The Office of Inclusive Excellence, CSU Monterey Bay                                                                Issue 4
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The Office of Inclusive Excellence 


Spring 2018 Issue #4
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Welcome back to the 2017-18 academic year! I hope that the break brought rest and rejuvenation as you return to the energy and excitement of campus.

As we usher in the new year and spring semester, national events continue to weigh heavily on many members of our campus community. From natural disasters in California and the #MeToo movement to continued uncertainty surrounding the DACA program, we are experiencing an unprecedented period in our country’s history, and it is a time for us to come together to listen, to learn, to support, and to heal.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence’s mission includes “promoting a campus environment where all students, faculty and staff feel a sense of belonging” and “are able to achieve their academic or professional goals.” The information in this newsletter reflects the work of many individuals and offices across campus aligned with this mission.

And so, as we reflect on national events and the effects on our campus community, I encourage each one of us to consider how you, and thereby we, can further an equitable, healthy, and productive campus for every member of our community.  

Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is pleased to offer the Diversity Learning Series, a collection of workshops on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The workshops are open to all faculty and staff. The purpose of the series is to offer content knowledge and practical skills, based largely on the results of the Diversity Mapping Project and the Campus Climate Study. The series is aligned with one of President Ochoa’s goals—“Creating a more inclusive and respectful community.”

Certificate of Completion 
We are offering a Certificate of Completion to those who complete the core courses as well as 4 electives. The DLS will continue to be offered each semester.
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Core Courses
January 30, 2018 Diversity at CSUMB: How Diverse & Inclusive Are We?
February 5, 2018 Power, Privilege and Oppression
February 6, 2018 Inclusivity through Discrimination Prevention
February 22, 2018 Race in America

Elective Courses
Thursday, March 15, 2018 & Thursday, March 29, 2018

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My name is Maria Lopez Cabrera, Undocu-Success Resource Specialist at CSUMB.
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Staff & Faculty UndocuAlly Training

The UndocuAlly training is comprised of students, staff, and faculty who work together to support and empower undocumented students. The goals for attendees are to gain better understanding of:

  • Needs of undocumented students
  • Policies and laws pertaining to undocumented immigrants
  • Resources available for undocumented students at CSUMB
  • Resources available for undocumented students and their families in the community
  • Ways staff/faculty can be allies to better support students
RSVP for Friday, March 2, 2018 UndocuAlly Training



February 6, 2018  12-1:30 PM Social Justice Dialogue Series in OC3 (TLA/OC3)

February 9, 2018 Welcoming Diversity Training (PGCC)  

February 13, 2018  All Black Gala  (OC3)

February 27, 2018  CHSHS Diversity Celebration Speaker Series 
Dr. Camara Jones: Structural  Racism & Health Disparities.

March 8, 2018 International Womyn's Banquet (OC3)

March 9, 2018 Multicultural Equity Team Building Workshop (PGCC)

April 11, 2018  Undocumented Immigrant to Hyperdocumented Professor: The Power of Documentation by Dra. Aurora Chang (OC3)  

April 19, 2018 The Langston Hughes Project by Dr. Ron McCurdy (OC3)

April 27th (Day 1) & May 4th (Day 2) Safe Zone Training (OC3)  


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In Fall 2017 CSUMB TRIO Student Support Services hosted a campus wide event #CelebrateFirstGen, which is a national day created by the Council for Opportunity in Education to recognize the achievements of students who are the first in their families to attend college.  As TRIO SSS supports first generation college students, and over half of the students at CSUMB are the first in their families to achieve a college degree, it was important that the event focus on the great accomplishments that our students have made. OC3, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Early Outreach and Support Programs collaborated with TRIO so that our first gen students could witness the support that they have in our community.

TRIO SSS thanks the campus community for their support of the event, and looks forward to hosting a First Gen Celebration annually!

Learn More About Our Fellow Otters On Campus

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Phuong Nguyen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of
Humanities & Communication

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Britt Rios-Ellis, M.S., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Sciences
and Human Services

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Antonio Robinson
Community Director, Student
Housing & Residential Life

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Michelle Vazquez
Associated Students Diversity
& Inclusion Senator

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Check out the latest version of the CSUMB Equity and Inclusion Plan. The Plan is being developed by the President’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion. 
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Update Your Identity Information

The CSU system, in compliance with the California Assembly Bill (AB) 620, Section 2 (2011), has three new fields for identity information data regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 
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The CSUMB College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is excited to host the Voyage to Success; CAMP Statewide Leadership Conference, on March 2nd- 4th, 2018. CAMP’s mission at CSUMB is to “empower first generation, migrant and students of farmworker backgrounds to navigate cultural, economic, social, and institutional barriers to success in their first year of college and beyond.”  To work towards this goal, every year a program across the state hosts the CAMP Statewide Leadership Conference and this year the spot light was given to CSUMB. The conference aims to provide students with professional and leadership development to support them in their success. CSUMB CAMP is excited to showcase our campus!
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Join an Affinity Group on Campus

An Affinity Group is a group of faculty and staff linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest.  Affinity Groups play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed.  They can provide a collective voice for faculty and staff with common interests, and are affiliated with and can receive funding support from the Office of Inclusive Excellence. As a member, you can play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed. 

For more information contact The Office of Inclusive Excellence
or learn more on our website

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