Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.57
Liaison Lacey Raak
Submission Date May 20, 2019
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California State University, Monterey Bay
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.33 / 3.00 Lacey Raak
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning and Development
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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:

California State University, Monterey Bay is committed to providing equal opportunity to all persons interacting with the university and to provide a welcoming and respectful environment for all. Further information can be found at CSUMB's Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation Prevention website.


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):

Wendy Smith leads the CSUMB IX discrimination and response team.

Individuals alleged to have committed Sexual Misconduct may face criminal prosecution by law enforcement and may incur penalties as a result of civil litigation. In addition, employees and students may face discipline/sanctions at the University. Employees may face sanctions up to and including dismissal from employment, per established CSU policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements. Students and employees charged with Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct will also be subject to discipline, pursuant University policies, and will be subject to appropriate sanctions.

Executive Order 1096 (employee)
Executive Order 1097 (student)

In addition, during any investigation, the University may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and non-discriminatory educational and working environment. Such measures may include immediate interim suspension of the accused from the University, a required move from University-owned or affiliated housing, an adjustment to work or course schedule, or prohibition from contact with parties involved in the alleged incident.

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:

Students from underrepresented groups can find support through programs such as those listed below:

Early Outreach and Support Programs - https://csumb.edu/eosp (click on pre-college Programs
- Upward bound - Upward Bound provides fundamental support and motivation to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

Strive for college - The Strive for College Collaborative ensures that every qualified, low-income high school student has the information and support necessary to successfully enroll in their best-fit college. Strive for College will foster a lifelong commitment to social entrepreneurship, mentor ship, and service among today's college students—our future leaders. Strive for College connects current CSUMB students with area high school students to provide inspiration and mentoring.

Imagine College (which serves mainly Seaside - A predominately under-represented community) - Imagine College brings local high school students to CSUMB and Monterey Peninsula College for one to three weeks to participate in the Summer Scholar Institute (SSI). The program gives students a taste of college life and allows them to study a particular area of interest in order to gain college credit while they're still in high school. During SSI, students also have several opportunities for learning off campus in the form of various field trips. Imagine College predominantly serves the students of Seaside High School. As an additional bonus, a local resident donated money to provide a $4,000 scholarship to any student who graduates from Seaside High with a 2.5 grade-point average, attends two weeks of Imagine College while in high school, and gets accepted to a college or university. Scholarship opportunities will end this year with the graduating class of 2017.

Migrant Education Summer Academy - The Migrant Education Summer Academy (MESA) brings over 125 fourth through sixth graders to campus for a two-week academic enrichment experience The program has three main components. First, students engage in a rigorous English Language Development (ELD) curriculum aimed to improve their English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Second, CSUMB's Early Outreach and Support Programs expose students to the "Junior Otter" component where they learn about our campus, college life, and what it takes to be a successful student. Lastly, MESA participants gain confidence and better self-expression through the Arts and Technology sessions. Working with the students and staff of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, students learn about theatre and culture, including sessions taught by Luis Valdez. CSUMB partnered with the Monterey County Office of Migrant Education, Region XVI, to develop this program.


Summer Bridge - Summer Bridge gives new EOP students a head start on their college experience at CSUMB. Students participate in programming with intensive academic and life skill building activities. Students develop writing, math, and study skills to help meet CSUMB's writing and math competency requirements. Plus, students get a chance to familiarize themselves with the university and start making friends. They meet students with similar backgrounds from throughout California and participate in social activities.

Migrant Education Summer Academy (MESA)
Guardian Scholars - For former foster youth

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 university provides outreach and support programs for underrepresented students through the EOSP office. These programs include MESA, EAP, ETS, Imagine College, Upward Bound, Strive for College, Educational Opportunity Program, Guardian Scholars, TRiO Student Support Services, College Assistance Migrant Program, and Parent Institute for Quality Education.

