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Craven Taskforce

CSUSM Campus

Recently, many institutions of higher education across the nation have sought to understand the history, context and impact of various campus namings. At CSUSM, President Neufeldt will be charging a taskforce to examine CSUSM’s connection to Senator William A. Craven.


Taskforce Charge

In alignment with our commitment to our mission and valuesand an intent for this to be an inclusive and deliberative process that draws on the voices and perspectives of our internal and external campus community, the workgroup is charged with the following: 

  •  Discover and objectively document the historical record of William A. Craven’s statements and actions as they relate to his past leadership roles and affiliations with CSUSM, our region and our state. 
  • Analyze and build a common understanding of the  contemporary issues surrounding the William A. Craven name and his legacies 
  • Develop opportunities for open and informed discussion with the internal and external campus community regarding the issue under consideration as it relates to our institutional mission and values Opportunities to receive diverse perspectives may include: open forums, encouraging individuals to submit their perspectives in writing, and listening sessions with individuals or groups. 
  • Building on the results of an educational and information-gathering process, articulate the potential impacts of retaining, replacing or contextualizing the name and representation of William A. Craven at CSUSM with supporting evidence and arguments.

Taskforce Timeline

A final report will be submitted to President Neufeldt and the President's Advisory Team by February 1, 2022. 

Taskforce Membership

  • Patricia Prado-Olmos, Chief Community Engagement Officer, Co-Chair 
  • Elizabeth Matthews, Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, & Behavioral and Social Sciences, Co-Chair 
  • Faculty representative - TBD
  • Faculty representative - TBD
  • Faculty representative - TBD
  • Staff representative - TBD
  • Staff representative - TBD 
  • Student representative - TBD
  • Student representative - TBD
  • Alumni representative - TBD
  • University Council representative - TBD
  • University Council representative - TBD
  • Foundation Board representative - TBD
  • Foundation Board representative - TBD
  • Community Representative - TBD
  • Renzo Lara, Director of the Latin@ Center & LAFS Members - Student Affairs Rep
  • Chief Diversity Officer  
  • Sean Visintainer, Special Collections and History Librarian

Upcoming Events
Any upcoming events for broad public participation will be posted here once dates and times are known.

Share your FeedbackWe welcome broad input. Please share any information or personal stories of impact related to the Committee's charge. 

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