Diversity Learning Series

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The Office of Inclusive Excellence is pleased to offer the 6th Diversity Learning Series, a collection of workshops on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The workshops are open to all faculty and staff. The purpose of the series is to offer content knowledge, practical skills, and build a more inclusive campus community that fosters belonging, intersectional identities, and life-long appreciation for learning. The series is aligned with one of President Ochoa’s goals—“Creating a more inclusive and respectful community."

Certificate of Completion: The issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are becoming increasingly broad and complex. To acknowledge those faculty and staff who have acquired a foundational base of content knowledge and skills, we are offering a Certificate of Completion to those who complete the core courses as well as 4 electives within 2018-2019 academic year.

Campus Partners: The Office of Inclusive Excellence and various campus offices partner to make this series possible. These partners include College Support Programs, the Otter Cross Cultural Center, Student Housing and Residential Life, and Title IX/DHR . Additionally, some campus staff and faculty are providing their expertise as presenters for workshops. Thank you to all who are contributing to this initiative.

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Note: You will receive a calendar invite upon your RSVP by the end of each week

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Core Courses

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Thursday, January 31, 2019: Diversity at CSUMB: How diverse and inclusive are we?

Time: 10am - Noon

Location: UC Living Room

Facilitators: Brian Corpening, Associate Vice President & Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, Associate Director of Inclusive Excellence

The purpose of this course is to give participants an understanding of diversity at CSUMB - the diversity demographics, data and initiatives, as well as the goals and values of the campus around promoting a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Friday, February 15, 2019: Inclusivity through Discrimination Prevention

Time: 9am - Noon

Location: UC Living Room

Facilitator: Wendy Smith, JD., Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator

This course will explore compliance foundations for campus efforts to prevent and respond to discrimination. A wide breadth of protected categories will be addressed, including religion, race/ethnicity, gender/gender expression, disability status, and age. Participants will gain an understanding of campus expectations and response standards, as well as interact with one another to create and administer tools for addressing common biases and contentious scenarios.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will gain insight and understanding for the foundations and expectations for protected category compliance standards. Participants will be able to identify common scenarios that lead to compliance failures, as well as understand “flags” for potential violations in less common situations. Participants will also learn to develop and utilize tools for addressing conflict situations arising from protected category issues.

Thursday, February 28, 2019: Power, Privilege, and Oppression

Time: Noon-2pm

Location: UC Living Room

Facilitators: Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, Associate Director of Inclusive Excellence & Sriya Shrestha, Lecturer HCOM

This course begins to analyze how power operates through policies, systems, and structures. Participants will develop a historical context for understanding oppression, privilege, power, resistance, and social change. Participants will also reflect on one's own multiple identities within history and society and examine how power and privilege can hinder community building in the workplace.

Thursday, March 14, 2019: Race in America

Time: Noon-2pm

Location: UC Living Room

Facilitators: Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, Associate Director of Inclusive Excellence & Sriya Shrestha, Lecturer HCOM

The purpose of this introductory course is to analyze constructions of race and ethnicity in America. Participants will examine how racial categories and identities have developed, changed, and been challenged by different groups, especially in the context of the history of segregation, assimilation, social movements, and government policies. Further, participants will discuss multiple perspectives of contemporary racial politics and their intersections with higher education.

Elective Courses

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Black Minds Matter

Time: 10-11:45am

Location: University Center

Facilitator: Antonio Robinson, Community Director

Description: This course will address the experiences and realities facing Black students within higher education. The course will draw parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement and the ways that Black minds are engaged both in & out of the classroom. Participants will discuss the importance of scholar activism and brainstorm tangible forms of student support. Moving forward, the hope is that this discussion can ignite educational opportunities that will continue to effectively benefit our campus & community.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify how assumptions of criminality about Black students are manifested in school, college, and even university settings.
  • Recognize how socially constructed viewpoints of intelligence decenter Black students as learners in educational institutions.
  • Embrace asset-based views of Black students that are rooted in the concepts of equity-mindedness and institutional responsibility.
  • Highlight research-based policies and practices that serve to promote persistence for Black students in the collegiate environment.

