Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.57
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Marcos
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 2.00 Ariel Stevenson
Diversity Coordinator
Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Educational Equity
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

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 Office of Inclusive Excellence oversees the diversity strategic plan; gives advice and counsel to the university on diversity issues; implements training on diversity, develops policies and procedures that promote diversity goals; manages the Ombud Services office; and supports the faculty staff associations at CSU-San Marcos. The overall goal of the office is to achieve educational equity across the university; diversify faculty, staff and students; assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment; and develop all of our intercultural competencies to be increasingly effective in a diverse and global world.

The Inclusive Excellence Council (IEC) is charged by the President, chaired by the Special Advisor for Inclusive Excellence, and staffed by the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE). The IEC makes recommendations to OIE to engage Work Groups and Task Forces, which meet more frequently and may include additional students, faculty, staff, administration or community members. The IEC will also hear the annual Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan (DISP) Action Steps progress updates from each Division of the University, and provide any relevant feedback or recommendations.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

The Office of Inclusive Excellence offers workshops on a regular basis, in the last year presentations were given to the Office of Advancement, the Presidents Executive Council, the FSA leadership conference, and workshops open to the campus community on topics including intercultural competence, cultural appropriation, bias, defining diversity, understanding racism, and discrimination. We hold anti-racist workshops for students, staff and faculty. We also hold a Whiteness Forum, in partnership with a faculty member for over 15 years. Students are required to take a diversity and equity course for graduation, as of Fall 2020.

The Faculty Staff Leadership Conference provides workshops and keynote speakers on diversity and inclusion. Also, through the CSU statewide system training is available online in a number of diversity, inclusion and multicultural topics.

Training on diversity is required in some instances, like speech pathology and nursing majors, and optional diversity training and workshops are made available for all campus members.

Required training and activities includes:

o Search committee training. All committee members for senior administrative
searches must attend live training on diversity, bias and best practices for diversity recruitment and hiring. For faculty positions the same training is required of the committee chair and the diversity advocate, and recommended for all members.
o Faculty and staff orientation require a module on diversity and inclusion
o Participants in the CSUSM Leadership Academy must attend a diversity and inclusion workshop.
o The CSUSM Campus Connect program has a diversity module for its participants
o Athletics Faculty and Staff have a required workshop hosted by the Office of Diversity on understanding “otherness and identity, as well as distribute a primer on micro aggressions”.
o Staff and Faculty in Health and Counseling Services attend a required workshop on diversity and cultural competence.

Optional training topics offered include, but are not limited to:

o Safe Zone Training – developing allies for the GLBTQ community.
o Safe Area Dreamer/AB 540 Training – developing allies for undocumented students.
o Diversity and curriculum workshops are offered through the faculty learning center.
o Diversity workshops are offered to faculty through the Faculty Diversity Fellow and the Diversity and Multicultural Learning Community. The learning community offers a diversity workshop at the CSUSM faculty conference held each year.

Another website for information: http://www.csusm.edu/fc/resources-funding/difficultdialogues/index.html

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive financial assistance from the federal government. This includes protection for students, educators and school employees against all forms of sex or gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, other forms of sexual misconduct, stalking and retaliation.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.