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An Urgent Message from the University Diversity Officer

From the UDO to CSUEB Community,

 

I own, that for me, the current socio-political circumstances are personal, visceral and fear-inducingly real.  The visions of the past 3 months that have commoditized and media-normalized  the murder of African-Americans feels relentless, endless and horrifyingly consistent. This message is not meant as an answer or a letter of false-platitudes; rather it is a letter of acknowledgement of the pain, the exhaustion and the helplessness that many of us feel. It is my belief that all the emotions are further exacerbated by the current circumstances created by a global pandemic that reinforces the lack of control felt in our lived daily lives.

 

CSUEB is a community, we are a community of individuals who can create a place that shows care, kindness and concern for each other. The hope that I have in human possibility and us as a community is reflected in the words of Dr. Maya Angelou who said, “when you know better, you do better”. 

 

At every stage in humanity’s growth, along with horrible tragedy and willful violence  there are movements of anti-oppression and a refusal to accept current circumstances. CSUEB is our community, our own locus of control and we can commit to ensuring that our community is one that aspires to be anti-racist and one that operates out of the theory of social justice. We control how we show up in community with each other, we control how we make each other feel, seen, included and appreciated at work or as learners whether online or in-person. We control how we as community operationalize consistent anti-oppressive ways of being.

 

I believe in us as community, I believe in our capacity to maintain and further create an inclusive environment where discrimination, hate, and violence are not tolerated. Our mission as an institution is our statement to the world that we, CSUEB, are actively here only to lift up, interrupt and ensure a more equitable citizenry. We have strength in our own communal-love and we are the individuals who can think critically, push-back on oppressive practices and create more equitable spaces in the communities where we live. 

 

We are CSUEB; we mourn together, we recognize that some of us are feeling emotions that many may not understand but we acknowledge that they exist and that they are real. This is not an “I’m Sorry” moment, this is an “I will do better” and “We will do better” moment because WE are CSUEB. We have the human-capacity in the people that comprise our community, we have the talent, we have the creativity, we have the intelligence, we have the compassion and WE HAVE EACH OTHER.  We control our own narrative as an institution we have already committed to being “socially responsible contributors to society” and we will actualize it.  You are not alone in your thoughts or feelings. We see you, and we value you.  If you need someone to dialogue with about this feel free to reach out to me.

 

The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish. The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it – at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.-James Baldwin

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UDO Message on Xenophobia:

 

Our East Bay community is defined by those who live, work, and learn within it. We are a community that welcomes and includes all. We aspire to become a community where we all feel as if we belong; meaning, your authentic self is welcomed and valued. We reject any rhetoric that seeks to divide who we are as a community. We have defined East Bay through our mission: Cal State East Bay welcomes and supports a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant learning experiences which prepare students to apply their education to meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to society. Through its educational programs and activities, the university strives to meet the educational needs and to contribute to the vitality of the East Bay, the state, the nation, and global communities.

To the members of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities you are not alone, you are valued, and appreciated as part of us and we stand in solidarity with you. Social Justice demands equity, and liberatory practices and we will continue to strive our best to be an institution that engages in socially-just actions and behaviors.

We are in a moment; a moment that we have no precedence for, it is creating feelings of helplessness, frustration and overwhelm for many of us. What we can control is how we show up together, as a community. We can be here for each other, it may look different from our traditional “normal” but we do have the privilege of being able to support each other virtually. The Office of Diversity (this includes the Diversity Inclusion Student Center), beginning next week, will begin hosting many different virtual hangout, dialogue and community-care spaces. Please be on the lookout for our announcements. In the meantime if you have suggestions of other ways we can virtually support please feel free to contact us at diversity@csueastbay.edu.

In Appreciation and Solidarity,
Kimberly Baker-Flowers
University Diversity Officer

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/anti-stigma/toolkit.aspx

http://www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/stop-aapi-hate/

https://medium.com/@aapiforceef/community-care-during-covid-19-amessage-to-and-from-aapis-3e126f452231

https://www.napaba.org/page/HateCrimeResources

 

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Cal State East Bay offers 50 baccalaureate degrees, 61 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.

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    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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Cal State East Bay offers 50 baccalaureate degrees, 61 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.

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.