More than 200 people came together on the South Coast this weekend to talk about equity in education.

Educators, administrators, students and parents attended Cal State Channel Islands’ 9th Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education yesterday at its campus in Camarillo. This year’s theme was “First Do No Harm: Challenging Laws, Policies and Practices that Undermine Social Justice in Education.”

Someday in the future, NASA hopes to send a swarm of autonomous rovers to explore Mars. But, before they can do so, they need to create a computer code so that these robots can run on their own and work together. Some computer science students on the South Coast are among those across the nation who are working on code that could revolutionize space exploration.

A Cal State Channel Islands student who’s been the focus of a months long investigation by university police has been arrested on a rape charge.

Jonathan Douglas Henry Walker was suspended by the university last year after three students accused him of sexual assault. Walker lived in one of the campus dorms.

After examining the evidence, Ventura County prosecutors filed the charge against the 23 year old San Bernardino man in connection with one of the alleged assaults.

Authorities are investigating allegations that a South Coast college student may be responsible for three sexual assaults on classmates.

Cal State Channel Islands Police and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking at three incidents in September and October. Investigators say all three young women were impaired at the time. The male student has not been formally charged at this point.

The results of the presidential election have brought all kinds of reactions around the country, and here on the Central and South Coasts.

But, given Donald Trump’s campaign statements about the immigration issue, perhaps no one is more apprehensive than undocumented residents. It’s an emotional time for thousands of college students in our region who have lived most of their lives in America, yet don’t know what their status will be under the new administration.

After years of legwork, Cal State Channel Islands is adding an engineering program.

University President Richard Rush and Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks are set to make the official announcement July 20th. The university conducted a survey which showed the need for the program in the county. Irwin pushed to get startup funding from Sacramento, and the state budget included a half million dollars this year to get the program rolling.