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CDE and CCSWG Design Logo Contest

The California Department of Educationa (CDE) and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) announce logo design contest.

, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
1430 N Street, Suite 5602



December 28, 2012

Dear California Arts Program Regional Directors and SkillsUSA California Graphic Design Teachers:


Recent legislation has renamed and redefined California’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (Commission) by allowing the state agency to make important strides forward and to include girls in its name, mission, and outreach programs. This legislation also specifies that the Commission focus on five priority issues as they relate to women and girls:

  1. Health and safety of women and girls
  2. Educational needs of women and girls
  3. Women in the military, military veterans, and military families
  4. Gender in the workplace and employment issues
  5. Gender equality in the media

Incorporating these important topics, the Commission will continue to serve as the central information resource on issues that impact the lives of women and girls.

As part of this refocused mission and new name, the Commission is embarking on an exciting partnership with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson and the California Department of Education (CDE) to create a logo that is representative of the Commission’s incorporation of girls in its renewed mission.

High school students participating in California graphic design programs are eligible to participate in the design of the new logo, which will be used on Commission stationery, seal, posters, banners, and other materials to promote the Commission, its purpose, and activities throughout the state. The winning student or student team will be honored by the Commission, the SSPI, and the State Legislature.

I have attached a copy of the informational sheet outlining the program and submission criteria. After viewing logo design entries, we ask that each interested secondary school art/graphic design program select and forward one finalist to your respective regional offices for consideration by February 1, 2013. 

This entry should contain three documents: one digital logo entry, one printed logo entry, and an artist biography/design statement. 

We then ask participating regional offices to submit one to two regional winners to the Commission for final consideration. Regional submissions to the Commission must be postmarked by February 15, 2013.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please call Chris Wagaman, Principal Consultant, Speaker's Office of Member Services, California State Assembly, by phone at 916-651-5405 or by e-mail at [Note: the current Principal Consultant, Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, can be contacted by phone at 916-651-5405 or by e-mail at]

We look forward to seeing the creative ideas from students as they work to artistically embody the mission of the Commission as the voice for women and girls in California.


Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Geena Davis [Note: Lupita Cortez Alcalá was appointed as Chair on Dec. 1, 2015.]
California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

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