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California State University, Dominguez Hills:
America Happens Here

More than half a century after its founding, California State University, Dominguez Hills serves as a conduit between the reality of today’s America and a vision put forth not just by the CSU, but also by the country’s founders. For if “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” truly are “inalienable rights,” so too must be affordable, accessible and quality higher education for those who seek it.

The investiture of Dr. Willie J. Hagan as the 10th president of California State University, Dominguez Hills provides an opportunity to reflect on the university’s proud history of manifesting these principles. It also is a time to reflect on how major issues facing today’s America, such as income inequality, security versus privacy, peace-building and critical and sometimes controversial scientific advances, unfold at CSU Dominguez Hills and how they impact us and we them.

California State University, Dominguez Hills was deliberately placed here in Carson, California, to serve as the intersection of promise and hope for a community in crisis and a source of quality education in a service area that includes some of the wealthiest and poorest communities in California.

A university where pride and purpose meet; where upward mobility begins; where public policy is created, diversity is celebrated, and where a  vision articulated more than 200 years ago is made real for a new generation through unprecedented access to affordable, quality higher education grounded in academic excellence.

America is a dream that happens every day.  America happens at California State University, Dominguez Hills.