In his first convocation address in August of 2004, President Zingg stated that we "pursue diversity as a fundamental value because what is at stake is not only the preparation of our students for a pluralistic society, but also the elevation and strengthening of that society itself. Moreover, we pursue diversity not just as an idea to embrace, but as a community to form. Diversity is not merely an intellectual exercise: it is a commitment to enrich the social, cultural and intellectual fabric of our campus by increasing the numbers in our own faculty, staff and student diversity communities."
He noted that Chico will be setting ambitious goals to add diversity to its campus community, and to do more to engage that entire community in the challenging work of increasing awareness of, and respect for, diversity. "While this is critically important to me personally, it will thus be a shared enterprise. A 'diversity agenda' is an agenda for the entire University and one of our measures of quality and distinction."
Under the rubric of examining the nature of student engagement at a residential campus, CSU, Chico will embed diversity in its assessment of educational effectiveness in terms of student learning, student preparation, and student success. More specifically, Chico will develop a diversity scorecard with the goal of presenting evidence of inclusive excellence and thereby mobilize institutional attention, action and chance.