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University Student Union Approves Dream Center

Long Beach, Calif. - November 20, 2014 - After careful consideration the University Student Union Board of Trustees (USUBOT) has decided to lease USU Room 309 to the university as a Dream Resource Center for AB 540 and Undocumented students. The decision was made at the Nov. 14 USUBOT meeting. The purpose of the Dream Resource Center will be to provide AB 540 and Undocumented students with a safe space and to access services, including legal support, financial aid assistance and counseling services. The Center will also provide computers, career development and other academic services. In addition, the university has hired a full-time student affairs professional to staff and provide services for students.

The Dream Resource Center proposal was submitted to the USUBOT on Oct. 13 and sponsored by ASI President Joseph Phillips, USUBOT Chair Vanessa Mendoza and Chair of the USUBOT Facilities Committee Rhea Addo.

USUBOT Chair, Vanessa Mendoza, believes that the creation of the Center will provide a sense of direction and build a community for students to feel comfortable and supported. "As Chair, I'm happy that we were able to be a part of this process. By opening this resource center, we are providing more services that enhance student success," she said.

This will be the fourth Dream Resource Center to open within the CSU system; CSU Northridge, CSU Fullerton and CSU Los Angeles also have established resource centers on their respective campuses. The Dream Resource Center will open at the start of the spring semester in January 2015.