Centers and Institutes

The following Centers and Institutes are defined per Coded Memorandum AA-2014-18 of the California State University Chancellor.

California Stem Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3)

Kamal Hamdan, Director
Office: SCC 404 (Small College Complex, Bldg.4)

Telephone: (310) 243-2634

The California STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3) houses multiple STEM projects that) focus on recruiting, training, placing, and supporting STEM teachers. The programs are: Pathways Academy, Master Teacher Fellows (MTF), Transition to Teaching (TTT09 &TTT Online), Urban Teacher Residency (UTR),STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency (STAR), Secondary Special Education Teacher Interventionist project (SSETI), Noyce Scholars Program (NSP), Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), and Project Reach. These programs support offer financial and academic support to candidates who aspire to become teachers at high need schools within the university’s service area.

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Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE)

Dr. Kamal Hamdan, Director & Annenberg Endowed Chair
Dr. Matt Jones, Associate Director
Office: SCC 520A (Small College Complex, Bldg. 5)

Telephone: (310) 243-3037
E-mail: &

The mission of the Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) is to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the forefront of K-16 education through leadership and service. CISE is a regional center focused on enabling transformative and inspiring STEM learning experiences. Our partnerships with schools, districts, community colleges, local and national organizations, philanthropic and industry leaders serve to broaden our impact across institutions and our local and global community.

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CSUDH Infant-Toddler Development Center (ITDC)

Ms. Michelle Johnson, Interim Director
Office: 1000 E. Victoria Street, Parking Lot 1, Carson, CA 90747

Telephone: (310) 243-1011
E-mail: TBD

The CSUDH Infant-Toddler Development Center is a full-time center-based inclusion program serving young children with typical development from 18-30 months and young children with developmental challenges from 18–36 months. Children may be referred by the Regional Centers for the Developmentally Challenged. The center is also open to children of CSUDH staff, faculty, and students, and to children from the surrounding community. The center is open 5 days a week, 12 months a year, and provides an enriched program that concentrates on skill acquisition, learning through play, and language development, as well as other domains. The center also serves as a practicum site for students at CSUDH and other colleges.

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Center for History and Social Science Education

Dr. Lisa Hutton, Director
Office: COE 1427

Telephone: (310) 243-2748

The Center for History-Social Science Education is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in history and social science education. The Center is affiliated with the California History-Social Science Project. The Center provides professional development for K-12 teachers. Historian and other specialists work collaboratively with teachers to improve the teaching and learning of history-social science in the schools.

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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Dr. Matthew Jones, Director
Office: NSM A-115B

Telephone: (310) 243-2203

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) seeks to improve instruction in mathematics and science by supporting activities related to pedagogy, research, content acquisition, leadership, and curriculum development.

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Economics Institute

Jose N. Martinez, Co-Director
Office: SBS D-328
Telephone: (310) 243-3570

Fynnwin Prager, Co-Director
Office: SBS B-309
Telephone: (310) 243-3661

The Economics Institute at CSUDH aims to lead the South Bay region with innovative and forward-thinking economics education and research. The Economics Institute serves the College of Business Administration and Public Policy faculty and students, as well as community stakeholders by: Developing CSUDH economics curriculum and teaching while incorporating proven high-impact practices; Engaging our diverse student body in economic analysis projects through mentoring programs, guest speakers, and community outreach opportunities; and Facilitating faculty development through economics research resources, grant writing deliverables, and local business and government community engagement.

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The Entrepreneurial Institute @ CSUDH

Mr. Mike Grimshaw, Executive Director
Office: SBS B-314

Telephone: (310) 930-3094
Websites: The Entrepreneurial Institute at CSUDH and CBAPP Entrepreneurial Institute


The Institute will provide a safe haven and center of knowledge for all things entrepreneurial in our community!


Be a leader in the critically important, fast growing areas of entrepreneurship and small business development for our first generation students, urban, minority, female participants, faculty & staff.

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Mervyn Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute

Anthony Samad, Executive Director
Office: SAC 2140

Telephone: (310) 243-2515

The mission and purpose of the Mervyn Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute (MDAAPEI) is to establish, operate and maintain a relevant center for the continuing study of the dynamics of African American political and economic contributions in California from the 20th century throughout the 21st. MDAAPEI will ultimately become a primary clearinghouse of publicly disseminated information on the subject of the past, present and future of African American political leadership in California; it will become an on-going academic and community research entity particularly dealing with economic and political development issues; it will become an archives for the collection and preservation of the papers and contributions of California political and economic leaders; it will become a facility to coordinate the training of youth for involvement and participation in Californian, and eventually national, public service and politics; and it will become a headquarters for the coordination of conferences, seminars and symposia associated with those co-joined subjects. All such activities will be open to the entire university and to the general public.

