President Neufeldt recognizes the importance of this strategic priority and that, due to the vacancy of the AVP for Inclusive Excellence, there is an opportunity to draw upon the campus’ human capital and current scholarship to thoughtfully support and strengthen the work of the Office of Inclusive Excellence.
Some of the guiding principles for Equity and Inclusive Excellence are:
- A value embedded in the core of CSUSM.
- Is the responsibility of the whole community.
- Reflects our culture and social context, while also being informed by national and international, evidence-based, best practices in the field.
Every member of the CSUSM community is invited to participate in this initiative. We seek to include as many voices across our campus as possible.
Previous institutional initiatives (e.g., diversity mapping) and specific efforts (e.g., reports for the formation of centers or new programs on campus) related to diversity and inclusive excellence have occurred at CSUSM. These reports and materials will be reviewed, consulted, and included in the workgroups as relevant.
Finally, we ask workgroup members to work from an equity framework. According to the Center on Urban Education, equity mindedness in higher education requires “various practitioners (faculty, administration, staff, etc.) assess and acknowledge that their practices may not be working. It takes understanding inequities as a dysfunction of the various structures, policies, and practices that they can control. ‘Equity-Minded’ practitioners question their own assumptions, recognize stereotypes that harm student success, and continually reassess their practices to create change.”