Incoming Student Program for Inclusion, Retention, and Excellence

Cal State East Bay's INSPIRE provides a brave space for students to grow, learn, and engage with faculty, campus life, and each other. INSPIRE's social justice themed graduation pathway builds community and bridges academics with lived experiences.


INSPIRE welcomes incoming CSUEB students who are Pell Grant eligible, First Generation college students, from an underrepresented group, or required to take Early Start

No minimum GPA required. No cost to join the program.


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Open to the following majors:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Liberal Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology & Audiology
  • Theatre Arts
  • Undeclared

Key Components for Student Experience

  • Students cohorted to build supportive community, connecting them to each other and the university
  • Articulated INSPIRE GE pathway in Freshman and Sophomore years
  • All courses integrate social justice as a theme and provide BIPOC students with a critical lens to view their lives, communities, role in the world


  • "I love the interconnectedness with our group of students. We’re all struggling a bit, but it’s okay because we’re also getting help and learning together."
  • "The workload. I really appreciate it being small but also impactful. Like in ENG, we have that essay but it was so nicely spaced out that I can take my time and feel less stressed which is great compared to my harder, more demanding classes. I also appreciate LBST and GS classes, it’s important to me that students are finally getting a say in the world of education and are learning about other ethnic groups and privilege."
  • "I like that all the courses are social justice based and even though they are all around that concept, each course is a little different & we get to learn about different aspects of social justice. I find [LBST] inspiring because it encourages us as students to use our voice and speak our thoughts & opinions."

  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Hayward, CA 94542