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California State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 951-4800
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School Information
"The CSU system is m​ade up of 23 campuses across the state of California​. The California State University educates 482​,000 students every year. The CSU has one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States." "Since the signing of the Donahoe Higher Education Act in 1960, the CSU has been the nation’s leading university system...The CSU campuses are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)." (Source:
General Information
CSU has taken steps to embed Critical Race Theory into its curriculum, as well as its current course offering. CSU Trustees voted to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement, although the change has not yet been implemented. Additionally, Cal State Fullerton’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences’ “Interdisciplinary Conversations on Anti-Blackness” featured a lecture titled “Religiosity and Critical Whiteness: How Christianity Serves White Supremacy”. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, CSU leaders issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "[We] are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision this week to prohibit the use of race in college admissions...Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at our institutions. We will continue to support programs and practices that seek to address historical inequities and ensure that our colleges and universities are reflective of California’s rich and dynamic diversity."
  • The 2023 Black Student Success Workgroup Report states, "[E]very university will develop an enrollment plan that specifies recruitment goals for Black students based on proportional representation within their service region and the state...."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Cal State Northridge has a "2022 White Anti-Racism (WAR) Faculty Learning Community (FLC)." Participants will read Robin DiAngelo's "What does it mean to be white? Developing white racial literacy" and receive $250 for participating.
  • Cal State Fullerton's College of Education is hosting a series of "Anti-Racism Webinars," including one on the "The Secondary Education department is offering free webinars this Fall 2020 semester to address underlying racist policies and practices that exist in schools. The webinars are open to teachers, teacher candidates, faculty and community members. The webinars focus on dismantling racist policies, practices and ideas that influence schools, teachers and children, and most importantly, on taking actions that address anti-racist teaching. All webinars are offered from 4:00pm-5:30pm on Tuesdays. If you've missed a webinar, they will be made available on this webpage and on the College of Education YouTube Channel."
  • California State University, Stanislaus has "September-May Faculty Learning Community: Teaching for Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism" program that trains faculty about issues related to "equity, justice and racial awareness in the classroom and beyond."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Cal State Long Beach's School of Social Work said that it is "committed to critical race theory through a critical pedagogical framework applied to BASW and MSW coursework. This framework centers the perspectives and needs of the most marginalized and oppressed individuals and segments of our society and directly addresses differences in power, privilege, and status based on race as it intersects with class, gender, sexuality, immigrant status, ability, and other factors at micro, mezzo, and macro levels."
  • CSU announced that as of Fall 2021, "there will be a requirement in place that students complete a 3-unit course in Ethnic Studies as part of their baccalaureate degree."
  • As part of the 2023 Black Student Success Report, CSU states that it would "[d]evelop and Implement Inclusive and Culturally Relevant Curriculum."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In a job listing for an Africana Studies professor, Cal State Channel Islands is asking that candidates be "dedicated to anti-racism, equity, and creating systemic change for our campus and region."
  • In a job listing for a Chemistry professor, Cal State Channel Islands is asking that the candidate have a "teaching and/or research focus on inclusive, culturally sustaining instructional practices and dedicated to anti-racism, equity, and the creation of systemic change for our campus and region."
  • For a number of positions with Fall 2022 start dates, Cal State Channel Islands is asking that candidates, "Develop and teach courses for hiring departments that engage curriculum and pedagogy that address a variety of manifestations of systemic racism, anti-racism, or the experiences of Black communities in the U.S." The school added, "We are looking for scholars who are dedicated to anti-racism, equity, and creating systemic change for our campus and our region; someone committed to community engagement and dedicated to a spirit of collaboration."
  • Cal State Channel Islands' Cluster Hire Task Force "determined that the three hires should move forward simultaneously; that candidates must demonstrate a strong link to anti-racist/anti-discrimination issues as relevant to Black lives and Black lived experience." The school also made a commitment to "implement a cluster hiring of three educators into tenure-track positions with a demonstrated record of success in teaching, research, and/or service with anti-racism and Black/African American populations."
  • As part of the 2023 Black Student Success Report, CSU states, "Each university will establish mandatory faculty development programs with proven strategies for better serving students from diverse cultural backgrounds, including Black students."
  • As part of the 2023 Black Student Success Report, CSU states that a "systemwide training will be developed and implemented for all faculty and staff participating in campus climate teams."
  • The 2023 Black Student Success Workgroup Report "implores the system to have all CSU faculty, staff and administrators participate in an in-person professional development training on addressing anti-Blackness in higher education."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In 2020, faculty members at CSULB were encouraged to consider pausing classes on September 8 and 9 to provide an opportunity for students and faculty members to participate in teach-ins on racial violence, policing, and community organizing. This is part of the national Scholarstrike movement that was started by Dr. Anthea Butler of the University of Pennsylvania.
