Student Success and University Support

Student Equity and Success Center

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Sankofa Scholars

The Sankofa Scholars Program supports the retention and graduation of first-year, continuing, and transfer African American students. Sankofa students will work one-on-one with an assigned counselor who will guide them through the many components of student life at CSUEB. The counselor will assist students in clarifying their academic, career, financial, and personal goals and concerns.

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GANAS is an innovative access and retention program at Cal State East Bay that targets and serves newly arrived community college transfer students. The GANAS model offers integrated academic and cultural approaches that welcome and socialize new transfer students while increasing their confidence, engagement, resiliency, academic success, persistence, and baccalaureate degree attainment rates.

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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income, first-generation, and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP provides students with the resources, tools, and skills to ensure academic and personal success through a variety of academic support services.

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Renaissance Scholars

The Renaissance Scholars Program exists to support the growth and development of former foster youth, aka independent youth. The Renaissance Scholars Program provides academic and career support services, financial aid advising, assistance with textbooks and loaner laptop programs, priority registration and on-campus housing, mentor and mentee opportunities, counseling referrals, and leadership development.

Other Areas of Student Support

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Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) works to develop community and service learning experiences that inspire students to continue their education and invest in the surrounding communities. Volunteering and community engaged learning are a student’s first exposure to careers in nonprofits, public health, and youth development. Donations support student and faculty programs, and give back to the community partners that collaborate with us.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State East Bay, funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation and Cal State East Bay, provides opportunities for lifelong learning to participants age 50 and better. OLLI produces approximately 120 programs per year in subjects from the liberal arts to the natural sciences. OLLI provides self-discovery and peer education with no homework, no tests, and no grades. Just learning in community.

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Pioneers for H.O.P.E.

The Pioneers for H.O.P.E. program supports at-risk students by providing a food pantry on both the Hayward and Concord campuses, temporary housing assistance,  emergency funds, and referrals to resources that correlate to student success, as well as health and wellness.

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Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund

The Presidential Pioneers Emergency Fund is an intervention program created to provide immediate relief to our most at-risk students. The fund provides: 

  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Housing Security
  • Emergency Housing 
  • Food Security
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Save Our Students Scholarship

The Save Our Students (SOS) Scholarship is a university-wide scholarship for students who have a financial need and are at risk of dropping out due to tuition increases. It was started by two alumni in 2011 after they saw how budget cuts and tuition increases affected students. Gifts from alumni and friends increase the number of students who receive these scholarships every year.

Hershie Collins, ‘22 BA, Nursing, was a 2021-22 SOS Scholarship Recipient.

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African Ancestry Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) Scholarship

The African Ancestry Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) Scholarship is open to CSU East Bay students who identify with the culture and history of Black people in America and can connect their experiences to the impacts of racism on the educational journey of Black Students in America. Past recipients majored in a variety of disciplines such as Nursing, Business, Biology, Criminal Justice, and more.

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Asian & Pacific Island Faculty & Staff Association (APIFSA) Scholarship

The Asian & Pacific Island Faculty & Staff Association (APIFSA) Scholarship is a university-wide scholarship for students dedicated to serving the AAPI community through direct service, or advancing AAPI representation in their chosen educational field.  Prior scholarship recipients include aspiring social workers, educators, psychologists, and engineers.

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Chicanx/Latinx Staff & Faculty Association (CLSFA)

The Chicanx/Latinx Staff & Faculty Association (CLSFA) aims to advocate for and support opportunities for Latinx students, faculty, and staff at Cal State East Bay. We are pleased to offer CLSFA annual scholarships for the upcoming Fall term. Increase access, retention, and graduation rates of Latinx Students. While providing opportunities for Latinx students to engage in community.


LGBTQ+ Staff & Faculty Association (LGBTQSFA)

The LGBTQ+ Staff & Faculty Association (LGBTQSFA) exists to provide a space for faculty and staff to connect and coalition-build at CSUEB. The LGBTQSFA Student Scholarship supports the LGBTQ+ community through honoring and awarding our students for demonstrating a commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. Funding also supports recognizing our students through Lavender Graduation. Thank you for showing your support in helping our students work to change the world!