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College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Environmental Studies and Biology Lecturer Christina Simokat and students from her Into to Ecology class (BIOL 105) gather plant, animal, soil and water data at the Kelly Trail in Carlsbad's Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Students are assessing a trail extension proposed by Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation to provide more information about the state of the native habitats there.


Environmental Studies and Biology Lecturer Christina Simokat

Christina teaches various courses including Intro to Environmental Studies and Research Methods, and spends a lot of time hanging around wetlands.  She is a native of San Diego and her research interests include citizen science and science communication, and increasing diversity and inclusivity among environmentalists. 

Joan Didion wrote in 1968, “All that is constant about the California of my childhood is the rate at which it disappears.”  A lot more has disappeared since then.  Christina hopes to entice students to explore and enjoy what is left of the precious, unique habitats of Southern California.  “We have some astounding natural jewels still, and if we understand them better, we may value them more and hang on to them.”

The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) offers an exciting variety of degrees and programs that make up the core of a liberal arts education at CSUSM. Students in CHABSS courses master skills and technologies essential for professional success in a 21st century interdependent global society. The College provides a supportive learning atmosphere with rich opportunities for close interaction and collaboration with peers, faculty, and community partners. CHABSS graduates are well prepared to enter the world of work in a variety of careers or to pursue post-baccalaureate study leading to advanced academic and professional degrees. Come explore with us

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Though estimates vary widely, some 10 to 20 percent of preschool- and kindergarten-age children are thought to suffer from an anxiety disorder and about 2 percent from depression. Sara Bufferd, a psychology professor at CSUSM, is among those whose research focuses on identifying preschoolers with internalizing disorders.
Portrait of metoo! Movement founder Tarana Burke

Founder of Me Too Opens Arts & Lectures Series

6 p.m., Feb. 5, USU Ballroom

Tarana Burke shares the story behind the genesis of the Me Too movement and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. In her upcoming book, “Where the Light Enters,” Burke writes about the importance of the Me Too movement as well as her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver.”

CSUSM students: Free
Community: $12
Faculty/staff/alumni: $6

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