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Multicultural Affairs

Dr. Lisa Sueki, Assistant Dean
Office: LSU 110 and Student Success Hub (Library, 3rd Floor)

Telephone: (310) 243-2483

The Multicultural Affairs serves as a focal point on campus for creating intercultural awareness, sensitivity and communication. The Center is a safe haven for individuals and groups to explore not only their own ethnicity but all ethnicities. The Center provides cultural programming, campus community involvement, and volunteer and leadership opportunities for students and staff. Other programs include Diversity Chats, Human Relations retreats, a cultural resource library and opportunities for co-sponsorship with other groups and departments on campus.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Director (TBA)
Office: EE-1300 (Administration)

Telephone: (310) 243-3208

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU Dominguez Hills is a learning community of like-minded adults who are age 50+. Intellectually stimulating and engaging learning experiences are offered in a supportive, social environment.

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OSHA Training Institute Education Center

Raul Guzman, Director
Office: EE 1300

Telephone: (310) 243-3355,
(888) 4LA-OSHA

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center is designated by the U.S Department of Labor as an OSHA Training Institute Education Center. As an authorized OTIEC, the Center provides health and safety training to the private sector and to federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. The Center supports OSHA’s training and education mission through a variety of safety and health programs including community outreach efforts, Spanish-language courses, and youth initiatives. Through its extensive training program the Center promotes employee safety and health and enables individuals to incorporate OSHA safety and health practices into their workplaces. The Center administers the OSHA Outreach Trainer program which develops individuals to teach OSHA standards and safety practices. In addition the Center offers a wide range of courses covering such topics as hazardous materials, machine guarding, ergonomics, electrical standards and fall arrest systems. The Center plays a prominent role in curriculum development and provides subject matter expertise germane to local industry. The OSHA Training Institute Education Centers are significant in enabling OSHA “to reach more people in its endeavors to promote safety, reduce injury and illness, and ultimately to save lives.”

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Urban Community Research Center

Dr. Matt Mutchler, Director
Office: LIB 5069

Telephone: (310) 243-3274

Urban Community Research Center (UCRC) is a multidisciplinary applied research center focused on the needs, problems and solutions that arise in urban areas with a special focus on the South Bay Region of the Los Angeles Basin.  Goals of the center include conducting high quality research on urban change and social problems; providing social scientific expertise from CSUDH faculty to community-based organizations, governments, and other entities in the South Bay Region and beyond; and creating opportunities for students to receive training through involvement in applied research projects.

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Other Centers and Institutes

The following Centers and Institutes are provided for informational purposes only and are not categorized under the language of Coded Memorandum AA-2014-18 of the California State University Chancellor.

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American Indian Institute

Ms. Cheryl McKnight, Director
Co-Directors: Jimi Castillo

Telephone: (310) 243-2438
Office: Welch Hall, Room 105

The American Indian Institute provides outreach and academic support for Native American students and fosters mutual understanding and respect among Indian and non-Indian people. The Institute houses the American Indian Initiative (AII). AII’s mission is to promote education, health, culture, and social justice in the American Indian Community.

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Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, Computational Science, and Knowledge Management

Dr. Mohsen Beheshti, Director
Office: NSM A-132
Cyber Security Lab: LIB 5717

Telephone: (310) 243-3398

The Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, Computational Science, and Knowledge Management (CECS) is established by the Computer Science department to bring together disciplines in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) and other colleges within the Campus. The Center is used to integrate knowledge and expertise in all disciplines in the College shared facilities. The center is to support programs such as Cyber Defense, network security, bio-terrorism, bioinformatics and other related areas. The center will have the capacity to build infrastructure and new programs. The center will involve a diverse group of NBS faculty and students in the projects. The Faculty and students will come from different disciplines within California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and community colleges in partnership with the University.

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Center for Global Education (CGE)

Dr. Gary Rhodes, Director
Office: EE 1300

Telephone: (310) 243-3975

The Center for Global Education, funded through federal grants and sponsorships,  promotes international education to foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation and understanding. Living and working effectively in a global society requires learning with an international perspective.  Center research and resources promote this type of learning by collaborating with colleges, universities and other organizations around the world to:

  • create new and enhance existing study abroad programs;
  • integrate an international and intercultural perspective into the US educational system;
  • increase the ethnic diversity of participants in study abroad and provide special resources to support their participation;
  • provide information to better prepare students and other travelers for their experience abroad; and
  • encourage research in the field of international education.

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Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement

Ms. Cheryl McKnight, Director
Office: Welch Hall, Riin 105

Telephone: (310) 243-2438

The CSUDH Center for Service-Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (SLICE) is committed to facilitating and fostering quality experiential learning opportunities for students.  We support the development of symbiotic relationships among campus, local communities in the Greater Los Angeles/South Bay areas, and global neighbors of the world community.  SLICE advocates campus contributions of knowledge and skill which promote the quality of life in these communities.  Our work supports the University Mission in its commitment to "excellence and pluralism in higher education and to further the goals of a democratic society through wide participation and civic responsibility in community, social, and economic affairs".

