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CSUSB entrepreneurship center awarded $500,000 to support Inland Empire BIPOC small business owner and entrepreneurs
Global Banking & Finance Review
Oct. 6, 2021

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino has been awarded $500,000 in unrestricted funding from the Citi Foundation to reach and serve more local Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Citi Foundation issued a $25 Million Small Business Technical Assistance RFP earlier this year and awarded 50 organizations nationwide with funding to support continued work in providing technical assistance to BIPOC-led small businesses that have been disproportionately affected by the unprecedented health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“BIPOC small businesses and entrepreneurs are vital to our local economy, and they have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mike Stull, director of the IECE. “Prior to the pandemic, the number of new Black-owned businesses and new Hispanic-owned businesses were growing at a more rapid pace than the overall business growth rate. New and early-stage businesses face numerous challenges and the pandemic has compounded those challenges. The timing of the Citi Foundation award comes as a critical time as the economy is opening up, and businesses are rebuilding and responding to new market opportunities.”

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CSUSB to offer MS program in national security intelligence analysis and cybersecurity
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Oct. 6, 2021

Cal State San Bernardino has been approved to formally offer a master of science degree in national cybersecurity studies, which will prepare students from careers in the field of cybersecurity and intelligence analysis.

The M.S. in national cybersecurity studies, which CSUSB began offering as a pilot program in 2015, gives students the technical skill of cybersecurity integrated with the skill of intelligence analysis, providing them with the ability to present technical findings to non-technical people in U.S. national, state and local governments as well as with private corporations.

The M.S. program, which was approved for permanent status by the California State University Board of Trustees earlier this year, is an interdisciplinary collaboration by the National Security Studies program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Cybersecurity Center in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, said Mark T. Clark, a professor of political science and the graduate coordinator of pilot program.

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Ruiz announces nearly $5 million federal grant for CSUSB
Banning Beaumont Patch
Oct. 6, 2021

Dave Maynard (chemistry and biochemistry), Guillermo Escalante (kinesiology), Carol Hood (physics) and Khalil Dajani (computer science and engineering) will serve as co-investigators for a nearly $5 million grant aimed at increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income students who graduate from CSUSB with degrees in STEM fields.

Principal investigator is Sastry Pantula, dean of the CSUSB College of Natural Sciences, which received the Proactive Approaches for Training Hispanics in STEM (PATHS) five-year grant.

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced the grant for California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) from the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institution's (HSI) Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Articulation Program.   

"We are very excited about this grant, which builds on our continuing grant 'Advising for Undergraduate Success (A4US)'. This is a huge win for our students," said Pantula. "We believe it will make a significant impact on Hispanic students, low-income students and transfer students over the next five years."

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CSUSB professor cited in column about anti-Asian hate crime in Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver Sun (British Columbia, Canada)
Oct. 7, 2021

Columnist Douglas Todd cited research by Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, in an article about a Vancouver, B.C., hate crimes police officer who offered “enlightening thoughts on the disturbing claim (that Vancouver is the ‘anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America), including on the difficulty of collecting comparable data.”

“It’s a much more difficult challenge to compare Canadian and U.S. statistics on hate crimes. And that’s what the global media zeroed in on to make its argument about Vancouver,” Todd wrote.

“The (news media) outlets looked at data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, which showed that Vancouver police in 2020 recorded triple the number of ‘anti-Asian’ hate crimes as New York, which logged the most of any U.S. city.”

Levin said that Canada’s hate speech laws, compared to the inconsistent U.S. laws, are much more broad than any that might exist in the U.S. So any comparisons are fraught.

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