September 15, 2016
To the Campus Community:
Welcome to another semester of Help Make CSUN Shine Bright!
We initiated this program in 2012 as a way for students, faculty and staff to share thoughts, opinions and creative ideas on matters of interest to the campus community. Over the last four years, we have heard from you on a range of subjects, including CSUN pride, spirit and reputation; sustainability; vehicular and pedestrian traffic; parking; student success; making CSUN smoke-free; and campus dining. Please visit the website to see the summary reports of your input, and the periodic updates added as progress is made in response to issues raised and suggestions made by CSUN students, faculty and staff.
This semester we seek your input on a topic of importance to higher education - and to society in general: diversity.
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, I announced the position of Chief Diversity Officer and the creation of a Commission on Diversity 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 to 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 we can better celebrate, support, and facilitate inclusivity and diversity?
I invite all students, faculty and staff to respond by submitting your thoughts on the webform. Your input will be collected and shared with the appropriate campus offices, and we will let you know when the results are posted on the Help Make CSUN Shine Bright webpage. The webform will be open to submissions through October 7, 2016.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.
Note: Due to a technical error on the original webform, the topic was re-opened to additional comments from October 26 - November 4, 2016.