I am deeply concerned that additional acts of hate speech have occurred in campus restroom stalls and parking lots. These acts, while meant to intimidate and promote divisiveness, will not weaken our resolve to build the diverse campus of the 21st Century that we are destined to become. We, as a community, will continue to show this resolve.
When the hate speech incidents occurred in March, the campus rose up in outrage, engaged in conversation and sent a clear message that we reject hate and acts of bias. We recognized that our work to ensure our core values of inclusiveness, individual and cultural diversity, respect and openness is ongoing, and, we made a commitment to take the next steps to move us further toward the socially just campus that we all envision. As most of you know, we are not standing still. We have developed action steps for improving campus climate and inclusiveness. These steps are available here: Campus Climate
We are concerned that these acts are occurring at a time of celebration. Students are graduating and as they do, we want to spend all the time possible recognizing their hard work and accomplishments. It is during this time of year we celebrate the diversity of our students and their success in achieving their educational goals at our many recognition ceremonies leading up to Commencement. We recognize these celebrations as very important for our graduating students, their families and friends, and for those on campus who have helped them on their educational journey. These celebrations are an integral part of who we are. We will not let acts of hate cause us to shy away from this important value. Instead, we want to recognize the cultural differences that make our campus community stronger and makes us just that much more prideful of our many students who have in many cases beaten the odds or became the first in their family to graduate from college.
At this time, I also want to thank our university police. In collaboration with federal and county authorities, they continue to vigorously work this investigation. The most recent incidents are very similar to those described in the past. In light of new information gleaned from these most recent cases, we will as an action, review the entire string of incidents dating back to March 3, 2010 and contact persons that have been involved since the initial hate incidents.
Remember, if you have any information on these incidents, please contact UPD at 760-750-4567. You can also remain anonymous by contacting San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible for these crimes.
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Eloise Stiglitz, currently the associate vice president for student services at San Jose State University (SJSU), has accepted my offer to serve as vice president for student affairs at Cal State San Marcos.
Dr. Stiglitz comes to CSUSM with nearly 30 years of administrative experience in a variety of student affairs areas at both public and private institutions. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and a B.A. from Indiana University.
Dr. Stiglitz has been the associate vice president for student services at SJSU since 2005. Previously, she was the dean of student affairs at Rutgers University from 2002 to 2005 and held the positions of assistant dean of students/interim director of the office of student life and leadership and director of the counseling center at Georgia State University from 1994 to 2002.
We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Stiglitz's ability and devotion to students fill this critical post. She is clearly among the ablest of her peers nationally and leads from a wealth of experience, bringing wonderful personal energy into her work. Moreover, with her five years experience at SJSU, she has an outstanding grasp of the CSU system and the intricacies of the California public higher education system. This is an excellent match for Cal State San Marcos.
I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Provost Cutrer. The committee recruited candidates who demonstrated a passion for serving students, while also having the vision and strategic ability to move student affairs forward in the years to come.
Please join me in sharing the Cougar spirit in welcoming Dr. Stiglitz. She will assume her duties at Cal State San Marcos on July 1, 2010.
Before we leave for spring break, I want to share with you an update on planning for the 2010-11 budget and other related actions.
After reviewing the recommendations put forth by the University Budget Committee, careful analysis of our budget planning scenarios and the mid-year budget report, and because of prudent decisions made early on and your vigilance in cost savings, I am taking the following actions:
We continue to operate on the same planning assumptions - a $6.1 million permanent reduction, a $2.5 million fiscal reduction and a 6 percent enrollment reduction. In January, the provost and division vice presidents developed budget reduction plans which included a 10 percent permanent reduction and a 5 percent fiscal reduction for their respective divisions. From those plans, they presented categories targeted for reduction to the University Budget Committee for their deliberation and recommendations for reinvestment priorities should funds become available.
