Meatless Mondays

Human Development students are busy on campus sharing the benefits of Meatless Mondays! Stop by the table in front of the USU and learn why countless people are choosing to cut back on eating meat! #meatlessmondays


Diverse Families & Media: Using Research to Inspire Design


Faculty Highlight for the College of Education, Health & Human Services

Sinem Siyahhan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at CSUSM co-authored a casebook and design guide published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.  Siyahhan is also the Founding Director of Play2Connect, an initiative that aims to support family learning, communication, and connection through gaming ( During the last decade, Siyahhan researched and designed educational video games and applications, and game-based learning experiences and programs for youth and families in schools, museums and libraries. She was a MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Emerging Scholar, and a Science and Technology Fellow for the  Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education.

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Highlighting Cheryl McMahen – CSUSM Alumna Class of 2012, Kinesiology Health Science


On October 29, Cheryl McMahen participated as a panelist for the Conversations that Matter, Hunger & Homelessness: Taking Action facilitated by Dr. Laura de Ghetaldi.

“Ms. McMahen is the Outreach Manager of the North County Health Services and an alumna of CSUSM who graduated in 2012 with a degree in Kinesiology Health Science. Over the last few years, she has taken a special interest in public health focusing specifically on community clinics and accessing healthcare to underdeserved communities. Most of her experience is in community-based work, such as outreach, health education, providing information and awareness about certain health topics. More recently, she has established a leadership role with North County Health Service in terms of the strategic planning for promoting the organization and developing community relationships. She recently completed the MPA in Healthcare Administration through CSU Dominguez Hills in an effort to increase her knowledge and provide great opportunities in the healthcare field” — Conversations that Matter, 2015: Office of Diversity, Educational Equity, Inclusive & Ombud Services.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. McMahen with her accomplishments and contributions to the community!

President’s Student Champion Award – For Inclusive Excellence & Diversity


“Thiana Ruiz Alegria is the 2015-2016 recipient of the President’s Student Champion for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award. She is a double major and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with an emphasis in Health Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.  Her lasting contributions include the development of the Latino Student Center, the creation of the UndocuAlly Training for undocumented student, several leadership roles with S.T.A.N.D., United Students of Color and as the organizer of a community reading program.

In addition to raising over $2000 in scholarships for students, Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall credits Ms. Ruiz as the inspiration for the Dr. Jerry Sepinwall DREAM scholarship. Ms. Ruiz has also bridged efforts between the campus and the local community. She will leave a sustaining contribution to the campus that will live on long after she has graduated,”—All Peoples Luncheon, Office of Diversity, Educational Equity, Inclusive & Ombud Services, 2015.