Message from the President

Since its founding, Cal State Monterey Bay has been focused on educating a diverse student body. Given the diversity of the state we serve, that focus is both logical and right. If you look at our enrollment statistics or, better yet, walk around our campus, you will see an educational community that is truly a microcosm of the larger society. However, bringing a diverse group of students to our campus is not enough. We must also promote a campus culture that improves their chances to succeed and to graduate. While our campus’s commitment to diversity dates to CSUMB’s founding, that commitment needs to be coupled with a sharp focus on educational excellence. We need to leverage our campus diversity as a strategic asset in preparing our students for a global, multicultural society. We can continue to grow in this area by emphasizing inclusive excellence, a term that is being used nationally to signify a new understanding of how diversity can support the overall mission of an institution. I believe this is an exciting and necessary initiative for our university to undertake at this time and I look forward to our continued progress in this area. Sincerely, Eduardo M. Ochoa, Ph.D. President California State University, Monterey Bay

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