Beyond The Stereotype 2015
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The Beyond the Stereotype campaign features CSUSM students in eight posters that we hope will facilitate a timely conversation on cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and microaggressions. The campaign is designed to educate the public and campus community about cultural appropriation, often defined as the adoption of elements, such as traditional clothing, of one culture by members of a different culture, particularly when the source culture is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited. Because cultural appropriation often enlists the use of stereotypes, part of the aim of the project is to also understand stereotypes and the harm they cause.
The campaign posters are currently on exhibit in the University Student Union. We will be sponsoring workshops, activities, and discussions around the topics raised by these posters. We provide curriculum, resources, readings and other information on cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and microaggressions which can be found at the Beyond the Stereotype Resource page.
We hope to release in the future a second round of posters that will address stereotypes of other marginalized groups, which would include, but not be limited to, sex, sexual orientation, disability, class, and religious and cultural groups.
"Diversity matters at Cal State San Marcos," said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. "Our commitment to diversity is reflected in our University vision and strategic priorities, and we're proud that, today, our student population mirrors the demographic richness of our region. This engaging poster campaign -the work of so many- serves to foster conversations and reflections on diversity, power, and privilege in our society." - President Dr. Karen Haynes