Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.05
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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California State University, San Marcos
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ariel Stevenson
Diversity Coordinator
Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Educational Equity
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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:

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes sex and gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus). The protection against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender based dating and domestic violence and stalking.


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):

Student Response Team (SRT) is comprised of Dean of Students, Student Life and Leadership Director, AVP DEEO, AVP of Communications, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and University Police, as well as ad hoc committee members as necessary.

The team is advisory to the President and Executive Council and proactively and reactively addresses student concerns and issues and responds to early alerts regarding events, activities, demonstrations or gatherings that may involve or have adverse impacts to students or university operations.

Last year (Spring, 2016), a protest occurred during a Career Fair when some students unexpectedly saw a Border Patrol car parked in a drop off zone and became concerned they were on campus to conduct a “sweep.” The Dean of Students was first on the scene, informing students of their right to protest, provided they did not interrupt university business and needed to move away from the Border Patrol table and lower their voices. They did neither. In the end, however, the students eventually dispersed without incident. The Vice President of Student Affairs met with students a couple days later in the attempt to debrief and assure students that the Border Patrol was on campus to attend the career fair, and that it is not our policy or practice to allow sweeps to take place on campus. From this incident and any similar events an AB 540 Taskforce was created (http://www.csusm.edu/undocumented/taskforce/index.html) along with a resource hub/website for Undocumented and AB 540 Student Support Services. A series of know your right workshops have been given along with free counsel for undocumented families through our National Latino Research Center.

A Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Task Force was convened to offer strategies to promote the inclusion of trans and gender non-conforming communities at CSUSM.

ACE Scholar Services is a comprehensive, top-tier program that supports former foster youth at California State University San Marcos. Our mission is to transform the lives of foster youth through higher education. CSUSM serves more former foster youth per capita than any other university in the nation, we're able to support an 86% persistence rate whereas the national average is 50%.

We also offer Veterans Services where we move students from “Service to Success.” More than 500 student Veterans; the highest percentage per capita of any California State University campus. The Veteran Services team is comprised of faculty and staff, mostly Veterans themselves, serving CSUSM Veterans, active duty, and family members in a number of ways. We're dedicated to ensuring the successful transition of our students into sustainable careers. Veteran Services provides opportunities for mentorship and professional development; networking and portfolio building; and to meet with VA claims representatives and university deans.

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:

For Students:

• Memorandums of Understanding and Guaranteed Admissions Programs.
Admissions and Recruitment works directly with the counselors and students from the eight Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education (The Alliance) School Districts, the Santa Isabel Tribal Community Initiative, and Foster Youth Initiatives.

• The Alliance at CSU San Marcos is a regionally focused initiative intended to improve the college attendance and completion rates of students within North County. Guided by principles of partnership, collaboration and academic excellence, the Alliance serves as the oversight and support office for guaranteed admission agreements with nine area school districts. The Alliance has allowed us to increase the number of first generation, low income and underrepresented students at CSUSM.

• The Tribal Community Initiative is in place on campus and includes a guaranteed admission with the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel through the CSUSM and Santa Isabel Tribal MOU. CSUSM’s California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center attracts Native American students. At CSUSM we have a full time Tribal Liaison who works regularly with the 18 local tribes, one of her duties is to recruit students. At CSUSM we also host the Dream the Impossible Native American Youth Conference for K-12 students that brings hundreds of Native youth from all over the country to our campus and allows them to imagine college as a goal.

• CSUSM also has three Memorandums of Understanding that provide former foster students automatic admissions. The MOU’s are with the San Pasqual Academy Foster Youth and the Counties of San Diego and Riverside.

• The CSU San Marcos Admissions Office has an MOU to accommodate students meeting routine eligibility requirements from out of our local admissions area who are in the Pathways in Education program: http://www.pathwaysedu.org/. For information regarding our local area for admissions and impaction, please go to: http://www.csusm.edu/admissions/impaction/

• CSUSM also initiated two new MOU’s this past fall with College Bound California http://collegeboundca.org/ and Reality Changers http://realitychangers.org/. Our admissions office will work diligently to 1) inform and assist prospective students in these programs about the admissions process 2) increase offers of admission to qualified candidates and 3) ultimately increase the number of students from our California communities who are underserved, and predominantly first generation.

• To best serve the growing number students associated with the School Districts in the Alliance, as well as those in our own MOU’s, the admissions office has created and hired a new ‘Assistant Director of Recruitment and School Partnerships’ position as well as an Admissions Officer, Coordinator of School Partnerships.

• Unit/Department Efforts
CSUSM’s EOP program also recruits underrepresented students and hosts the “Brother’s Gonna Work it Out” youth conference that helps in the recruitment of underrepresented youth.

