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Welcome from the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Welcome to the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) webpages. The OIE provides leadership, resources, opportunities and guidance across the University to ensure that our creative and engaged University community is successful in the implementation of our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan (DISP).

We work collaboratively with campus leaders, both formal and informal, to ensure that we actively recruit, engage, develop and retain diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators committed to our University values – Intellectual Engagement, Community, Integrity, Innovation, and Inclusiveness.

We are committed to the continued development and support of a University community that is welcoming to all, provides engaging spaces for cultural diversity and multiple perspectives, and which actively supports our success as students, professionals, and members of the community.

California State University San Marcos is deeply engaged around issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice. Our campus commitment is evident in our academic and co-curricular programming, our strategic initiatives, and as a Carnegie designated community engaged university.

As a community, we begin with the recognition that CSUSM is built on the land of the Luiseno, and we are committed to substantive engagement with 25 tribal communities across the region. This commitment includes the work of our Office of Tribal Engagement, our President’s Native Advisory Council, the California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center (CICSC), and our annual Report to Tribal Community. Through intentional initiatives, we have exponentially increased our recruitment and retention of American Indian students, established degree programs in American Indian Studies, and developed meaningful partnerships with schools and community organizations. 

Californi State University San Marcos is federally recognized as both an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). These designations represent only part of our diversity. The majority of our students are the first in their family to attend college, the majority of our students are Students of Color, and our demographics reflect the region that we serve. We are intentional that diversity is not enough. We are focused on the inclusion, support and success of all of our students, and we have developed extraordinary engagement, support and research centers which provide an exceptional depth of support for our students, faculty, staff and alumni. 

It is also important that we recognize that our diversity is not simply reflected in our demographics, we are committed to presenting and engaging with diverse perspectives on a wide range issues, fields, and professions. Through our classes, speaker series, and engagement programs, our University community engages on the most challenging issues of the day, better preparing our graduates to be well-informed and deeply engaged leaders.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence team is here to serve our University community. We invite you to apply for grants, partner with us on research, participate in our programs, join a Faculty Staff Association, engage with us online, use our resources, engage with the University Ombuds, and continue to work with us to make Inclusive Excellence the norm at Cal State San Marcos.

Joe-Joe McManus, Ph.D.

Chief Diversity Officer

(760) 750-4039

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