California State University San Marcos (San Marcos, )


  • Name:Mrs. Kelly Briggs
  • Title:Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

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  • Organization Name:California State University San Marcos
  • Address:333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos 92096
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:760-750-4402

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  • Mission:
  • The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) fosters collaborative research and community service relationships between the faculty, staff, and students of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and members of Tribal Communities, for the purpose of developing and conducting research projects which support the maintenance of sovereignty and culture within those communities.

    As a public university, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of our region and state. The development of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (November 2011 opening) demonstrates CSUSM’s commitment to the CSU mission and strong support for local Tribal communities. The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center serves California Indian communities throughout the state, by 1) conducting and supporting research and analysis of Tribally identified concerns and questions using CSUSM’s capital of faculty, staff, and students, 2) supporting the recruitment and retention of Native American students, faculty and staff while creating a sense of community and belonging among the Indian population on and off campus, and 3) preparing graduates who can serve Indian communities in support of their multiple and complex needs and challenges. CICSC creates a successful and sustainable environment able to dynamically engage, adapt and respond to the changing needs of Tribal students and communities to support the maintenance of sovereignty and culture, locally and throughout California.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is the 20th campus to be established in the CSU system. For more than 20 years, CSUSM has sustained collaborative relationships with local Tribal communities in its service area. CSUSM consistently recognizes the importance of acknowledging and cultivating relationships with local Tribal communities.

    Tribal community collaborations is a key program for CSUSM’s mission to serve Southern California communities. Due to the success of our collaborative programs, CSUSM has become a model for other regional universities.
    • 1990: first CSUSM collaborated with local Tribal community members;
    • 1992: establishment of CSUSM American Indian Student Alliance;
    • 2003: creation of a Native Studies minor;
    • 2004: established the campus Tribal Liaison position, the first of its kind in the CSU system. The Native Tribal Communities Initiatives Task Force convened to develop closer relationships between CSUSM and local Tribal communities;
    • 2005: established the Native Advisory Council to advise the President on University relations with Native American communities.
    • 2008: California Indian faculty hired as Native Studies Coordinator;

    An important outcome of CSUSM’s continued commitment, consultation and expanding collaborations with from Tribal communities was the establishment of a dedicated “Center” to focus on the University’s enhanced allegiance with Tribal communities and issues. Established on July 1, 2009 the CICSC charter provides a home for supporting, maintaining and establishing Tribal relationships and community-identified needs. This ongoing commitment recently led to the allocation of a large sector of the newly constructed, state-of-the-art and LEED certified Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBSB) at which the Center is centrally located. The CICSC includes 6 office spaces, a conference room, 7 student work stations, lounge and reception area. The goal of the new space is to showcase and support CSUSM’s strong reputation for interdisciplinary teaching and research demonstrating CSUSM’s dedication to the CICSC mission.

    Building upon CSUSM’s thriving relationships with Tribal communities, CICSC’s priority education and research areas include, California Indian Education (policy & practice); Conservation; Health; Arts, language and culture; and Tribal Government & Youth leadership. A focus on conservation continues throughout Community Service Learning classes culminating in applied products benefitting Tribal communities, including ethnobotanical garden development, educational materials pertaining to Native Foods, and the publication of “Luiseño Landscapes: Celebrating People, Plants, Land, and Culture.” Furthermore, CICSC is engaging faculty and other research professionals regarding conservation research and education opportunities. CICSC will be adding affiliated faculty to engage students in conservation science and address community identified needs and projects, including Dr. Tom Spady, CSUSM Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Bryan Endress, Director of Applied Plant Conservation, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. CICSC is also in discussion with the CSUSM’s Liberal Studies department (GIS program) and the Chair of CSUSM’s Environmental Sciences minor to incorporate overall University expertise to address Tribal community-identified conservation needs. Our collaborative history and approach working with Tribal communities continually engage and address student and community needs.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:24
  • Advisory board size:18
  • Staff size:2


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:800390564

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:800390564
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% NEAL R HOSS
  • Organization Address:333 S TWIN OAKS VALLEY RD
  • Organization City:SAN MARCOS
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:92096-0001
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2009
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:13
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental unit 170(b)(1)(A)(iv)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:14 (990 - Not required to file (instrumentalities of states or political subdivisions))
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:E11
  • Asset Amount:$34,572,821
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$12,588,540
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$5,541,044
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:12:20 am

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