This week, I received the recommendations from the UBC. The committee prioritized the categories to align with the campus strategic priorities and our budget reduction principles to serve students, protect as many jobs as possible and continue to build for the future. The committee members' "university first" perspective was evident in the recommendation put forward. The categories given highest priority for reinvestment include activities from across the University and represent core University functions, rather than privileging one division over another. The high priority categories included student academic support, course sections, faculty course release for service, library collections, enrollment management, student development, safety and emergency assistance, financial reporting, and support of campus operations and building for the future. Indeed, members of the University Budget Committee not only recommended that they be the first priorities for reinvestment, but that my executive council look for means to fund these categories whether CSUSM's budget is cut less than expected or not.
My executive council and I have continuously reviewed budget planning scenarios, information from the Chancellor's Office, and, this week, the mid-year budget report from the University Budget Office.
Since the beginning of this crisis, I have asked you to keep a watchful eye on spending for the fiscal year in order to maximize our carryover funds. Because of your efforts at cost savings, the University Budget Office projects divisions will carry forward $2.4 million in non-designated general funds to 2010-11. As in recent years past, these funds will not be swept from divisions. We will also carry forward $2.5 million from campus-wide activities and unallocated revenue.
Significant challenges and uncertainty remain. Over the past two years, the CSU budget has seen a 21 percent or $625 million decrease in state support. The governor has proposed to restore $305 million to the California State University's 2010-11 budget. Should the CSU, and therefore CSUSM, receive an increase, reinvestment will be made keeping in mind the priorities recommended by the UBC. However, the reality is that significant challenges to the state's financial situation remain, and it is highly unlikely the CSU will receive the increase. In late February, the Chancellor's Office released the 2010-11 Governor's Budget Allocation Memo which directed us to expect and plan for a flat budget. We expect a very long budget season with continued contingency and uncertainty about how the CSU will end up with the final budget bill.
Cal State San Marcos is a campus poised for growth. We sit in a region that will see significant population growth and our applications continue to increase each year. That is why we made a commitment to continue to build for the future. That commitment includes serving as many students as possible and facilitating their progress toward graduation, not suspending or discontinuing academic programs at a point in our maturation where we are still developing our academic offerings, and protecting as many jobs as possible to both prepare for growth and support growth when it continues.
We must continue to advocate for the CSU and for CSUSM by delivering a strong message to Sacramento that funding for public higher education must be a top priority. We must take every opportunity to send the message loud and clear that an investment in higher education has a guaranteed return because it is an investment in the most promising and essential assets we have: educated and prepared leaders of tomorrow.
I will continue to hold budget forums and provide updates as we receive new information or we reach critical milestones in our 2010/11 planning process. I look forward to seeing you when we return from spring break as we begin the countdown to Commencement and enjoyment of the many year-end activities celebrating the achievements of our graduating students.
In my March 12 message regarding the recent hate speech incidents on campus, I agreed to share with you some specific actions we would take to advance our goals for inclusiveness and diversity. Over the past few weeks, I have met with several members of our campus community to listen, to gather input and to generate ideas.
Last Wednesday evening, I met with a group of our student organization leaders. While I was proud of their courage to share their personal stories, I was deeply saddened to hear of the pain they experienced not only from these recent incidents, but also from other experiences that caused them to feel unwelcomed by their peers or by our campus. I appreciate those who have stepped forward with information, observations, and advice.
As I have said over the past two weeks, we will not allow these recent acts or any acts of hate or bias to set us back. We will use the dialogue that has resulted from them to take the next steps. Given our forward momentum in recent years, I have also taken this opportunity to reflect on and review the progress of recommendations brought forward from the Educational Equity Task Force, the Foundations of Excellence initiative, the Social Justice and Equity Project, and our diversity forums. That reflection and the experiences that you have shared over the past week made it very clear to me what our next steps should be.
As a campus community, we recognize that the work to ensure our core values of inclusiveness, individual and cultural diversity, respect and openness will be ongoing and must be part of everything we do. We know our efforts to create a sense of belonging for everyone must always continue. We have made a commitment to foster a diverse and open campus environment that welcomes those who are willing to recognize and respect others. I offer my thanks and admiration to the many individuals on campus who have committed so much to this ongoing process and whose collective work provides a foundation from which to build on. It is now time to act upon their recommendations. The action steps I outline below move us further toward the campus that we envision.
