Office of Diversity & Inclusion

CSU, Chico Diversity Hallmarks Timeline

  • 1960–1969


    • The first of three Upward Bound projects, which generates skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


    • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), designed to improve the access and retention of low-income and first-generation college students, begins to admit students.
    • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) is formed.
    • Black Studies program is established.
  • 1970–1979

    Early 1970's

    • Office of Veteran's Affairs opens (although veterans have been receiving benefits and other services since the 1940's).
    • AS Children's Center, providing low-cost quality child care and development services to the children of students opens.


    • Associated Students Women's Center opens.


    • Black, MEChA, and Indian Houses (eventually became the Multicultural Center) are created.
    • Jane Dolan elected first female student body president.


    • Ethnic & Women's Studies program (now Multicultural & Gender Studies) is established.
    • Gay People's Union (now Pride/Safe Zone) receives campus recognition.


    • The first annual Latino Graduation Celebration is held


    • Pan African Union (PAU) is formed.
    • Associated Students sponsors first International Festival.
  • 1980–1989


    • Kappa Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., first predominantly African-American fraternity on campus, is founded.
    • Disabled Student Services (now Disability Support Services) opens.


    • Beginning of the Program for Advancement of Computer Scientists and Engineers (PACE) which then became Minority Engineering Program, currently MESA.


    • Latinos in Technical Careers (LTC) is established.


    • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., first predominantly Latina sorority on campus, is founded.
    • Delta Sigma Theta, first predominantly African American sorority on campus, is founded.
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is established.


    • Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc., first predominantly Latino fraternity on campus, is founded.
  • 1990–1999


    • Educational Talent Search, designed to assist area low-income and first-generation students in grades 6-12 to prepare for their future, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Epsilon Sigma Rho Multicultural Fraternity, Inc. – Gamma Chapter, first multicultural fraternity on campus, is founded.


    • Craig DeLuz elected first African-American student body president.
    • The first annual Black Commencement Celebration is held.


    • Oscar DeLaTorre elected first Latino student body president.
    • Hmong Student Association is established on campus.


    • The Business Resource Center (BRC), a learning community with the mission of recruiting and retaining a diverse student population with personal leadership skills and a strong sense of social responsibility, is established by the College of Business.


    • Building Bridges, campus-wide committee of faculty and staff, forms to reject intolerance, promote mutual respect, and celebrate diversity.
    • More than 170 faculty and staff joined Safe Zone, a national campus-based effort to reduce discrimination and hostility toward gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people.
  • 2000–2009


    • Student Support Services, which provides academic and social support to low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


    • The "Conversations on Diversity" program was established to help faculty, staff and students examine diversity-related issues and challenges.


    • Provost creates Strategic Enrollment Committee.
    • Senate Task Force on Faculty/Staff Minority Recruitment and Retention.


    • Equity Scorecard Committee (now Diversity Scorecard Committee) established.
    • Tray Robinson named Coordinator of Diversity Efforts.
    • University signs Memo of Understanding with the Mechoopda tribe regarding construction protocol for unanticipated discoveries.


    • First African-American Excellence and Success Retreat.
    • Multicultural Welcome Receptions are held.
    • Sandra Flake is hired as first female Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
    • "Conversations on Diversity" Annual Achievement Awards are founded.


    • Cross Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC), formerly the Multicultural Center opens.
    • The first annual Native American Graduation Celebration is held.


    • First Diversity Summit, sponsored by Cross Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC)
    • The first annual Asian Graduation Celebration is held.
    • Lorraine B. Hoffman, first female Vice President for Business and Finance, appointed.
    • President Zingg's annual report includes a section on Diversity.


    • Establishment of the first Asian Retreat.
    • Founding of the Native American Banner Project.