Dear members of the CSUSM community,
Welcome to the start of yet another academic year at Cal State San Marcos. As we embark on this journey together, I urge you to open your mind and open your heart and enjoy the experience of exploring new thoughts, new ideas, and new dialogues with your campus community. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” We are here to embrace our membership in each other’s lives, to discover our interconnectedness, invest in each other’s learning and wellbeing and to always remember that we belong. The journey will not be easy and we will make mistakes and stumble along the way but that is part of the process of learning something new. We will persevere knowing that we have each other’s back and that we believe in ourselves and each other.
This year has brought the new pandemic of COVID 19 and the ongoing one of racism. As a college campus it is our responsibility to educate, to transform, to dismantle systems of oppression in ways that nurture the dignity of all members of our campus community. Our new diversity and equity graduation requirement, which goes into effect this semester, is one way for us to educate and prepare our students to be agents of change. Let our actions reflect the world we want to live in and leave to future generations. At CSUSM we will do it with a culture of care that extends to all members of our campus community especially those who are minoritized and underserved in our society. There are a number of efforts underway to address anti-Blackness and systemic racisim at CSUSM. We have also curated resources from the CSUSM University Library, such as the Black Lives Matter guide along with Racial Trauma, Resiliency and Ally Resources from Student Health and Counseling Services. Lastly, dont forget to review the calender of events that we hope you will participate in this semester.
Anti-racism work is everyone’s responsibility and the Office of Inclusive Excellence stands ready to partner with you, support you and collaborate with you as we take our efforts to the next level this year.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer