In fall 2014 CSUSM retained Halualani & Associates (H&A) to map current diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, programs, events, initiatives and courses at California State University, San Marcos. The mapping project will also map the last four years of diversity programs, courses and university-wide diversity efforts. The target date for completion of the mapping project is early spring 2015. Once the mapping is completed, the maps and final report and analyses will be made available to the campus community. H&A will also hold community forums to report their findings. For more information on the mapping project and how you can contribute, please see the commonly asked questions below.
H&A defines "Mapping Diversity Efforts" as a process of self-inquiry, or a reﬂexive practice of identifying where a university is with regard to establishing a deeply embedded campus structure grounded in diversity in terms of values, principles, objectives and goals, outcomes and resource allocations.
This process involves taking stock of current diversity efforts and then analyzing such mappings to identify the current status of inclusive excellence at a given institution. We refer to this process of inquiry as "mapping diversity efforts"and highlight its valuable utility for locating a higher education institution's actual (and not projected) engagement with and implementation of diversity efforts.
This process is more than just a listing or diagrammatic exercise. It is a meaningful practice of inquiry through which singular information pieces about diversity, which typically exist in isolation and in campus silos, are placed into a larger, holistic portrait that organizes and frames the information in relation to one another, thereby providing a comprehensive view of diversity from a structural and thematic level.
Through such diversity mappings, a baseline measure for where a university is with regard to implementing major diversity efforts across all levels (top-down and across) and divisions at the institution and for all campus constituencies (undergraduate/graduate students, staff, faculty, managers and administrators, community members) can be identified.
Our team sets out to first collect data from all campus divisions about current diversity efforts and courses and then graphically map the data in a brainstorming software program. The process later culminates in an in-depth analysis of the diversity data in terms of the institution's level of commitment and action around diversity, leading to an evaluation of the impact of diversity efforts.
We are defining diversity efforts as: campus activities, programs, initiatives, processes, policies, mission statements, and or events related to diversity, culture, inclusion, and social justice (and or demographic factors of race, ethnicity, age, gender, generation, sexual orientation, nationality, regional identity, linguistic background, disability, political ideology, veteran's status, religion, socioeconomic status, and intersectionalities among all of these).
Data collection is both qualitative and quantitative. H&A has conducted four days of focus group and individual interviews with faculty, staff, administrators and students. Data is also collected by H&A by scanning the CSUSM website, by making specific requests for documents and information of key departments and employees, and by making campus wide requests for documents and other information. For campus wide requests for documents and information by H&A go to the "How can I provide input?"section.
Collected data is synthesized through a process by which team members work together to enter data into a spreadsheet that utilizes specific columns to track key aspects of the programs and efforts. These data columns also simultaneously filter such information through six (6) major analytical layers. (This is not a comprehensive list of the ways that H&A analyzes and synthesizes the data, it is merely meant to be demonstrative of some of the analytics used).
Initiation Point: University-Wide or Program-Driven
Level of Integration: Connections & Linkages Among Divisions
Evolution Sequence: 1st to 2nd to 3rd to 4th Order Items
Target Focus: Mainstream or Specific Group-Focused
Resources/Allocations: Fiscal, Dedicated Positions, FTEF (Full Time Equivalent Faculty)
Combination of Efforts Vs. Singular Efforts
The Office of Inclusive Excellence is responsible for the mapping project. The president has appointed individuals to an Advisory Coordinating Committee for Diversity Mapping at CSUSM which will assist in the planning, coordinating, and implementation of the mapping project. The committee also serves as the liaison between H&A and the president, the colleges, and constituencies on campus. Members of the committee include:
Members of the campus community can provide input into the process in the following ways: