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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.


Women's Herstory Month. Photo by Alicia Lores
February 26, 2024
Join us in celebrating the history and accomplishments of women through Women’s Herstory Month. Cal State San Marcos has scheduled events throughout March that provide opportunities for students to reflect on and discuss their experiences with womanhood and identity.
Monica Zavala, CSUSM graduate and project coordinator of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC), will be showcasing her art in Kellogg Library's spring Context Exhibit Series. Photo by Kirra Robusto
February 26, 2024
They open a window into the collective and unique life experiences of the individual. For artist Monica Zavala, hands are an opportunity to represent her American Indian culture.
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February 26, 2024
The Education Department’s disastrous December rollout of the new FAFSA form will probably have an outsize impact on the demographic makeup of this fall’s freshman class.
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The Office of Inclusive Excellence
Administrative Building 6200
Phone: (760) 750-4039