About Us

The center was established in 2008 within the College of Education and CSUF community with the leadership of the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Claire Cavallaro, Professor of Educational Leadership and current Director of C-REAL, Dr. Dawn Person and Associate Dean of the College of the Art, Dr. Arnold Holland. Drs. Cavallaro and Person began initial conversations about the formation of the center in early 2008 with the intent of creating a stronger research culture to support the newly established Ed.D. program. Initially, the center began with faculty and student volunteers who were motivated to support underserved communities. The following year, the first group of student research assistants were hired. The center began training students to develop them into scholar-research-practitioners. Initial research projects examined the impact of shifting demographics on school enrollment changes, student achievement, and teacher quality.

Now, every semester the center employs over 15 research assistants and provides opportunities for fieldwork and internship experiences. Further, the center not only supports doctoral research, but also has expanded to support faculty as well as CSUF units and local agencies. The Center contributes to the University and College of Education mission by engaging in activities to improve educational efforts, programs, and services for the surrounding communities so that schools at all levels will have the opportunity to provide empirically grounded practice.


The Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) is a data-driven, solution-focused interdisciplinary research center where P-20 educational institutions in the Orange and Los Angeles counties partner with the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) to identify and respond to local problems and issues in educational institutions. Both short and long-term solutions are identified primarily through program evaluation and assessment to address the complex challenges of education specific to educational leadership, practices, policy, and change.


  • Assessment and Evaluation for Grant Programs and Services
  • Diversity Training
  • Training the Trainer for Diversity
  • Training the Trainer for Evaluation/Assessment
  • Program Evaluation Training
  • Leadership Training and Development
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Field Work, Practicum, and Internship Opportunities

Executive BOard

C-REAL Executive Committee establishes and executes the agenda of the center with guidance and direction from the Director. The Executive Committee consists of the Center Director, College of Education faculty, and community educational leaders of schools and educational agencies who are financial contributors to the Center. The Executive Committee serves to prioritize research projects, solicit and secure funding for long term projects, and support the mission and vision of the Center by representing and promoting the Center both on and off-campus.

Advisory Board

C-REAL Advisory Board serves as an integral component of the organizational structure and includes community sponsors, educational leaders, faculty, and the Executive Committee. The Advisory Board meets twice a year to provide advice and input on research agendas, identify and recommend potential sponsors for the center, and internal and external partners.

Contact Us

Dr. Dawn Person, Director

Dr. Antonio Banks, Program Coordinator

General C-REAL Email Address : CREAL@fullerton.edu

California State University, Fullerton
College of Education
Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership  2600 Nutwood Ave. College Park Suite 620
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: (657) 278-8510
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