Public Affairs

CSU Honors Nisei Students Interned during WWII

September 10, 2009
By Erik Fallis

On September 23, 2009, the CSU Board of Trustees will vote on granting hundreds of honorary degrees to former students forced from their academic studies due to the internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

"Hundreds of students were pulled from colleges and universities, forced to delay or abandon their dreams based solely on their ancestry," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during WWII represents the worst of a nation driven by fear and prejudice. By issuing honorary degrees, we hope to achieve a small right in the face of such grave wrongs."

The CSU is asking for public assistance in identifying individuals who qualify for the honorary degree. CSU students (or families of students) whose studies were interrupted due to the internment are urged to call (562) 951-4723. Press Release.