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Cal State Long Beach’s Taylor and Golshani Honored by Local NAACP Branch

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2017) ­– California State University, Long Beach’s Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor and College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani were honored during last night’s 2017 Long Beach Branch NAACP 38th Founder’s Celebration Dinner at the Long Beach Hilton.

Taylor, who received the Zelma Lipscomb Award, and Golshani, who received the Higher Education Award, were recognized for helping to expand the local branch’s work with underrepresented communities.

“Zelma Lipscomb was a civil rights pioneer, the first female president of the Long Beach Branch NAACP and an all-around amazing woman,” Taylor said. “I am honored to receive an award in her name for doing what I love – helping develop tomorrow’s leaders. And if my life can be an example of what Zelma Lipscomb accomplished, I would be blessed.”

Taylor has been involved in student affairs for more than 30 years, fostering inclusive environments and encouraging students to reject enmity and use the current national climate as a learning opportunity. Before coming to CSULB in 2014, she worked at Indiana State University and Duke University.

“The Higher Education Award has great meaning to me,” Golshani said. “Much of my life has been dedicated to inclusion and access to education as a prerequisite for social justice, and in my current position, I see how vital it is to encourage underrepresented students to enter the STEM fields. A diverse workforce will lead to our greatest scientific and technological discoveries in the next decades.”

Golshani has arranged interns from CSULB’s College of Engineering to support the branch’s education programs. Prior to coming to the university in 2007, Golshani served in computer science and engineering departments at Wright University in Ohio and Arizona State University, among others.

The Celebration Dinner was dedicated to the late Ernie Kell, former mayor of Long Beach. Renowned jazz trumpeter Cora Bryant performed.


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