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President’s Column: Chico State is Strong and Resilient

President Perez discusses Chico State's bright future and how our campus community is doing to ensure it. 

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President’s Column: Excitement Builds For Wildcat Weekend

Embracing the cooler weather and beautiful seasonal changes, President Steve Perez is excited about the upcoming celebrations planned for Wildcat Weekend.

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Increased Enrollment at Chico State Benefits the Entire Community

President Steve Perez discusses why increased in enrollment is good for the University and the community of Chico.

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Title IX Turns 50: Celebrating Advancements, Planning for Greater Change

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson reflects on 50 years of Title IX.

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Chico State Stands with the People of Ukraine

President Gayle Hutchinson encourages the campus community to support one another and offers resources related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Book in Common Challenges Perception, Narrative of Native Tribes

President Hutchinson encourages participation on the Book in Common Reading Challenge as an opportunity to honor and learn about Native American communities and systemic racism.

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President Hutchinson Statement on Racist Graffiti Found on Campus

"Let me be clear, these cowardly and abhorrent acts are hate crimes. I want our BIPOC community to know that hate will not be tolerated and we must all work together to stop it."

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A Lasting Commitment to Being Anti-Racist

Relegating Black history to one month each year is less than adequate if we are truly serious about combatting racism and ending violence against Black and brown people in this country. Black history is American history.

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Reflections on Gratitude and Resilience

President Gayle Hutchinson expresses thanks for the Wildcat community's resourcefulness, collaboration, innovation, humor, and determination amid unprecedented challenge.

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A Time to Focus on What Unites Us

President Gayle Hutchinson calls for the campus community to practice kindness and patience in the wake of the election, and to focus on what unites us to continue working toward a better future.

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Our Unwavering Commitment to Free Speech and Meaningful Dialogue

President Hutchinson reiterates the University's commitment and values as we support one another during the election season.

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Challenging and Changing the Status Quo

"Let us be clear—Black lives matter." Leadership shares key actions planned this year to address racism and inequity on our campus and beyond.

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Chico State Strongly Supports Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

President Hutchinson applauds the decision by the US Supreme Court to reject the rescission of the DACA program.

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Modifications to University Police Chief Recruitment

President Hutchinson modifies new police chief appointment to an interim assignment, strengthens focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion

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UPD Response to Killing of George Floyd

Chief John Reid speaks out on the death of George Floyd and affirms University Police Department's commitment to cultivating community trust.

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Together, Standing Against Racism

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson and Associated Students President Bre Holbert express their thoughts about the recent protests that have gripped the country.

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Reshaping the Way We Deliver Education

President Gayle Hutchinson highlights the courage and conviction that has shaped the spring semester amid COVID-19.

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Making the Right Choice in This Historic Moment

President Gayle Hutchinson stresses students' important role in flattening the COVID-19 curve by practicing physical distancing.

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Honor César Chávez Day safely and respectfully

University and student leadership encourage the campus community to honor César Chávez's legacy in a safe, respectable way—that also heeds the statewide Stay at Home Order.

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Chico State Moves to Virtual Campus Through the End of Spring Semester

Chico State is moving to virtual delivery of instruction and most services for the remainder of the spring semester.

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Suspension of In-Person Instruction Until April 24

Chico State will suspend face-to-face instruction from March 25 to April 24. The University will remain open and continue operating without interruption.

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Cancellation of In-Person Classes March 13–24

President Gayle Hutchinson addresses plans to cancel three days of in-person classes in order to prepare to transition online instruction, should it become necessary due to COVID-19.

New Dean Named for College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

Provost Debra Larson announces Blake Wentz will be the new dean for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

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Thoughts on Spring 2020 Semester

President Hutchinson encourages students to be open to new perspectives and life experiences while creating a safe, inclusive environment for all.

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Let’s Take a Stand for Our Planet

President Hutchinson invites campus community members to join her in taking immediate action to address climate change.

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A Framework for Courageous Conversation

President Hutchinson addresses campus tensions, conflict, and policies around free expression on campus.

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A Commitment to Inclusivity and Freedom of Expression

President Gayle Hutchinson speaks to the concept of balancing our values with freedom of expression.

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From the President: Reflections on the Camp Fire Anniversary

President Gayle Hutchinson reflects on the University's recovery and resilience since the Camp Fire and looks forward to our continued role as a neighbor and partner.

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President Hutchinson Statement on Kincade Fire

President Gayle Hutchinson encourages Wildcats to look out for one another and expresses sympathy for communities impacted by wildfires burning throughout the state.

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From the President: Our Reinvigorated Commitments

President Gayle Hutchinson reflects on her accomplishments—and those of the University.

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85 Seconds of Silence

President Gayle Hutchinson shares details on the University's participation in a community-wide remembrance of the lives lost in the Camp Fire.

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On the Path to Preeminence

President Gayle Hutchinson invites the community to join her in a deeper look at the Strategic Plan and how it will shape Chico State.

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Let’s Learn, Together

President Hutchinson invites the campus and community to take part in upcoming events that showcase the University's spirit of lifelong learning.

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From the President: Facing Security Concerns and Racism on Campus

A message from President Hutchinson on ensuring a safe learning community for all after the behavior of a community member left campus feeling unsettled.

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From the President: Striding Toward a Sustainable Chico

As the University strives to make a greater impact in confronting climate change, President Gayle Hutchinson challenges us to do more.

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From the President: Recounting the Camp Fire

President Gayle Hutchinson reflects on the Camp Fire, as well as how we will rise as a community to recover and rebuild.

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From the President: The Time is Now to Take Action on Climate Neutrality

With no time to wait to take action, our faculty, students, and staff are doing their part at Chico State as we work together toward climate neutrality.

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From the President: Innovating for our Future

President Hutchinson invites the campus community to engage in the Strategic Plan, Master Plan, and WASC Accreditation processes underway this fall.

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Addressing Racism and Consent

University leadership addresses the social justice issues of racism and consent in the wake of a photo of a student circulating on social media.

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President Hutchinson’s End-of-Semester Message

As the semester draws to a close, President Gayle Hutchinson reflects on highlights and achievements since January.