CAL Diversity committee

Diversity in CAL

A Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Against Anti-Blackness

SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters stands in solidarity with our Black communities. We denounce racism in any form and violence against Black people, and we stand firm in our belief that Black lives matter.

As a community of university faculty and staff, it is our duty to actively support and advocate for solutions to systemic racism across our nation, the world, and our campus.

We are proud to house the departments of Africana Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, American Indian Studies, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies which, together with other departments and programs, help provide students with culturally relevant curricula, critical thinking skills, and accurate knowledge to critique white supremacy and promote social justice.

We commit to these ongoing actions:

  • Equitable practices to include: hiring, retaining, and improving climate and success of Black and other underrepresented faculty, staff, and students
  • Amplifying the voices of Black people through courses and co-curricular events 
  • Continuing to participate and encourage participation in anti-bias training
  • Resourcing and supporting the work of our ethnic studies departments
  • Resourcing and supporting faculty, staff, and programs that are making a positive difference for Black and other underrepresented people, on and off campus
  • Identifying and addressing equity gaps
  • Developing and implementing specific actions in support of these commitments through our diversity planning process and other initiatives

SDSU campus statements and links

Statements on systemic racism from some of our professional organizations

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Who we are: The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) supports disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural approaches to major social, human, and environmental issues in the humanities and social sciences. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads to our recognition of and responsibility for being part of a proud transborder, Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) located on the lands of the Kumeyaay Nation.

Why diversity, equity, and inclusion matter: We are committed to honoring our intersecting socio-historical experiences with respect to diverse socially constructed variations that include race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, immigration status, religion, colonial status, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, body diversity, as well as non-traditional, underrepresented, first-generation, and veteran status. Equity seeks to ensure that members of underrepresented and underresourced groups have similar outcomes as other groups. Inclusion challenges racism, sexism, classism, settler colonialism, and other forms of inequities and creates spaces where members of all groups are visible, valued, and can freely contribute to the community.

What we do: We promote multifaceted and diverse intellectual approaches to foster an environment in which SDSU’s various local communities (faculty, staff, and students) can connect in globally conscious and critical ways. A commitment to social responsibility and equity supports this work: each College department includes faculty with expertise in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By focusing on the contributions of specific minoritized groups and fostering linguistic and cultural difference (a fact exemplified in our rich GE curriculum), our College is at the forefront of scholarly and curricular diversity

Our vision: We recognize that imbalances of power, perspective, and privilege persist in higher education and in society. We acknowledge and address the diverse experiences of oppression, discrimination, and resistance that many face. Our community supports the equality and dignity of all persons in order to establish and promote an environment in which all can thrive. Our College is stronger when we respect, engage with, promote, and sustain the intellectual and social contributions of members of diverse groups and approach our disciplines through multiple lenses.

(Last Updated June 15, 2020)