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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

This page hosts information about the University Student Union’s continued commitment to supporting students’ educational goals through inclusive and anti-racist programs, services and activities. Through collaboration with students, faculty and staff from various campus entities, DEI is dedicated to providing spaces where all Matadors can come together to learn and engage in conversations regarding race, anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusivity.

Initiatives

Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant (DEIG)

The DEIG is a partnership between the University Student Union (USU) and the University Counseling Services (UCS). The USU and UCS received funding from the President’s office to provide several programs that address systemic change, create community awareness, campus wide transformation, reflection and transformation around the impacts of injustices on students. The DEIG continues to funds important programs that make it possible to have impactful conversations.

Healing Spaces

Our Healing Spaces are intended to create safe space for communities to come together to heal, be in conversation with one another and create support and action items for matters impacting members of the CSUN community. We have held various events in collaboration with academic departments and student organizations. Check out this article on one of our healing spaces from spring 2021.

HEAL Project

The HEAL Project connects CSUN at-promise students with resources they need to thrive in college and promote student success.

WISDOM

WISDOM (Women Inspired to Succeed and Discover Opportunities through Mentoring) is a dynamic program for Black female students at CSUN. It is geared toward helping them achieve academic success and enhance their social capital by developing positive mentoring relationships with CSUN professional faculty, staff and administrators.

Black Male Scholars

Black Male Scholars (BMS) is a cohort program designed to empower its students to recognize their academic potential through embracing the intersections of culture and identity. The program will include a series of activities and workshops to provide students with the opportunity to cultivate academic success and engage with the campus to enhance their collegiate experience.

USU Work Teams

  • Internal USU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Team

    Provides guidance and support to the University Student Union on creating an inclusive workplace experience for members of the organization. Assist on issues of organization climate, inclusive practices and overall, equitable experiences for staff and board members.

  • USU Rise Committee

    The Rise Center is a student-driven, student-led space that fosters a sense of belonging at California State University, Northridge, where diverse communities come together to explore race and intersecting identities, encourage intellectual change, and promote inclusion and advocacy.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee (USU Board of Directors)

    The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will serve as an advisory committee to the USU Board of Directors offering a critical analysis of how the USU can further enhance inclusivity within its policies, practices and programming efforts.

Anti-Racism Resource List 

Visit our Anti-Racism Resource List to find helpful allyship articles, training workshops, law enforcement alternatives, history and social justice books, anti-racism videos and other resources.

USU YouTube Channel

To see our most recent programs, visit our YouTube channel where you will also find the following programs:

  • Palestine: History Repeating Itself
  • Moving Forward Together: Steps Towards Unlearning Colonial Ideologies in Higher Education
  • Steps Towards Implementing Institutional Change with Dr. Shaun Harper
  • And more

Resource Centers

DREAM Center

The DREAM Center is a welcoming resource center that provides resources and services to undocumented students, mixed status families, staff, faculty, allies and future undocumented students while fostering a more inclusive campus community. DREAM stands for Dreamers, Resources, Empowerment, Advocacy and Mentorship.

Contact
(818) 677-7069
dreamcenter@csun.edu

Visit the DREAM Center website >

Pride Center

The Pride Center supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students, faculty and staff through programming and educational outreach to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA+ individuals as well as advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community. 

Contact
(818) 677-4355 
pride@csun.edu

Visit the Pride Center website >

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) mission is to assist CSUN students as they transition from military service to academic success. The VRC promotes the academic, personal and professional development of student veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their dependents through supportive services, resources and community building events.

Contact
(818) 677-4672 
vrc@csun.edu

Visit the VRC website >