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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Syllabi Examples

Diversity Checklist: Guidelines for Course Planning (PDF)

Inclusive Statements to Add to Syllabi

Acknowledgment Statement for the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria

We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.

Supported by the following Academic Senate Resolution:
https://www.csuchico.edu/sen/_assets/documents/as/19-4-25/mechoopda_reso.pdf (PDF)

Statement of Respect

Students in this class are encouraged to speak up and participate during class meetings. Because the class will represent a diversity of individual beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences, every member of this class must show respect for every other member of this class.

Statement of Inclusive excellence example (Appalachian State University)

Education is transformative, and open intellectual inquiry is the foundation of a university education and a democratic society. In the spirit of shared humanity and concern for our community and world, the Department of English faculty celebrate diversity as central to our mission and affirm our solidarity with those individuals and groups most at risk. In line with our departmental goals, we disavow all racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, and hate speech or actions that attempt to silence, threaten, and degrade others.

As educators, we affirm that language and texts, films and stories help us to understand the experiences of others whose lives are different from ours. We value critical reasoning, evidence-based arguments, self-reflection, and the imagination. Building on these capacities, we hope to inspire empathy, social and environmental justice, and an ethical framework for our actions. We advocate for a diverse campus, community, and nation inclusive of racial minorities, women, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of all religious faiths.

Statement of Inclusive excellence example (Appalachian State University)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University is committed to supporting our students and fostering an environment that is free of bias, discrimination, and harassment, in the classroom and in the broader university community. We are a faculty that strives to model reflection, advocacy, and care for community in order to work toward an equitable, democratic, and sustainable society. We value your participation in this process. If you feel that our courses, programs, or department fall short of this commitment, we encourage you to engage in dialogue with your instructor and/or other program faculty.

Please visit https://titleix.appstate.edu for information related to Appalachian State University's Title IX and http://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/syllabi for the most up-to-date policies on students with special needs, academic integrity, religious observances, and student engagement with courses.

More Diversity & Inclusion Syllabus Statements(opens in new window)

First Generation Student Statement

I am part of the campus community network focused on meeting your unique needs as a First Gen student as you navigate your learning and life experiences here at Chico State. As a First Generation student myself, I can help you connect with resources on campus to address challenges you may face that interfere with your academic and social success on campus and beyond. My goal is to help you be successful and to find the support and guidance you may need to become a 1st Gen GRADUATE.

First Generation Student Statement for Ally's

I am part of the campus community network focused on meeting your unique needs as a First Gen student as you navigate your learning and life experiences here at Chico State. As a First Gen Student Ally, I can help you connect with resources on campus to address challenges you may face that interfere with your academic and social success on campus and beyond. My goal is to help you be successful and to find the support and guidance you may need to become a 1st Gen GRADUATE.

Safe Zone Statement

I am part of the Safe Zone Ally community network of trained Chico State faculty/staff/students who are available to listen and support you in a safe and confidential manner. As a Safe Zone Ally, I can help you connect with resources on campus to address problems you may face that interfere with your academic and social success on campus as it relates to issues surrounding sexual orientation/gender identity. My goal is to help you be successful and to maintain a safe and equitable campus.

LGBTQ Equality Statement

I am firmly committed to diversity and equality in all areas of campus life, including specifically members of the LGBTQ community. In this class I will work to promote an anti-discriminatory environment where everyone feels safe and welcome. I recognize that discrimination can be direct or indirect and take place at both institutional and personal levels. I believe that such discrimination is unacceptable and I am committed to providing equality of opportunity for all by eliminating any and all discrimination, harassment, bullying, or victimization. The success of this policy relies on the support and understanding of everyone in this class. We all have a responsibility not to be offensive to each other, or to participate in, or condone harassment or discrimination of any kind.

Syllabi for Specific Subjects

Business

Communication

Math

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Social Justice

Spanish

Reading and Composition (PDF)

Advanced Oral Expression (PDF)