During our Foundation of Excellence review, the diversity sub-committee composed of faculty and staff made recommendations that included evaluation of general education at CSUSM. Their recommended action items included review of our GE philosophy and development of learning outcomes and objectives with diversity of ideas and world views in mind; reviewing the content of GE classes for diversity, especially "first year" courses such as GEL and GEW; reviewing GEL and other areas of the curriculum, to also include transfer students, to determine if issues of diversity can be better integrated; and, continuing to promote diversity in the classroom and respect of others' differing attitudes and opinions in an explicit fashion.
I will charge the Academic Senate to make these recommendations a priority, to engage with the Social Justice and Equity Project to conduct the reviews and to adopt the necessary curricular changes.
Diversity and Multi-Cultural Awareness Training
I will charge Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, with advice from our Staff Appreciation and Development (SAND) committee, to develop a plan for implementing diversity and multi-cultural awareness training for staff. I will charge the Faculty Center to develop a plan for implementing diversity and multi-cultural awareness training for faculty.
I will appoint a working group to review institutional practices to ensure climate, inclusiveness and equity are embedded throughout our organizational structure and processes that guide our university. They will, within a reasonable timeframe, conduct a broad review of practices affecting students, faculty and staff, and recommend any needed changes in policy or practice.
Diversity in Hiring
In November 2009, I appointed a committee on Diversity in Hiring and asked that group to focus on our goals for increasing diversity hires, particularly for faculty. The committee will produce an action plan to address both staff and faculty hires, retention, and support for career development.
Assessing Campus Climate and Furthering a Sense of Belonging
For the past few months, Student Affairs has been working with my Campus Climate Advocate to develop a survey on student's perspectives on diversity and inclusion. The survey administration will begin on April 12. I look forward to seeing the results and recommendations from that survey.
Committee on Campus Climate
While we have had a Campus Climate Advocate for five years, most recently Scott Gross, I will now also appoint a committee on Campus Climate to recommend ideas and programs which raise awareness on campus climate, including diversity issues affecting the campus and creating a sense of belonging for faculty, staff and students. They will regularly assess campus climate by maintaining networks of communication which will provide access to the variety of perspectives and opinions.
I also call upon our Associated Students, Inc., the official voice of our student body, and our Student Life and Leadership Office to lead a campus-wide effort to connect first-year students to diversity and multi-cultural events on campus, increase student participation in activities, and encourage and host activities that promote diversity of ideas and world views.
Recent incidents of hate, intolerance and bias have angered and saddened me. While I condemned these acts immediately, I remain concerned that this experience caused distress and pain for members of our campus community.
Inclusiveness, individual and cultural diversity, respect and openness are all part of our institution's core values and are vital to achieving the type of campus we envision. Biased and hateful incidents are an attack on those values and the entire CSUSM community, and have the potential to promote divisiveness and conflict. We will not tolerate them and will not hide from them.
I applaud and am proud of the courage shown in confronting these acts at all levels of the University. But we know there is more to be done institutionally to defend our values. Instead of letting these acts set us back, we will use the dialogue that has resulted from them to grow and to move us further toward our goals for inclusiveness.
I appreciate those who have stepped forward with information, observations and advice. I appreciate the messages I've received either directly or via others. I continue to listen to the dialogue generated from these incidents, and have reached out to hear from my special assistant for educational equity and diversity, our campus climate advocate, members of our student affairs leadership team and my senior leadership team who are hearing from our faculty, staff and students. I will also convene a meeting next week of leaders of our student organizations for a dialogue on campus climate and diversity.
A community committed to equity and social justice can only be successful when its members engage in discussion. Over the past few years, I have made a commitment to dialogue which has led to a variety of actions, including the creation of the Social Justice and Equity Project. Those activities have and will continue to generate ideas and recommendations for potential next steps. Further, several ideas and recommendations came from our Foundations of Excellence diversity sub-committee. I plan to continue gathering input from a variety of sources and, soon, look forward to sharing specific actions for how, as a campus, we move forward.
