The Campus Climate Conversations series features events throughout the year that provide opportunities for staff to engage in authentic dialogue about our campus, with a focus on equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Black History Month Celebration
Friday, February 16, 2024
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Housing and Residence Life - South Village Multipurpose Room
The event will feature welcome remarks by Interim Vice President for Student Life Patrick Day and a panel discussion with our peers—Marjani Chidinma, Queen King, Dr. Isis Stansberry, and Dr. Karin E. Brown—who have or are finishing their doctoral degrees. They will share their experiences as staff members and as Black women furthering their education. The discussion will focus on staff experience over time, mentorship, balance, and mental health.
The event will conclude with a game of exciting trivia.
Lunch will be served.
All campus staff members are invited to attend. Register today. Advanced registration is recommended but not required. When you register, you may also submit questions for our panelists.
Stay tuned for additional upcoming events! In the meantime, we welcome your questions (or requests or ideas!) for the working group at [email protected].
Previous Event Highlights
Season’s Greetings Gathering - The event featured our signature educational poster displays that focused on various winter traditions, including cultural holidays, self-care during breaks, and thankfulness. The gathering also included gratitude takeaways that you could personalize.
Chicanx Latinx Heritage Month celebration - The event featured opening remarks from Interim President Leroy M. Morishita and a welcome from Vice President of University Advancement Robert Avalos. The celebration also included educational activities and conversations centered on the Chicanx Latinx diaspora.
Juneteenth Celebration – The event featured a keynote address by Dr. David B. Green Jr., assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. President William A. Covino and Interim Vice President for Administration and CFO Queen King offered opening remarks. The celebration also included educational activities, conversations, and a performance by African Soul International, a nonprofit arts and education organization that specializes in the dances, rhythms, and cultures of Africa and Africans of the Diaspora.
Pride Celebration – June is pride month, a time when the nation acknowledges and celebrates the resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community in its struggle for equality and freedom. The feeling of belonging—or being valued, heard, and accepted—can lead to higher motivation and satisfaction within the campus environment. Pride month is not only a time to celebrate but also to further educate LGBTQIA+ community members and allies. This event featured information stations about pride and LGBTQIA+ topics, and an opportunity to decorate your Cal State LA swag with various pride colors to share your pride (or allyship) throughout the year!
Lunch and Learn: DEIB in the Media - This Lunch and Learn event explored diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in media. This was the second event in the lunchtime conversation series hosted by the Staff Working Group on Belonging, Community, and Diversity. During this Lunch and Learn discussion, we used examples from TV shows, movies, and social media to explore issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia that we may also observe or experience as staff. We engaged in group discussions to explore ways to “call someone in” versus “calling someone out.”
Lunch and Learn: Black History Month and Book Club Introduction – The kickoff for the Lunch and Learn series on Feb. 17, 2023, including a brief introduction to the Lunch and Learn series and the staff book club, followed by a fun game of CSU-inspired Black history trivia over lunch from a local Black-owned restaurant. The books for this semester are So You Want to Talk About Race and Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria.
Campus Climate Conversations: Belonging – The feeling of belonging—or being valued, heard, and accepted—can lead to higher motivation and satisfaction in the workplace. On Dec. 2, 2022, staff gathered to reflect on their overall sense of belonging at Cal State LA. The event was an opportunity for staff to discuss this topic and connect with fellow staff members through authentic dialogue about our campus.
Lift Every Voice: Campus Climate Experiences – Juneteenth – Staff gathered on June 30, 2022, to reflect on the insights shared during the CSU’s Inaugural Juneteenth Symposium.
CSU Juneteenth Symposium Livestream Watch Parties – On June 15-16, 2022, staff watched the CSU’s Inaugural Juneteenth Symposium at watch parties in the Student Services Building and the University Club.