Centers and Institutes
The following Centers and Institutes are defined per Executive Order 751 of the California State University Chancellor.
- California African American Political & Economic Institute
- CSUDH Infant-Toddler Development Center
- Center for History and Social Science Education
- Center for Mathematics and Science Education
- Center for Training and Development
- Institute for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development and Global Logistics
- Institute for Global Intercultural Peacebuilding
- Multicultural Center
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- OSHA Training Institute Education Center
- Urban Community Research Center
- Other Centers and Institutes*
Dr. Munashe Furusa, Director
Office: SAC 2140
Telephone: (310) 243-2176
It is the mission and purpose of the California African American Political and Economic Institute (CAAPEI) to establish, operate and maintain a relevant center for the continuing study of the dynamics of African American political and economic contributions in California from the 20th century throughout the 21st. CAAPEI will ultimately become a primary clearinghouse of publicly disseminated information on the subject of the past, present and future of African American political leadership in California; it will become an on-going academic and community research entity particularly dealing with economic and political development issues; it will become an archives for the collection and preservation of the papers and contributions of California political and economic leaders; it will become a facility to coordinate the training of youth for involvement and participation in Californian, and eventually national, public service and politics; and it will become a headquarters for the coordination of conferences, seminars and symposia associated with those co-joined subjects. All such activities will be open to the entire university and to the general public.
Ms. Beverly Charsha, MA, Director
Telephone: (310) 243-1011
The CSUDH Infant-Toddler Development Center is a full-time center-based inclusion program serving young children with typical development from 18-30 months and young children with developmental challenges from 18–36 months. Children may be referred by the Regional Centers for the Developmentally Challenged. The center is also open to children of CSUDH staff, faculty, and students, and to children from the surrounding community. The center is open 5 days a week, 12 months a year, and provides an enriched program that concentrates on skill acquisition, learning through play, and language development, as well as other domains. The center also serves as a practicum site for students at CSUDH and other colleges.
Dr. Lisa Hutton, Director
Office: COE 1427
Telephone: (310) 243-2748
The Center for History-Social Science Education is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in history and social science education. The Center is affiliated with the California History-Social Science Project. The Center provides professional development for K-12 teachers. Historian and other specialists work collaboratively with teachers to improve the teaching and learning of history-social science in the schools.
Dr. John Wilkins, Director
Office: NSM A-115B
Telephone: (310) 243-2203
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) seeks to improve instruction in mathematics and science by supporting activities related to pedagogy, research, content acquisition, leadership, and curriculum development.
Ms. Elisabeth Legge, Director
Office: EE 1347
Telephone: (310) 243-3355
The Center for Training and Development provides workforce development and customized curricula for employers primarily in the South Bay and Los Angeles areas.
Mr. Ernest T. Klinger, Coordinator
Office: SBS B-314
Telephone: (310) 243-2244
The Institute's purpose is to become a regional thought leader in the areas of entrepreneurship, small business development and global logistics by attracting more individuals to consider new business ventures, improve the success rate of new ventures, and develop professionals in business and global logistics. Our primary goal is to educate students in the areas of entrepreneurship and global logistics and our second goal is to create research and knowledge through scholarly and practitioner/professionals participation in the learning process at the College, in part by having the non-campus community interact with students and participate in courses and activities.
Dr. Munashe Furusa, Director
Office: LIB G-503
Telephone: (310) 243-3389
The primary goal of the Institute for Global Intercultural Peacebuilding (IGIPB) is to engage in programs and projects that develop and promote new ways of thinking about the dynamic interactions and collaboration between Global Diasporic communities, their homelands and western based communities in order to promote intercultural peacebuilding education programs and activities that will support cross-cultural collaboration and innovation in understanding global human relations, interactions and dynamics, and the role of women.
Ms. Kristina Londy, Coordinator
Office: LSU 110
Telephone: (310) 243-2519
The Multicultural Center serves as a focal point on campus for creating intercultural awareness, sensitivity and communication. The Center is a safe haven for individuals and groups to explore not only their own ethnicity but all ethnicities. The Center provides cultural programming, campus community involvement, and volunteer and leadership opportunities for students and staff. Other programs include Diversity Chats, Human Relations retreats, a cultural resource library and opportunities for co-sponsorship with other groups and departments on campus.
