ODEI Purpose

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leads the visioning and implementation of Humboldt State University’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 HSU 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.

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

As part of HSU's continued commitment to support the wellbeing and success of BIPOC students and faculty, we are pleased to announce that HSU has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member.  The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty (both tenure-line and non tenure-line), post-docs, and graduate students.
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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month- by Dr. Kayla Begay, NAS


According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Heritage Month is “a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.” In addition, “Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.” 


I would like to take this opportunity to share about the diversity of Indigenous peoples, and to encourage Humboldt State University faculty, staff, and students to find out more about tribal nations and the land on which we meet, wherever we may go. Over 80% of CSU students stay, work and live within the regions of their campuses. They will work, live, interact with tribal sovereigns and their ancillary businesses. 


Learn about the peoples of this land, land acknowledgements, and support the efforts of tribes in land back movements. Land acknowledgements are about building relationships with the Indigenous peoples of our communities and, ultimately, they should be about this critical moment of inspiring and working toward land return and Indigenized futures.  For resources on land acknowledgements, I recommend the CSU San Marcos Toolkit and Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy’s talk What Good is a Land Acknowledgement, as well as the following Native Land Map.


For Humboldt State, we are on the land of the Wiyot peoples which include the Wiyot Tribe, Bear River Rancheria, and Blue Lake Rancheria. Arcata is known as “Goudi’ni” meaning “over in the woods” or “among the redwoods.” Importantly, Wiyot peoples continue to remain in relationship to these lands through ceremony, culture and stewardship. They are important parts of not only the history of this area but also in continuing knowledge of this place. 


Native peoples and governments have inherent retained rights as sovereign peoples and a political relationship with the U.S. government. Citizens of tribal nations are citizens of three sovereigns: their tribe, the United States, and the state in which they reside. As of January 2021, 574 sovereign tribal nations have a formal nation-to-nation relationship with the U.S. government. 


The largest tribal enrollment population base is the Navajo Nation, which experienced a pandemic enrollment surge, surpassing Cherokee Nation’s population to nearly 4,000. The Navajo Nation reservation is also the United States’ largest, with over 27,000 square miles in the southwest. The largest tribal enrollment population base in California is the Yurok Tribe with around 6,000 tribal citizens and a reservation centered in northern Humboldt and southern Del Norte county. The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation is the largest in California - a 12-by-12 mile square in eastern Humboldt County.


California is home to 109 federally recognized tribes. Including non-federally recognized tribal nations, that number nearly doubles. In 2019, Governor Newsom issued the first apology to California Indians acknowledging the impact of genocide and colonization on Native nations throughout the state. If you’d like to learn more about this history, I recommend the History of Native California video, or reading the newly released in 2021 We Are the Land: A History of Native California by Damon B. Akins and William J. Bauer Jr., a citizen of Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, CA, available for online checkout in HSU’s library. 


The Native American population of California is also the largest of any state, and is inclusive of many relocated tribal citizens of non-California tribal nations. The Relocation of Act of 1956 established relocation centers from reservations and rancherias to urban areas like Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Indigenous California is linguistically and culturally the most diverse region of North America north of the Mesoamerica region. 80-100 separate languages were spoken 200 years ago from 20 clearly defined language families, with some thought to be isolates. One third of North America’s Indigenous languages are from California. Today, nearly every Indigenous California language is in a state of revitalization, with tribal nations either working to reclaim languages by working with tribal elder speakers or from documentation. New generations of young people have always heard their languages, and participated in their ceremonies. 


To put this in perspective, Indigenous peoples in the world are 5% of the world’s population, speaking more than 4,000 of the world’s 7,000 languages, managing 22% of the land, and protecting 80% of the planet’s remaining biodiversity. Indigenous peoples are integral to the continued diversity of languages, cultures, and life forms.

This Native American Heritage Month, celebrate with us all year long by following the Humboldt State University Native American Studies facebook page. We host talks, workshops, and community-centered events all year long. Follow also the events of  ITEPP and INRSEP.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021 5:00 PM 

FROM ME TO PHD.  Professors Brandilynn Villarreal and Maria Iturbide will host

Zoom link for the event: https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/84874407219

"Please join HSU Psi Chi and Psychology Club for our last Me to PhD event of the semester where Dr. Benjamin Graham will share his experiences navigating through college, graduate school, research, and career! There will also be a Q & A session for students! Please join us to hear valuable advice about navigating academia on November 30th, 2021, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm."

Zoom link for the event: https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/84874407219


The Progress Pride Scholarship has just officially launched.  Up for grabs are two $10k college scholarships -- the Foundation's largest scholarship awards ever -- for those who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ and who have a demonstrated record of positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.  Undergrad and graduate students may apply.
An essay is all that's required up front, due January 15, 2022.  Open to all U.S. university students.  Awardee(s) will be selected in early 2022 and will then need to furnish a résumé/CV.

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 HSU’s purpose and vision. Being accountable means that we are self-reflective and answerable for our actions and the actions of our teams.
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 HSU. 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.
We act ethically, honestly, and with trust in all our interactions. We believe that conflict is an opportunity for growth and aim to conduct HSU’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.
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.