Student Trustee Search 2017-10-10T18:05:22+00:00

STUDENT TRUSTEE SEARCH

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.

2018-2020 Cycle Important Application Dates:

Monday, October 16, 2017 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee application materials available
Friday, January 12, 2018 All application materials received by CSSA Long Beach Office by 4:00 PM
Week of January 29, 2018 (approximate): Applicants notified about status
Friday, February 16, 2018 In-person interviews for finalists (Invitation Only)

2018-2020 Student Trustee Info Packet (PDF)

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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 475,000 students of the CSU.

Five ex-officio members:

  • Governor of California
  • Lieutenant Governor of California
  • Speaker of the Assembly
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • CSU Chancellor

Sixteen Governor appointees confirmed by two-thirds of the Senate

One alumni association representative appointed by the Governor

One CSU faculty member appointed by the Governor

Two students appointed by the Governor

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Current Trustees
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APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please carefully review the following steps of the application process. CSU students interested in applying to serve as the 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee must utilize the following process:

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. a citizen of the state of California as defined by California Government Code 1020;
  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, 2018

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

  1. California citizenship as defined by California Government Code 1020;
  2. undergraduate student status of 6 semester (9 quarter) units OR graduate student status maintaining 3 semester (4 quarter) units;
  3. remain in good standing, and not on academic, disciplinary or administrative probation;
  4. a 2.0 or greater grade point average each term

Complete ‘SECTION 1’ of the 2018 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form

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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, 2018
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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 2018 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form
  2. ‘SECTION 1’ of the 2018 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form must be completed before meeting with your Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students
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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

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 “2018-2020 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
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Complete and submit the 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION)

  1. You may only submit the 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION) application utilizing the online form.
  2. You will upload your resume and essay response via 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION)

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 Honorable Jerry Brown
    Governor of California
    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

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)
    CSU Office of the Chancellor
    401 Golden Share, Suite 135
    Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

  2. All application materials, including those mailed, must be received by Friday, January 12, 2017 at 4:00PM . Incomplete or late materials will not be accepted or reviewed.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Student Trustees are individuals who are dedicated to the success of the California State University system and its 475,000 students. Individuals who are interested must ensure they meet all requirements listed in this packet.

The CSSA Committee on Student Trustees committee will provide the Governor with a minimum of two but no more than five nominations. The Governor then appoints only one student trustee to serve for a two-year term.

Student Trustees are required to attend CSU Board of Trustees meetings every other month at the CSU Office of the Chancellor and monthly CSSA meetings located at various CSU campuses. They may also serve on a number of panels, committees, or workgroups. The Student Trustees articulate the positions, issues, and perspectives of CSU students. They also serve as liaison to the CSU Board of Trustees and the state legislature regarding student needs.

Yes, the Student Trustee position requires a significant commitment and to make this opportunity more accessible, during the Student Trustee’s term, their tuition is waived. This waiver does not include campus and other fees.

Yes, as long as you meet all the requirements, you are eligible to apply for and serve as a Student Trustee.

Expenses related to the CSSA in-person interview is often times covered by the finalist’s campus. If the campus does not cover the cost, it is the responsibility of the finalist. If it is cost prohibitive, CSSA will work with the finalist to find alternative ways to conduct the interview.

No, your academics are a priority and central to your service as a Student Trustee. If selected to serve as a Student Trustee, you should work to create a schedule that will allow you to minimize the impact on your academics. Any academic accommodation must be made between you and your faculty. It is not an expectation that any faculty member would make accommodations for Student Trustee responsibilities.

If appointed, all pre-approved travel will be covered by the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Student Trustees may have to pay for some expenses but will be reimbursed if they are pre-approved.

You may go directly to the 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION) without completing it to see the full form. Please remember, you are required to use the 2018-2020 CSU Student Trustee Application (DIGITAL PORTION) to submit this information.

You can submit the hardcopy portion of your application (2018 CSU Student Trustee Status Verification Form and letters of recommendation) using a number of methods. You can use a number of United States Postal Service delivery options, private courier services, or you may personally deliver your materials to the CSSA Long Beach Office.

The CSSA Long Beach Office is open Monday thru Friday, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Please consider holidays and delivery time as all materials must be received by Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4:00PM.

Hard copy application materials must be mailed or delivered to the CSSA Long Beach office to:

Cal State Student Association (CSSA)

Attn: CSSA Student Trustees Committee

CSU Office of the Chancellor

401 Golden Shore #135

Long Beach, California 90802

Please use the following format when addressing your letters of recommendation. DO NOT SEND YOUR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION TO THE GOVERNOR. Include them in your hardcopy materials you send to the Cal State Student Association. You do not need to include postage on the envelopes.

If you have any questions, please email Brandon Tsubaki, CSSA assistant director for student engagement at btsubaki@calstatestudents.org.

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