Message from the AVP of Diversity, Educational Equity, Inclusion, and Ombud Services

Welcome to the homepage of the Office of Diversity, Educational Equity, Inclusion and Ombud Services. On this page we will post messages and articles from Arturo E. Ocampo the Associate Vice President for DEE & I on matters of import to the campus community that involve diversity, Educational Equity, and inclusion. We will also on occasion post selected guest commentaries and articles from faculty, staff, students and MPP’s. If you have an article or commentary you would like published please send it to We hope the following is informative and useful.

CSU San Marcos Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

CSU San Marcos is among leading universities chosen for INSIGHT Into Diversity's Higher Education Execellence in Diversity (HEED)

CSU San Marcos received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.  As a recipient of the annual HEED Award - a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion - CSU San Marcos for its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

For more information on Insight into Diversity, and the HEED Award visit 2015 HEED Award

To view the application for the HEED award visit 2015 HEED Application

By Dean Adam Shapiro

October is Diversity Awareness Month at CSUSM and will formally kick of this evening with a conversation on cultural appropriation featuring Suzan Shown Harjo. The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences has made it a strategic priority to support a culture of diversity and we have invested in this priority. We have invested in this priority by, among other things, establishing the Engaging Diverse Dialogues Initiative, supporting a Diversity and Multicultural Faculty Learning Community, and supporting programs like tonight’s event. I would like to articulate why I believe that we should continue to invest in diversity.