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We have the goal of increasing numbers of diverse faculty, staff, and students and creating a welcoming and inclusive climate. Offering a multicultural curriculum with training in cultural competence will result in alumni who are qualified to succeed in our diverse world. We support expanded research opportunities in issues of inequity and social justice to further our intention of improving lives for all people, including the underserved and underrepresented.

Statements of Solidarity - Black Rams Matter

CSU President Joyce McConnell, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, and Dean Lise Youngblade issued statements of support and solidarity for the Black and African American communities surrounding recent racist events.

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What is diversity?

CSU is committed to embracing diversity through the inclusion of individuals reflective of characteristics such as:

  • Age
  • Culture
  • Different ideas and perspectives
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • First generation status
  • Familial status
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Geographic background
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religious and spiritual beliefs
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Physical appearance
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Documentation status
  • Veteran status

Special attention will be given to populations historically underrepresented or excluded from participation in higher education.

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CSU Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative

President Joyce McConnell has launched the Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative at CSU. The initiative is being led by Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes and Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros.

College Diversity Resources

The College’s 2021 Strategic Plan outlines diversity-related goals and objectives: “Promote diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence by identifying, preventing, and intervening to address disparities in health and well-being and educational and social opportunity.”

The Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity Center in the School of Education brings together researchers and community members to advance intersectional racial justice and equity.

The Assistive Technology Resource Center in the Department of Occupational Therapy offers resources for students and employees to help enhance learning for people with disabilities.

The Accessibility by Design website offers tools for faculty and staff for creating electronically accessible materials to support diversity and inclusion for all types of learners.

College Diversity Blueprint Plan

We have identified three goals in conjunction with the College of Health and Human Sciences Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee that align with the College and CSU’s strategic plan:

  1. Assess the climate of College of Health and Human Sciences faculty and staff.
  2. Achieve electronic inclusivity for the College of Health and Human Sciences, including inclusively designed electronic communications.
  3. Engage all College of Health and Human Sciences faculty and staff in intentional efforts to increase recruitment, retention, and promotion of marginalized and excluded faculty and staff across the college.
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University Diversity Resources

The VPD Office fosters an inclusive environment at CSU. Find out more about their priorities and access trainings, the diversity newsletter, and resources such as “Educate Yourself.”

The Principles of Community – Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice – support CSU’s mission and provide a collaborative framework for engaging with one another.

CSU has a number of diversity offices that promote multiculturalism and support students on campus.

CSU’s land acknowledgement recognizes the long history of Native peoples who originally lived on the land where the University is now located.

Diversity News