Diversity Learning Series

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The Office of Inclusive Excellence is pleased to offer the 5th 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: We are offering a Certificate of Completion to those who complete all the core courses as well as 4 electives. In addition, two more certificate opportunities are available which include Safe Zone training (Must complete both dates below) & UndocuAlly Training. The DLS will continue to be offered each semester.

Campus Partners: The Office of Inclusive Excellence and various campus offices partner to make this series possible. These partners include the OC3, Title IX office, Early Outreach & Support Programs, and Undocumented Student Support Servies. 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

Core Courses

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Thursday, September 20, 2018: 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2018: 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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: 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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018: 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

Safe Zone Training (UC Living Room)

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, October 19, 2018: Day 1

Friday, October 26, 2018: Day 2

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Friday, November 9, 2018: UndocuAlly Training (Alumni & Visitor Center)

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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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Unconscious Bias and Microaggression

Time: 12-2pm

Location: University Center Living Room

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.

Multi-Faith Panel Religion & Pluralism

Time: 1-3pm

Location: University Center

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.

Socioeconomic Status: Class Matters

Time: 10-11:45am

Location: University Center

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.