Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Conversations on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Conversations on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (COEDI) series focuses on the complexities of group and individual identities and how they influence one another.

Sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies

2023 - 2024 Schedule

All COEDI sessions are planned to occur in person for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Please join us in the BMU 210 or on Zoom (Meeting ID: 824 5102 4694 Passcode: COEDI) on the following days and times to join in on the conversation. Please check this site often for programming updates. 

October 11- 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Dr. Michele Eggers, Centering Women: Abortion in Chile

November 15- 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Dr. Bretton A. Varga, Posthuman Encounters of Materiality, Waste, and Injustice

December 6- 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Dr. Lateasha Meyers, Wellness & Social Justice Leadership

February 21- 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Dr. Gabby Falzone, Chico State Project Rebound: Empowering Justice-Impacted Students Through Higher Education

March 27 - 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Dr. Robert De'Von Jiles, “Just Pick Dollar Bills off the Tree’: Community, Family, and Memory” 

April 17 - 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM - Dr. Joseph Morales, Using Ethnic Studies to Create an Inclusive Classroom: A Framework for Teaching 9/11 and Its Aftermaths

May 1 - 12:00 PM -12:50 PM - COEDI Awards (BMU 203)

  • Past CODI 2020–21

    September 2
    CODI Kickoff: Confronting Racial Injustice
    Facilitated by: CODI Planning Committee

    September 16
    Confronting Whiteness
    Facilitated by: Alicia Trider, Multicultural and Gender Studies, and Micah Lehner, Graduate Studies

    September 30
    Home is Here: The DACA Experience
    Facilitated by: Teresita Curiel, Latinx Equity and Success; Jesse Ramirez, Wellcat Counseling Center; and Elli Alaniz, Financial Aid, and Scholarship

    October 14
    Check-in | The Marathon Continues
    Facilitated by: CODI Planning Committee

    December 2
    Beyond Symbols and Statues: The Fight Over Public Memory and Memorials
    Facilitated by: Ali Meders-Knight, Member of the Mechoopda Tribe, Artist, and Educator
    Nathan Heggins Bryant, English

    November 18
    Decolonizing Thanksgiving: Combating Discriminatory Practices
    Facilitated by: Browning Michael Neddeau, Education and Multicultural and Gender Studies

    February 3
    #AdultingWhileBlack on Campus: A Discussion About Identity and Black Student Success in College
    Facilitated by Sarah Kutten, University of Oregon

    February 17
    Muerte Silenciosa (film and discussion)
    Translation: Quiet Death
    Facilitated by Jesse Dizard, Department of Anthropology

    March 10
    The Alchemy of Whiteness: Race, Immigration, and Identity in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    Facilitated by Peter Owens, Office of Institutional Research

    April 7
    Designing Confidence: Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome
    Facilitated by the First-Gen Faculty and Staff Association

    April 28
    The Foster Youth Experience
    Facilitated by Marina Lomeli-Fox and Dawn Carini, PATH Scholars (Foster Youth Program)

    May 5
    16th Annual Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion Awards
    Facilitated by Tray Robinson, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients

    Pulling us Together Award
    Recipient - Laura Nice and the Book in Common Planning Team

    Taking it to the Streets Award
    Recipient – Juanita Motley

    Promising New Comer Award
    Recipient - Shawn Bates

    The Teach Back Award
    Recipient - Malik Duffy

    Taking it to the Classroom Award
    Recipient - Felipe Restrapo

    Behind the Scenes Award
    Recipient - Jason Nice

    After Chico Award
    Recipient - Mia Colacion

    Walk the Line Award
    Recipient – Black Faculty and Staff Association

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Recipient - Tray Robinson

COEDI Awards

Each year, individuals committed to equity, diversity and inclusion are given Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Achievement Awards.


For several years interested faculty and staff have collaborated to host a variety of sessions on diversity topics for the campus community. The Conversations on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion series (COEDI) focuses on the complexities of the group and individual identities and how they influence one another.

COEDI has been the committee's attempt to expose and treat the various ills we see reflected on our campus and in our community--xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, classism, ignorance, apathy, etc., as well as celebrate our differences. In providing a forum for the many voices on our campus to be heard, we hope that, through education and conversation, we can bring about enlightenment, understanding, and acceptance.

Semester Themes

Each semester has had an overall theme so that the conversations are related to or build on one another over the semester.

Themes from previous semesters include:

  • highlighting collaborations between faculty/staff, students, and community members to create change
  • teaching diversity in the university classroom and
  • revealing and combating stereotypes.