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Reinventing the Outreach Wheel?

Reinventing the Outreach Wheel?

As a professor of Chicano studies, a faculty adviser to the student organization MEChA and a mentor during the Education Outreach Program’s summer bridge program, I find Chancellor [Charles] Reed’s remarks disturbingly anachronistic (see “A ‘Big Idea’ for Higher Education,” Oct. 19). For close to four decades, faculty, staff and fellow students have been reaching out to Black and Hispanic communities. This explains why the chancellor did little several years ago when the Governor of California attempted to cut the Education Outreach Program and other support programs, such as MESA or Educational Talent Search — he didn’t know they existed, let alone how vital their work was to historically disadvantaged communities and CSU.

Chancellor Reed, welcome to the 21st century. Your “big idea” has been practiced for decades, even though you just figured it out. Let us hope this means you will support current programs at CSU that have been doing this work on shoestring budgets, instead of creating new committees, task forces or hiring more six-figure consultants to reinvent the outreach wheel.

— Dr. Susan Marie Green
Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and History
California State University-Chico

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