Councilmember Robert Garcia Heads Back to CSULB, Will Speak on March 17

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Councilmember Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia, Long Beach city councilman and former Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Associated Students’ president, will return to campus to give a talk titled “New Media, Culture, and Public Life” on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the campus’ University Theater.

Free and open to the public, the talk is part of the CSULB Communication Studies Department’s Distinguished Speaker Event series, which highlights its alumni.

Garcia is a college administrator at Long Beach City College (LBCC), who has taught communication studies at both CSULB and LBCC. In addition, he was elected to the Long Beach City Council on April 7, 2009, and re-elected to a full four-year term in April 2010 to serve the citizens of the city’s First District. With his election at the age of 31, Garcia became the youngest and first Latino city councilmember ever elected in Long Beach history.

As councilmember for the First District, Garcia has championed the causes he promised to address when campaigning and has led the charge to bring the city into the 21st century by bringing forth new technology initiatives and an open government legislative initiative to make government more transparent and accountable.

He has supported public safety services, enhanced streets, sidewalks, and business corridors, and activated downtown with events and support for new businesses. He has worked on issues important to business and is also the co-founder and co-owner of the Long Beach Post, a Long Beach news website.

Garcia was recently appointed to the Gateway Council of Governments, representing Long Beach, and serves as the chair of the Public Safety Committee, the Elections Oversight Committee and the Long Beach Housing Authority. He also serves on both the Federal Legislative and State Legislative Council Committees. Additionally, he is a graduate of Americorps, Leadership Long Beach and the Sierra Club.

Born in Lima, Peru, Garcia immigrated to the United States at age 5 with his family and grew up in Covina. He was the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college, and his passion for education led him to pursue a doctorate degree in higher education, which he was awarded in 2010 from CSULB after publishing his dissertation on California’s Master Plan for Education. Garcia also holds a masters’ degree in communication management from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from CSULB.

While at CSULB, Garcia worked with university administrators to create new scholarships and campus leadership programs for students.

Robert Garcia’s  talk titled “New Media, Culture, and Public Life” is Thursday, March 17, 2011 beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 108 of the campus’ University Theater.

For additional information, contact Catherine Brooks, assistant professor of communication studies’ at CSULB, at

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