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California State University, Fullerton

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, California 92831
(657) 278-2011
School Information
“Cal State Fullerton is a leading campus of the CSU, serving as an intellectual and cultural center for Southern California and driver of workforce and economic development. We are an emerging national model for supporting student success through innovative high-impact educational and co-curricular experiences, including faculty-student collaborative research” (Source: The school has a total of over 40,000 students in its enrollment and its student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1. Furthermore, the school was founded in 1957. 109 degree programs are offered, including 55 undergraduate programs and 54 graduate programs (Source:
General Information
The California State University of Fullerton has engaged numerous DEI initiatives in addition to clearly stating its intentions on becoming an "anti-racist campus." Numerous resources for anti-racism are offered both on a university level and on a department level. The school hosts numerous projects within the Social Justice and Storytelling Institute. There are general education requirements for student to take courses in cultural diversity as well as ethnic studies. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In order to meet the General Education Requirements towards a Bachelor's degree, all students are required to complete 3 units of coursework from the “Area Z: Cultural” category on Cultural Diversity.
  • In order to meet the General Education Requirements towards a Bachelor’s degree, all students are required to complete 3 units of coursework from the “Area F: Ethnic Studies” category which will “Identify, define and interpret core concepts such as race, racism, racial inaction, ethnicity, equity, ethnic-centrism, eurocentrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization, sovereignty, anti-racism, migration, labor systems, settler colonialism, imperialism, citizenship and immigration.”
Program and Research Funding
  • CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents their Guiding Principles for Social Justice in which they discuss their efforts toward enhancing equitable learning, expanding intentional outreach, and calling out racism and bias with the primary goal of being “an actively inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist campus.”
  • Funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, an event was hosted by CSUF on July 2023 marking the first event in a series of projects by the Social Justice and Storytelling Institute in which “students learned how to confront social inequity and dismantle structural racism through the craft of diverse storytelling.”
  • Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education offers previously held Anti-Racism Webinars on the “History of Anti-Racism Action in Education,” “Becoming an Anti-Racist Educational Leader,” “Identifying and Revising Curriculum for Anti-Racist Teaching,” and “Anti-Racist Teaching Practice.”
  • Funded by a $3 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, CSUF is one of four public universities in the Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium (DEFCon) that “emphasizes working with Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian communities to use digital tools and technologies in ways that critically rethink historical and contemporary problem spaces, and contemplate new digital futures.”
  • On October 21, 2021, Cal State Fullerton’s Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice hosted a webinar discussion on Critical Race Theory, featuring professors who currently teach CRT in their coursework.
  • CSUF’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences has a site dedicated to Black Lives Movement Resources listing books, articles, and relevant courses that are offered.
  • The College of Education at CSUF is “committed to anti-racist teaching and learning.” In their efforts to “provide a just, equitable, and inclusive education,” they provide a number of resources on Allyship, Anti-Racism, Activism, Black Lives Matter, and “Understanding Privilege, Whiteness and White Privilege.”
  • Following the 2020 protests after the death of George Floyd, CSUF debuted a video series called “The Talk: A Journey Toward Anti-Racism” which discussed the school’s anti-racism efforts. In May 2022, the school expanded with “The Talk Continues” in which highlighted their journey toward “anti-racism through the lens of their multiple identities.”
  • In the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Titan, CSUF’s digital magazine, faculty from the school share their stories of “dismantling racism and injustice in the classroom.”
  • The school’s Diversity Initiatives & Resource Centers (DIRC) “supports students by building communities that foster a sense of belonging, creating opportunities to engage in self-discovery and critical inquiry, and serving as a hub for resources in inclusive and affirming spaces.” They work to “create engagement opportunities that empower, educate, and activate students in the areas of social justice, equity, and anti-racism.”
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 2, 2022, the CSUF provost and vice president for academic affairs, Carolyn Thomas, discussed how “undoing systemic racism is the key to anti-racism journey.”
  • The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSUF share their efforts towards Diversity, Equity, and /inclusion in alignment with the schools “Guiding Principles for Social Justice.”
  • Cal State Fullerton’s commitment towards Just, Equitable, and Inclusive Education (JEIE) is highlighted by the school’s “recognizing and understanding the impact of one’s own privileges, biases, perspectives and beliefs on the interactions one has with students.”
Last updated September 30th, 2023
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