Mission Statement

The College of Education and Integrative Studies is a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning. Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by doing.

Students Band Together to Spruce Up Elementary School

poplar elementary garden project

With garden tools and paint brushes in hand, more than 30 student volunteers descended on Poplar Elementary School in Fontana to revitalize a parched and neglected garden that is a memorial to the husband of a Poplar teacher who died fighting in Iraq.

They pulled weeds, picked up trash and created murals on playground walls as part of the effort.

When Marlon Rojas, a student at Cal Poly Pomona and who works in Poplar’s after-school program, watched students play handball on plain brick walls and read in the barren garden, he recognized a need for improvement and sought resources. This is when the president of the College of Education & Integrative Studies Council, Rachel Torres, stepped in.

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