California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President Dr. Thomas A. Parham has been elected to serve on the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ executive committee as a member at large.

The coalition is the world’s largest organization committed to serving and connecting urban universities and their community partners and is made up of presidents and chancellors of universities that are “anchor institutions” in the regions they serve.

“We share many of the same values and institutional goals as fellow coalition members and I look forward to frequent discussions and the sharing of best practices regarding civic engagement,” Parham said.

Since 1960, CSUDH has educated a diverse community of learners and educators and advances a college-focused culture in the communities it serves.

Parham is the university’s 11th president. He previously served as vice chancellor for student affairs and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine.

A licensed psychologist, Parham has sustained a research focus in the area of psychological neuroscience, specifically on identity development, African psychology and multicultural counseling.

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities responds to today’s educational, economic and social challenges by creating and disseminating knowledge in a variety of ways, such as connecting and exchanging information and ideas among its members and partners during meetings and conferences; the publication of Metropolitan Universities Journal, and through outcome-based research.

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