Mission Pillar Reflection

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

- Channel Islands Mission Statement

  • Sociology 100: In the fall of 2014 I took an Introduction to Sociology course in which I learned about social justice issues in education, inequality between men and women, different trends within time, and how all that affects us. In the beginning of the class my Professor had us read an article about how sociology is different than all the other “ologies” such as anthropology, psychology, and history. Throughout the class she would always make us think about how a certain article can be perceived as each as of social sciences, and how each one has a different view of seeing an issue. While in the class I can see how we covered the elements of interdisciplinary, experiential, multicultural and international.
  • Anthropology 102: Also in fall of 2014, I took a Cultural Anthropology class. In this course the Multicultural and International pillars were definitely seen here. I learned about different cultures around the world, their traditions, such as; rites of passage, burial ceremonies, how different cultures have similar holidays but celebrate it differently. This class really made me open up my eyes and not be so egocentric towards other cultures. I also feel like this class really helped me as a peer leader because I am going to meet people from completely different cultures and now I know to approach that person.
  • University 150: My first semester at CSU Channel Islands, fall 2013, I took The First Year Experience course. During my time in this course everything my professor taught us, she made us think logically and critically about, and made sure we were aware of our surroundings and environment. At this point in my college experience I had been exposed to interdisciplinary and international pillars.
  • University 399: In Spring 2015, I enrolled in a course called Peer-to-Peer Effectiveness. This course really is the definition of the Channel Islands Mission Pillar statement. My professor has really made this an interactive course in which a student can really experience everything the mission pillar stands for. By learning the many different ways our students can serve other students by learning the student development theories and the history as to why we even student affairs on our campuses now, as well as how students go through their own cycle of socialization, and as well the learning theories. We also learned how to serve the different populations we get on college campuses such as; first generation college students, returning veterans, adult students, etc.