Meet Your Assistant Dean, Robert Flores

Your On-Campus Resource for All-Things CSUF

 

I am pleased to be part of the College of Communications! Prior to my arrival at CSUF in 2002, I worked in the state of Washington to launch the state’s newest college, Cascadia Community College, in a unique shared campus venture with the University of Washington-Bothell. I oversaw operations for the Running Start program, which offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn an associate degree (at no cost to the student), while simultaneously completing Washington State high school graduation requirements. The program generated over $600,000 in revenue each year for the college.

When I joined the CSUF branch campus in 2002 I was fortunate enough to be part of a great team who worked hard to open the branch campus at the former El Toro Marine base. Today, the thriving campus is known as the Irvine campus, the largest branch campus in the CSU, and is located in its permanent location in the city of Irvine. The campus thrives in a city established as a center rich in cultural diversity and a multicultural home to over 100 company headquarters.

During the past 15 years at CSUF I have assumed various roles on campus. I launched the ASI Productions-Irvine student leadership program and increased student engagement, managed a growing ASI budget for the Irvine campus, oversaw disability support services, developed training materials for student assistants and launched the Irvine campus career center.

As a proud first generation college student I am inspired by our student’s motivation to succeed and the commitment of our faculty to support and engage students in global perspectives and experiences. My father moved from Puerto Rico to Los Angeles after earning a Purple Heart in Vietnam and worked in a local aero structures and materials company. My mother, who moved from Bronx, New York to Los Angeles, worked as a receptionist for a medical doctor’s office. Although neither parent was able to pursue a college degree they strongly encouraged me to set my sights high and commit to earning a college education. My parent’s passion for education and helping others is a core characteristic I am proud to possess. Their vision and emotional support continue to fuel my passion for higher education.

In my current role as Assistant Dean, I work in collaboration with the Executive Director of Retention and the College of Communications dean to direct our CTVA Living/Learning Community, lead the Advising & Student Success Center, advise the Communications Inter-Club Council (CICC), and deliver services that support student progress toward degree and professional objectives.