Office of Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence Resources

Conscious or unconscious weight in favor of or against something, such as a belief, idea, group or individual. Biases can be innate, learned or conditioned. Biases affect our emotions, judgements and decision making.

The interrelatedness of all individuals and groups on campus including faculty, staff, students, parents, donors, alumni, volunteers, and visitors. In a community, what happens to an individual or group, impacts the community as a whole.

Adverse action taken against a student, an employee or a third party by the CSU, a CSU employee, or another student because of a protected status.

Individual and group differences including but not limited to personality; physical, cognitive, and mental abilities and disabilities; perspective of thought; learning style; life experiences; group characteristics or associations such as age, race, color, ethnicity, language, socio-economic status or class, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, cultural, political, religious, and other ideologies and affiliations.

Providing each person with identical resources and opportunities regardless of their needs and/or circumstances.

The proportional distribution of resources, and opportunities to create desirable outcomes. In an equitable environment, an individual or group would have access to the resources they need to be successful. Sometimes confused with equality, equity refers to outcomes while equality connotes equal treatment. Where individuals or groups are dissimilarly situated, equal treatment may be insufficient for, or even detrimental to, equitable outcomes.

Federal and CA State Protected Status
Age, Disability, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Nationality, Race, Color, Ethnicity, Religion or Religious Creed, Sexual Orientation, Veteran or Military Status.

Unwelcome conduct, based on the Complainant’s Protected Status, that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting her/his ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.

The appreciation that the richness of diversity within each person contributes to the overall community and is therefore recognized, respected, valued and upheld. Inclusion is the act of moving beyond tolerance and acceptance to celebrating and valuing individual uniqueness and authenticity. Inclusive actions include ensuring that all members of the community, particularly those traditionally excluded individuals and groups, are brought into campus processes, activities, discussions and decision/policymaking.

Intentional and unintentional verbal, non-verbal, behavioral or environmental derogatory slights, indignities and hostilities.

Sense of Belonging
Having a meaningful voice and the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to, the design of social and cultural structures.

Social Justice
Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society which includes social responsibility.

Unified in a set of shared values and commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Building connections within, across and between sub-communities, thereby creating and nurturing a holistically mosaic of the overall community.

How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias – Dolly Chugh

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do – Jennifer Eberhardt

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner) – Ibram X. Kendi

Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change – Stacy Abrams

Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century – Barbara Ransby

Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need – Sasha Costanza-Chock

Dear White Women, It’s Not You. It’s Me. I’m Breaking Up with You! – Hannah Drake


Social Justice 101: How to Become a Social Justice Advocate from A to Z – Selys Rivera

It's Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability & Gender in a Polarized World – Anatasia S. Kim, PhD

The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing (The Social Justice Handbook Series) – Anneliese A. Singh, Phd, LPC

Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces – Karen Katlin

"What Does Injustice Have to Do with Me?": Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice – David Nurenberg

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, & You Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge – Layla Saad

What Does It Mean To Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Robin DiAngelo

So You Want to Talk About Race  Ijeoma Oluo

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? –  Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation* – Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective – Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Editor)

The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches* – Audre Lorde

Women, Race, & Class –  Dr. Angela Davis

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City* – Dr. Matthew Desmond

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race –  Reni Eddo-Lodge

Algorithms of Oppression:  How Search Engines Reinforce Racism –  Dr. Safiya U. Noble

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code* –  Dr. Ruha Benjamin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness –  Michelle Alexander

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America* –  Khalil Gibran Muhammad

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America –  Ronald Takaki

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor* – Layla F.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Dr Joy Degruy 

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide – Crystal Marie Fleming 

Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid – William D. Lopez

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir – Bakari Sellers

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