Student Cultural Resource Centers - Update 5/11/2022
I'm excited to report the valuable feedback from students has been collected and analyzed. After a thorough review of available spaces on campus, President Conoley and Provost Scissum Gunn have both approved a plan to create schematic drawings/renderings of the cultural resource centers inside the University Library. We look forward to sharing more information and the drawings with students when they are available.
Thank you and Go Beach,
Beth Lesen, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Student Cultural Resource Centers - Update 11/19/2021
As stated in the 2020 CSULB Equity and Action Report, President Conoley’s highest facilities priority is ensuring the student cultural resource centers are reflected prominently in the university’s master plan. Today, I am pleased to provide a status update on behalf of the staff working so diligently on this initiative. These resource centers are invaluable to our community. They represent decades of student involvement and a very special historical legacy. These centers are more than spaces; they are homes to communities that have undoubtedly supported thousands of resilient students in successfully earning degrees from the Beach. We are committed to making sure future generations of students have community environments that cultivate the same success, but in newly renovated space with far more resources available.
Our fundamental goal: Create a new, beautifully renovated home for the student cultural resource centers. To achieve this goal, we have already been engaging in a thorough consultation process with wide student input. We know getting this right is critical and we have plenty of time to make sure all voices are heard in the process. We do not have the pressure of a short timeline. The current centers can remain in their current location until at least May 2023.
Summary of Progress:
- Student Kick-Off Meeting with 20-25 student leaders
- Eight (8) 1-hour student focus groups provided initial feedback on space needs
- Questionnaire for center staff, including student assistants
- Online student survey and digital open feedback form open to all students
- Three (3) student organizations and six (6) student leaders have met with university leadership
- Staff and student leaders tour of the newly renovated Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers at CSU, Fullerton
- All feedback will be collected and analyzed in the formation of a proposed plan
- The proposed plan will be shared with students in the centers, student organizations, and Associated Students, Inc. for additional input and feedback
If you are inspired to participate in this in-depth consultation process and would like to be a part of designing the student cultural resource centers of the future, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for additional updates on the proposed plans in the coming months on the OMA webpage.
Take care and be well,
Beth Lesen, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
The mission of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Resource Center is to provide a facility for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, organizations, faculty and staff to come together as a community. Additionally, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Resource Center serves to educate and inform the campus-wide community of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, histories and social issues.
Phone Number: 562.985.1812
The mission of the Black Resource Center is to provide a facility for Black/African students, staff and faculty to come together in a secure, supportive, well maintained, functional, and Black/African centered environment. The focus of the center is to benefit the cultural growth and development of the CSULB Black/African community.
Phone Number: 562.985.1797
The LGBTQ Resource Center was established to serve the greater campus community by striving to create a safer and supportive environment for all LGBTQ students, faculty and staff, as well as, the community members who identify as allies. The center hopes to advocate for and educate on topics related to homophobia, heterosexism, inclusive language, and other sexual and gender identity issues. The center's space can be used for group meetings, support programs, teach-ins, and other sexual and gender identity-related programs.
Phone Number: 562.985.4585
The Muslim Resource Centers promotes the faith formation of the Muslim students on campus while supporting their academic, social, and professional goals. The goal of the center is to provide a home away from home for those seeking to engage in the Muslim traditions.
The Puvungna Resource Center serves to create an atmosphere of special support, cultural enrichment, academic retention, and most importantly, a sense of community for Native American/American Indian students. The center operates to provide academic and cultural resources for the CSULB campus community.
Location: University Student Union (USU), Suite 310
Phone Number: 562.985.1879
The Raza Resource Center's goal is to provide resources that educate students about the many historical and cultural backgrounds that make up the Chicanx & Latinx population. This also includes community organizing and the promotion and education of social movements and political issues that continue to affect Chicanxs and Latinxs today.
Phone Number: 562.985.1683