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.

Vision Statement

Multicultural and Gender Studies will serve the mission, strategic plan, and values of CSU Chico by supporting interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry and social justice advocacy both in the broadest sense and with special attention to diverse communities in the North State:

  • As an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), we will work with our community to build a thriving, intersectional Latinx major that both reflects the diversity of our Latinx student population and educates about political struggles past and present.
  • In honor of the Mechoopda, on whose land the University stands, we will collaborate with First Nations of the North State and relevant student organizations to construct an American Indian Studies curriculum that meets the needs of Natives and non-Natives alike.
  • Acknowledging the established and increasing presence of Asian Americans (including Hmong and Pacific Islanders) and Eastern Indians (Sikh) in the North State, as well as our growing population of African American/Black students, faculty, and staff, we will partner with community members to create coursework rich in culture and reflective of current issues. 
  • Cognizant of continuing gender-based inequities, we will preserve a vigorous program in feminist and women’s studies, and we will enhance our curriculum to make more visible identities and issues of gender non-conforming people.
  • In solidarity with our oppressed yet proud LGBTQIA communities, we will explore the spectrum of sexual and affective orientation, preference, and biological predisposition and defend the right of all to love.
  • In all of our courses we will analyze and challenge interlocking systems of power including racism, ethnocentrism, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism. Our curriculum will examine difficult topics and focus on a long-standing tradition of pride and agency.
  • To meet the needs of our entire student body, all of whom are entering an increasingly diverse professional environment, and in service to all departments at Chico State, we will offer an MCGS Diversity Certificate available to any major.
  • We will continuously look to emerging trends in our various disciplines, as well as demographic shifts in the North State and pressing issues of the times, to inform our ongoing curricular and programmatic vision.

MCGS Program Learning Outcomes

PLO #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. 

PLO #2:  MCGS majors will be able to effectively apply field-specific vocabulary, concepts, theories, and interdisciplinary analytical frameworks in activities and assignments.

PLO #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.

PLO #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. 

PLO #5: MCGS majors will be able to compose comprehensible, well organized, evidence-based, and substantive verbal presentations in the discipline.

PLO #6:  MCGS majors will be able to compose comprehensible, well organized, evidence-based, and substantive scholarly writing in the discipline.

PLO #7:  MCGS majors will be able to demonstrate capacity for leadership and work effectively in teams with a diverse range of individuals.

PLO #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’ interest. 
  • 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 Requirement. 
  • 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 new curriculum in gender-based interppersonal violence and prevention. 
Multi-cultural and Gender Studies Program