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Inclusive Excellence

Our Mission

  • We value the assets that all of us bring to educational experiences;
  • We cultivate institutional change and continuous improvement to better meet the needs of everyone in our learning community;
  • We build high quality learning opportunities by ensuring equitable access to effective educational practices for all;
  • We maintain a welcoming and empowering campus climate for all.
    • Inclusive Excellence Commission
    • Sub-Committees


The President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence will provide active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity to ensure every campus community member an equal opportunity to excel in an environment of inclusion, equity and social justice.


To be a national model of inclusive excellence requires a paradigm shift in thoughts and actions related to equity, diversity, learning and community success. This requires that we examine and change patterns of inequity, norms and regulations that differentially affect students, faculty and staff from marginalized groups based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations. Our aim is to embed equity and acceptance in the fiber of the university. Inclusive excellence is an active process. 


Community Engagement

Engage our internal/external stakeholders to value the safety, communication, resources and diversity to promote learning, encourage wellness and inspire conversations of engagement.    

Physical Environment

The purpose of our sub-committee on Physical Space is to assist in creating a physical environment that creates the feeling of being safe, of being inclusive and reflects the diversity of our university while reinforcing the idea of being a unified community with shared core values.

Professional Development

The overarching goal for the Professional Development subcommittee of the Commission is to identify Inclusive Excellence professional development needs and options for students, faculty, staff, community members and partners and executive leaders including department chairs, deans and associate Deans, the academic senate, President’s Cabinet and leadership teams for the divisions of Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Athletics, Information Technology, Strategic Communications, Student Affairs and University Relations.

Structuring for Change

Structuring for Change University Diversity Statement:  This sub-group endeavors to embed the achievement and assessment of Inclusive Excellence goals into our administrative structures.  Inclusive excellence can only be achieved and maintained when the institutional procedures support inclusiveness for all students, staff and faculty.  This charge includes identifying policies and procedures to promote and guide the campus community towards success.   Policies and practices which hinder inclusivity in communication, financial and hiring practices; and our varied scholarly and work endeavors will be addressed by this sub-committee.


Jo Brocato, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Social Work
IEC Structuring for Change Sub-Committee

Sue ElHessen, Ph.D.
LA Commissioner for Public Social Services
UOP Online Faculty
IEC Community Engagement Sub-Committee

John Hamilton, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for University Access and Retention, Division of Student Affairs
IEC Community Engagement Sub-Committee

Deborah Hamm
Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education CFA Co-President
IEC Structuring for Change Sub-Committee

Vivian Hernandez
Assistant Coordinator, Basic Needs Program Graduate Student, Student Development in Higher Education Program
IEC Physical Environment Sub-Committee

Brian Jersky, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
IEC Co-Chair

Angela Locks, Ph.D.
Professor, Advanced Studies in Counseling and Educational Leadership
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

IEC Professional Development Sub-Committee

Eric Marinez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
IEC Professional Development Sub-Committee

Erin Miles
Manager, Equity and Diversity
IEC Physical Environment Sub-Committee

Anna Ortiz, Ph.D.
Professor, Advanced Studies in Counseling and Educational Leadership
EC Structuring for Change Sub-Committee

La Tanya Sheffield
Head Coach, Track and Field
IEC Professional Development Sub-Committee

Craig Stone, Ph.D.
Director, American Indian Studies Program Professor, School of Art
IEC Physical Environment Sub-Committee

Mary Ann Takemoto, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President, Student Affairs
IEC Co-Chair


The Joint Commission has the opportunity to engage in sustained Intergroup Dialogue (IGD), during the fall 2019 semester. IGD is defined by the University of Michigan as “face-to-face meetings between members of two (or more) social groups (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) that have a history of conflict or potential conflict. The meetings are structured (yet flexible) and sustained over a period of time during which participants explore: 1) commonalities and differences within and between groups, 2) differences in privilege and discrimination between (and within) groups, 3) intergroup conflicts, and positive uses of conflicts, and 4) possibilities for alliances and coalitions between groups, and other strategies for social justice.”

Engaging in this sustained project will assist the Joint Commission in developing goals and strategies to increase equity in the three areas of inclusive excellence, status of women, and sustainability.

The Intergroup Dialogue project will ultimately support the Joint Commission in leading structural changes for the university in a way that is personally reflective, broadly inclusive, and aligned with the Beach 2030 values.

More Information

For further information on IGD, please contact CSULB Faculty:


Latinx Faculty / Staff Association

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! 

We invite you to become part of the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) at California State University, Long Beach.  Membership is open to all faculty and staff who are committed to building community and advocating for the needs and goals of Latinx faculty, staff, and students at CSULB.  

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African American / Black A​ssociation 

(New website will be available early spring 2020)

Philipino/a A​ssociation ​

(New website will be available early spring 2020)

American Indian Association​

(For information, please email Dr. Craig Stone at and the American Indian Studies website)