Student Affairs: Leaders in
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dear Titan Family,
I hope that each of you are well. My name is Tonantzin Oseguera (she/her/hers/ella), and I serve as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal State Fullerton. As we know, the national conversation around diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, equality, and racism reached new levels in 2020. We must acknowledge that racism is a public health emergency and it has disproportionally affected our communities of color. The conversation must continue, and we are doing our part to ensure it does.
Thank you for taking interest in the work that the Division of Student Affairs does as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and we hope you find this webpage – a centralized resource recapping our DEI progress at CSUF – to be useful.
We live in a world in which racism is embedded into social and political structures. Higher Education is one of those structures. We have students, faculty, and staff who may experience racial bias every single day. We have policies, processes, and practices that need revisiting. Although we can’t solve all largescale issues, one thing is for certain: The Division of Student Affairs is here to fight the good fight, working tirelessly until every member of our campus community has an equitable opportunity for success and belonging. We value our role in DEI work and are committed to widening our efforts to cultivate a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture on campus, now and always.
Thank you again, and if you have questions, comments, concerns, or would like to contribute to our work, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
Be well, be joyous.
Division of Student Affairs
Race/Ethnicity: Student Affairs Staff
|Race/Ethnicity: Student Affairs Staff||Total Employees|
|Black/African American||35 (11%)|
|Not Specified||15 (5%)|
Sex and Gender: Student Affairs Staff
The Division of Student Affairs recognizes and affirms that diverse identities, associated with sex assigned at birth and gender, exist on our campus. At this time, the current data does not reflect persons with non-binary identities and thus are not included within our demographic information. To learn more about gender-diverse identities, please visit www.fullerton.edu/lgbtq.
The Division of Student Affairs: A True Model of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Division of Student Affairs is looked to as a leader at California State University, Fullerton and beyond for its critical work and advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Staff within the Division are specially educated and trained to handle the complexities of identity, with in-depth conversations and initiatives around race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender occurring regularly. In a world that seems like it is becoming more aware of historical inequalities and systemic racism with each passing day, the Division of Student Affairs is prepared to play its role in all moments and movements.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices of Student Affairs Staff
- Require sexual harassment and sexual misconduct prevention training annually for all employees, including full-time staff, part-time staff, graduate assistants, and student assistants at CSUF.
- Require discrimination, harassment and retaliation prevention training annually for all employees, including full-time staff, part-time staff, graduate assistants, and student assistants at CSUF.
- Offer voluntary LGBTQ+ Ally training and UndocuAlly training (undocumented student ally training) through Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers for staff, faculty, and students across campus.
- Provide voluntary VetNet Ally training offered by the Veterans Resource Center for all staff, faculty, and students.
- Spearhead educational programming and workshops dedicated to educating on issues of gender and social equity through a feminist lens provided by the WoMen's and Adult Reentry Center. Major annual events that staff and students across campus can attend include Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Women's History Month, often featuring contemporary research findings and case studies on identity that are intended to be though-provoking for attendees.
- Encourage Division-wide participation in the Cal State Fullerton Common Read Program, journeying through Cristina Henríquez's powerful novel titled The Book of the Unknown Americans to expand perspective of what it truly means to be an American.
- Lead university-wide conversations, safe spaces, and times of healing for sociopolitical and geopolitical issues through multiple departments.
- Develop an Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan through Titan Athletics, which included the creation of an Athletics Equity Committee and a sub-committee to examine and offer input for NCAA diversity, equity, and inclusion matters.
- Examine systemic policies and practices in place within the Division of Student Affairs and provide support across campus in this same area to ensure equitable services are offered to employees and students.
- Host annual professional development series; provide financial support for staff to participate and present at local and national conferences; engage in assessment, affirmative recruitment and inclusive practices.
Partnership with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs: Goals for 2020-21
- In Spring 2020, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs (DIEP) at Cal State Fullerton developed a comprehensive framework for the university to reference as it continues to advance its vision for a more inclusive campus. The publication, found on together.fullerton.edu , includes participation from every single Division on campus. Student Affairs goals include the following:
- DIEP will present to all Student Affairs employees the 90-minute module, Introduction Racial Equity at CSUF, from the Titans Together Initiative
- DIEP will work with each Student Affairs unit to reflect on current practices and find ways to further embed diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies into the work. Each unit will identify at least one practice, policy, or protocol to focus its efforts on providing this service through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.
- Student Affairs units will work to implement additional changes to practices and will report out at the Spring 2021 All-Division meeting. Report outs will include their progress so far and any barriers that they faced.
