President's Messages

Launching Our Future Directions Strategic Planning Initiative

September 14, 2021

Please join us for a virtual Campus Town Hall on Wednesday, September 22, from 12:30 – 2 p.m., to formally launch the “Future Directions” strategic planning initiative. Future Directions is an opportunity for us to reimagine (or reaffirm) Cal State East Bay's vision, mission, and high-level priorities to welcome a new era for the university. 


My Story, My Truth Assessment of Learning, Living and Working Results

September 8, 2021

The week of September 20, the university will release the results from the My Story, My Truth climate assessment — the assessment of learning, living and working that our students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in last winter. 


In Support of Our DACA Students

August 13, 2021

One of the most beautiful traits of our university is the diversity of the Cal State East Bay family. I am saddened, frustrated and angry that there are some throughout our nation who do not support, and actually work against, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies. 


CSU COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty and staff

July 27, 2021

The California State University System announced that it will require immunization against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from students, faculty and staff who will be on a CSU campus beginning with the Fall 2021 semester. 


Updated university guidance on face coverings

June 30, 2021

Cal State East Bay is updating our face covering guidelines, in accordance with recent Cal/OSHA revisions. In this video message, I share more information about how this affects our employee groups. Additionally, Risk Management will be sending more detailed information about face coverings this afternoon.


Looking forward to seeing everyone again

May 26, 2021

An update for the community as Cal State East Bay prepares to open its campus to more students, faculty and staff starting this summer and continuing into Fall 2021.


CSU to require immunization against COVID-19

April 22, 2021

Today, the California State University, along with the University of California, announced its intent to require faculty, staff and students who access campus facilities this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The requirement will be conditional upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the FDA.


If one of us, then all of us: A statement asking for grace, compassion and togetherness

April 20, 2021

What happens to one happens to us all. It was nearly a year ago when we first witnessed, with horror, the public murder of George Floyd. Now we write to you again in response to the verdict in the trial of the police officer who knelt on his neck.  


Looking Forward Beyond COVID-19

April 14, 2021

As we watch vaccinations rates rise and COVID-19 positivity rates fall in our counties and state, many of you have questions about what to expect this summer and fall.


Housing Task Force Report

April 7, 2021

I am writing today to share the Cal State East Bay Faculty and Staff Housing Task Force Report. The task force began in 2019 to explore and recommend tangible steps we can take in the short and long term to provide access to more affordable housing options.


COVID-19 One Year Later

March 12, 2021

One year ago, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I never imagined how this virus would change nearly everything about how we live, work, teach and learn. I am inspired by how well this community responded by rolling up its sleeves, getting to work, and using creativity and ingenuity to keep our mission at the center of every decision we have made.


Establishment of Affinity-Based Student Success Centers

February 24, 2021

I am writing today to announce a decision that I believe has been on the minds of many of you for some time: establishing affinity-based student success centers with dedicated space on Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus.


Post-COVID Opportunity Scan

February 1, 2021

I am writing today to launch a brainstorming and planning initiative this semester that I hope will broadly engage our university community.


VIDEO: Welcome to Spring 2021 Semester

January 19, 2021

I am so pleased to greet you today, on the first day of the Spring 2021 term. I recently joined the Cal State East Bay community as your new President, and I wanted provide encouragement as you continue in your studies during this remarkable time.


Our Role in Preserving Our Democracy

January 7, 2021

I am writing today to share with you my outrage and sadness at the attempt to disrupt our democratic process we all witnessed yesterday in our nation’s Capitol. Having lived in Washington DC, having walked the halls of the Capitol many times, I could not imagine those historic hallways becoming the site of such appalling violence and insurrection in my lifetime.

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 VIDEO: A Greeting from President Cathy Sandeen

January 4, 2021

President Cathy Sandeen introduces herself to Cal State East Bay in her welcome message on her first day leading the Pioneer community.