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.
At the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) we are proud to celebrate with you the cultures and accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni (some of whom are now our colleagues) who identify as Latinx/Hispanic during The National Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Month. The month celebration grew from a one-week event  and it is intrinsically linked to the independence of several Latin American countries whose people live in the United States. The commemoration from September 15th to October 15th at HSU will showcase wonderful speakers who uplift the cultural legacy of our students and colleagues who identify as Latinx. HSU became a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) 100 years after the founding of Humboldt State University. In 2013 HSU became an HSI and since then we are moving towards becoming a Thriving Institution. As we start the celebration of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month please keep an eye out for information on events in the HSU’s HSI Website. The website also allows you to review and find resources and support with a Latinx focus.


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.