December 9, 2016
To the Campus Community:
Diversity is one of CSUN's core values and central to our identity as an institution. To more fully utilize the strength of being such a multifaceted community, earlier this semester, we invited CSUN students, faculty and staff members to share their thoughts on the topic of diversity by responding to the following question:
Strongly anchored in our shared commitment to access and opportunity, CSUN is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. Last year, to shine a light on the importance of diversity to the academy and learning, and on the potential of our student diversity to serve as a powerful catalyst for educational excellence, President Dianne F. Harrison announced the position of Chief Diversity Officer and the creation of a Commission on Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives.
These efforts draw strength and energy from the campus community's varied points of view. Please assist us to fully capitalize on this diversity and graduate Matadors known for possessing the leadership skills that are needed in an increasingly interconnected, culturally complex, global community.
What are promising campus practices for using diversity to equip our students for 21st century success [e.g., enhancing critical thinking, creativity, and boundary-spanning leadership skills]? How can we create learning environments that take full advantage of CSUN's unique diversity-related strengths? How can we better celebrate, support and facilitate inclusivity and diversity?
Many thanks to those who responded to our call for comments. You provided compelling insights that will aid us as we work to achieve our diversity goals. The summary report of your input is now available at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter/help-make-csun-shine-bright-topic-8-results-diversity.
As with all our topics, we will update the topic periodically to keep you informed of progress made on suggestions received from CSUN students, faculty and staff. In that vein, the spring 2016 report on campus dining services has been updated and can be viewed at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter/topic-7-update-dining-experience.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.
California State University, Northridge