• Our CAMP program is designed for students from migrant families and works with K-12 migrant education programs assisting with college readiness and transition to college programs. CAMP works with primarily a Latino migrant student population, although the students can be of any racial or ethnic groups as long as they are classified as migrant.

• CAMP recruitment efforts include presentations to high schools in San Diego, Imperial, and Coachella Counties College Fairs and professional conferences.

• Evaluation of high school transcripts are made by CAMP counselors to ensure that students meet all CSU A-G entrance requirements in 11 & 12th grade. If they are not meeting entrance requirements then they have time to make up courses.

• The Graduate Program at CSUSM takes students to the annual California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education. The forum is held statewide and prepares students to select, apply and prepare for graduate programs.

• Admissions has created and assigned a new position to a to recruit and retain underrepresented prospects and seek out new partnerships.

• Signed a new partnership/MOU and service agreement with the Blue Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on the education and empowerment of underserved youth ages 13-18 in the greater San Diego County community.

• Hosted Saturday 1/2 day event on campus for Blue Heart Foundation prospective students and staff in fall 2016.

• Event included information sessions, campus tour, housing tour and CSU Mentor workshops.

• Assisted in the creation of two new MOU's with Sherman and Noli Indian High Schools that provides guaranteed admissions. Noli is a middle school and high school on the Soboba Indian Reservation near San Jacinto in Riverside County. All of its students are American Indian as determined by tribal enrollment or Bureau of Indian Affairs affiliated status. Sherman is an off-reservation boarding school for American Indian students in Riverside.

For Faculty and Staff:
In an effort to recruit and increase diversity at our university for faculty and staff we advertise in diversity publications and/or job boards to attract diverse candidates such as s the following:

1.Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
2. Latina/o Caucus (LLC) of CFA
3. Hispanic Caucus of AERA.
4. Bilingual/Bicultural Caucus of AERA
5. California Association of Asian Pacific American Education (CAAPAE)
6. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AASTP)
7. American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
8. Association for Women in Science
9. Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
10. National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

We participate in diversity recruitment events. We also use pipeline programs such as The CSU Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program 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. We request diversity accomplishments from job candidates to consider in the hiring process.

We require search firms we use to include diverse candidates as part of the pool of job candidates. We do require search firms to include us with diverse candidates as a part of the pool but specifically for our Manger/Administrative positions and although we do not require diverse job candidates to be included in the final pool of all candidates we look at the diversity of pools and don't move forward without diversity shown. Strategic funding is used to hire diverse candidates to be competitive with salary, benefits and start-up funds to garner a yes from all selected candidates. Participation in diversity-related programming is considered in the tenure and promotion processes as service.

We have also reviewed and revised all recruitment and hiring procedures to include best practices in diversity. Our Human Resource’s office has created a new recruitment guide this year to help with pre-recruitment information and information specific to the formation of search committees and required diversity training. Developing and implementing processes to ensure that job descriptions are created and reviewed to consider and address diversity. Also each division and college (and its components where appropriate) are identifying any underrepresentation and inequities in retention rates among its employees. Each division or college will develop strategies to remedy any identified underrepresentation or inequity in retention and integrate these strategies into its strategic plans.

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:

For Students:

Student Health and Counseling offers a variety of mentoring, counseling, peer support for underrepresented students. In addition, our centers on campus: Latino Center, Black Student Center, Multi-Cultural Center, Pride Center offer mentoring and peer support.

Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO SSS has been hosted at Cal State San Marcos since 1993 and is currently funded to provide support to 200 students from first-generation, low-income and disability backgrounds. The primary purpose of TRIO SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of student participants.

Our California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center offers peer support, mentoring and cultural support to our Native American community of students.

Veteran Services provides opportunities for mentorship and professional development; networking and portfolio building; and to meet with VA claims representatives and university deans.

CSUSM has the Faculty/Staff Associations the office of Diversity, Educational Equity & Inclusion considers it a priority to support the meaningful work of the various Faculty/Staff Associations (FSAs). FSAs are all-volunteer organizations, officially recognized by the institution through our office, which allows them to apply for funding and host events on campus. The following FSAs are officially recognized:

• Black Faculty Staff Association (BFSA)
• Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIFSA)
• Latino Association of Faculty & Staff (LAFS)
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Ally Faculty Staff
Association (LGBTQA FSA)

Each of the Faculty Staff Associations also help create a supportive campus environment for faculty and staff of color, through networking, building community, providing activities to assist in retention and promotion by offering professional development opportunities for faculty and staff of color. For example, every year all of the Faculty & Staff associations come together to offer a free leadership conference. The conference offers professional development to faculty and staff by discussing strategies for career advancement and sharing insights on how to navigate the unique challenges that people of color and other underrepresented groups might encounter in the workplace, the conference supports all faculty and staff who want to enhance their development of skills and professional growth opportunities.

