Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.41
Liaison Jillian Leach
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.83 / 3.00 Tray Robinson
Diversity & Inclusion Office
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

CSU, Chico will comply with federal and state regulations relating to affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations. The University will provide equal opportunity in education and employment for all qualified persons; prohibit illegal discrimination based on age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, marital or veteran status, and physical or mental impairment; and promote the full realization of equal education and employment opportunities through a positive and continuing program of affirmative action for the University as a whole and for each constituent unit.

California State University, Chico is committed to maintaining a work environment where every employee (Faculty, Staff, and MPP), applicant, and independent contractor is treated with dignity and respect. CSU, Chico will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, ancestry, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, age (40 and older), disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition and/or national origin, under any program of the University. EM 15-012 and reporting protocols can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/prs/EMs/2012/12-043.shtml

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Discrimination and Harassment:
Inquiries concerning the application of federal and state laws, as well as CSU and campus policies may be referred to the following on-campus resources:

Faculty inquiries - please contact Office of Academic Personnel (OAPL) or the Human Resources Service Center EEO contact.
Staff and Management inquiries - go to the Human Resources Service Center EEO contact.
Student inquiries - go to Student Judicial Affairs.
Independent Contractor inquiries - go to the Director of Procurement and Contract Services

Hate Crimes:
The purpose of this webpage is to provide resources and tools for individuals who may have experienced, observed, or have questions about hate crimes/incidents.

Complaint Process:
California State University, Chico is committed to working in an open and accountable way that builds trust and respects all members of the University community. The University aims to represent itself in a professional manner in its dealings with staff, faculty, students, other members of the University community, and the general public, but recognizes that occasionally things can go wrong. In many cases issues, problems or misunderstandings can be dealt with by discussion between the parties involved, but in other instances, it may be appropriate to pursue the matter in a more formal way.

What is a complaint?
A complaint may be defined as “an expression of dissatisfaction or concern that needs a response”. The expression of dissatisfaction or concern may take the form of an informal verbal complaint, an informal or a formal written complaint. A complaint may be more than an objection to a decision or action by the University, its students or its staff. Examples of complaints may be claims of offensiveness, wrongdoing, misconduct, poor performance or ineffectiveness among others.

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Diversity at CSU, Chico has been an on-going priority and challenge for many years. With the advent of the CSU, Chico 2011-2016 Diversity Action Plan, that priority has taken on significant focus. Of the four dimensions of diversity cited in the plan, Access and Success is strongly aligned with the work of Enrollment Management. Priority 1, under Access and Success, is to “Increase the recruitment and enrollment of underrepresented student groups, especially from our service region.”

For the purpose of this plan, “underrepresented students” refers to ethnic minority populations who have been historically disadvantaged in higher education: African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American. In addition, California has a large population of immigrants from Southeast Asia (primarily Hmong in the service region), included here due to the fact that the majority are first-generation college students and have a disproportionate number of families in poverty.

The CSU, Chico Strategic Plan for the Future and its associated Academic Plan provide the principles for enrollment planning, management, and decision making. The values and goals articulated in these planning documents embody the following principles to guide our efforts of comprehensive enrollment management:
P1. Recruit, admit, enroll, retain, and graduate a
diverse student population.
P2. Provide the greatest access possible, particularly
to students within our service region.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Chican@/Latin@ Council (CLC) at California State University was formed by a group of Latino faculty and staff in 1993. The organization's goals are to address Chican@/Latin@ concerns; further the understanding of the social and political climate in the Chican@/Latin@ community; and promote cultural awareness, leadership development, and the academic and professional advancement of Chican@s/Latin@s. CLC acts as a resource and advisory body for individuals and groups to pursue Chican@/Latin@ issues.

CLC meets meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year and also maintains communication with its members via e-mail. We welcome all members of the CSU, Chico staff, faculty, and student body who are interested in participating and willing to serve as active CLC members. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information about CLC, please contact the membership coordinator Myrna Ochoa us at maochoa@csuchico.edu.

The 1st Generation Faculty and Staff Association is a diverse and interdisciplinary community united to establish best practices for supporting the first generation community at CSU, Chico and beyond. Our efforts will be comprised of three pillars, which are advocacy, capacity building, and knowledge.

As the Black Faculty and Staff Association, it is our mission to foster healthy and nurturing relationships among our black students, faculty, staff , and community. In doing so, we act as mentors to students and new professionals. As educators, we work to inform the campus and the community about various issues surrounding the black community while upholding the goals and credibility of California State University of Chico.

CSU, Chico has a number of affinity groups and academic support programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus. There are a host of student clubs and organizations ranging from B.L.O.C. (Black Leaders on Campus), MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), Filipino Student Association, to the African Student Union. Students also benefit from support programs and co-curricular programs through the Cross Cultural Leadership Center, the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC), and the Associated Students Multicultural Affairs Council. There are also a number of multicultural, Latin@, and historically black Greek letter organizations represented on campus. Lastly, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Chico Student Success Center offer mentoring, counseling, and peer support services for underrepresented student populations.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program
By mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, this semi-structured program diversifies and broadens the pipeline of our profession. Students and mentors apply as a pair. If accepted into the program, students are then known as Fellows and have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events.

Because some students need more opportunities than others, NUFP creates possibilities and changes the landscape of student affairs and higher education.

The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

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