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.

Multi-cultural and Gender Studies Program

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Program Learning Outcome #1
    MCGS majors will be able to identify, explain, and analyze major issues and social movements related to diverse identities and experiences through various theoretical lenses; particular areas of focus include women, gender, U.S. race and ethnicity, sovereignty, LGBTQIA2S+, socioeconomic class, and ability. 
  • Program Learning Outcome #2
    MCGS majors will be able to effectively apply field-specific vocabulary, concepts, theories, and interdisciplinary analytical frameworks in activities and assignments.
  • Program Learning Outcome #3
    MCGS majors will be able to interpret the concept of intersectionality, as well as to analyze the interlocking systems of power including racism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, settler colonialism, religious hegemony, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism operating in a given situation.
  • Program Learning Outcome #4

    MCGS majors will be able to:

    1. engage in interdisciplinary scholarly research;  
    2. assess and evaluate sources; 
    3. employ effective data collection;  
    4. apply diverse analysis methods;  
    5. make informed, professional uses of technology. 
  • Program Learning Outcome #5
    MCGS majors will be able to compose comprehensible, well organized, evidence-based, and substantive verbal presentations in the discipline.
  • Program Learning Outcome #6
    MCGS majors will be able to compose comprehensible, well organized, evidence-based, and substantive scholarly writing in the discipline.
  • Program Learning Outcome #7
    MCGS majors will be able to demonstrate a capacity for leadership and work effectively in teams with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Program Learning Outcome #8
    MCGS majors will be able to apply their knowledge of women, gender, U.S. race and ethnicity, sovereignty, LGBTQIA2S+, socioeconomic class, and ability to an organization or community effort.

Strategic Directions

  • Strategic Direction 1: Students
    • Develop a coherent and cohesive curriculum for majors and minors that meets students’ needs and engages students’ interests. 
    • Foster diversity competency among the CSU Chico student body. 
    • Recruit and retain increasingly diverse and motivated cohorts of majors and minors. 
    • Support all students' success in the MCGS programs.  
    • Advise current and potential MCGS students about the professional opportunities open to them.
  • Strategic Direction 2: Faculty & Staff
    • Make appropriate faculty and staff hires to support majors, minors, and Ethnic Studies requirements. 
    • Create a positive, respectful, and collegial departmental climate. 
    • Update and revise department standards as needed to sustain a thriving and successful community. 
    • Rectify challenges faced by faculty with joint appointments. 
    • Support MCGS faculty in their course redesign, research, scholarship, and creative activities. 
    • Provide advising training and resources, especially about advising diverse students. 
    • Support instructors across the disciplines in learning and implementing Inclusive Pedagogy.
  • Strategic Direction 3: Community
    • Strengthen ties with communities in our service area. 
    • Support community events in the area.  
    • Work with the local high schools. 
    • Support teachers with an online summer and winter break version of the Diversity Certificate. 
    • Build relationships with potential employers, discussing their needs and how the skill set of our graduates will be useful.
  • Strategic Direction 4: Resources

    Identify and secure external sources of support to augment university-based allocations. Wisely manage and strategically invest the resources entrusted to us. 

    • Participate with SOE/CME in Title V grant proposals.  
    • Partner with other departments in course offerings, to share the financial responsibility. 
    • Seek funding to emulate the CSU Long Beach Ethnic Studies Initiative, providing Ethnic Studies coursework in the local high schools. 
    • Seek Title IX funding to create and staff a new curriculum in gender-based interpersonal violence and prevention.