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Sacramento State's Anchor University Priority Areas:

Sacramento State, functioning as an Anchor University, strategically directs its resources towards fostering enduring and mutually advantageous community partnerships aimed at addressing systemic inequities, reshaping the trajecories of our students' lives, and fortifying the bonds within our communities.

The commitment is channeled into various key focus areas:

  • Education (Pre-K - 12)
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Homelessness & Housing
  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment, Mobility, & Sustainability
  • Inclusive Economic Opportunity & Workforce Development

In its deliberations, the Anchor University Advisory council made a strategic decision to expand the scope of the University's anchor initiatives beyond specific neighborhoods, communities, or isolated issues. Rather, the council opted for a comprehensive approach, addressing a specturm of issues that align with the diverse array of academic programs at Sacraemtno State and cater to varied needs of the region. The following outlines campus programs and edicational cervices designed to fulfill our anchor mission within the identified priority areas.

Education (Pre-K - 12)

The future of the capital region hinges on the aspirations and achievemtns of tomorrow's students, whose educational journeys commence well before they step onto the Sac State campus. Our commitment spans all grade levels as we actively engage in guiding young minds towards higher education. Resources are initiated both before and during their college experiences, offering opportunities to acquire the essential life and academic skills crucial for success in both higher education and future careers. The continuous outreach efforts from various colleges, divisions, students, faculty, and staff contribute to establishing a broad spectrum of visibility and connections with students throughtout Pre-K - 12 educational journey.

Here are examples of Sacremento State's initiatives and programs that align with its commitment to education, community outreach, and partnership building:

  • Education Insights Center: This center as a hub for educational research and insights, contibuting to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
  • Outreach through Community Partnerships:
    • Feria de Educación
    • College Making It Happen
    • Super Sunday
    • Black College Expo

These initiatives exemplify the University's active involvement in the community, promoting education and providing resources to diverse populations.

  • Partnerships to Advance the Value of Education (PAVE): Collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the overall value and impact of education.
  • Improve Your Tomorrow: This program engages in community-based research, with graduate programs incorporating an educational research course. The program not only benefits from additional data and analysis but also provides students with practical experience in applied research.
  • Teacher Credential Programs: Sacramento State's commitment to shaping the educators of the future by providing comprehensive teacher credential programs.
  • Admission and Outreach Presentations: These activities extend to California high schools, facilitating the recruitment and engagement of prospective students.
  • Center for College & Career Readiness: This center plays a pivotal role in instilling a college- and career-ready mindset in students.
  • Creative Economy Grant: Awarded to bring arts and culture projects to low-income areas, fostering creativity and cultural enrichment.
  • Writing Partners Program: This program, managed by the Center for Education and Collaboration, brings K - 12 students to the campus each semester, providing valuable educational experiences. For more information, contact Francine Redada at

Health & Well-Being

Sacramento State takes gret pride in its status as an award-winning healthy campus, understanding the integral connection between health and well-being and the success of both students and employess. The university places a strong emphasis on comprehensive wellness initiatives, aligning with the 7 Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual, Emotional, Environmental, Physical, Career/Financial, Spiritual, and Socio- Cultural. Across campus, a dedicated team from Student Health and Counseling Services is unwavering in their commitment to delivering exceptional services, ensuring the ongoing well- being of our campus community.

Here are specific examples of Sacramento State's initiatives and services that contibute to the holistic wellness of the campus community:

This program encompasses a comprehensive approach to wellness, addressing various dimensions such as intellectual, emotional, enviromental, physical, career/financial, spiritaul, and socio-cultural.

CARES (Campus Assitance, Response and Engagement Services):

  • Basic Needs Support: Providing assistance with financial, food. amd housing insecurity.
  • Emergency Services: Ensuring a swift response to urgent situautions.
  • CalFresh Outreach: Supporting eligible students in accessing nutrition assistance programs.
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate: Offering specialized support and advocacy for survivors.

Counseling Services

  • Peer or Group Counseling: Providing diverse avenues for mental health support and community engagement.

