MULTICULTURAL AND GENDER STUDIES

About Us

Mission Statement

Multicultural and Gender Studies is the academic face of diversity and inclusion at CSU Chico, ever striving to embody, inculcate, promote and celebrate the values of multicultural respect, awareness and understanding as fundamental to the socially and environmentally responsible democratic citizen. We are a diverse community of scholars and activists working together to critically examine gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, ability, race, and ethnicity and to cultivate social justice through informed activism.

Vision Statement

Multicultural and Gender Studies will serve the mission, strategic plan, and values of CSU Chico by supporting interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry and social justice advocacy both in the broadest sense and with special attention to diverse communities in the North State:

  • As an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), we will work with our community to build a thriving, intersectional Latinx major that both reflects the diversity of our Latinx student population and educates about political struggles past and present.
  • In honor of the Mechoopda, on whose land the University stands, we will collaborate with First Nations of the North State and relevant student organizations to construct an American Indian Studies curriculum that meets the needs of Natives and non-Natives alike.
  • Acknowledging the established and increasing presence of Asian Americans (including Hmong and Pacific Islanders) and Eastern Indians (Sikh) in the North State, as well as our growing population of African American/Black students, faculty, and staff, we will partner with community members to create coursework rich in culture and reflective of current issues. 
  • Cognizant of continuing gender-based inequities, we will preserve a vigorous program in feminist and women’s studies, and we will enhance our curriculum to make more visible identities and issues of gender non-conforming people.
  • In solidarity with our oppressed yet proud LGBTQIA communities, we will explore the spectrum of sexual and affective orientation, preference, and biological predisposition and defend the right of all to love.
  • In all of our courses we will analyze and challenge interlocking systems of power including racism, ethnocentrism, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism. Our curriculum will examine difficult topics and focus on a long-standing tradition of pride and agency.
  • To meet the needs of our entire student body, all of whom are entering an increasingly diverse professional environment, and in service to all departments at Chico State, we will offer an MCGS Diversity Certificate available to any major.
  • We will continuously look to emerging trends in our various disciplines, as well as demographic shifts in the North State and pressing issues of the times, to inform our ongoing curricular and programmatic vision.