In addition the Following services are offered:
• University Ombuds- The Office of University Ombuds is a confidential place to talk and helps current CSUSM faculty, staff and enrolled students resolve University-related conflicts, disputes or complaints on an informal basis. CSUSM faculty, staff and students can work with the Omuds to develop options, explore solutions and understand policy where appropriate. Ombuds can also provide referrals. The office is confidential, neutral, informal and independent.
• CSUSM offers the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP is a professional counseling service to assist employees and their family members through a period of personal difficulty. This service consists of trained and experienced licensed clinical professionals with special expertise in counseling individuals with personal problem. The program is always confidential.
• LGBTQIA Safe Space is a group support offered by our Student Health and Counseling Services Office. This group provides a safe and supportive environment for persons who identify as LGBTQIA, those who might be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and those who would like support as they navigate the coming out process. Come join us to meet new people, build a sense of community, and to share your experiences (both the benefits and challenges) of being LGBTQIA.
• FAMILIA UNIDA EMPOWERING RAZA (F.U.E.RZA ) is a mentoring program developed within the PASO HSI grant designed to meet the needs of the Latino male PASO Scholars in their second year with resources and support that are not currently available to them. As part of the F.U.E.RZA mentoring program, students Critically reflect on their diverse experiences as Latinx/Chicanx students to develop an awareness of social inequalities and structural barriers to academic progress in order to effectively advocate for self and others. Identify strengths that are rooted in cultural heritage thereby enriching cultural capital to overcome adversity, promote academic success, develop positive ethnic identity, and foster agency.
• The Faculty Mentoring Program(FMP)at CSUSM serves to enhance the retention and graduation rates of first-generation and economically-disadvantaged college students. Research suggests that the most effective way we can achieve these goals is by reducing social estrangement and creating a university culture of positive participation and support. The Faculty Mentoring Program is to help students from limited socioeconomic backgrounds to complete their college education. Understanding and respecting cultures other than one’s own is at the core of the program. Thus, the FMP works tirelessly to ensure that all CSUSM students, regardless of immigration/refugee status, are made to feel welcome, supported and respected.

• The Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES) provides a supportive multicultural environment for student and faculty career development in the biomedical sciences and related disciplines. The OTRES sponsors programs that focus on science education, student support services, research training, and research participation. OTRES houses three key programs that support underrepresented students. Those programs are Maximizing Access to Research Careers -Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research (MARC U* STAR), and the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE). Both programs are funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS) intended to prepare qualified undergraduate and or graduate minority students majoring in the sciences to enter and succeed in doctoral studies (Ph.D. or M.D. /Ph.D.). The program is for underrepresented students in the sciences, which include American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders, or students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is a joint project of the National Science Foundation and The California State University. The objectives are To increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating from college with degrees in Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM)To increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue graduate studies in STEM.

Lastly, under the action steps for the Diversity and Educational Equity strategic plan the office of Inclusive Excellence has hired six faculty associates for fall 2017 who will take a leadership role in furthering sustainable diversity, and promote the development of student skills knowledge and abilities related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social change. (The action plan can be find here for further review: http://www.csusm.edu/equity/strategicplan/Action%20Items.pdf)

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:

The following programs are here to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for professional careers:

NIGMS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program
The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program at
CSU San Marcos is funded by the National Institute of General
Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS). The RISE Program is intended to prepare talented
and motivated minority undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the sciences to enter and succeed in doctoral studies (Ph.D. or M.D. /Ph.D.). The RISE Program is for underrepresented students in the sciences, which include American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders, or students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students

CSUSM’s OTRES program also recruits underrepresented students for both undergraduate and graduate STEM programs. Most of OTRES recruiting efforts are aimed at CSUSM students for graduate programs. They send emails, post flyers, and seek recommendations from faculty and staff. However, OTRES also has partnerships with Palomar College and Mira Costa College for recruiting transfer students. Many of their most successful students have been transfers from these community colleges. The programs links can be found below.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)
The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is a competitive program that provides loans to a limited number of full-time doctoral students at accredited universities across the United States. Its purpose is to increase the pool of individuals who show promise of becoming strong candidates for CSU instructional faculty positions by providing financial assistance to doctoral students with the motivation, skills, and experience needed to teach the diverse student body in the CSU. It is a competitive program open to doctoral students across the country.

http://www.csusm.edu/otres/lsampprogram/index.html http://www.csusm.edu/gsr/csu_scholarships/

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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