Health Services

  • Urgent Care: Addressing immediate health concerns.
  • Primary Care: Offering comprehensive healthcare services.
  • Nutrition Counseling: Supporting individuals in adopting healthy dietary habits
  • Athletic Training: Focusing on the health and well-being of students-athletes

Employee Wellness

  • Acknowledging the importance of the well-being of faculty and staff, this program aims to support the health and happiness of employees.

These examples highlight the multifaceted approach Sacramento State takes to ensure the overall wellness of its campus community, addressing not only physical health but also mental, emotional, and social well-being.

Homelessness & Housing

Addressing homelessness, a complex and unfortunately burgeoning socail issue, is a priority for both our wider community and the student population at Sacramento State. Taking proactive leadership, the university's colleges and faculty are spearheading the initial study on the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (IHEAP). This initiative reflects our commitment to understanding and combatting the intricate challenges of homelessness.

Within our campus community, efforts extend across micro and macro levels to provide comprehensive support for students and communities grappling with housing insecurities and homelessness. This commitment underscores Sacramento State's dedication to fostering an environemnt that care for the well-being of its members, ensuring that everyone has the support they need to thrive despite these challenging circumstances.

Here are specific examples of Sacramento State's initiatives and programs addressing homelessness and relaed challenges:

  • Basic Needs Support: Addresses financial, food, and housing insecurities among students.

Sacramento Steps Forward Partnership:

  • Collaborative efforts with this rganization contribute to broader community- based solutions to homelssness.

Community Based research on Homeless Reports and partnerships

  • Engaging in research to better understand and address the specific needs of the homeless population, fostering valuable partnerships in the process.
ASI Food Pantry
  • A resource on campus providing essential foor support to students facing food insecurity.
Alternative Spring Break
  • Provides students with the opportunity to engage in service activities, including those addressing homelessness and related issues.

Run to Feed the Hungry

  • An event that not only raises awareness but also contunutes to fundraising efforts for organizations combattng hunger and homelessness.
Community Engagement Center
  • Serves as a hub for various community-oriented initatives, fostering collaboration between the university and external partner to address social issuess, including homelessness.

Emergency Housing Funds

  • Provides financial assistance for emergency husing needs offering immediate support to those facing housing crises

Guardian Scholars Program

  • A program specifically designed to support students who have experienced foster care or homelessness, recognizing and addressing the unique challenges they may face.

These examples showcase the diverse and comprehensive efforts by Sacramento State to combat homelessness, ensuring that students and the broader community have access to resources and suppour systmes.

Arts & Culture

Sacramento State stands as a cornerstone for the prosperity and cultural vibrancy of California's capital region, providing a myriad of benefits. Beyond its role as an educational institution, the university actively contributes to economic growth, nurtures the arts, sparks innovation, and fosters entrepreneurship. Sacramento State is not just an academic institution; it is an integral part of the community's fabric, participating in and influencing the largest community celebrations while also guiding and promoting the emerging creative talent in the region.

Alumni, faculty, and staff from Sacramento State play pivotal roles in leading regional art initiatives. Their contributions are instrumental in providing diverse communities with the resources needed to actively participate and engage in various artistic forms—be it visual, performing, literary, or digital arts. By fostering a dynamic and inclusive creative environment, Sacramento State becomes a driving force in shaping the cultural landscape of the capital region.

Sacramento State's impactful contributions to the cultural and artistic landscape of the capital region are evident through various initiatives and events:

  • Wide Open Walls: Collaboration with this community mural festival.
  • Community Cultural Events: Active participation in events like Juneteenth and GATHER, fostering community engagement.
  • Multiple Galleries on Campus:
    • Providing spaces for showcasing diverse forms of visual arts, creating a dynamic artistic environment on campus.
  • Festival of the Arts
    • U-Nite! and U-Create!: Inclusive events that celebrate creativity and showcase the talents of the campus community.
  • Public Art Projects Led by Students: Empowering students to take the lead in creating art that contributes to the public space.
  • Creative Economy Grant
    • Awarded to Sacramento State to support arts and culture projects in low-income areas, promoting accessibility and inclusivity.
  • College of Business Annual Film Festival: Featuring comedy film projects on Leading with Emotional Intelligence, produced by HRM students. This event brings together students, the business community, academics, and artists in a live setting, fostering a unique blend of creativity and professional development.