We will continue to reject hate and acts of bias rather than let them set back our progress. We will, with even greater determination, adopt new practices and take actions that reflect and protect our core values of inclusiveness, diversity and equity.
The University Police Department has informed me that they received a call last night about 9:00 p.m. with a report of hate speech on campus. A bathroom stall in Markstein Hall was vandalized with graffiti targeting multiple groups. University police are investigating this incident as a hate crime.
I deplore and am saddened that an individual would commit such a senseless and hurtful act. I will not tolerate any attempts to intimidate or threaten our University community. Diversity and tolerance are among our highest values at CSUSM. We will do everything possible to uphold these values and to protect the learning environment and public safety of our University.
Staff are available to assist students in our Cross Cultural Center, Women's Center, LGBTQ Pride Center, Student Health and Counseling Center, and the Dean of Students Office. Employees may seek assistance from the Employee Assistance Program through the Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Office.
University police are taking all necessary steps to bring the person responsible to justice. I ask that anyone with information regarding this crime contact University Police at 760-750-4567. Information may be provided anonymously through San Diego County Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 888-580-8477, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week or by visiting: www.sdcrimestoppers.com. Attached is a police photograph of the graffiti.
I urge our campus community to speak in one voice and send a message that hate crime will not be tolerated at CSUSM.
As we commemorate our University's 20th anniversary this year, we can celebrate another terrific accomplishment. Last week I received the good news that the U.S. Department of Education has approved CSUSM's eligibility as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), making us eligible to apply for Department of Education grants that may be used for many academic purposes serving all students. HSI designation is awarded to institutions having at least a 25 percent Hispanic student population. Today, CSUSM's Hispanic population is 27 percent.
Special thanks go to the HSI task force, a group of faculty, staff, student, and community representatives, who have been working diligently to help the University achieve this designation since I first gave them their charge in 2004. They have explored various strategies to achieve HSI status, including broadening recruitment and retention activities, strengthening partnerships, increasing outreach and visibility in underserved communities, and promoting a learning environment that is responsive to students of diverse backgrounds.As CSUSM enters its third decade of service to our region, we can all be proud that our commitment to the historic mission of public higher education is continuing to move forward. Not only does achieving HSI status align with two of our campus strategic priorities, Educational Equity and Academic Excellence, but it speaks of our commitment to reflecting and serving our region while raising the educational attainment rate of all students.
President Haynes delivered her annual Report to the Community address to over 300 regional leaders from government, business and service organizations. President Haynes' address celebrated the university's 20th anniversary and highlighted the positive influence it has on the region.
The text to the President's Report to the Community Address has been posted online. Please click here to view the speech.
It has become a wonderful tradition to begin the spring semester and the New Year by coming together to celebrate outstanding performance by our faculty and staff. Today, we recognized eight such individuals in our campus community. Please join me in congratulating this year's winners.
Kathy Norman, College of Education, Harry Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award
Patricia Worden, Student Affairs, Ernest and Leslie Zomalt Outstanding Service Award
Andrea Liss, Visual & Performing Arts, President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity
Elizabeth Matthews, Political Science, President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation & Excellence
Marie Thomas, Psychology, President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Service Leadership
Deborah Bennett, School of Nursing, President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer
Carl Hanson, Facility Services, Employee of the Year
Julie Mattingly, Student Life & Leadership, Employee of the YearTo view the speech for the Faculty & Staff Reception click here.
The text to the President's Academic Assembly Address, delivered Thursday, January 14, 2010 has been posted online. Please click here to view the speech.
Last Friday, the CSU learned that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed to restore $305 million to the California State University's 2010-11 budget as well as provide an additional $60.6 million for enrollment growth. The major cuts to the CSU budget in 2009-10 included $305 million in "one time" cuts that the Governor had committed to restore in 2010-11. (read more)