The Educational Opportunity Program helps students who have the potential to succeed in college, but who have struggled to meet their goals because of economic and/or educational background. First year students participate in Summer Bridge, receive Intensive services in their first year, develop their reading, writing and math skills, and connect with peers, faculty, advisors, and other students who will support their success. Transfer students sttend a transfer orientation to get started off right, get help as they adjust to increased academic expectations, learn to balance life commitments with classes and homework. All students get one-on-one professional advising, guidance from continuing students, attend workshops to increase their academic skills, and make friends with students, staff and faculty at social and cultural activities. The Guardian Scholars Program helps to meet the unique needs of students who have a foster youth background. CSUMB recognizes that former foster youth often have overcome more obstacles, have less support, and fewer resources than most entering students. Guaridan Scholars qualify for special scholarships and funding to cover college and living expenses, participate in the Faculty & Staff Guardian Mentor Program, and receive support with making decisions while in college and preparing future plans. The TRiO SSS programs at CSUMB contribute to the success of first generation, low-income students and individuals with disabilities by supporting and empowering program participants in their academic, personal, and professional growth. . TRiO Student Support Services provides supplemental tutoring, advising, counseling, remediation and other support services. The aim of the program is to increase college retention rates and graduation among college students. Each year the SSS program serves 160 qualified students. College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at California State University, Monterey Bay is a federally funded program designed to assist migrant and seasonal farmworker first-time freshmen here at the University. The College Assistance Migrant Program at California State University, Monterey Bay is committed to promoting the academic success of first generation, migrant and students of farmworker backgrounds by providing services aimed to assist in navigating cultural, economic, social, and institutional barriers in order to achieve first year completion and college retention. The purpose of CAMP is to address the educational and social development of low income and first generation college migrant students. CAMP provides the student with academic advising and other support services necessary to successfully complete their first year of higher education.

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:

Undergraduate Research opportunities program (UROC) - The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay is a cross-campus center that engages students in undergraduate research. UROC works to build students’ educational ownership, intellectual vibrancy, and scholarly identity. We achieve this through mentored undergraduate research; rigorous, authentic, and calibrated scholarly activities; and the development of social capital.

McNair Scholars - An astronaut who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster is inspiring college students to attend graduate school.

Cal State Monterey Bay has been awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at the university. The federal program began in 1989 to provide financial support and academic guidance to encourage and prepare under-represented, first-generation juniors and seniors for graduate studies leading to a doctorate. It is named in honor of Dr. McNair, an African-American and a first-generation college student who went on to earn a doctorate in physics. CSUMB has had a McNair Scholars Program since 2007. To date, 44 McNair Scholars have graduated from the university. Approximately 60 percent of them have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. Each year, 25 juniors and seniors are enrolled in the program. They work with faculty mentors on research projects and summer internships, attend lectures, workshops and seminars and receive academic support services.

Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program - The California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty.

Established in 1987, the CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind in the United States. As of June 2016 the program has loaned $49 million to 2,081 doctoral students enrolled in universities throughout the nation. 1,275 participants have successfully earned doctoral degrees, and over half (735 participants) have subsequently obtained employment in CSU instructional faculty positions.

Sally Cassanova Pre-Doc Program - Students who are chosen for this prestigious award are designated Sally Casanova Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the Pre-Doctoral scholarship is named. As a Sally Casanova Scholar, you will have unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. You will have the benefit of direct one-on-one guidance afforded from faculty members from within the CSU, and the opportunity to work with faculty from doctoral-granting institutions. You will receive funding for activities such as:

participation in a summer research experience program at a doctoral-granting institution to receive exposure to the world of research in your chosen field
visits to doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for doctoral study
travel to a national symposium or professional meeting in your chosen field, other related activities such as membership in professional organizations and journal subscriptions
graduate school application and test fees

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?:

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

In order to better serve the diverse needs of our on-campus student population and provide a safer more inclusive living environment for all students, Student Housing & Residential Life has created gender inclusive housing.

Gender Inclusive Housing is a housing option, which allows for students of any gender to live together in the same room, apartment or suite. This option will be available in all campus housing areas. However, there are separate assignment processes for first year areas and upper division areas, due to the difference in how those housing assignments are completed.

Gender Inclusive Housing will be available for sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students through the Reservation Days process and for freshman and transfer students at the time of application through the manual assignments process completed by Student Housing & Residential Life Staff.

In support of an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, gender inclusive bathrooms continue to be designated throughout campus. Current locations include building 4 (Wave), 6 (Surf), 8 (Sand) and 10 (Dunes) and 80. Additional locations are having updated signs installed for consistency and adherence to the standard for gender inclusive restrooms. Visit the gender inclusive restroom Map for more information.

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