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Sexual Harassment Taskforce

CSUSM Campus

Sexual harassment continues to be a pervasive and serious matter at colleges and universities across our country; and CSUSM is no exception. Despite efforts across our campus by many dedicated individuals to address sexual harassment through education, training and a variety of other efforts, there is more we can do to further foster a welcoming and inclusive campus environment where all students can freely and safely pursue their academic and personal objectives.

During the 2021-22 academic year, a taskforce comprised of students, faculty and staff will come together around the themes of accountability, safety, prevention and education. This includes:

  • Reviewing current sexual harassment policies, procedures and training;
  • Recommending strategies to improve the communication and transparency of these policies, procedures and training programs;
  • Recommending opportunities to expand and improve the effectiveness of training and prevention efforts; and
  • Considering how we can improve the way we care for our community members who are impacted by sexual harassment.

 Some issues and themes that the taskforce should consider include:

  • Understanding power differentials between students and faculty and how we need to guard against the abuse of that power through education and engaged training;
  • Recognizing that issues are structural, institutional, and statewide and need to be addressed at all those levels;
  • Understanding that recent events have created anger, distrust and polarization which calls for healing;
  • Understanding the need to work together to address these issues including bystander intervention and clear and concise language about mandated reporting;
  • Balancing transparency with students’ right to know;
  • Understanding the role of the media;
  • Include restorative justice practices in the discussion;
  • Discuss overall role of communication including a statement in the syllabus about where students can go if they experience sexual harassment;
  • Include LGBTQ issues and military affiliated issues.

Taskforce Membership

  • Ranjeeta Basu, Professor, Economics - Co-Chair
  • Gloria Pindi, Associate Professor, Communication - Co-Chair
  • Aswad Allen, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Inclusive Excellence
  • Bridget Blanshan, Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Office
  • Amy Carney, Professor, School of Nursing - Faculty Rep
  • Richard Carpenter, ASI Veterans Representative – Student Rep
  • Lavonne Davis, ASI Diversity & Inclusion Representative - Student Rep
  • Erika Gravett, Associate Vice President, Office of Human Resources
  • Bethany Hargraves, Student Success Coach, Office of Success Coaching – Staff Rep
  • Michelle Hunt, Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs
  • Cheryl Landin, Student Success & Equity Analyst, Office of Inclusive Excellence – Staff Rep
  • Yvonne Meulemans, Academic Senate Chair, Head of Library Teaching and Learning/Librarian
  • Paola Ometto, Assistant Professor, Management - Faculty Rep
  • Pamela Redela, Lecturer, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies - Faculty Rep
  • Jason Schreiber, Dean of Students, Dean of Students Office
  • Codie Sterner, ASI Sustainability Representative – Student Rep
  • Lori Walkington, Assistant Professor, Sociology - Faculty Rep
  • Avery Bather, Sexual Violence Prevention Educator and Advocate, SHCS – Staff Rep

Additional Commitments

In addition to the taskforce, President Neufeldt has made the following commitments to improve CSUSM's campus climate around sexual harrassment:

  • An external reviewer will work with the CSUSM Title IX Office to audit processes. 
  • A new staff position in the Office of Inclusive Excellence will be hired to support and help those reporting any type of harrassment, hate or bias.
  • The CSUSM Title IX Office has joined a national cohort of universities participating in NASPA's "Culture of Respect" initiative, which builds the capacity of educational institutions to end sexual violence through ongoing, expansive organizational change.

Communication Archive

May 28, 2021 - A Message from President Neufeldt and Provost Kemnitz

June 8, 2021 - A Video Message Update from President Neufeldt