Geography & Environment Graduate Student Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

Salma Abdel-Raheem’s research helps communities through mapmaking

Geography & Environment graduate student Salma Abdel-Raheem just received the CSU’s highest recognition of student achievement, the CSU Trustees’ Award. She and 22 other students – one from each CSU campus – were honored Tuesday at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, California. For her master’s thesis, Salma is creating spatial planning maps for a diverse community on St. George’s Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize. She visits the island to organize meetings with residents, mapping out their shared understanding about their surroundings: everything from traditional boundaries to development projects to protected mangrove trees. Those maps can then form the basis for decisions about the future of the community. Read more about Salma here.