get to where I want to be.>>For me, that’s not academic. That’s personal. Seeing the people who are
benefiting from the work that we do, that’s what gets me up in the morning. [ Music ]