Diversity Learning Series

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The Office of Inclusive Excellence is pleased to offer a Diversity Learning Series, a collection of workshops on issues related to equity and inclusion. The workshops are open to all faculty and staff. The purpose of the series is to offer content knowledge and practical skills, based largely on the results of the Diversity Mapping Project and the Campus Climate Study. The primary outcome is to promote a positive campus environment for student, faculty and staff success, with renewed attention to the post-election climate, and following the draft Equity Plan and President Ochoa's goal to "create an 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.

Campus Partners: The Office of Inclusive Excellence and various campus offices partner to make this series possible. These partners include the Health and Wellness Center, the Service Learning Institute, International Programs and Services, and the Office of Sustainability. Additionally, some campus staff and faculty are providing their expertise as presenters for workshops. Thank you to all who are contributing to this initiative.

Spring 2018 Diversity Learning Series Flyer

Core Courses


Note: You will receive a calendar invite upon your RSVP

1/30/18: Diversity at CSUMB: How diverse and inclusive are we?

Time: 10am - Noon

Location: UC Living Room

Facilitators: Nizhoni Chow-Garcia, Associate Director of Inclusive Excellence & Lacey Raak, Director of Sustainability

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.

2/5/18: Power, Privilege and Oppression

Time: 10 - Noon

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.

2/6/18: 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.

2/22/18: Race in America

Time: 10am-Noon

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Student Activism on College Campuses: An Ongoing CSUMB Discussion

Time: 9-11am

Location: UC Living Room

Facilitator: Victoria Verlezza, Community Director

Student protests continue to be front-page news. The increased attention to resistance in today’s political climate, combined with ongoing campus tensions between inclusion and exclusion, tolerance and intolerance, have made colleges visible flash points of protest and dissent. In this session, participants will view and reflect upon Spike Lee’s film, “2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright,” which examines how the Black Lives Matter movement sparked activism at the University of Missouri, its football team, and across the United States. Following a facilitated film discussion, a panel made up of CSUMB student, staff, coach, and faculty representatives will discuss their role, responsibility, and response to student activism.

Unconscious Bias and Microaggression

Time: 1-3pm

Location: UC

Facilitators: Mrinal Sinha, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

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.

Challenging Islamophobia

Time: 11-1pm

Location: UC

Facilitator: Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, Islamic Networks Group (ING)

Islamophobia and the irrational fear of Muslims dates back centuries, but over the last 15 years, it has become much more prevalent in our everyday lives. This presentation will highlight current events and how Islamophobia is perpetuated in the United States and the impact it has on the Muslim community and those perceived as Muslims. Differences can be found in Muslim religious and cultural practices and in this course the audience will learn about the complexities of the Muslim identity and stereotypes. Other topics that will be addressed are current laws, government surveillance practices, immigration and hate crimes. A portion of the presentation will include a panel of CSUMB staff and students who will share their experiences of being Muslim at CSUMB. This interactive presentation is aimed at increasing multicultural competence among attendees and developing ways to challenge Islamophobia in our everyday lives.

Queer & Transgender Inclusivity in the Workplace

Time: 3 - 5 pm

Location: UC

Facilitators: Travis Becker, Director, Lionel Cantu Queer Resource Center, UC Santa Cruz

This class will invite participants to explore and address the challenges that LGBTQIA+ people experience in the workplace. Participants will learn about various LGBTQIA+ groups, gain a sense of recent LGBTQIA+ history, and become familiar with LGBTQIA+ demographics. After being introduced to some of the major challenges that LGBTQIA+ people face outside the workplace, participants will focus on LGBTQIA+ workplace concerns, discussing in-depth how they can best be addressed. Participants will also receive information about CSUMB's policies vis-a-vis LGBTQIA+ employees and students, together with resources for ongoing learning and discussion.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Supporting International Students: Beyond Othering and Accents

Time: 9-11am

Location: UC

Facilitators: Kasey Scolavino, Coordinator of International Students & Brian Childs, International Academic Coordinator

President Ochoa has tasked International Programs and Student Affairs to increase the number of international students to 10% of total CSUMB student body. Hence, it is essential for the CSUMB community to have an understanding of this group in order to better serve them. During the workshop, IP staff will highlight some of the stereotypes, present examples from the last few semesters, and offer/develop solutions, strategies, and explanation with workshop participants.

Class Matters

Time: 11-1pm

Location: UC

Facilitator: Sriya Srestha and Victoria Verlezza

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.

Weaving Ourselves Together: Healing and Mental Health Through Basketry

Time: 1 - 3 pm

Facilitator: Bonnie Lockhart and Makena Silva

It is known that mental wellbeing can be cultivated through practices that connect place, community, and personhood. Indigenous peoples and their cultures are unique because of their generational nature of sustaining these types of practices. Through the practice of basket weaving and storytelling, participants will have the space to be in community and reflect on their own relation to wellness, culture, and Indigeneity. Participants will learn how to cut, begin, weave, and end a twine basket.

March 2, 2018 UndocuAlly Training

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  • Ways staff/faculty can be allies to better support 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
RSVP for Friday March 2, 2018