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Office of Diversity

If one of us, then all of us: A statement asking for grace, compassion and togetherness

 

What happens to one happens to us all. It was nearly a year ago when we first witnessed, with horror, the public murder of George Floyd. Now we write to you again in response to the guilty verdicts in the trial of the police officer who knelt on his neck.  

The cumulative impact of the circumstances of the past year has worked to compound weariness and dimming of hope. The anti-Blackness, the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the political rhetoric that helped to further stoke anti-Asian hate and violence, incarcerated immigrants, the Atlanta shooting targeting Asian women, the anti-transgender legislation, the voter suppression efforts, and most recently, the killing of Daunte Wright

The reality is that this is not the first letter to the campus that has been written expressing solidarity, recognition of shared sorrow and impact, and words of hope and encouragement. We know that many of us wake up holding our breath or dread getting a notification by phone, TV or social media that announces yet another tragedy. 

All of this has occurred while we are coping with the economic, mental, physical and emotional drain of the pandemic. These examples are by no means exhaustive, yet they illustrate that there have been countless reasons for exhaustion and grief in the last year. For some, it may be daily and excruciating, for others it may be on the periphery of our lives via the media, colleagues or extended social circles.

We want to publicly state that this moment is, for many in our community, emotionally too much. We want to recognize that many of us are experiencing fear, trauma, grief, and overwhelm. We see this and acknowledge the pain. For those who don’t hold any of the identities that we’ve mentioned but are experiencing grief and a sense of helplessness, we see you in our collective struggle because you are an integral part of us. Again, what happens to one, happens to us all. 

In a few minutes, you will receive an invitation for a community care space co-hosted by the Office of Diversity and Student Health & Counseling Services. Ongoing, students have access to counseling services through Student Health & Counseling Services. Faculty and staff can turn to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), as well as your healthcare provider. 

Please be present today, giving grace and compassion to one another. Be mindful that emotions do not show up in everyone the same ways that they do within ourselves. Let us be a community that centers all of us and let us help each other navigate this moment. 

With gratitude for each of you,


Cathy Sandeen                            Kimberly Baker-Flowers 
President University                     Diversity Officer 

April 20, 2021

Our Mission

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The Office of Diversity aspires to embody an authenticity that values the lived experience of all students, faculty, staff and to operate in partnership with the campus community to promote equitable student success.

We commit:
  • To center students
  • To use critical race theory as a lens for analysis in decision-making
  • To a holistic approach to problem-solving and student support
  • To serve as advocates, allies, and accomplices
  • To use nondominant and nonhierarchical practices
  • To operate out of the theory of social justice
  • To be mindful of intersectionality
  • To value equity for all persons
  • To interrogate systems of oppression
You can find more information about our staff and different departments on the About Us page. 

Contact Us

Office of Diversity
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • SA 4200
  • Hayward, CA 94542
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  • Alumnus Gene Luen Yang (MS ’03, Education) was the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant."

  • The Pioneers for H.O.P.E. program helps at risk students facing homelessness, food insecurity, and other various crisis situations.

  • The Wall Street Journal recognizes CSUEB as a Top 10 college in the west for diversity.

  • Cal State East Bay was noted for its exceptionally diverse student body, ranking as one of the most diverse four-year public college on the U.S. mainland by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • CSUEB has won a HEED award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for six straight years. The award honors universities that have shown exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

  • Cal State East Bay offers 49 bachelor's degrees, 53 minors, 35 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree.

  • Notable alumni include MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, California Wellness Foundation President and CEO Judy Belk, Tony-winning actor James Iglehart and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

  • Cal State East Bay has three campuses — Hayward, Concord and Oakland.

  • Sixty-two percent of Cal State East Bay students are the first in their family to go to college.

  • More than 60% of Cal State East Bay students are female.

  • CSUEB has 15 athletic teams and competes in NCAA Division II.

  • More than 130,000 alumni contribute to the economic, social and cultural quality of life in the East Bay and beyond.

  • Cal State East Bay offers more than 40 high-quality continuing education degree and certificate programs for working professionals.

  • The university ranked No. 14 in MONEY Magazine’s list of most transformative colleges.

  • Campus In Action logo

    Cal State East Bay is committed to promoting civic engagement among students and has signed a Campus Compact Civic Action Statement.

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    Look for the butterfly symbol to find a safe space and support services on campus.

  • allies logo

    The UndocuAlly community at Cal State East Bay campus includes more than 200 students, faculty and staff, specially trained to help students achieve their goals.

  • Dream.ORG icon

    Cal State East Bay is a Dream.US partner college that is committed to helping highly-motivated DREAMers earn their bachelor's degree.

AffordableColleges.Org ranks Cal State East Bay as the No. 1 California school for online education.

Alumnus Gene Luen Yang (MS ’03, Education) was the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant."

The Pioneers for H.O.P.E. program helps at risk students facing homelessness, food insecurity, and other various crisis situations.

The Wall Street Journal recognizes CSUEB as a Top 10 college in the west for diversity.

Cal State East Bay was noted for its exceptionally diverse student body, ranking as one of the most diverse four-year public college on the U.S. mainland by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

CSUEB has won a HEED award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for six straight years. The award honors universities that have shown exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Cal State East Bay offers 49 bachelor's degrees, 53 minors, 35 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree.

Notable alumni include MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, California Wellness Foundation President and CEO Judy Belk, Tony-winning actor James Iglehart and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Cal State East Bay has three campuses — Hayward, Concord and Oakland.

Sixty-two percent of Cal State East Bay students are the first in their family to go to college.

More than 60% of Cal State East Bay students are female.

CSUEB has 15 athletic teams and competes in NCAA Division II.

More than 130,000 alumni contribute to the economic, social and cultural quality of life in the East Bay and beyond.

Cal State East Bay offers more than 40 high-quality continuing education degree and certificate programs for working professionals.

The university ranked No. 14 in MONEY Magazine’s list of most transformative colleges.

Campus In Action logo

Cal State East Bay is committed to promoting civic engagement among students and has signed a Campus Compact Civic Action Statement.

butterfly

Look for the butterfly symbol to find a safe space and support services on campus.

allies logo

The UndocuAlly community at Cal State East Bay campus includes more than 200 students, faculty and staff, specially trained to help students achieve their goals.

Dream.ORG icon

Cal State East Bay is a Dream.US partner college that is committed to helping highly-motivated DREAMers earn their bachelor's degree.