Educational Equity and Other Special Assistance Programs

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Serves California residents from low-income households who have the potential to succeed, but have not been able to realize their goal because of their economic and/or educational background. EOP provides admissions assistance, a special orientation to the university, academic advising, personal counseling, tutoring and financial aid advising. EOP also provides grant awards to eligible students and requires participation in Learning Communities.

Contact: Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny (916) 278-6183

Faculty Student Mentor Program (FSMP)

Offers academic and personal support to students from low income communities or students who have requested services due to other educational challenges. Faculty and peer mentors matched by academic major assist the students in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to complete their academic goals.

Contact: Marie Torregrosa, Program Coordinator (916) 278-5880

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

Helps students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds to succeed in college by offering pre-college transition and first-year support services (academic, social, and financial) to develop the skills necessary to graduate from college.

Contact: Viridiana Diaz, Program Director (916) 278-7241

McNair Scholars Program

Prepares junior and senior level students from low-income and first-generation college or from a group underrepresented in graduate education for admission and study at the doctoral level.

Contact: Dr. Chevelle Newsome, Director (916) 278-5118

Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program (CWC)

Provides academic support designed to increase the low retention and graduation rate of underserved students. CWC scholars are guided and nurtured by an association of faculty, staff, students, and community members who are committed to recognizing and upholding the tradition represented in African American culture.

Contact: Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe, Director (916) 278-5363 email:

MESA Engineering and Computer Science Program (MEP)

MEP improves the recruitment, retention, and graduation of highly motivated students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds by providing a large 24 hour-a-day study center/computer lab, workshops, tutoring, study groups, professional development, a freshman orientation course, academic advising, and co-op placements, as well as assisting in the coordination of retention services for all students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Contact: Dr. Madeleine Fish, Director (916) 278-6699 e-mail

SEE - Science Education Equity

Established in 1986, the CSUS Science Educational Equity (SEE) Program is a comprehensive academic support program for students who face social, economic, and educational barriers to careers in the health professions, science research, and science teaching. SEE offers students academic and career advising, peer mentoring, conference attendance, and more.

Contact: Pam King - SEE Coordinator (916) 278-6519

California State University - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP)

A statewide project dedicated to increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups graduating from campuses of the California State University with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The CSU-LSAMP includes 19 CSU campuses partnered with at least one California Community College. CSUS has been the lead campus in the statewide CSU-LSAMP Program since 2003.

Contact: Dr. Juanita Barrena (916) 278-6519

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