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Welcome to the President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity

The President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity 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 Commission developed a comprehensive plan to make sure this commitment is understood across our campus. MORE

Spring 2018 registration is Open for the President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program

The President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program is an 18-month program that consists of: (a) two required on-campus seminars; (b) two on-campus elective seminars, and (c) two on-or off-campus seminars preceded by a (d) mandatory National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Welcoming Diversity workshop.  The program provides participants with a greater understanding of how we can and why we should work together to continue building a strong and inclusive Fresno State Community.  Participants will also have an opportunity to reflect on their learning through writing, art, music, and/or other forms of expression

Certificates awarded to those who complete all the required and elective seminars as well as a reflection component.  Non-certificate seekers are welcome to attend all seminars.


Participants must have attended a 1-day NCBI Welcoming Diversity workshop before seminar registration (within the last three years).


  • Spring 2018 dates will be posted soon.

NOTE: It is important you are present for the full day.  The NCBI workshop is most effective when you attend the entire time.  Each activity builds on the previous work. To register for an upcoming NCBI workshop, click HERE.


Required Seminars (click on the title to register)

Elective Seminars (click on the title to register)

  • Monday, September 25, 10 a.m. to noon - Peaceful Problem Solving in a Multicultural Environment - This seminar will be rescheduled
  • Wednesday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. to noon - Dream Students at Fresno State: Challenges, Opportunities, Allies and Advocacy

For more information on the President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program, click HERE.

Interested in facilitating a future seminar? Complete a facilitator application

JOIN US: Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity 



News & Announcements



September 15, 2015.  A Forum for Inclusion, Respect and equity.

Intersectionality: Where You and I Meet with keynote speaker Dr. Linda Garber, associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Santa Clara University.  

Click HERE to see the Authentic Student Voice discussion panel video.

Click HERE to see the Courageous Conversations with Faculty and Staff discussion panel video.

Keynote presentation and open dialog with President Joseph I. Castro coming soon.

Click HERE to see the videos from the October 28, 2014, Forum with keynote speaker Dr. Robert Teranishi.

Gender Inclusive Restrooms.  MORE


Fresno State receives the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. MORE

Fresno State wins 2nd straight national honor for excellence in diversity. MORE

Fresno State receives national honor for excellence in diversity 2014. MORE


Intersectionality: A theory and methodology developed in feminist studies, intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1989) reveals and explains the ways in which identity categories, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, ability and other axes of identity, intersect to produce multiple and varied lived experiences and inequalities.  Intersectionality helps us understand how our multidimensional racialized, gendered, and sexualized social identities shape our experiences of power and oppression.

The following working definitions are a critical component of A Strategic Plan for Inclusion, Respect and Equity (ASPIRE):

Inclusion: The active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity - in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect - in ways that increase one's awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within (and change) systems and institutions.

Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, language, learning styles and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, 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.

Equity (student focus): The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion (Association of American Colleges & Universities Website, 2011).

Equity (employee focus): The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations of employees (faculty and staff) to have equal access to professional growth opportunities and resource networks that are capable of closing the demographic disparities in leadership roles in all spheres of institutional functioning (Clayton-Pederson, 2011; Adapted from the University of Southern California's Center for Urban Education's Equity Scorecard™).

Cultural Competence: The state of having and applying knowledge and skill in four areas: awareness of one's own cultural worldview; recognition of one's attitudes toward cultural differences; realization of different cultural practices and worldviews; and thoughtfulness in cross-cultural interaction.  Over an extended period of time, individuals and organizations develop the wisdom and capability to:

  • examine critically how cultural worldviews influence perceptions of power, dominance and inequality; and
  • behave honorably within the complex dynamics of differences and commonalities among humans, groups and systems.