ODEI Purpose

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leads the visioning and implementation of Cal Poly Humboldt’s (HSU) quest for inclusive excellence in alignment with the institution’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, Future Forward. Through compassionate listening and intentional cross-campus and community collaboration, we strive to transform relationships and policies to shape the Humboldt of the future.  
We will achieve purpose by implementing our six-pillar framework of inclusive excellence: (1) A safe and welcoming community; (2) Equitable opportunities and outcomes; (3) Strategic partnerships; (4) the development of Intercultural humility; (5) Organizational resources; and 6) Collaborative leadership  and shared accountability.

May is National Asian American / Pacific Islander Heritage Month                    
 May is National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, commemorated “to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched American’s History and are instrumental in its future success.”           
The demographic group of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States represents a broad set of identities from many geographic locations within a large region of the world. “Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).”
Asian/Pacific Heritage national commemoration first became public law in 1978 as a weeklong celebration, and expanded to a month’s duration in 1992. “The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of
the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.” 
For more information, including history, articles,
artwork, photographs, and videos, please visit
asianpacificheritage.gov and the Asian/Pacific
Islander National Archives (Click links)
 

Principles of Community for Inclusive Excellence

Accountability for Results
We are accountable for our own results. Accountability means more than just doing our job. It includes an obligation to make ourselves and our policies and practices better, to pursue inclusive excellence, and to engage in ways that further Humboldt's purpose and vision. Being accountable means that we are self-reflective and answerable for our actions and the actions of our teams.
Belonging
We welcome, value, and affirm all members of our community, including their various abilities, contributions, ideas, intersectional identities, skills, and talents. We create and nurture environments that support the living, well-being and belonging of all community members, with particular focus on minoritized groups.
Compassionate Collaboration
We genuinely broaden our understanding of others’ experiences and life journeys, and build rapport grounded in mutual trust and respect. We co-create positive environments necessary for our integrated work to flourish and support the purpose and vision of Humboldt. We listen and prioritize the voices of minoritized community members to drive the change for how to best meet the identified historical and contemporary needs of the groups and build resilient communities.
Care and Confidentiality
We believe in care of the individual and the community that is everyone’s responsibility. We strive to earn and maintain each other’s trust in our personal and professional lives. We listen with compassion, support individual and collective growth, see all of us as a work in progress, and keep confidential information entrusted with us whenever necessary.
Cultural Humility
We strive to grow in our cultural humility and adopt the four principles first brought forth by Drs. Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray Garcia. First to critically self-reflect and be lifelong learners; second to recognize and mitigate inherent power imbalances; third, create mutually beneficial non-paternalistic relationships with community members, highlighting the expertise that resides in the community, and away from the university; and fourth to have institutional accountability and alignment.
Integrity
We act ethically, honestly, and with trust in all our interactions. We believe that conflict is an opportunity for growth and aim to conduct Humboldt's business without causing harm. When harm is caused, we see repair as an occasion to deepen our understanding of each other and grow stronger individually, as an institution, and as a community. We are accountable for our actions.
Ongoing Learning
We engage in the continuous improvement of personal and professional skills. Continuous learning and improvement supports the development of our full potential as individuals, teams, and as a University community. We are eager to learn – and to share our knowledge and experience with one another. We foster a culture of continuous learning and quality improvement which will have a direct and positive impact on our ultimate success.
Respect
We honor and affirm the dignity inherent in all of us and in all people, and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another. We are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our community and society.