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CSUSB alumnus, to be Honored at 30 Under 30 Recognition Breakfast

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Louie F. Rodriguez, assistant professor in educational leadership and curriculum at Cal State San Bernardino, will be among this year's honorees at the fourth annual 30 Under 30 Recognition Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 18, on campus in the Charles and Shelby Obershaw Dining Room at 10 a.m. to noon.

Rodriguez, a 1998 graduate of CSUSB with a bachelor's degree in psychology, also serves as a board member of the CSUSB Alumni Association Hispanic Alumni Chapter.

Hosted by Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter, the 30 Under 30 event recognizes Latino and Native American young adults, ages 20 to 35, who are making a difference in the greater San Bernardino community. Those being honored have contributed to the 62nd Assembly District through their talents, skills, imagination and achievements, and they serve as role models to others in the community.

Carter is an alumna of CSUSB with a B.A. in English (1972) and M.A. in education (1976).

After graduating from CSUSB, Rodriguez continued his education at Harvard, where he earned both his master's and doctorate degrees. Working with at-risk youth, he is conducting research that will expand educational equity for historically marginalized students and help prevent them from dropping out of school. He most recently led a group of high school researchers who set out to investigate the low graduation and college attendance rates among, primarily, Latino and African American youth in the Inland Empire.

Rodriguez has led additional research initiatives focused on school reform, school culture, education policy, and school dropouts. His book, "Small Schools and Urban Youth, Using the Power of School Culture to Engage Students," offers a broad understanding of the positive effects of school reform, especially on Latino and African American students. For more information, contact Joanna Oxendine, CSUSB alumni partnership coordinator, at (909) 537- 3750 or joxendin@csusb.edu.

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