- All Student Affairs staff will participate in the DIEP Inclusion Champion program, as appropriate.
- All Student Affairs staff will participate in allyship programs, as appropriate.
Health Equity and Advocacy Taskforce
In November 2020, Student Welness established the Health Equity and Advocacy Taskforce (HEAT), with the collective vision to build health equity into the Titan Experience for the campus community. The work group is comprised of staff from all areas of Student Wellness, including Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Health Services, and TitanWell Health Promotion Services. HEAT plans to accomplish this by examining wellness policies and advocating for changes that improve patient care including racial justice education for staff.
The Division of Student Affairs: Serving Students through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work
As mentioned above, the Division of Student Affairs is looked to as a leader at CSUF and beyond for its critical work and advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas. Students are supported in contemporary and progressive ways by Student Affairs staff, being offered the resources necessary to live and thrive in a globalized society. The diversity, equity, and inclusion work is tailored for both current and prospective students.
- Assistant Deans in the academic colleges continue to operate their Success Centers, work to produce College Weeks, run their inter club councils and create college specific peer mentoring programs.
- Associated Students, CSUF, Inc., central to campus life at CSUF, has been hosting a series of Town Hall events for students to be informed on campus issues and have an opportunity to share their opinions and concerns. In fact, ASI recently passed resolutions on Civil Disobedience and Social Justice, Denouncing Hate Speech and Supporting Diversity at CSUF, to name a few.
- The Office of Admissions utilizes enrollment management efforts to exert more systematic influence over the number and characteristics of new students, as well as influence the persistence of students to continue their enrollment from the time of their matriculation to their graduation.
- The Career Center and Center for Internships & Community Engagement foster meaningful relationships through career, internship and community engagement opportunities; mentorship programs; learning centers; academic partnerships; diversity centers and equity and inclusion efforts and much more. These teams are focused on the persistence and graduation rates of students, aiming to empower Titans in the process of matriculation.
- Center for Scholars offers a course to all incoming and transfer scholars, Smart Start/Reading 201A. Welcome receptions with the President for their Guardian Scholars and President’s Scholars. Guardian Scholars have a spring retreat and they provide all scholars wellness workshops with CAPS in the center. They have created student associations for the different scholar programs to enable students to learn leadership skills and continue to provide their Ally training to the campus community.
- Offered through Counseling & Psychological Services, YOU@Fullerton is an online portal to increase effectiveness and reach of existing campus resources.
- Disability Support Services offers DSS Connect, gatherings for students to learn more about resources and be in community with other students with disabilities. In addition, each October, DSS hosts Disability Awareness Day to recognize successes and accomplishments of students with disabilities.
- Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers (DIRC) creates learning environments and opportunities that support the University mission by preparing students to become socially-conscious leaders in a global society by offering workshops and trainings that address issues related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender, ability, and class.
- DIRC has annualized some of their signature events, including welcome weeks within the centers and community conversations. With over 200 events each year the centers focus on identity development and the social and academic growth of students.
- Educational Opportunity Programs offers a five-week residential transitional program (Summer Bridge). Students are required to participate in a learning community for the first year in the program. Transfer students participate in a two-day transfer Bridge program.
- Male Success Initiative (MSI) has their Fellows program, BROrientation and MSI week. The use their social media and newsletter to communicate with students. The have monthly Scholar gatherings and an annual Brother 2 Brother retreat.
- Outreach and Recruitment and Titan Orientation Programs partner together to provide outreach, recruitment and informational services primarily to secondary school, and community college students both in-state and out-of-state prospective students. By the very nature of their work, the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are pillars for each department's operations. Serving as a clearinghouse for all prospective student inquiries, these departments help students navigate the college application and matriculation process, as well as inform them of the various programs available to help them succeed.
- Student Life & Leadership hosts Discoverfest during both the Fall and Spring semesters to promote student organizations and engagement beyond the classroom, including in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Emerging Leaders Program uses a cohort model to provide leadership educations to students.
- Student Support Services in November celebrated National First Generation Day to recognize the attributes of first gen students and encourage them to know they belong at CSUF.
- Tuffy’s Graduation Scholars were hosted for a Welcome Event with their families and many campus leaders. They have been opened their Resource Center and in addition to all their academic programming in the spring they offered students a series of financial literacy workshops.
- Veterans Resource Center hosts a welcome dinner and orientation for new students to share their resources, services and program benefits.
Additional Campus Resources
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association
- Black Faculty and Staff Association
- Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association
- Pride Alliance - The LGBTQ Faculty & Staff Association
- Veterans Faculty and Staff Association