These examples illustrate Sacramento State's commitment to artistic expression, community engagement, and the promotion of cultural initiatives that extend beyond the campus, enriching the entire capital region.

Environment, Mobility, & Sustainability

Sacramento State has assumed a proactive stance in implementing a climate mitigation strategy, aiming to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to campus operations by the year 2040. The university serves as a platform for collaboration, fostering partnerships with students, faculty, and the broader community to devise and implement innovative and progressive sustainability strategies. The commitment to environmental stewardship is underscored by the presence of dedicated resources, ensuring that Sacramento State remains at the forefront of leadership in advancing sustainable practices.

Sacramento State's commitment to environmental sustainability is exemplified through various initiatives and programs:

  • Climate Action Plan
    • A strategic roadmap outlining the university's goals and actions to mitigate climate impact.
  • Second Nature Carbon Commitment: Demonstrating dedication to carbon reduction in alignment with broader sustainability objectives.
  • CSU Sustainability Policy
    • Adhering to the California State University system's policy framework that prioritizes sustainability.
  • Bioconversion and Agricultural Collaborative (BAC Yard)
    • An innovative project promoting sustainable practices in bioconversion and agriculture.
  • STARS Report and Recognition:
    • Participation in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, showcasing commitment and achievements in sustainability.
  • Student Arboretum: Providing students with a living learning environment that emphasizes the importance of diverse plant life.
  • Campus Landscaping Composting
    • Utilizing composting practices in campus landscaping, reducing waste and promoting sustainable resource use.
  • Sustainability Dashboard
    • A tool for monitoring and communicating the university's progress in sustainability goals.
  • Olli Shuttle
    • Implementing sustainable transportation options, such as the Olli Shuttle, to reduce the environmental impact of campus commuting.

These examples underscore Sacramento State's holistic approach to sustainability, encompassing policy frameworks, innovative projects, recognition programs, and practical, everyday practices that contribute to a greener and more environmentally conscious campus.

Inclusive Economic Opportunity & Workforce Development

Sacramento State plays a pivotal role in community engagement through its extensive network of over 50 centers, institutes, and collaborative efforts, fostering meaningful connections with the greater Sacramento community. Beyond its academic mission, the university serves as a linchpin for the economic vitality of the region, contributing significantly to the local economy and generating essential tax revenue.

Furthermore, with an alumni network surpassing 250,000 members, Sacramento State possesses a robust and influential resource for workforce development. This extensive network serves as a continuous source of support, fostering connections, mentorship, and opportunities for both current students and fellow alumni. Through these interconnected initiatives, Sacramento State not only enriches the educational experience within its campus but also actively contributes to the economic and professional growth of the broader Sacramento community.

  • College of Business Administration's Center for Small Business and Center for Entrepreneurship:
    • Offering valuable consulting resources to support the growth and success of start-ups and small businesses.
  • Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
    • Serving as a dynamic economic force in the Sacramento region, fostering innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Arts & Letters Professional Seminar Series:
    • Providing a platform for professionals in the arts and letters fields to share insights and expertise, enriching the educational experience.
  • The University Foundation: A crucial support entity, contributing to the university's financial health and facilitating philanthropic initiatives.
  • The Career Center
    • Acting as a central hub for career services, connecting organizations with Sacramento State's diverse talent pool.
  • The Alumni Association:
    • Acting as a central hub for career services, connecting organizations with Sacramento State's diverse talent pool.
  • High School Equivalency Program (HEP):
    • Aiming to empower individuals by providing resources and support for obtaining high school equivalency.
  • College of Business Organizational Wisdom Studio: Offering an interdisciplinary platform for generating and communicating wisdom about organizationally important topics through live events, workshops, and video episodes.