Who We Are


CSSA is a non-partisan, membership-based advocacy organization governed by a student Board of Directors composed of the officially recognized representatives of each of the 23 CSU campuses.

CSSA is one of approximately 15 statewide student associations nationwide and was established by student leaders in 1958 to represent all students of the CSU system and advocate for them on issues of higher education pertaining to access, affordability, quality, and the student experience.


  • The membership of CSSA is all students of the CSU. Two members of each recognized campus Associated Students Organization (ASO)—the ASO president and one additional member—represent all students from their campuses as delegates or officers at CSSA.
  • Each student of the CSU shall have the ability to become a delegate or officer of CSSA in adherence with the requirements of the policies of their respective campus’ Associated Student Organization.