Mr. Jim Bouchard, Director
Office: EE 1300
Telephone: (310) 243-3729/3208
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU Dominguez Hills is a learning community of like-minded adults who are age 50+. Intellectually stimulating and engaging learning experiences are offered in a supportive, social environment.
Ms. Elisabeth Legge, Director
Office: EE 1300
Telephone: (310) 243-3355,
The OSHA Training Institute Education Center is designated by the U.S Department of Labor as an OSHA Training Institute Education Center. As an authorized OTIEC, the Center provides health and safety training to the private sector and to federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. The Center supports OSHA’s training and education mission through a variety of safety and health programs including community outreach efforts, Spanish-language courses, and youth initiatives. Through its extensive training program the Center promotes employee safety and health and enables individuals to incorporate OSHA safety and health practices into their workplaces. The Center administers the OSHA Outreach Trainer program which develops individuals to teach OSHA standards and safety practices. In addition the Center offers a wide range of courses covering such topics as hazardous materials, machine guarding, ergonomics, electrical standards and fall arrest systems. The Center plays a prominent role in curriculum development and provides subject matter expertise germane to local industry. The OSHA Training Institute Education Centers are significant in enabling OSHA “to reach more people in its endeavors to promote safety, reduce injury and illness, and ultimately to save lives.”
Dr. Matt Mutchler, Interim Director
Office: LIB G-503
Telephone: (310) 243-3274
Urban Community Research Center (UCRC) is a multidisciplinary applied research center focused on the needs, problems and solutions that arise in urban areas with a special focus on the South Bay Region of the Los Angeles Basin. Goals of the center include conducting high quality research on urban change and social problems; providing social scientific expertise from CSUDH faculty to community-based organizations, governments, and other entities in the South Bay Region and beyond; and creating opportunities for students to receive training through involvement in applied research projects.
The following Centers and Institutes are provided for informational purposes only and are not categorized under the language of Executive Order 751 of the California State University Chancellor.
- American Indian Institute
- California Academy of Math and Science
- Center for the Advancement of Diversity in Science and Mathematics
- Center for Excellence in Knowledge Management and Computational Science
- Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement
- Center for Teaching Careers
- Center for Urban Environmental Research
- Faculty Development Center
- McNair Scholars Program
- Older Adult Center
- Toro Learning Center
Ms. Cheryl McKnight, Director
Office: SCC 300
Telephone: (310) 243-2438
The American Indian Institute provides outreach and academic support for Native American students and fosters mutual understanding and respect among Indian and non-Indian people. The Institute houses the American Indian Initiative (AII). AII’s mission is to promote education, health, culture, and social justice in the American Indian Community.
Dr. Janice Filer
Office: CAMS 5009
Telephone: (310) 243-2025
The California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS), located on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills, is a comprehensive public, four-year high school which seeks to increase the nation's pool of graduates in mathematics and science. CSU Dominguez Hills partners with the Academy through programs that offer college-level courses to CAMS students.
Dr. H. Leonardo Martinez, Director
Office: NSM C-307
Telephone: (310) 243-3417
The Center for the Advancement of Diversity in Science and Mathematics primary focus is to increase the number of diverse individuals in the sciences, with diversity being broadly defined, such as ethnicity, race, gender, and socio-economic status. The Center is located in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences but is a University Center and serves the needs of science and mathematics faculty in other Colleges as well. Goals for the Center will be 1) to increase the number of diverse students in the sciences and mathematics, 2) to sponsor events that focus on increasing diversity in math and science, 3) to support a “pipeline” of math and science activities from middle school, through high school and community college, to California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), 4) to increase the tutoring and mentoring in the sciences and math at CSUDH, 5) to serve as a catalyst for new programs and initiatives and 6) to develop initiatives and programs that will serve as models for other universities.
