University Programs

The listed programs below provide financial, instructional, academic or social support to students from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds. Please contact the Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Dr. Elisa Velasquez ( if your program is not listed.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

Supports doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic/educational disadvantage.
Email: David Hartranft

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Provides forgivable loans to doctoral students interested in teaching the diverse student body of the CSU system.
Email: David Hartranft

Educational Opportunity Program Grant (EOPG)

Grant awarded to eligible economically and educationally disadvantaged Educational Opportunity Program students.
Location: Financial Aid Office, Salazar Hall

Graduate Equity Fellowship

Provides financial assistance for CSU graduate students who are economically/educationally disadvantaged.
Email: David Hartranft

Indian Singing Ensemble

Class explores Indian singing and the philosophy and spiritual concept of Nada Brahma. For information, contact the Music Department, 664-2324.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

LSAMP provides financial support to students who face or have faced social, educational, or financial obstacles to success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Email: Sam Brannen
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MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Program

MESA is an academic program that supports educationally disadvantaged students to attain four-year degrees in science fields.
Email: Izabela Kanaana

MOSAIC (Making Our Space An Inclusive Community)

MOSAIC, an acronym for Making Our Space An Inclusive Community, explores issues of diversity and social justice. MOSAIC is a living and learning community intentionally focused on getting students, faculty and staff fully collaborating and engaged in their community and the world around them in new innovative ways.
Email: Julie Greathouse

Multilingual Learners Program

Multilingual Learners is a TRiO program designed to offer further instructional support to students whose first language is something other than English, or students who learned English at the same time as another language.
Email: Daniel Smith

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)

Offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

National Student Exchange

Provides opportunities for undergraduates to study for up to one calendar year at another U.S. or Canadian college.
Location: Salazar 1071
Phone: 664-2582

NoGAP/McNair Scholars Program

The NoGAP Program at SSU helps 25 undergraduate students per year continue their postsecondary studies in graduate school. The main purpose of the four-year, renewable grant project is to place more historically underrepresented students in American graduate schools.
Email: Daniel Smith

Northern California Forum on Diversity in Graduate Education

Annual all day event offering workshops, panel discussions, and a grad school recruiting fair, targeting but not limited to students from underrepresented groups.
Email: David Hartranft

PreCollege Programs

Provides advising, tutoring, classes, field trips, career planning, and assistance with financial aid and college admission to low-income and/or first-generation college families.
Location: South Field House, Kinesiology
Phone: 664-2428

Richard A. Rodriguez Social Justice Award Program

Funds student projects and initiatives that address social justice issues on campus.
Contact: Elisa Velasquez

Safe Zone Program

Supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Questioning community at SSU by identifying, educating and supporting faculty, staff and students who will be allies of students, staff and faculty who identify as LGBTQ.
Email: Laurel Holmstrom

Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI)

For international students to study English, and for students who wish to teach English as a second language.

Study Abroad

Overseas study program that enables students to pursue academic studies abroad.
Location: Salazar 1071
Phone: 664-2582