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AL$ Will Represent CSUN in 2022-23 CSU Student Success Network's Middle Leadership Academy

by Melissa Cober on 2022-11-14T16:25:00-08:00 | Comments

Middle Leadership Academy


A-PLUS (Affordable Pedagogies for Learning for Underserved Students) Team Project:

The CSUN Department of Chicano/a Studies is the largest and oldest such department in the country with a proud history of student activism and faculty dedication to social justice. AL$ shares the department's world views of social justice, fairness, and equality. In order to improve the affordability of course materials in high-impact courses like CHS 100, our goals are to reduce financial and academic barriers for CHS students and increase CHS student engagement and classroom participation. In line with the departments' curriculum and pedagogical praxis, we will work to reject profit-seeking systems which exploit CHS students and augment CHS faculty academic freedom without the influence of external interests.


A-PLUS Team members

List is growing; please contact Yi Ding at if you want to join us.

Travel team:

Berhan Arega, Course Reserves & Curricular Resources (CR/CR) Coordinator
Cerina Hill, Graduate Student in the department of Communication Studies
Jeffrey Tadór Reeder, Dean of College of Humanities
Ross Kendall, Course Reserves & Curricular Resources (CR/CR) Lead
Yi Ding, Associate Librarian and Director of Affordable Learning Solutions

Home team: 

Amy Berger, Director of Campus Store
Christa Price, Alternative Media Specialist (DRES)
Lindsay Brown, PP&R Chair and Music Librarian
Mary Beth Walker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Melissa Cober, Research, Instruction, and Outreach Services Librarian
Robert Munck, Textbook Manager at Campus Store


About CSU Student Success Network's Middle Leadership Academy

The Middle Leadership Academy is a year-long professional development opportunity that brings together campus-based teams of CSU faculty, student affairs staff, researchers, and students in a collaborative and supportive environment to work on common issues related to student learning, engagement, progression and completion. Grounded in a problem-based learning model, the Academy motivates participants to “lead from the middle” as they explore and apply strategies that focus on closing opportunity and outcomes gaps. Learn more.

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