Dr. Mohsen Beheshti, Director
Office: NSM A-132
Telephone: (310) 243-3398
The Center for Excellence in Knowledge Management and Computational Science (CECS) is established to bring several disciplines Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics together in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS). The Center is used to integrate knowledge and expertise in all the listed disciplines in the College shared facilities. The center is to support programs such as bio-terrorism, network security, bioinformatics and other related areas. The center will have the capacity to build infrastructure and new masters programs. The center will involve a diverse group of NBS faculty and students in the projects. The Faculty and students will come from different disciplines within California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and community colleges in partnership with the University.
Ms. Cheryl McKnight, Director
Office: SCC 303
Telephone: (310) 243-2438
The CSUDH Center for Service-Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (SLICE) is committed to facilitating and fostering quality experiential learning opportunities for students. We support the development of symbiotic relationships among campus, local communities in the Greater Los Angeles/South Bay areas, and global neighbors of the world community. SLICE advocates campus contributions of knowledge and skill which promote the quality of life in these communities. Our work supports the University Mission in its commitment to "excellence and pluralism in higher education and to further the goals of a democratic society through wide participation and civic responsibility in community, social, and economic affairs".
Ms. Teri Abbott, Director
Office: SCC 520C
Telephone: (310) 243-2663
The Center for Teaching Careers supports the undergraduate teacher preparation programs by providing fieldwork coordination. The director maintains relationships with local schools, makes early fieldwork placements for students in Liberal Studies and other undergraduate majors as required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and ensures that all students meet minimum requirements prior to placement (i.e. fingerprint clearance, TB).
Dr. Rod Hay, Director
Office: LIB C-502
Telephone: (310) 243-2547
The Center for Urban Environmental Research (CUER) main purpose is to coordinate, support, and expand urban environmental activities at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). The CUER is a sponsor for CSUDH’s interdisciplinary Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science which prepares students for environmental positions in government, consulting, research, and advanced studies. Through extramural funding the CUER continues to update facilities and acquire instrumentation used for environmental research and education including the campus greenhouse and native species demonstration gardens. The Center provides outreach to students and members of the local community encouraging them to participate in environmentally based scientific inquiry.
Dr. Kaye Bragg, Acting Associate Vice President, Academic Programs &
FDC Office: LIB H-124
FDC Telephone: (310) 243-2334
The mission of the Faculty Development Center is to support the University’s mission of success in education through a student’s contact with faculty members who effectively combine teaching, scholarship, and service and to help create a campus culture that values and supports excellence in teaching, learning, and research. Faculty development at CSUDH includes support, resources and services that enable faculty to achieve excellence, integration, and satisfaction in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service across their career lifespan.
Michelle Martinez, Director
Office: SCC 404
Telephone: (310) 243-2098
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Post-baccalaureate Program is a federally funded program designed to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented minority (i.e. African American, Hispanic, and Native American) students who complete advanced degrees in all disciplines.
The program provides a summer research experience, a research methodology course, workshops on entering, applying to and financing graduate school, GRE preparation, faculty mentors, and educational planning and support. In addition, the program provides supplementary support through a summer research stipend, travel to conferences, travel to research institutions, laptop computers, a student study lounge with internet accessible computers, and personal mentoring.
Students are encouraged to visit the McNair Scholars Office or the McNair website at www.csudh.edu/mcnair to obtain more information and applications. Applications are due in the fall of each academic year.
Dr. Clare Weber, Director
Office: SBS B-235
Telephone: (310) 243-2003
The Older Adult Center (OAC) serves as a support system for older students on campus, but provides a warm and friendly atmosphere for people of all ages. Services include a fee waiver program for students over age 60. The OAC also provides many other academic and social opportunities for students, faculty and staff including internships for Graduate program majors and others. Those interested may drop by, sign in at the center, and are welcome to join informal discussion groups.
Ms. Peggy Ozaki, Assistant Director
Office: LIB C-532
Telephone: (310) 243-3827 (center)
(310) 243-2324 (direct)
The Toro Learning Center (T.L.C.) is the university’s primary academic assistance center. Free individual and small group tutoring sessions are provided for currently enrolled CSUDH students. Tutoring sessions focus on helping students improve their various academic and study skills in Writing, Math, and Science related courses; however, tutoring in specific subjects is also available. Peer CSUDH student tutors provide CSUDH students with useful strategies and suggestions to help them reach their academic goals and promote retention.