Liberal Studies Advising
Liberal Studies Program Office
Location: Tehama 211
Call: (530) 898-5802
Liberal Studies Majors have mandatory advising. Please visit us at at our program office in Tehama 211 for walk-in advising or call to make an appointment.
Make an Appointment
Mondays: 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm (except the first week of the semester)
Tuesdays: 9:00am-12:00pm (except the first week of the semester)
Thursdays: 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm
Appointments are scheduled for 30-minute session. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals will be asked to reschedule.
Monday-Thursday all day the first week of each semester.
Liberal Studies Coordinator
Paula M. Selvester
Liberal Studies Coordinator
Dr. Selvester is the Coordinator of the Liberal Studies Program. She also teaches in the teacher preparation program under the School of Education and holds an elected position as a State-Wide CSU Academic Senator. Dr. Selvester holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from University of Southern California. In addition, she currently holds the following teaching credentials: Multiple Subject Credential, Professional Clear, California; Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate, Professional Clear, California; Supplementary Credential Authorization: English as a Second Language, Professional Clear, California; Single Subject Credential, English, Speech, and Drama, Professional Clear, California; and California Community College Instructor's Credential, Basic Education, awarded by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, California. Before joining the faculty at CSU, Chico, Dr. Selvester taught both in the US and internationally in England and Cairo, Egypt. She taught at the American University in Cairo for three years designing curriculum and developing educational programs. She also taught three years at the American Language Institute at San Francisco State University and Alemany Community College in San Francisco. After receiving a Multicultural Education Teaching Mentorship supported by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and issued in Colusa Unified School District, she developed a school-by-school, district-wide assessment process and English language development curriculum for Colusa Unified School District and taught high school English to English learners at Colusa High School in Colusa, California.
Dr. Selvester has authored numerous articles on teaching and learning in Issues in Teacher Education, The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review, College and University Media Review, Educational Studies, The Reading Professor, The California Reader, among others. She co-authored a book that provides a framework for a socially responsible pedagogy of literacy development for young adults, Adolescent Voices: The Power of a Socially Responsible Literacy Pedagogy (2012) published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. For her work in teaching issues of access and equity in education, she received the Taking It To The Classroom Award from the CSUC, Office of Diversity in 2012.
She loves teaching, lifting weights, and taking classes at the gym. She and her parents are graduates of Chico State. Her oldest son has graduated from Chico and two other children are currently attending CSU, Chico.
Liberal Studies Advisors
Liberal Studies Program Advisor
Rena holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communications and Minor Psychology from CSU, Chico. Rena grew up in the SF Bay Area and came to Chico State as a transfer student after attending Butte College. Before starting her career at Chico State, Rena was the trainer and office manager for a medical sales recruiting company. She has worked at CSU, Chico campus since 2004. She began in Regional and Continuing Education and has worked in the Office of the Registrar in Student Records. She has worked in the College of Communication and Education as an academic advisor for Liberal Studies program since 2007. Rena is active in staff governance on campus. She has been a member of the Chico State Staff Council since 2012. She is also a proponent and supporter of access and equity for all students and is a graduate of the Chico State Diversity Certificate program. Interested in professional development and leadership, she has recently joined the Faculty Mentor program and is looking forward to helping students feel more connected to the campus and Chico communities. She says the best part of her job is working with students to achieve their personal and academic goals. She enjoys spending time with friends and is on a local amateur bowling team.
Liberal Studies Program Advisor
Yer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administrations from CSU, Chico. Her Master’s Professional Paper: “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Accountability, Flexibility, Choice, and Highly Qualified Teachers” examined the education policy and its failure to meet its goal of closing the academic achievement gap amongst subgroups of students. While a student at Chico State, she worked as a clerical assistant in the Testing’s Office, a Residential Advisor in the Upward Bound Project, and an Intern Advisor in EOP. Yer’s professional higher education experience includes 2 years in the Center for Bilingual/Multi-cultural Studies office and 2 years in the Chico Student Success Center before joining the Liberal Studies Team in 2015. She is currently an active member of Chico State’s Asian and Pacific Islander Staff Committee and chaired the Asian and Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration Committee in 2014. As an advocator for equal opportunity for all students, and particularly under-represented students, she has presented in the Asian Pacific American in Higher Education Conference, Multi-Culture and Gender Studies courses, and professional preparation programs such as the Butte College Police Academy.Yer strongly believes that education is the key to life success. Her career passion includes serving students from a diverse background and helping them reach their fullest potential. In her personal life, Yer’s blessings includes her husband, daughters, wonderfully huge family, and friends. Yer was born in Laos and raised in Butte County. She is proud to be a Hmong-American and is fluent in both Hmong and English.
Liberal Studies Student Assistants
Sarah Brooks is one of two student assistants in the Liberal Studies Office. She is currently in her second year at CSU Chico and a part of the ITEC program. She is majoring in Liberal Studies and getting a minor in Special Education. Sarah is working towards her goal in obtaining the Multiple Subject Credential and eventually becoming an elementary school teacher. She realized her passion of becoming a teacher when she started coaching soccer to kids ages four through ten. Sarah is originally from Redding, CA and graduated from University Preparatory High School. She is currently an active member of the Student California Teachers Association (SCTA), Cru, a Christian organization on campus, and does Intramural soccer as well. In her free time, she likes to kayak, hike, hang out with friends, and go exploring. Sarah’s life goal is to teach elementary school during the year and be a whitewater river guide during the summer.
Veronica Zaragoza-Ventura is a current Liberal Studies (Bilingual) student here at Chico State University. She is from Sacramento and a former graduate from Monterey Trail High School. She is a part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a member of the Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), as well as a member of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a (de) Aztlan (Mecha) club here on campus. She enjoys spending time studying in the library as well as enjoying life outdoors. Veronica looks forward to interacting and helping others as well as drawing, cooking, spending time with children, long drives, boxing, movie nights and star watching. She knows that achieving her goals and her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher will not be easy but she also knows that anything is possible with a positive mindset, determination and motivation.