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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

This page hosts information about the University Student Union’s continued commitment to supporting students’ educational goals through inclusive and anti-racist programs, services and activities. Through collaboration with students, faculty and staff from various campus entities, DEI is dedicated to providing spaces where all Matadors can come together to learn and engage in conversations regarding race, anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusivity.

Initiatives

Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant (DEIG) Highlights

The University Student Union in collaboration with University Counseling Services received funding from DEIG to provide several programs.

  • Essential Talks: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West
    Hear from Political Activist and Philosopher Dr. Cornel West during this collaboration with the USU and University Counseling Services (UCS) in this installment of the Multicultural Speaker Series, part of the Essential Talks program. 
  • Essential Talks: Black Chat
    Connect with Students from Other Colleges and Celebrate Black Culture at Essential Talks: Black Chat with the USU, UCS, the Rose Black Resource Center of CSU Dominguez Hills, the Pan African Resource Center at Cal State L.A and the African American Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona.

Healing Spaces

Our Healing Spaces are intended to create safe space for communities to come together to heal, be in community with one another and create support and action items for matters impacting members of our CSUN community. We have held various healing spaces in collaboration with departments and student organizations.

HEAL Project

The HEAL Project connects CSUN at-promise students with resources they need to thrive in college and promote student success.  

WISDOM

WISDOM is a dynamic program for Black female students at CSUN. It is geared toward helping them achieve academic success and enhance their social capital by developing positive mentoring relationships with CSUN professional faculty, staff and administrators.

USU Work Teams

  • Internal USU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Team

    Provides guidance and support to the University Student Union on creating an inclusive workplace experience for members of the organization. Assist on issues of organization climate, inclusive practices and overall, equitable experiences for staff and board members.

  • USU Rise Committee

    The Rise Committee is a student-driven, student-led space that fosters a sense of belonging at CSUN, where diverse communities come together to explore race and intersecting identities, encourage intellectual exchange, and promote inclusion and advocacy.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will serve as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors offering a critical analysis of how the USU can further enhance inclusivity within its policies, practices and programming efforts.

Anti-Racism Resource List 

Visit our Anti-Racism Resource List to find helpful allyship articles, training workshops, law enforcement alternatives, history and social justice books, anti-racism videos and other resources.

Resource Centers

DREAM Center

The DREAM Center at CSUN is a resource center for undocumented students and allies. It addresses the needs of undocumented students, members of missed-status families, campus faculty and staff by providing the following services and resources:

  • Assistance with AAB 540, Dream Act, DACA & scholarships (walk-in or by appointment)
  • Peer mentoring Program
  • Programs & services addressing the specific needs of undocumented students
  • Legal services referrals
  • Referrals to counseling resources
  • Ally & policy literacy trainings
  • Policy & legislative updates
  • Computer and printer access

DREAM stands for Dreamers, Resources, Empowerment, Advocacy and Mentorship. 

Contact
(818) 677-7069
dreamcenter@csun.edu

Visit the DREAM Center website >

Pride Center

The Pride Center supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQIA+) and questioning students, faculty and staff through programming and educational outreach to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA+ individuals as well as advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community. 

Pride Center Values: Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, Fun, Inclusivity, Intersectionality, Learning, Social Justice

Contact
(818) 677-4355 
pride@csun.edu

Visit the Pride Center website >

Veterans Resource Center

Our mission is to assist CSUN students as they transition from military service to academic success. The VRC promotes the academic, personal and professional development of student veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their dependents through supportive services, resources and community building events.

Contact
(818) 677-4672 
vrc@csun.edu

Visit the VRC website >