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Timely Incident Response Task Force

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CSUSM is committed to being a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus for our students, employees and visitors. We value the broad spectrum of human experience and believe strongly in our obligation to fight ignorance and intolerance, modeling inclusivity and the power of diversity. To that end, President Neufeldt formed a Timely Incident Response Task Force with a two-part charge:

  • Broadly review CSUSM’s current policies and practices as they pertain to responding to public incidents of hate on campus; and
  • Recommend protocol for meaningful response following a public incident of hate on our campus while upholding First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and expression.

The task force convened in mid-September 2022 and wrapped up their work in May 2023.

Read the final report

Taskforce Membership

  • Dr. Aswad Allen, Chief Diversity Office/Chair
  • Margaret Chantung, Chief Communications Officer
  • Dr. Gail Cole-Avent, Associate Vice President, Student Life
  • Jesus Flores, Interim Chief of Police
  • Lucia Gordon, Communications Lecturer/Academic Anti-Racism, Anti-Colonialism, and Social Justice Committee Representative
  • Bibi Hernandez, Donor Relations Coordinator/Staff Representative
  • Dr. Bongjoo Hwang, Executive Director, Student Health & Counseling Services/SH&C Representative
  • Michelle Kinzel, GIS Specialist/Staff Representative
  • Cheryl Landin, Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives /Assistant to Chair
  • Ryan Maxson, Director of Government Relations
  • Dr. Alison Scheer-Cohen, Professor of Speech Language Pathology & Academic Senate Vice Chair
  • Iliana Ramirez, Student/ASI Diversity & Inclusion Representative
  • Stephania Rey, Student/President’s Inclusive Excellence Advisory Council Representative
  • Jason Schreiber, Dean of Students
  • Ariel Stevenson, Interim Deputy Diversity Officer
  • Dr. Lori Walkington, Assistant Professor of Sociology / Academic Senate Anti-Racism, Anti-Colonialism, and Social Justice Committee Representative