Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Long Beach
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Larisa Hamada
Director, Office of Equity and Diversity
Office of Equity and Diversity
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Equity and Diversity Office and Committee provide leadership and direction to achieve a positive, continuing, and vigorous campus nondiscrimination and equal opportunity program that goes well beyond the fulfillment of basic regulatory and procedural requirements to one with emphasis on providing positive attention to serving the needs of the campus.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Students Talk About Race (STAR) is a signature project of the Multicultural Center (MCC) at California State University, Long Beach. STAR is a one day workshop designed to empower students with the ability to facilitate difficult conversations about racial issues. The topics covered range from workplace diversity to political and civil unrest. Since its inception in November, 1992, with just 15 CSULB students, STAR has trained, at times, over 400 students per semester drawn from CSULB as well as other Los Angeles area campuses (including UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, and Loyola). STAR has recruited over 2,500 college volunteers, training them to become facilitators in cross-cultural communication and placing them into 76 middle school and high schools (serving some 18,000 students) and continues to serve in this capacity. The eight week STAR experience has proven itself to be a compassionate and candid forum, addressing difficult issues of diversity with vulnerability and humor.

In addition to the STAR program, which is geared toward students, university departments may request cultural competency trainings from the Office of Equity and Diversity at any time. The office will coordinate with appropriate University offices to develop a training program appropriate for the audience. The majority of training requested has focused on effectively addressing and preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints from students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Equity and Diversity reviews case scenarios, definitions and court cases regarding protected class (i.e., race, disability, age, etc.), and best practices for responding sensitively to protected class issues or consents.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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