Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In the College of Liberal Arts

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to the disciplines of the liberal arts. Whether we’re studying philosophical arguments, reading literature, or analyzing regional economic situations, the liberal arts are always asking the questions: Whose story gets told? Who is not included? Why are there disparities amongst communities?

The College of Liberal Arts uses CSU’s Principles of Community as our aspirational guide. We reinforce and strengthen our commitment to Inclusion, Respect, Social Justice, Integrity, and Service.

These values inform our teaching, our learning, our scholarship, and our engagement. They are embedded in the college and in the work.



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University Initiatives

First Generation Initiative

The First Generation University Initiative (FGUI) is a group of staff and faculty members who have volunteered to organize, collaborate across departments, develop strategies, brainstorm outreach opportunities, and provide support for all our First Generation college students.

Inclusive Physical & Virtual Campus

Promotes CSU’s commitment to creating and sustaining a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive campus that enhances usability for everyone and helps create an environment in which we support, protect, and respect rich dimensions of diversity. Includes resources on design standards, outreach, advocacy.

Multicultural Staff & Faculty Network

Its mission is to serve as a catalyst to positively impact campus climate and culture by supporting recruitment, retention, and development of multicultural employees and promoting collaboration through visible and meaningful engagement with CSU and the greater community.

Employee Climate Survey

Launched in 2012, this survey is administered every two to three years to all CSU faculty and staff. Its goal is to assess the current working environment and to inform strategic decisions and investments that allow employees to work in alignment with inclusive excellence.

President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Council

An advisory group to the President and University administrators, professionals, and academic faculty that addresses broad issues of multiculturalism and social identity that impact the university campus and surrounding community. The committee’s primary functions are to engage in conversations with university faculty and administrators, share students’ perspectives, and provide recommendations that will develop and sustain a campus climate of inclusiveness and help CSU better serve its increasingly diverse population.

CSU Diversity Resources

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Office of Inclusive Excellence
This office fosters an inclusive environment at CSU. Find out more about their priorities and access their trainings, newsletter, groups, and resources.

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Principles of Community
The Principles of Community – Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice – support CSU’s mission and provide a collaborative framework for engaging with one another.

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Student Diversity Programs and Services
CSU has a number of diversity offices that promote multiculturalism and support students on campus. 

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CSU Land Acknowledgment
CSU’s land acknowledgment recognizes the long history of Native peoples who originally lived on the land where the University is now located. 

College Initiatives

Committee for Equity Advocacy (CEA)

In 2021, CLA created a committee of approximately 50 members from across the college to develop new programs and initiatives as well as highlight and elevate on-going ones that foster equity in practices, policies, and procedures affecting faculty, staff, and students in the college. The CEA is co-chaired by the CLA Faculty Coordinator for Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.

Link coming soon.

Open Door Pedagogy Network (ODPN)

The ODPN consists of faculty of all ranks from each department in CLA who available to colleagues for informal discussions about teaching. Teachers of all ranks are encouraged to drop in for casual conversation and advice, especially in relation to inclusion, academic freedom, and handling challenging classroom situations.

Featured Faculty Symposium

Each year, early-career faculty are invited to speak on an interdisciplinary panel to discuss scholarship around a selected theme. Panelists receive mentoring and support from senior faculty in their departments. This symposium aims to foster collaboration and mutual support across the college with a focus on issues surrounding equity and inclusion.

Link coming soon.

CLA Diversity Faculty Experts

The 2020 Initiative Team in CLA compiled a list of faculty with expertise in teaching and researching diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Link coming soon.

CLA Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Courses

CLA has over 200 regularly taught courses that specifically address equity, inclusion, social justice, and diversity from a wide variety of departments. They also teach 24 of the 29 options for AUCC Category 1C. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coursework.

Link coming soon.


CLA Diversity Strategic Plan

Progress as of Aug. 2022

Guiding Principles

  • Students identify primarily with their majors and with their mentors. Strengthen this identification and trust by and within departments.
  • Our strengths are our educational and academic knowledge. We will use the lenses of strategic plan (Learning, Scholarship, and Engagement) to focus our work.
  • Our actions should be meaningful messages, directed to the right audiences. Our faculty, staff, and students have different needs, expectations, and expertise so let's understand this and act accordingly.
  • Equity efforts are woven throughout all our work at the college, not just in certain areas, to will improve the climate for all our community, especially under-represented faculty, staff, and students.

GOAL 1: Improve recruitment and retention of traditionally marginalized faculty.  

Actively support efforts to increase recruitment and retention of faculty from marginalized and excluded populations in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Efforts and Results

  • Developed a “Best Practices” training and guides for faculty recruitment/hiring among broader populations 
  • Increases in racially minoritized faculty hires:
    • 0 or 1 person per year 2010 - 2014
    • In 2019, hired 7 (33% of hires)
    • In 2020, hired 4 (22% of hired)
      Between 22% and 39% of hires from 2015 to 2020.  
  • Require or request diversity statement from all new hires 
  • Increased mentoring: Established symposium focused on mentoring junior faculty; developed cohort mentoring program in 2018

GOAL 2: Improve retention of marginalized students.

Actively support efforts to increase retention of students from marginalized and excluded populations in the College of Liberal Arts by improving cultural climate.

Efforts and Results

  • Improvements in gaps in 6-year graduation rates 
    • 1st Gen students: 14% gap (2010 cohort) → 4.5% gap (2013 cohort) 
    • Racially minoritized students: 6.4% gap (2010 cohort) → to 1.8% gap (2013 cohort)  
    • Pell recipients: 10% gap (2011 cohort) → -6% gap (2013 cohort) 
  • Education & training 
    • Documented 58 training sessions attended by CLA faculty/staff/graduate students in the past 5 years, with 817 participants 
    • Increased faculty training by nearly 150% in 3 years (222 participants in 2016-2017 → 360 in 2019-2020) 
    • Nearly 100 department initiatives addressing diversity & inclusion occurred in 2019-20. These initiatives were oriented around: training (25), mentoring/advising (10), recruitment (6), providing resources (11), lectures/talks (29), strategic planning (6), and other activities (8) 
    • 20 additional sustained efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion into curricula and courses 
    • Developed a list of 237 TTF/NTTF who teach and/or research explicitly in diversity, social identity, social justice 
    • Identified 260 courses focused explicitly on DEIJ

GOAL 3: Create college-level Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.  

Create 50% college-level position to coordinate efforts for faculty recruitment and retention and inclusive pedagogy and practices.  

Efforts and Results

  • Position created and started in 2018-19 academic year
  • Coordinator conducted needs assessment, reviewed existing materials/data, and sponsored new initiatives
  • Created college-wide Committee for Equity Advocacy in 2021
  • College review of diversity sections of completed six-year program reviews
  • Created series of webpages with classroom climate resources, including on academic freedom, pedagogy, and employee and student wellness.
  • Created the Open Door Pedagogy Network to help CLA faculty of all ranks share and learn from each other in informal settings

CLA Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Rosa Mikeal Martey

  • Professor


Dr. Martey received her Doctorate from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she also holds a Masters of Science in Economics. Dr. Martey's research focuses on identity and social interaction in online contexts, from virtual worlds and multiplayer games (MMOs), to Facebook and online information-seeking, including for employment and health information. She focuses on ways that identities emerge in such spaces, including gender, race, and sexual identities. She recently completed a booklet for media-makers on language and representation of marginalized identities, Multiculturalism Matters....