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August 25, 2005
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Veteran Educator Mitchell Maki CSUDH’s New Health Sciences Dean

Mitchell Maki, a 16-year veteran educator in the health and social welfare fields, has been appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) as well as professor of social work at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He was the acting dean of the Cal State Los Angeles CHHS for three years before taking this position, and was the associate dean for a year before that.

Maki has had 22 years of experience in social work and psychiatric social work, drug and other counseling, research, and education. His research interests include the influence of culture and ethnicity on public policy making and the delivery of social services, aspects of mental health, and multiculturalism. He has authored a book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, and has written several book chapters, articles and a book review, and has published several oral histories. In addition, Maki was a co-coordinator of “A Chance to Talk,” an emergency hotline response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992 following the trial of the police officers accused of illegally beating Rodney King; wrote the column “Through the Fire” for four years; and he has been a member of several scholarly and other boards.

CSUDH’s new dean was the first in his family to get a college degree. He obtained his B.S. in the School of Public Affairs in 1982, his Master of Social Work degree in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Social Work in 1993, all at USC.

Maki said his goal at Dominguez Hills is to make the CHHS “the go-to college for health professionals in the Southland. To develop a reputation that if you’re interested in the health and human services professions, you should consider Dominguez Hills as the place to get your education, as well as a place to come work if you’re faculty or staff. ”

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