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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

September 28 - 29, 2016: A Forum for Inclusion, Respect and Equity

Click HERE to pre-register for the forum events



 Conversation on Inclusion, Respect and Equity - This Fall beginning September 15



News & Announcements


Friday, September 28 through Friday, October 28, 2016 - Henry Madden Library, Ellipse Balcony Gallery, 3rd Floor, North Wing

Sorting Out Race. In order to bring us into healthy conversations about race, Sorting Out Race spotlights he relationship of cultural artifacts and racial identity as viewed through the framework of the thrift store donation.

The interactive exhibit leads viewers to key questions:

  • Should objects of stereotypical representation remain to circulate in today's society or should they be "sorted out" of the resale market and discarded?
  • What part do these artifacts play in shaping racial identity?
  • How do racial stereotypes perpetuate systems of dominance and privilege?

Click HERE for more information.


October 5: Ghandhi's 147 Birthday Celebration

September 17, October 28, December 3: NCBI Welcoming Diversity. A one-day prejudice reduction workshop. An interactive experience - not a lecture.


Check this page frequently for future webinar opportunities.


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.