Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.94
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date July 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 2.00 caitlin Steele
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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 Division of Equity & Community Inclusion opened at SF State in academic year 2017-18! It sits within Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. This division is responsible for leading, coordinating, implementing and evaluating a broad range of sustained programs, initiatives, events and activities designed to:
facilitate intercultural/intergroup dialogue, promote equity and inclusion, advance social justice, and improve campus climate for all of our students. Among several desired outcomes, most notably Equity & Community Inclusion works collaboratively with campus partners (including student clubs and organizations) to close the educational equity gap in support of our Graduation Initiative 2025 goals, as well as fuel and support our diverse students’ hopes and dreams to graduate and go on to make a positive impact in their communities and on the world.

The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center promotes a multi-ethnic, culturally conscious University. The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center is a space for cultural events and discussions that focus on everything from inspirational leaders to commemorative months. The Center also provides a collaborative and supportive environment that promotes a multi-ethnic, culturally conscious university that affirms the human and intellectual heritage of all people. The Center encourages and welcomes all members of the University and greater community to initiate or participate in its student focused and directed programs and activities. https://asi.sfsu.edu/richard-oakes-multicultural-center

Safe Zone
The mission of the Safe Zone Ally program is to foster a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable campus environment through building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities.

Dream Resource Center
The Dream Resource Center (DRC) was established in January of 2017 to support the undocumented student population and students living in mixed status homes thanks to the collaborative efforts of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. All undocumented students are welcomed to use our services regardless of DACA, AB 540/SB 68, and/or CA Dream Act eligibility. The DRC encourages personal growth through participation in interactive programming and workshops that support the intersectionality, multicultural/multiethnic identities and holistic wellness of our student population.

SF State has a strong network of campus and community members that are committed to helping undocumented students achieve academic excellence. Throughout the year the DRC will provide a series of leadership & professional opportunities, financial aid resources, connections to legal support and informational workshops to give you the information you need to continue succeeding on campus. On this site you will find information about our resources that support the academic and personal success of our undocumented students.

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:

All students are required to take the Voices for Change sexual violence prevention training. described here:
As part of our University's commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment, all new incoming students are required to complete mandatory sexual violence prevention education per CSU Executive Order 1095. In January 2022, San Francisco State has launched Voices for Change a new, mandatory sexual violence prevention education online training for new, incoming students.

SF State's Division of Equity and Community Inclusion completed its second campus climate assessment in Spring 2023. The campus is waiting on the final report and will develop new training materials and promote cross-campus dialogue according to its results.

SF State's faculty receives cultural competence training from the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) during new faculty orientation. The CEETL is the heart of the university’s commitment to a culture that values and rewards teaching, supports diversity among learners, and promotes learning environments that foster social justice and the respectful and vigorous exchange of ideas in which students and faculty thrive and succeed. The orientation also focuses on supporting students with all levels of abilities, using Universal Design for Learning principles to help all students succeed.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management has a primary emphasis on providing training. They conducted 33 in person trainings reaching 1,250 individuals. The training and workshop sessions can be accessed here: https://titleix.sfsu.edu/. Educational and outreach efforts also include sending Gender Equity & Title IX/VAWA notices to the campus at the beginning of the Fall semester. This notice asks for the campus’s assistance and support with cultivating a working and learning environment reflective of SF State’s core beliefs in social justice, and provides links to available on and off campus resources, contact information of key Title IX personnel, and other vital information. https://titleix.sfsu.edu/

In order to graduate, students are required to take at least one course designated as a "Social Justice" course under the SF State Studies program. Social Justice is one of four areas that the campus feels are important to graduates of the university.

SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is a project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce. SF BUILD is led by San Francisco State University in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Its mission is to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce by transforming the teaching and research environments at SF State. We create engaging and supportive spaces where students and faculty can safely represent different backgrounds and perspectives. Additionally, in partnership with UCSF, students and faculty receive training and mentoring to make significant contributions to biomedical research by asking innovative questions that are relevant to local communities.

All students, faculty, and staff are informed of the campus Strategic Plan, which lists equity as one of SF State's pillars.

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

Division of Equity & Community Inclusion, Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, SF BUILD, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Equity Programs & Compliance FY 2014‐2015 Title IX Annual Report

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