Program and Research Funding
  • Cal State Stanislaus's Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is hosting an "Anti-Racist Quality Learning and Teaching" event. The school says, "The project is designed to support faculty with integrating exemplary practices in the design, development, and delivery of online and hybrid courses that are grounded in anti-racist pedagogy as outlined in the Anti-Racist (QR) Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) assessment instrument." Faculty will be "compensated with a $1000 stipend."
  • The 2023 Black Student Success Workgroup Report recommends that "an initial $10 million should be allocated in 2023-24 to catalyze" the initiatives of its report.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The 2023 Black Student Success Workgroup Report states that CSU will "invest in identifying culturally competent mental health professionals and hire campus police who understand the value and importance of community policing on a college campus."
  • Cal State Fullerton’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences’ “Interdisciplinary Conversations on Anti-Blackness” featured a lecture titled “Religiosity and Critical Whiteness: How Christianity Serves White Supremacy”.
  • California State University San Marcos hosted a "Whiteness Forum." The event description reads, "Sponsored by the Department of Communication, The Whiteness Forum is a student-driven critical conversation about the myriad ways that white supremacy manifests in our systems, structures, and daily practices."
  • California State University, San Bernardino, Library put together an "Antiracism: An Antiracist Reading List."
  • Cal State Fullerton's College of Education has curated "Just, Equitable, and Inclusive Education Resources."
  • Cal State San Marcos's library has created a "Black Lives Matter Resource Guide."
  • A professor "leads union-sponsored workshops on anti-racism across CSU." The same professor told CSU trustees, "I … constantly see and hear about the gap in understanding around anti-racism and equity practices across the campuses. Our faculty need professional development training around social justice, and it is time our administrators start valuing it.”
  • The School of Education at Cal State, Chico is hosting an Antiracism Speaker Series, where speakers will "share on-the-ground practices that leverage the possibilities for racial and social justice, both inside and outside of classrooms."
  • Cal State Northridge's library has a "#BlackLivesMatter and Anti-Racism" guide. The guide has readings on "Systems of Racism, "Hidden Racism," "White Privilege & Grievance," and "Anti-racism."
  • Cal State East Bay's library has a list of anti-racism resources, including some on "Systemic Racism" and others on "Anti-Racist Action."
  • Cal State East Bay's Office of Diversity also curated a list of resources on anti-racism and "Critical Race Theory in Higher Education."
  • California State University Library has released an extensive list of Anti-Racism and Radical Justice Resources. These resources are inclusive of, but not limited to books about abolition and anti-racism, a list of Black American literature, Black Lives Matters campus communities and Los Angeles resources, books, journals, and news promoted by BLM, a collection of juvenile literature reading that promote DEI and anti-racism ideals, and more. The library’s goal is to help others educate themselves as well as “consider how [we] can support racial justice and take action.”
  • California State University – Long Beach faculty members accuse the Statewide University Police Association of racial profiling after an “officer refused to unlock Associate Professor of Sociology Steven Osuna’s office door when he accidently locked himself out. Over one hundred fellow faculty members signed a letter in support of the professor.
  • CSULB's Department of Physical Therapy has a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Council. The council is a partnership of alumni, students, and faculty working together to "strategically and intentionally promote a culture of anti-racism and inclusivity" within the department and health equity within the community and profession.
  • Cal State advertised the SF Youth Film Uprising, San Francisco's first youth-led film festival, for students interested in engaging with social issues such as BLM through filmmaking to join.
  • Cal State's Academic Senate has a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
  • CSU has curated a list of external "Scholarships, Opportunities & Resources for ​Persons Excluded Because of Their Ethnicity or Race (PEERs)​."
Symbolic Actions
  • California State University San Marcos’ School of education has a group called “Educators for Social Justice and Equality”, which explicitly endorses Critical Race Theory.
  • Cal State released an anti-racism statement after a controversy started due to complaints of an emeritus faculty member teaching a theory that race influences intelligence. In his theory, ​the professor asserted that certain Black and Hispanic ethnic groups are not as intelligent as white Europeans and Northern Asians (Hurd). Cal State also invited the community to attend its November CSUPERB Safe Space where students and faculty can "openly discuss anti-racism within the CSU and in society at large."
  • CSU leaders issued an anti-racism statement which reads in part as follows: "We are writing to speak out against the abhorrent institutionalized racism that has dominated this country since colonial times. We condemn the taking of the Black lives that have made the recent headlines...We condemn the taking of lives of Black people, Indigenous peoples and people of color and the injuries and injustices that have been done going back hundreds of years and continue today."
Last updated May 23rd, 2024
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