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Linked Learning Champion Joseph Castro to Become CSU Chancellor

September 23, 2020 | Linked Learning Alliance

The Linked Learning Alliance applauds the California State University Board of Trustees for selecting Joseph Castro, a strong advocate for California’s students, to lead the California State University (CSU) system. In a time defined by sweeping challenges and change, we are heartened to see a bold and proven leader poised to guide the nation’s largest public university system.

Dr. Castro is a strong proponent for integrated college and career preparation; his work on behalf of Linked Learning earned him the Linked Learning Champion Award in 2018. He has forged strong partnerships to bridge gaps between the K-12 and postsecondary segments of California’s education system to ensure seamless and accelerated pathways for students. With economies and communities in flux amid the pandemic, Dr. Castro’s leadership is timely: California’s young people need real and meaningful access to opportunities that unlock their potential.

Supporting students as they transition from high school to postsecondary pursuits is more important than ever. Our research shows that, with school shutdowns, the leap to digital learning, and dramatic shifts in the workforce, students have serious questions about what lies ahead. And many, particularly students from low-income households and student of color, face extraordinary barriers to staying connected and moving forward. As a seasoned educator committed to equityand justice, Dr. Castro is the right leader for this moment. He can draw on his successes as the President of Fresno State to impact the lives of students throughout the CSU system to make successful and well supported transitions and reach for their dreams.

We look forward to partnering with Dr. Castro on the worthy work of helping all California’s students find their path to purpose in college, career, and life.