STUDENT TRUSTEE SEARCH

2020/2022

To better the California State University (CSU), two students serve as trustees on the California State University Board of Trustees. Students serve for staggered two-year terms; the first year as a non-voting member* and the second year as a voting member. Each term begins on July 1 and ends two years later on June 30.

*Beginning January 1, 2020, first year CSU Student Trustees will also be voting members. 
The Cal State Student Association (CSSA) is seeking nominations of current CSU students to serve as the 2020/2022 CSU Student Trustee. By completing this form, nominators anonymously encourage a student to apply. An email will be sent to the nominee with additional information on the application process.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DATES

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2020-2022 Term

Friday, August 9, 2019 2020-2022 CSU Student Trustee application materials available
Friday, January 8, 2020 All completed application materials received by CSSA Long Beach Office by 4:00 p.m.
Week of January 20, 2020 (approximate): Applicants notified of application status
Friday, February 14, 2020 In-person interviews for finalists (invitation only)

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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2020-2022 Term

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees is the 25-member board that adopts regulations and policies governing the entire California State University system. Board committees have authority over educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas impacting the 480,000 students of the CSU.

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APPLICATION INFORMATION

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2020-2022 Term

Please carefully review the following steps of the application process. CSU students interested in applying to serve as the 2020-2022 CSU Student Trustee must utilize the following process:

Ensure you have met and intend to meet the minimum requirements

Ensure you have met and intend to meet the minimum requirements. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  1. be 18 years or older
  2. eligible for in-state tuition based on of the following:
    1.  be a citizen of the of the state of California as defined by California Government Code 241 OR
    2. qualify for exemption from paying nonresident tuition as defined by California Education Code §66016.3
  3. be a current undergraduate student maintaining 6 semester (9 quarter) units OR a current graduate student maintaining 3 semester (4 quarter) units
  4. be in good standing, and not on academic, disciplinary or administrative probation
  5. have obtained a 2.0 or greater grade point average during the previous term
  6. currently or will likely attain at least sophomore standing by July 1, 2020

To be eligible to hold the position, you must maintain:

  1. be 18 years or older
  2. eligible for in-state tuition based on of the following:
    1.  be a citizen of the of the state of California as defined by California Government Code 241 OR
    2. qualify for exemption from paying nonresident tuition as defined by California Education Code §66016.3
  3. be a current undergraduate student maintaining 6 semester (9 quarter) units OR current graduate student maintaining 3 semester (4 quarter) units
  4. remain in good standing, and not on academic, disciplinary or administrative probation
  5. a 2.0 or greater grade point average each term

If you meet these eligibility requirements please proceed to Step 2  

Complete ‘SECTION 1’ of the 2019 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form

Please proceed to Step 3

Make an appointment with your campus’ Vice President for Student Affairs

  1. Vice Presidents for Student Affairs are extremely busy so schedule a meeting as soon as possible
  2. If your campus does not have a Vice President for Student Affairs, make an appointment with the Dean of Students
  3. When scheduling your appointment, please explain that you are requesting that they verify you:
    • are a current undergraduate student maintaining 6 semester (9 quarter) units OR a current graduate student maintaining 3 semester (4 quarter) units;
    • are in good standing, and not on academic, disciplinary or administrative probation;
    • obtained a 2.0 or greater grade point average during the previous term; and
    • currently or will likely attain at least sophomore standing by July 1, 2020

Please proceed to Step 4

Meet with your Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students

  1. Ask your Vice President for Student Affairs to complete ‘SECTION 2’ of the 2020/2022 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form
  2. ‘SECTION 1’ of the 2020/2022 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form must be completed before meeting with your Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students

Update and prepare your resume

  1. Be sure to include any and all work experience or internships you’ve held
  2. For readability, save your resume as a PDF in the following format:
    • First Initial, Last Name ‘Resume’.pdf
    • Ex. For candidate Alex Baker: ABaker Resume.pdf
  3. If you need assistance developing your resume, you are encouraged to visit your campus’ career center

Please proceed to Step 6

Write a short essay

  1. Write a response of no more than 750 words to the following prompt: Explain your perception of the role the Board of Trustees plays in the CSU, some of the challenges CSU students are currently facing, and why you want to be a Student Trustee.
  2. Please include “2020-2022 CSU Student Trustee” and your name at the top of the page
  3. For readability, save your essay as a PDF in the following format:
    • First Initial, Last Name ‘Essay’.pdf
    • Ex. For candidate Alex Baker: ABaker Essay.pdf

Please proceed to Step 7

Complete and submit the 2020-2022 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION)

  1. You may only submit the 2020-2022 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION) application utilizing the online form.
  2. You will upload your resume and essay response via 2020-2022 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION).

Please proceed to Step 8

Letters of Recommendation

  1. You must submit two or three letters of recommendation with an additional copy of each letter to support your application. You do not need to include postage on the envelopes.
  2. Each letter should be placed in an envelope addressed (NOT MAILED) to:

    The Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
    Attention: Appointments Secretary
    State Capitol, First Floor
    Sacramento, California 95814

  3. Each letter should include your return address
  4. Please seal the envelopes containing the original letters and leave envelopes containing the copies unsealed.
    • This means you will include a total of four or six envelopes.
    • Please paperclip the original and copy of each letter together

Please proceed to Step 9

Complete and submit your hard copy application materials

  1. You may mail or deliver your hard copy application materials to:

    California State Student Association (CSSA)
    Attn: Brandon Tsubaki
    CSU Office of the Chancellor
    401 Golden Shore
    Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

  2. All application materials, including those mailed, must be received by Friday, January 8, 2020 at 4:00PM . Incomplete or late materials will not be accepted or reviewed.

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