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Center for Teaching Careers

Dr. Maria Morales-Thomas, Coordinator
Office: COE 1477

Telephone: (310) 243-2663

The Center for Teaching Careers supports the undergraduate teacher preparation programs by providing fieldwork coordination. The director maintains relationships with local schools, makes early fieldwork placements for students in Liberal Studies and other undergraduate majors as required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), and ensures that all students meet minimum requirements prior to placement (i.e. fingerprint clearance, TB).

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Center for Urban Environmental Research

Office: LIB C-502

Telephone: (310) 243-2547
E-mail: TBD

The Center for Urban Environmental Research (CUER) main purpose is to coordinate, support, and expand urban environmental activities at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). The CUER is a sponsor for CSUDH’s interdisciplinary Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science which prepares students for environmental positions in government, consulting, research, and advanced studies. Through extramural funding the CUER continues to update facilities and acquire instrumentation used for environmental research and education including the campus greenhouse and native species demonstration gardens. The Center provides outreach to students and members of the local community encouraging them to participate in environmentally based scientific inquiry.

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Faculty Development Center (FDC)

Dr. Marisela R. Chavez, Director
Faculty Development Center
FDC Office: LIB 1940

FDC Telephone: (310) 243-3148

The mission of the Faculty Development Center is to support the University’s mission of success in education through a student’s contact with faculty members who effectively combine teaching, scholarship, and service and to help create a campus culture that values and supports excellence in teaching, learning, and research. Faculty development at CSUDH includes support, resources and services that enable faculty to achieve excellence, integration, and satisfaction in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service across their career lifespan.

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Hospitality Technology Research Institute (HTRI)

Dr. Natasa Christodoulidou, Director,
Hospitality Technology Research Institute
Office: SBS C322

Telephone: (310) 243-3502

The Hospitality Technology Research Institute (HTRI), primary objective is to bring together members of academic, research, industry, association, and consulting communities interested in the various technologies in the Hospitality Industry. As part of its mission, HTRI serves as an educational, networking, and news and research resource for the communities involved in the Hospitality Industry. The HTRI affords its members opportunities to gain published exposure for their work through the College of Business Administration and Public Policy (CBAPP) magazine, and to network with the hospitality technology industry at our Annual Symposium which will be held every February in Los Angeles, California.

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Older Adult Center

Dr. Katy M. Pinto, Director
Office: SBS B-235

Telephone: (310) 243-2003

The Older Adult Center (OAC) serves as a support system for older students on campus, but provides a warm and friendly atmosphere for people of all ages. Services include a fee waiver program for students over age 60. The OAC also provides many other academic and social opportunities for students, faculty and staff including internships for Graduate program majors and others. Those interested may drop by, sign in at the center, and are welcome to join informal discussion groups.

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Toro Learning & Testing Center

Dr. Rosa Heckenberg
Learning Center
Office: LIB C-121
Telephone: (310) 243-3827

Testing Center
Office: LIB North 5705
Telephone: (310) 243-3909

The Toro Learning & Testing Center (TLTC) is the university’s primary academic assistance center. Free individual and small group tutoring sessions are provided for currently enrolled CSUDH students. Tutoring sessions focus on helping students improve their various academic and study skills in Writing, Math, and Science related courses. In addition, tutoring in specific subjects is also available. Peer student tutors are available to provide students with useful strategies and suggestions to help them reach their academic goals.

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Public Policy Institute (PPI)

Institute Co-Directors: 
Dr. Hugo Asencio
Dr. Rui Sun

Contact Info:
Dr. Asencio:  (310) 243-2724, Email:,Office: SBS A-307
Dr. Sun:  (310) 243-3331, E-mail: rsun@ctstar.netOffice: SBS D-314

The Public Policy Institute (PPI) at CSUDH was created in 2013 to serve the College of Business Administration and Public Policy and the Department of Public Administration faculty, students and various community stakeholders. One of its primary goals is to lead the greater Los Angeles and South Bay areas in the evolving field of public administration and public policy through relationships with various public sector and non-profit entities at the city, county, state and federal levels. The PPI develops programs to instill interaction and exchange of ideas, teaching, and scholarship among scholars, researchers, students, public administration, and non-profit professionals. The PPI facilitates student engagement at the undergraduate and MPA levels in public administration and non-profit projects through its internships, mentors, symposiums, and community outreach programs. It provides opportunities for faculty development while serving as a feasible research resource. The PPI also provides grant writing options/deliverables and community engagement with close student involvement.

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