Unconscious Bias and Microaggression

Time: 12-1:45pm

Location: University Center Living Room

Facilitators: Mrinal Sinha, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Description: This workshop will explore theory and research related to unconscious bias and microaggression occurring in educational contexts. We will interrogate assumptions people hold regarding race, class, gender, and sexuality as they relate to teaching and learning with students who belong to groups that are derogated in U.S. society. The workshop will highlight practical strategies that can be used in the classroom and workplace to alleviate the negative consequences of microaggresions on college campuses.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will become familiarized with concepts related to “microaggressions,” how they operate as a form of unconscious bias, and be able to identify instances where microaggressions occur. They will gain insights regarding the ways in which experiences of microaggressions negatively impact student learning and social psychological functioning.

Socioeconomic Status: Class Matters

Time: 2-3:45pm

Location: University Center

Facilitator: Sriya Srestha and Victoria Verlezza

Description: This interactive workshop will explore socioeconomic class as an important dimension of diversity and social justice. We will examine class consciousness, class mobility, generational and situational wealth and poverty in the U.S. as well as the intersection of race and gender with class. We will discuss how economic class impacts personal experience, privilege, identity, and worldview.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain an increased awareness of self within the system of class and the institution.

Participants will gain an understanding of the intersection of race, class and gender.

Participants will learn about the socioeconomic class diversity of our student body and also will consider how class identity may impact communication and interactions with and between students and in the University.

More Elective Course Opportunities

Vet Net Ally Training, March 25, 2019

Time: 1-5pm / Location: TBA

Facilitator: Dr. Marshall Thomas, Director of Active Duty and Veterans Affairs from the CSU Chancellor's Office

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The mission of the Vet Net Ally Program is to:

-Educate members of the university community about the needs and concerns of service members and veterans

-Establish a network of visible Allies to provide support, information, and assistance for service members and veterans

-Provide and opportunity for CSUMB faculty and staff to demonstrate support for service members and veterans

-Advance the university's progress towards a campus that discourages discrimination and openly celebrates diversity

For more information, please contact Ana Padilla, VA Certifying Official @ (831) 582-4387

Social Justice Dialogues

  • February 13, 2019: What's Love Got to Do With It? The Exploitative Language of Love. Time: 12-1pm / Location: Otter Cross Cultural Center, Student Center Rm 110
  • March 27, 2019: Movie Screening: Hecho en Los Angeles (Made in LA) Time: 12-1pm / Location: Otter Cross Cultural Center, Student Center Rm 110
  • April 17, 2019: Social Justice Dialogue, Staking a Place: Housing & Homelessness Time: 12-1pm / Location: Otter Cross Cultural Center, Student Center Rm 110
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019: UndocuAlly Training

The UndocuAlly training is comprised of students, staff, and faculty who work together to support and empower undocumented students. The goals for attendees are to gain better understanding of:

  • Needs of Undocumented Students
  • Resources available for Undocumented students and their families in the community
  • Resources available for Undocumented students at CSUMB
  • Policies and laws pertaining to undocumented immigrants
  • Ways staff/faculty can be allies to better support students
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Safe Zone Training 2019

University Center / 9am-Noon / Registration will open in March 2019

The purpose of CSUMB Safe Zone is to help build an inclusive and equitable campus community where all members of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions are welcomed, valued, and affirmed. Through an educational training experience and on-going learning opportunities, this program encourages participants to identify themselves as visible supporters of LGBTQQIAAPF (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, Pansexual, Fluid) community at CSUMB.

This program will strengthen faculty, and staff in bringing to life CSUMB's Vision of being a socially just community with a "substantive commitment to multilingual, multicultural, and gender-equitable learning."

Friday, April 19, 2019: Day 1

Friday, April 26, 2019: Day 2

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