Welcome to the President's Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The President's Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion supports acceptance and fairness at all levels of the University. Fresno State is an institution where exploring the diversity of thought and discouraging marginalization is valued as a means of enriching knowledge and critical-thinking. The Council developed a comprehensive plan to make sure this commitment is understood across our campus. 

 

PCEDI's Charge

Develop a comprehensive three-to five-year Diversity Plan with measurable outcomes and visible results. The development of the Diversity Plan shall include the following elements:

  • Affirm the President’s Diversity Statement, and align the Diversity Plan with the University Strategic Plan.
  • Create a Diversity Plan that is dynamic and reflects the rich and diverse experiences, values, world views and cultures that make up humanity. The diversity plan shall include specific goals, timelines, strategies, assessments, accountability and budget estimates.
  • Review and discuss other institutions’ Diversity Plans, planning processes, and best practices.
  • Compile and analyze campus demographic data and historical trends for the recruitment, retention and professional development of faculty, staff, students and administrators, as well as data regarding components of diversity. The components of diversity may include but are not limited to support for an inclusive campus climate and breadth of intellectual research and curriculum.
  • Discuss the research, theory and writing on diversity issues in higher education.
  • Create a campus diversity progress tracking system (i.e., Diversity Scorecard).
  • Develop a campus-wide implementation plan that includes activities, education, communication, feedback, and ongoing involvement. This plan shall include a timeline for milestone achievements.
  • Secure campus-wide affirmation for the Diversity Plan, monitor its implementation, and begin progress reporting.

Following development and implementation of the Diversity Plan, the PCEDI shall be responsible on an annual basis to:

  • Submit an annual Diversity Report to the President, university community, accrediting bodies and other relevant groups.
  • Continue to study and review diversity programs developed at other universities on an on-going basis, and recommend actions to be considered by the President or governing bodies of the university.

University's Definition of Diversity 

Individual differences (e.g., personality, language, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation/sexual identity, country of origin, and ability status as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning. 

President Castro's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

As a native of the San Joaquin Valley, I was raised to appreciate that the rich tapestry of diversity that defines the region is one of our greatest strengths. I am proud that the diversity of Central California is strongly reflected in Fresno State's students, faculty, staff and administrators. It is essential to our academic excellence.

We are dedicated to reducing any barriers to success that come from race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, sex, national origin, color, linguistic diversity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, geographical region, personality, learning styles, life experiences and other human characteristics.

The President's Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion supports acceptance and fairness at all levels of the University. Fresno State is an institution where exploring the diversity of thought and discouraging marginalization is valued as a means of enriching knowledge and critical-thinking. The Council developed a comprehensive plan to make sure this commitment is understood across our campus.

As an engaged University, we focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all.

As President, I am committed to maintaining a campus known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior. The University must be safe and inclusive. We do not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination or intimidation, as prohibited by University policy and state and federal civil rights laws.

Our efforts depend on the continued dedication of every member of the University community. We are all responsible for upholding these core objectives while working and learning at Fresno State.

Joseph I. Castro, President