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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.


At commencement, Cheyenne Smith will walk across the stage to accept her bachelor’s in social sciences, proudly representing her Indigenous heritage by donning a hand-beaded hummingbird on her cap. Photo by Alicia Lores
May 13, 2024
Cheyenne Smith never felt like she fully belonged. As a biracial woman, she was trapped within an agonizing dilemma of feeling too White passing to be entitled to her American Indian heritage. This paradox made navigating life as a college student, especially during a global pandemic, challenging.
Eight students were honored for the 2023-24 CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity: (left to right) Colleen Janey, Emilio Serrano, Kayla Lankford, Mary Elizabeth Handler, Shyane Masters and Natalie Salas (not pictured: Brandon Warren-Fox and Hugo Daniel Peralta-Ramírez).
May 13, 2024
As a first-generation college student, Natalie Salas has experienced difficulties navigating higher education on her own.
After a 50-year-long education journey, Kathryn Cook will be graduating from Cal State San Marcos this spring with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Photo by Ali Hoffman
May 13, 2024
This spring, at 76 years old, Kathryn Cook will be walking across the graduation stage as the oldest graduate of Cal State San Marcos' class of 2024.
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The Office of Inclusive Excellence
Administrative Building 6200
Phone: (760) 750-4039