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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Discrimination and inequities in our society have unjustly impacted communities of color and people of varied ethnicities, origins, sexualities, gender identities, religions, ability, body size, and many other intersectional identities. Because of this, historically underserved populations have not had equal access or opportunity for educational success.

Chico State has intentionally made equity, diversity, and inclusion the University’s top Strategic Plan priority in order to challenge and change that status quo on our campus and in society.


We commit to

Honoring the distinct values, beliefs, identities, and cultures of our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Providing the educational tools and resources for our students, faculty, and staff to understand, challenge, and change historical discrimination and oppression through interdisciplinary and international experiences.

Examining our own institutional practices to uncover and eliminate biases and barriers so that all Wildcats can be successful here.

Moving beyond being an institution that welcomes diverse populations to one that serves and allows people to truly thrive.

Several portraits are on display for the Dear World Photo Exhibit in the Kendall Hall Rotunda
Portraits are on display for the Dear World photo exhibit in Kendall Hall. View more Dear World photos(opens in new window).


Key Actions Planned for 2020–2021

A sampling of work planned for the 2020–21 academic year includes:

Continue collaboration with the Office of Academic Personnel and Human Resources to increase workforce diversity.

Present recommendations to cabinet for improving Chico State grades on Harper and Simmons’ Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities—A 50-State Report Card.

Consider campus climate implications of virtual instruction due to COVID-19 and work across divisions .to eliminate those barriers

Continue to examine and challenge institutional discrimination with a heightened focused on fostering an anti-racist campus.

Gathering in solidarity for the We Matter Vigil as part of Black History Month
Student Emily Ka Lynda Watts reads a poem that she wrote to members of the campus community as they gather in solidarity for the We Matter Vigil as part of Black History Month.


Highlights from 2019–2020

Selected EDI milestones from the 2019–20 academic year:

Avoiding Bias in Hiring training made mandatory for search committee chairs and hiring managers for staff recruitments (already required for faculty recruitments).

Campus participation (student, faculty, and administrators) in the UC/CSU Moving Beyond Bias Training in Sacramento.

Secured a $29,000 CSU Chancellor’s Office grant to promote retention of diverse faculty in 2020–21 University Diversity Council collaborated with the Curriculum Advisory Board to create an equity, diversity, and inclusion rubric to assess our general education programs.

Submitted information to Campus Pride to rank the University’s support for our LGBTQ+ campus community (We received 3.5 out of 5 stars and have developed action items based on the score.).

Created an institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion website to centralize resources and information.

View the University Diversity Council Year-End Report 2019-2020 (PDF).

diversity academy graduates
TOP: Faculty and staff graduates of the 2019 Diversity Academy cohort BOTTOM: Biological sciences major Maredith Berdeja is photographed during the LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception


Policies, Reports, and Priorities