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Sacramento State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
6000 J St
Sacramento, California 95819
Phone
(916) 278-6011
Email address
admissions@csus.edu
School Information
"Sacramento State is at the forefront of issues paramount to the region, such as environmental research, politics, business, arts, healthcare, entrepreneurship and more. The University is preparing tomorrow’s leaders to embrace California’s opportunities, solve its challenges, and redefine what’s possible." California State University, Sacramento is a public university in Sacramento, California. The university enrolls over 31,000 students, has over 1,800 faculty, and has 64 bachelor programs, 51 masters programs, and 5 doctoral programs across its eight schools. (Source: https://www.csus.edu/experience/quick-facts.html)
General Information
Sacramento State's president has launched seven committees to focus on anti-racist work, with two focusing on “anti-racist learning and literacy” and “anti-racism curriculum pedagogy and assessment”. Changes to the university curriculum are expected. Additionally, for its convocation, the Sacramento State invited Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to speak. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Anthropology Department will be "Addressing implicit bias."
  • Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan recommends that the university, "Provide racial bias training for faculty, staff, and students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • University president launched seven committees to focus on anti-racist work, with two focusing on “anti-racist learning and literacy” and “Anti-racism curriculum pedagogy and assessment”.
  • The Anthropology Department will be "Building anti-racist syllabi and equitable pedagogy - In all of our classes, we will decenter White voices while elevating the contributions of BIPOC scholars across the four fields of anthropology and cultivating a critical understanding of the Eurocentric conditions through which these contributions have been overlooked or minimized. In addition to these systemic curricular efforts, we are developing a four-field course on the Anthropology of Race and Racism."
  • Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan recommends that the university, "Add a 'multicultural lens' to curriculum development, and create a committee to review courses to ensure they reflect diversity and eliminate bias."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan recommends that the university, "Improve reporting and response to alleged incidents of racism and bias."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university is recruiting for "Tenure-track faculty - Anti-Racist Leadership in Education" with the rank of "Assistant/Associate Professor".
  • The university's Center On Race, Immigration & Social Justice "addresses social and educational inequities facing the university and larger community. It seeks to transform the educational culture to an exciting and empowering one that reflects the strengths and needs of our local and diversified communities."
Resources
  • Convocation will focus on anti-racism and social justice, with one of the speakers being Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The Anthropology Department will open spaces for "dialogue on critical issues affecting our students and campus community. This includes an anti-racism themed 'brown bag’ series of talks in our department, where faculty, students, and community members can share their research and experiences, grapple with difficult ethical questions and collaboratively build an understanding of anthropological approaches to race and the insidiousness of racism across global contexts" as well as "Creating brave spaces in our classes, offices, and hallways."
  • The Anthropology Department will be "upholding a Vision Statement for our department that commits to anti-racist action" and "Forming a committee on anti-racism."
  • The Information Resources and Technology division will "Adopt and advance diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism as a means to flourish individually, excel professionally, and advance knowledge in information technology."
  • The university's library offers "Anti-Racist Resources for Fine and Performing Arts," which include "Being Antiracist" and "In Praise of Discomfort: An Open Letter to White Educators."
  • Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan recommends that the university create more physical spaces that "encourage 'positive interactions among the diverse faculty and staff, students and community members.'"
  • Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan recommends that the university, "Create an Antiracism and Inclusion Team to reach out to and build bridges among various groups and disciplines across campus."
  • On February 14, 2022, Sac State hosted a daylong virtual antiracism and inclusion convocation titled "A CALL TO ACTION: Eradicate, Resolve, and Liberate". The keynote speaker was University of Georgia professor and activist Bettina Love, and the convocation focused on how to implement Sac State’s "sweeping Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan", which will be rolled out over the next five years.
  • Sac State highlighted an alum, Phillip Altstatt, who hosts a "Beyond J podcast" with an episode titled "I'm a Recovering Racist." The episode's title was inspired by Sacramento Poet Laureate Andru Defeye's declaration at Sac State's Antiracism and Inclusion Convocation that he was a "recovering racist". This podcast episode discusses "prejudice and racism, systemic power and control, privilege, and equity."
  • On March 28th, 2023, the university will host the Sac State AICP Spring Symposium. The symposium aims to increase "antiracism, anti-oppression, and inclusivity" in the Sac State campus community and the goal is to "embed successful practices to counter bias and discrimination into all levels of the institution".
  • Sac State has an Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan Implementation Advisory Council (AICP Advisory Council). Its chair is the VP for Inclusive Excellence.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university will have an "anti-racism and inclusion convocation," which will focus on "Unlearning racism, and new learning of anti-racism traditions and ways of being" (among other subjects), according to the State Hornet newspaper.
  • On October 25, 2022, a section of Sacramento State’s Santa Clara Hall was painted by eight muralists with images evoking the University’s Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan (AICP). This project is part of a multi-year partnership with Wide Open Walls (WOW), Sacramento’s annual citywide mural festival. The focus of the murals for year one is “Believing,” with upcoming years’ art pieces focusing on “Becoming” and “Being.”
Last updated April 12th, 2023
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