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The Office of
Inclusive Excellence


Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive excellence means that knowledge, mastery, achievement, and success are distributed equitably across the university, ensuring that diversity and inclusion are systematically leveraged to catalyze student learning, social justice, educational excellence and institutional excellence. Equity requires us to continue to work towards full access and success for all—across multiple dimensions of diversity—by identifying and eliminating barriers, preventing bias and discrimination, and providing multiple and inclusive pathways to success. In an inclusive organization, differences are valued as a source of learning and collective growth.

Aswad Allen
Meet the Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Aswad Allen, California State University San Marcos' Chief Diversity Officer, has more than 30 years of experience collaboratively leading various universities toward achieving student success and institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Allen has used a partner-leader philosophy to strategically incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to better serve students, staff, faculty, and alumni for more than two decades.

Dr. Allen’s desire to provide leadership in developing and implementing strategic, systemic, and sustainable models designed to promote social mobility and success for our most marginalized populations continues to fuel his work.


Aidelen Montoya is the CSUSM President’s Outstanding Graduate for the Class of 2023. Photo by Tim Meehan
May 23, 2023
We are often products of our upbringing. A collection of experiences, support systems, and the love of those in our immediate circle.
David Magallanes Cortes was one of six winners of the 2022-23 CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Photo by Anthony Deniet
May 23, 2023
As a social sciences major with an interest in mental health, David Magallanes Cortes’ curiosity was piqued when he discovered that Latino college students are more likely to report mental health benefits from using Cal State San Marcos’ Cougar Pantry than any other racial group.
Master of Social Work student Kianni Albrecht is the winner of the Dean’s Outstanding Graduate Award for the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Photo by Anthony Deniet
May 23, 2023
When Kianni Albrecht first walked through the doors of the Aspire Center in San Diego last fall, she felt like she was stepping back in time.
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The Office of Inclusive Excellence
Administrative Building 6200
Phone: (760) 750-4039